Wellness Weekend, February 2-6, 2012

Hi Everyone!  Well, my computer wasn’t participating today, so this will be a short blurb to our WW this week. ;)  But a short intro doesn’t mean YOU skimped in any way in last week’s event–in fact, it was the biggest event ever!! I can’t thank you all enough or tell you how impressed I always am with your creativity and the variety of healthy dishes in the event.  I’m looking forward to this week’s, too!

UPDATE: I had to sneak back in to let you know about an exciting event this coming Monday, February 6th!  I’ll be hosting a Tweet Chat (chat on twitter) with Amy Green (of Simply Sugar and Gluten Free), all about “Beyond the Gluten Free Diet.”  It will be a little sneak peek into the topics at Nourished, the food blogger conference (at which I’ll be speaking on April 13th) for those of us on special diets!

Here are a few favorites on the theme of “quick”:

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory: Mama’s Green Power Juice from Flip Cookbook. How great to see that y’all love green juices as much as I do!

Readers’ Choice, Sweet: Healthy Almond Joy Bars from Adrienne at The Balanced Platter. I’d say this recipe took you all by storm, with almost 150 clicks to the thumbnail!

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!



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  1. Sharing Coconut Lemon Bars. They’re gluten free, oil free, refined sugar free, almost raw, and have a nut free option. Plus, they were a huge hit with non-veg coworkers :-)

  2. Love the quickie dressings, too, Ricki! Here’s to another great week!

  3. Hi Ricki,

    Happy Wellness Weekend to you.

    This week I’m sharing a cookie I whipped up to satisfy my rare sweet (chocolate) tooth. A grain free, vegan, cane-sugar free double chocolate cookie. My chocoholic husband loved them – always a nice seal of approval. :-)

    Have a great weekend.

    Be Well,

  4. Hi Ricki,

    I shared 2 recipes this week…1 being some fruit jell-o; trying to learn the ins and outs of agar. The second some orange chocolate truffles.

    Happy Weekend!

  5. Hi Ricki,

    I shared my Eggplant Lasagna with Cashew Cream Sauce recipe this week.

    Be Well,


  6. Hi Ricki,

    I linked up the recipe that I did for The Balanced Platter this week. I had to link from my teaser post, though, so I could include the link back to Wellness Weekend. Is that ok?

  7. Hi Ricki! The linky thingy isn’t working at the moment but I will be back later!

  8. It’s working now! I’ve linked to my Roasted Vegetables tart (with a vegan option pastry) and my post about the amazing spice Turmeric this week! Thank you for hosting! I always love looking at the recipes here!

  9. Hi Ricki,
    Quick question.. I added a gf option for the pretzels. so now the post has part whole wheat version and the gf version. http://hobbyandmore.blogspot.com/2012/02/stuffed-pretzels-filled-with-sauteed.html
    I was wondering if i can link them up. :)

    I love that cashew scallion cheese!

    • Thanks, Richa. As long as they meet the guidelines here (whole wheat is fine; this isn’t an exclusively GF event), please do link up. It’s things like very processed ingredients and sugar that are not permitted. :)

      • the pretzels have part bread flour and part whole wheat.. i am not sure if bread flour falls outside processed or not:)
        all my breads have a teaspoon or so raw sugar to activate the yeast, never white or processed sugar.
        Thanks Ricki!

  10. Oooooh, thank you so much for highlighting my Orange Cilantro Dressing, Ricki! What an honor! This week I’m linking up my new favorite smoothie. Chocolate Zucchini Wake Up Smoothie. And I love that even with zucchini, the color isn’t green. It’s purple! :) I love the combination of sweet and spicy in this one. What a wake up! Have a lovely, healthy weekend!!

  11. Hi Ricki! Just stumbled across your linky party and thought I’d join in! I shared my raw and vegan Rosemary Raisin Crackers. They’re super yummy with some goat cheese, not vegan :), and pears on them, but are great on their own too! What does a vegan spread on a cracker out of curiosity? :-)

  12. Thanks for hosting!! I posted my vegan vegetable soup–perfect for beating off the common cold (which our family is fighting right this moment!!)


    I am also hosting my first superfood sunday on superbowl sunday–a blog carnival of superfood recipes perfect for pregnant, breastfeeding, or beyond… Feel free to come over and check it out tomorrow!!!!


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