Wellness Weekend February 16-20, 2012

Howdy, Wellness Weekenders!

Hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day, whether you celebrated in a romantic fashion or not.  The HH, The Girls and I stuck close to home this year and had a lovely meal that we cooked together (well, that the HH and I cooked together–The Girls aren’t allowed near a hot stove, of course). 

There were also so many amazing V-Day themed entries to the event last week, I was blown away. And the number of entries reached a new high of 40–that’s 40 healthy, vegan, whole foods recipes for you to try out–yippee!  Thanks so much, all!

Newsy Tidbits

I’ve decided to add a “Newsy Tidbits” section at the beginning of each WW post, whenever there’s something to report (seems I’ve always got lots to say on Thursdays!).  Here’s what’s up for this week:

  • Lisa of Allery-Free Vintage Cookery hosts an “Allergy Friendly Lunchbox Love” event, which runs every Friday (that’s tomorrow!).  It  features recipes for foods that travel well in a lunchbox, and are free of some (or all) of the top 8 allergens. Here’s last week’s page.
  • If you’re a regular contributor to WW and have an event of your own, let me know. And please be sure to go check out The Food Blog Diary so that you can sign up with them as well!
  • Gluten-Free Find, a new website that promises to be “Your #1 Gluten-Free Directory,” has enjoyed remarkable success since its launch on November 30, 2011 and contains listings for everything from gluten-free books and magazines to bakeries and cafes to vitamins and nutraceuticals to weddings and caterers.  They also have a section for “Bloggers, Foodies and Reviews”–and are currently offering FREE LISTINGS! So if you write a gluten-free blog (vegan or not), be sure to contact them and get listed! See this page (tell ‘em Ricki sent you!). :)

And now, on to this week’s favorites. Let’s extend the Valentine’s Day love with the theme of “good for the heart”:

  • Creamy Asparagus and Walnut Soup from Cara’s Cravings. Cara already knows that walnuts are good for your heart, which is why she put them in this drool-worthy soup for her Love Your Heart event!
  • Coconut Curry Pepita Granola from Blissful Bites blog. Did you know that coconut is actually good for your heart? And of course pepitas (pumpkin seeds) contain heart-healthy fats while oats help to lower “bad” cholesterol levels.
  • Chocolate Pomegranate Mini Sponge Cakes from Veggie V’s Vegan Adventure.  With antioxidant-rich pomegranates AND cocoa, these sweet treats are a perfect heart-healthy indulgence.

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory: Gluten Free Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls from Hobby and More.  I can’t wait until I can eat these!

Readers’ Choice, Sweet: Magic Coconut Bars from Simply Healthy Living. Who doesn’t remember these from our childhood? A great new twist on a classic!

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! :)

Here’s How to Participate–PLEASE NOTE NEW GUIDELINES!!

The event occurs once a week, starting Thursdays at 8:00 PM my time and running until Monday at midnight.

  1. Simply link up a recipe you made (and posted about) that contains health-supporting ingredients (see list below). You may link up older posts from your archives as long as they contain a link to this post. Please do not link more than once to the same page from your blog.
  2. Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page or another event page. The post must contain a recipe.
  3. You may submit more than one recipe, but please follow the guidelines for each one individually. ONLY ONE THUMBNAIL FROM EACH BLOG POST, PLEASE.
  4. Please be sure to mention this event and include a link back to this post so that others can find all the recipes posted!
  5. 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!
  6. 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?”

I will reluctantly remove any links that don’t comply. I apologize, but I will no longer be able to leave a comment telling you that I’ve removed a non-compliant link.

  • 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!




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  1. Thanks, Ricki! We’re still on a pomegranate kick at our house ;-)

  2. Thanks so much for highlighting my coconut curry granola!! I hope you give it a try – everyone I’ve made it for LOVES it :) This week I’m sharing a tahini date cookie. It may sound odd but it’s delicious!

    • My pleasure! It’s on my “to-try” list! :) And tahini cookies don’t sound odd to me at all–there’s a tahini-based cookie in my cookbook, Sweet Freedom. :)

  3. Hey Ricki-I linked up the healthy and tasty chocolate cookies from my Suite of Sweets event. :-)

    Happy Wellness Weekend all!

  4. Happy Friday Ricki,

    Thanks for hosting. I always enjoy the amazing recipes each week!!

    This week I am sharing a fun treat I made for my family on Valentine’s Day: Pink Peppermint Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches. So yummy and so healthy.

    You have a great weekend.


  5. Hi Ricki,

    I shared my Mint and Pea Soup this week. Happy Friday!

  6. Hi Ricki! I’ve linked up my Curried Lentil Love Burgers. They were a big hit here!

  7. Thank you for discussing us here Ricki, we are honored! We love your blog – you rock!

  8. I always love that I can count on the recipes here being right up my alley! Maybe one day, we’ll do the same with our own blog hop! Tough call b/c it is easy enough to make the switch to healthier ingredients in most cases. I was busy with recipes this week, so I shared three!

    Peanut Butter Dip, a healthy raspberry avocado smoothie, and some delicious banana donuts!

    • Tessa, it was really a selfish move on my part b/c I wanted to be able to make the recipes myself! ;) Glad you can find stuff you like here. And all three of yours sound incredible! :)

  9. Happy Weekend! Still learning to use Agar agar. Sharing Chocolate Pudding this week :)

  10. Excited to be part of this…with my raw coconut cream pie!


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