Wellness Weekend February 9-13, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Wellness Weekend (plus a sentence with a whole lot of “W”‘s!!). Today’s post features some updated guidelines for the event, so please be sure to check out the changes below. 

I’ve also got a few news items to share before we move on to all of your fabulous, healthy recipes.  :)

I. One-Pot Meals–and Veggies for V-Day:  

  • This week on The Balanced Platter, I shared tips for one-pot meals, the perfect way to save time and enjoy winter comfort foods. Head over to the site for information and recipe suggestions to cook up dinner in a single pot. I’d love to hear about your favorite one-pot meals, too.
  • I’m excited to report that my first article for the new site, Fitalicious.com, was also published this week! In it, I suggest, “This Valentine’s Day, Serve Him Veggies!“.  Well, without having him notice they’re actually veggies, of course.  ;)

II. Nourished Food Blogger Conference: The Agenda is Set!

The excitement is building for the first-ever food blogger conference geared specifically for those of us on special diets–how cool is that? And I’m thrilled to be presenting there, alongside many of my favorite blogging heroes.  To check out the official agenda, click hereAnd to buy your ticket, click here!

III. Events and Giveaways

It seems as if blog events have exploded in recent weeks–it’s getting hard to keep up! Here are a few tidbits:

  • One new event, Allergy-Free Wednesday, is hosted by some of Wellness Weekend’s regular contributors, so do check it out!
  • There’s also Love Your Heart, a month-long event taking place very Wednesday.  Check out my friend Cara’s intro to the event (which includes linkys and giveaways!).
  • To find out more events or to register your own, see The Food Blog Diary, where Jacqueline and Karen keep an up-t0-date list of all the food blog events they learn about.

If you host a blog event, please let me know via email (dietdessertdogsATgmailDOTcom) so I can mention some of them each week here!

IV. Unique Training for Holistic Nutritionists, Dieticians or Health Care Professionals!

  • My friend Andrea Nakayama, with whom I teach the sugar detox course, Sweet Victory, is offering a Holistic Nutrition Lab that provides in-depth training about body systems for nutrition professionals who want to better help their clients. I’m seriously in awe of Andrea’s knowledge and skills in this area–just check out some of the quotes on the HNL page (including from doctors and naturopaths who work with her).  Early bird pricing ends tomorrow, so if you’re interested, now is the time to register!  More info here.

And now, on to this week’s favorites–on the theme of “Sweet” (but of course! It’s Valentine’s Day weekend!).  Have a very Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! :D

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory: Gum-Free Savory Chickpea Flour Cakes from Hobby and More.  The method described here is just as intersting as the unique snack food! 

Readers’ Choice, Sweet: Double Chocolate Hazelnut Coconut Cookies from The Tasty Alternative.  That’s quite a mouthful–and a delicious one, at that!

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!!

With so many events out there and so many sets of guidelines to follow, I decided to simplify the rules here at Wellness Weekend. 

So STARTING THIS WEEK, please feel free to submit any posts on your blog, whether new or old, as long as you include a link to this post.

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. Oooh, you made it even easier to join in the weekly fun. Awesome! :)

  2. Thank you so much for promoting Allergy-Free Wednesdays! I’m off to check out all the other new events you shared.

  3. thats amazing that so many people liked the dhokla(chickpea flour snack cake). hope some try it! There are several naturally gf snacks and meals in indian cuisine!
    linking up another gf gumfree dinner roll this week.

  4. Hi! I’m sharing my post on oregano this week with a recipe for roasted vegetables! Have a lovely week! BTW those sweet potato truffles look so pretty – but I’d have to replace the spelt flour with something GF – any suggestions?

  5. Hi Ricki! Thank you so much for mentioning my Truffles! Chocolate & Orange are my favourite!

    This week I submitted Chocolate-Orange Ganache Tartlets, I just loved that sauce in the truffle recipe so much I tweaked it some to make a tart.

    Happy Weekend :)

  6. Thank you so much for mentioning our linky party! How kind! I am excited to share older recipes too this week, lots of goodies! You rock Ricki! I’ll come back later, Wallas so many tasty things to checkout!

  7. Hi Ricki,

    I’m linking up two recipes from my Suite of Sweets event this week: POM Sherbet and Caramel Coconut Chunky Monkey Ice Cream. :-) They are tasty and pretty, but actually full of healthy ingredients. ;-)


  8. Hello There Ricki,

    Thanks for mentioning our Allergy-Free Wednesdays Blog Hop! It warms my heart to see the allergy-free community come together. Some great recipes and information.

    This week I am sharing a Valentine’s Day inspired recipe (the most beautiful, vibrant red): Roasted Beets, Cabbage and Green Apples. Delicious!! And a fun “any time” dish.

    You have a wonderful weekend Ricki.

    Be Well,

  9. Thanks so much for your encouraging comment and for featuring the mini red velvet cakes. I’m truly humbled! This week I’m linking up a much less involved recipe- coconut milk cheese :)

    Also, speaking of cheese!, I made the goat cheese that you use for your pizza recipe you recently posted. This was by far one of our favorite “cheeses” we have had since going dairy free- thanks!

    • Eryn, yay on the goat cheese! :D Yours sounds incredibly intriguing, too. I love trying out new dairy-free cheeses–can’t wait. Thanks so much for submitting to WW this week!

  10. Trying my hand at gluten-free flours. It’s a work in progress ;-)

  11. Lots of great things to share this week. Can’t wait to meet you at Nourish!! I’m linking up my Spinach Artichoke Dip. I finally figured out how to make it without cheese!

  12. Hi Ricki,

    I shared my Strawberry Coconut Rice Pudding recipe this week. Have a wonderful Saturday!


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