Wellness Weekend, January 26-30, 2012

Isn’t it great how the days are getting longer these days (well, over here in the northern hemisphere, anyway)?. 

To me, the only saving grace when it’s the middle of winter is that I get to bask in the sunshine for a few minutes longer each day.  Well, sunshine–plus all of your fabulous recipes for Wellness Weekend! Thanks to everyone for submitting another great week of fabulous foodie finds last week!

Below are a few of my picks on the topic of “creative combinations”: 

Readers’ Choice, Savory: Gluten-Free Naan Flatbread from Hobby and More.  This spiced naan looks perfect for eating alongside dal, curries–well, anything, really!

Readers’ Choice, Sweet: Seed-Sational Paleo Breakfast Bars from Fresh 4 Five.  What a great way to start the day. You clearly all thought so, too, with almost 150 clicks on this entry last week!


Thank you to every one of you who played along by submitting your recipes! I love seeing what you all make each week. I always look forward to seeing what you’ll come up with!

Please join us for Wellness Weekend this weekend! There are so many options for healthy foods. . . whether or not you’re vegan, remember that many salads, veggie side dishes, pasta dishes, desserts, smoothies, and more are naturally vegan and can all be included! :)


  1. The event occurs once a week, starting Thursdays at 8:00 PM my time and running until Monday at midnight.
  2. Simply link up a recipe you made (and posted about) within the past week that contains health-supporting ingredients (see list below). Use the Linky Tool at the bottom of the page. Please do not link more than once to the same web page!
  3. Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page or another event page. The post must contain a recipe.
  4. You may submit more than one recipe, but please follow the guidelines for each one individually. ONLY ONE THUMBNAIL PER POST, PLEASE.
  5. Please be sure to mention this event and include a link back to this post so that others can find all the recipes posted!
  6. Feel free to use the blog badge, above (or see the left sidebar of this page–if you need the html code, let me know and I’ll send it to you). Many thanks to Adrienne of Whole New Mom for setting up the badge code for me!
  7. As always, I hate to remove links, but will do so if they don’t comply with the guidelines. I will try to email you to let you know, but I can’t always do so–if you’re wondering why your post was removed, you can email me, or read the last section below.

What your recipe CAN contain:

  • Any good-for-you, whole foods, especially those with antioxidant properties or “functional foods” (ie, offering naturally medicinal or health-promoting qualities–such as garlic, coconut oil, all vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc.)–but any fresh, real food is welcome!
  • Natural sweeteners (coconut sugar, agave, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, stevia, Sucanat, rapadura, coconut nectar, yacon syrup, etc.)
  • Vegan ingredients (even if you’re not vegan, OF COURSE you can still play along! You’ll be surprised at how many foods are naturally vegan; and if not, there are many subs you can use for eggs, milk or butter–include vegan options and we’re good to go!).
  • Note that this is NOT AN ACD-ONLY EVENT. Any real food ingredients that are sugar-free and vegan are more than welcome–so use that maple syrup, those mushrooms, that nutritional yeast, miso, etc! I’m just looking for healthy, whole foods recipes. :)

What your recipe cannot contain:

  • White flour, white sugar, or any highly refined, highly processed ingredients (note that regular brown sugar is actually refined!);
  • Anything almost entirely artificial (ie, most boxed mixes, fast food, faux “cheese,” faux “meat,” or margarine, unnaturally colored cereals or other foods, etc.);
  • Animal products (meat, chicken, fish or seafood, or their by-products, gelatin, eggs, dairy, butter or honey).

Hey! Why was my entry removed?”

  • The most common reason entries are removed is because they don’t adhere to the guidelines: either they don’t contain a link back to this post, they contain ingredients that aren’t listed here, they are a re-post of a blog entry that is more than one week old, they link to another blog event, or they contain neither a recipe nor anything directly related to food preparation. If you render a recipe vegan-friendly by adding a vegan option to your ingredients, your post will be good to go! For older posts, you’re welcome to re-post them during the week of the event, or choose a newer recipe.
  • Another reason posts are removed is because the link leads to an advertisement or a business blog. Please do NOT link up posts that are merely referrals to a different post or the home page for another blog event.
  • Only one thumbnail per post, please. If your post contains two suitable recipes, link up once and people will still see all your fabulous recipes when they click on the linky. :)
  • I hate to have to remove links! PLEASE read the guidelines before posting!



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


  1. Hi Ricki! I wrote about Thyme this week and a recipe for Swede and Apple Soup. Since then I’ve found out that “rutabaga” isn’t as popular across the pond as it is here. Is it something you can buy easily in Canada? Have a lovely week!

  2. Oh YEAH! ~on the Readers Choice Award :) Thank you all for taking a peek at my breakfast bars, and Thank You Ricki for hosting each week:)

    I have spent every night this week making *Fruit Roll Ups* My kids are obscessed! So am I really…trying to get it down to an art so I am not running around the night before the birthday party at 1am, as usual!…and the party is in March haha. Planning is not my thing…but this year I Resolved to be different :) Go Me!

