Wellness Weekend, February 23-27, 2012

Happy Thursday, Wellness Weekenders!

This is our last Wellness Weekend of February–where does the time go?? I hope that some of you are enjoying a winter break from school or work.  Whatever your plans, it looks like you had time to cook up some amazing recipes last week!  In honor of Valentine’s Day, there were lots of sweets and chocolate-based dishes, but lots of savory goodies, too. 

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:

  • Nourished and Giveaway: Excitement is building for the Nourished Food Blogger Conferencethe only conference devoted to bloggers who write about all kinds of special diets (not just gluten free)–and I couldn’t be more thrilled!  I’ve been working on my presentation (called “Unconventional Food, Mainstream Appeal: Beyond Gluten-Free”) and I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned in four years of blogging here at DDD.  If you’re wondering whether or not the conference is for you, get more info on this blog post. While you’re on the blog, be sure to check this post to enter to win FREE BRANDING work for your blog courtesy of presenter Mary Fran Wiley! I hope to meet some of you in Chicago in April.  It will be great to associate names with faces! To purchase your ticket, click here.

And now, it’s time for some favorite links!  I’ve chosen three recipes based on the theme of “on the side” :

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory: Crunchy Chili Chickpea Chips from Daily Bites.  These savory morsels look like a perfect alternative to potato chips (except healthy)!

Readers’ Choice, Sweet: Tahini Date Cookies from Blissful Bites. Micha is two for two this week with this healthy cookie recipe! :)

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. This week I added a Paleo Style *cheesecake* Having some fun with cauliflower :)

  2. Hello Ricki,

    Happy Friday!

    This week I am sharing a fun alternative to traditional whipped cream – mocha flavored! Great to use as an icing substitute, or just a little treat.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Be Well,

  3. hi Ricki! I shared a little of everything this time, a salad, my version of Coconut Secret Coconut Classic bar, and a decadent raw fudge torte! Thank you!

  4. Hi Ricki! This week when I roasted some parsnips (as I do every week) I took pictures so I could let those people, who haven’t yet tried them, into the secret of how absolutely yummy they are! Have a lovely weekend!

  5. I was not the least bit hungry until I just scanned the entries so far–wow, once again! I linked up my Chocolate Doughnut Hot Chocolate (did I really do that?). A rich, thick, bittersweet concoction for sure. :-)

    I have no doubt that many will be attending the conference just to meet you Ricki! Your presentation sounds fantastic.

    Now off to check out those Tahini Data Cookies and a few more recipes!

  6. Thanks for the shout-out, Ricki. I can already tell this week’s group of recipes has tons of V-Day sweets. :)

  7. Lovely submissions so far!! I’m linking up my Raw Blueberry Pancakes that I brought to a Raw Foods Brunch. They were a huge hit!

  8. Thanks so much for the feature! Today I’m sharing a grown-up tomato soup with some wonderful layers of flavor … much better than the stuff from the can :)

    Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery

  9. Lovely roundup this week – I’ve added an inexpensive comfort-food dinner suggestion that will fee the family for 2 days – Vegan Cabbage Rolls ~ a recipe we frequently crave in the winter days ;)

    xo Ella @ Lifeologia

  10. I know my recipe is an older one on my site but we serve it (Persian Lima Bean Rice) to the kids with a bean dip so I know it would go GREAT with your Byesar recipe. I always make this for company but the proportions could be scaled down easily. Thank you and have a fabulous weekend everyone!

  11. I don’t know if I’m hungry or what , but the recipes this week are amazing!

  12. A little late in the weekend posting- we had a very important first birthday for our 2 yr old this weekend so that took precedence :) Linking up my grasshopper cookie pie, but everything else looks great too!

  13. Hi Ricki, thanks so much for hosting. I shared a Cinnamon-Thyme Tea recipe, a great natural remedy for colds, flu, sore throat, coughs, immune boosting, etc. Thanks again.


  14. Hello Ricki! :-)
    Did you see this?

    Probably I am just too late and yes, you saw it, but anyway belated congrats! :-)

    Sorry to post it here in the Comments of your last post, but did not really know where else…

    Have a nice week!
    Greetings from Germany :-)

    • Would you believe that I DIDN’T know about this yet??? The Ellen people didn’t tell me, and the link hasn’t shown up on my blog stats, so you are the first to let me know! Thank you so much–I am absolutely THRILLED. :D :D


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