  3. Awesome! thank you to all who came by to check up on my Naan! i made some gf dinner rolls too and now working on sandwich loaf.. will post those when i perfect the recipe.
    Thank you for the wellness weekends Ricki! Linking up a quinoa pilaf and Swiss chard pesto this week!

  4. Thanks for the shout-out for my wraps, Ricki. They have kept me fueled up all week. :)

  5. Linked up super easy vegan pantry soup. I need to link up every week because otherwise I tend to miss all this goodness! Good thing that Elsie gave me that alert on Twitter. ;-)


  6. If you need another tasty way to fix butternut squash, the recipe I posted is one of my favorites! Enjoy!

  7. Ricki, I came back and also linked up my Go Ahead Honey post for Maggie’s Food That Heals theme … Indian Chickpea Curry Balls–YUM!


  8. Happy Friday, Ricki! And what better way to kick-start the weekend than by visiting Wellness Weekends! I’m linking up my Orange Cilantro Dressing as I’ve been dousing every salad I make with it and love it.

  9. Gosh Ricki, I am so sorry I forgot that little detail AGAIN! Mommy brain strikes again! Hopefully after two times I can manage to remember, sorry! Anyways, posted the pancake topping! Thank you..

  10. Hi Ricki! I shared my Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream this week. I know it’s cold, but it’s a vegan recipe I haven’t shared here before.

  11. So many great recipes! I linked my Tofu Pad Thai ~ my comfort food at the moment ;) xoxo

  12. Hi There Ricky,

    Happy Friday.

    This Week I’m sharing a fun twist on applesauce: a raw cranapple sauce that’s just dynamite. Only 3 ingredients. Can’t beat that. :-)

    Have a great weekend,

  13. Hi Ricki, I don’t have a recipe to share (no recipe but I posted an update on my blog http://wp.me/p1OnhQ-Mj). I just wanted to pop in to say hello, it’s been awhile since I’ve managed to partake in WWs but hopefully I’ll be back in the Fox Kitchen soon. Btw, the link ups look wonderful as usual. I would love to try the soups.

  14. Hi Ricki!! Happy Wellness Weekend. I am submitting a recipe for Scallion Cashew Vegan Cheese – lots of great salty lemony flavors, and of course the nutritional punch of scallions.

  15. Hi Ricki, sorry about the confusion on Twitter. Teresa is at a food blogger convention right now and I assumed that it was the one you had been talking about. Don and I are in Ft Lauderdale – I’ll try to post this weekend but may not be able to make the connections.

  16. So glad I found this round up! I have visited your site before and I actually made your amazing Black Bottom Peanutbutter Pie for Christmas (which my little brother ate a huge piece of not knowing it was “good for him” :), but I guess I missed the fact that you offered this lovely line up every weekend with yummy veg. items! My family eats more “flexitarian” so I am always trying to find inspiration for vegetarian dishes to serve! Thanks!


  1. [...] submitting this to Ricki’s Wellness Weekend, first time in weeks and weeks. [...]

  2. [...] submission to Deb for this week’s Souper Sundays, to Simple and In Season, to this week’s Wellness Weekend and to this month’s citrus love blog [...]

  3. [...] of Diet, Dessert & Dogs Wellness Weekend Jan 26-30

  4. [...] is my submission to this week’s Presto Pasta Nights, hosted by Ruth, to this week’s Wellness Weekend and to My Kitchen, My World for [...]

  5. [...] Wellness Weekends hosted by Ricki of Diet, Dessert & Dogs « Friday’s Find: Go Picnic Gluten-Free Ready-To-Eat Meals Royal Caribbean Cruise Gluten Free? » [...]

  6. [...] at Diet, Dessert, N Dogs. Posted in healthy recipes , anti candida diet, gluten free, healthy recipes, vegan | 5 [...]

  7. [...] post linked with Wellness Weekends,  Gallery of favorites and Slightly Indulgent [...]

  8. [...] Diets, Desserts and Dogs’ Wellness Weekend [...]

  9. [...] recipe is being shared at The Country Cook, Comfy In the Kitchen, Diet, Dessert & Dogs. This entry was posted in entrees, Salads and tagged edamame, feta salad, kalamata olives, [...]

  10. [...] post is linked to: Wellness Weekend January 26-30, 2012 at Ricki Heller’s Blog – Diet, Dessert, and [...]

  11. [...] this soup is vegan and healthy, I’m linking it up to Diet, Desserts and Dog’s Wellness Weekend.  Be sure to check out the page for plenty of other ideas for Meatless Monday.  If your [...]

  12. [...] recipe is being shared at The Country Cook, Comfy In the Kitchen, Diet, Dessert & Dogs. This entry was posted in entrees, Salads and tagged edamame, feta salad, kalamata olives, [...]

Speak Your Mind