Wellness Weekend March 22-26, 2012

Happy summer!  Oh, wait, you mean it’s not summer?  Surely this past week in Toronto (over 22C/72 F all week–and sunny!) could have fooled me.  So that explains why I’ve been smiling so much over the past 7 days!

Well, it must be the sunshine–and all of your amazing recipes, of course.  ;) Last week’s event brought yet another collection of incredible, healthy, sugar-free and vegan food to DDD.  Yum!  And before we get to this week. . . .

Newsy Tidbits

  • Virtual Gluten-Free Support Group: My friend Shirley of Gluten Free Easily (who just won runner-up in Triumph Dining’s Best of Gluten Free 2012 Awards!!) holds a Virtual Gluten-Free Support Group on her blog every month. It’s intended to provide a forum and support for anyone with gluten issues–information, guests, products, and more.  Check out last month’s post for more information.
  • Sweet Victory is Here! I’m so excited about this course that I had to share it again!  Your response to our giveaways has been overwhelming (one blog received over 550 entries!!), and while I’m glad that our sugar detox is something people want, I wish we could give away even more free spots.  Clearly, sugar addiction is something many of us share.  I do hope you’ll join Andrea and me starting this Saturday (March 24th) for two weeks that incude two teleseminars (recorded so you can access them later as well) in which we share how sugar affects us physiologically, psychologically and emotionally; strategies and tools, including meal plans and recipes; and a discussion forum in which you can comment and ask any questions you like, whenever you like.  Getting control of the sugar habit once and for all is an investment that’s well worth making.  You can register for the course here.

Since we’re about to say goodbye to winter, I thought we’d take a last look at warming foods for this week’s picks:

  • Cream of Caramelized Onion and Cauliflower Soup from Fox in the Kitchen. This looks so delicious to me–made creamy with coconut milk (the toppings–not vegan–are optional).
  • Edamame Mashed Potatoes from Sweet & Healthy Living. What a fantastic idea to spruce up mashed potatoes!  Besides the lovely color, the edamame also provide a huge hit of protein.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Stir-Fry from Wheat Free, Meat Free.  This stir-fry would be good any time, actually–a creative mix of potatoes, carrot and cabbage.

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory: Grain-Free Irish “Potato” Bread from Fresh4Five.  An innovative way to create a classic–without the usual potatoes.

Readers’ Choice, Sweet: 5-Minute High-Protein Muffins from Tessa the Domestic Diva.  Was it the “5-Minute” or the “High-Protein” that caught your attention? ;)

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!

And n0w. . . what have you been cooking up lately? Please share!


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  1. I’m first,. I’m first!! Lucky me (; Thanks for another opportunity to share Ricki…this week it is no-peel applesauce, and some pretty amazing english muffins! Now if I could figure out a way to make them ACD friendly….baking with no eggs and no grains is tricky!

  2. Hi Ricki! This week I’ve shared my Bean Salad with a simple mint dressing (with a sweetener option). Have a lovely week!

  3. Hello Ricky and happy Friday to you!

    Today I am sharing my lunch: a fun and healthy way eat pasta: but GRAIN FREE! Sun dried tomato and artichoke heart pasta (made with zucchini noodles). Sooo yum!

    Have a great weekend!


  4. Thanks for highlighting the stir-fry. A lot of people seemed to get a kick out of it.

  5. Just in time for spring…a ‘creamy’ turnip soup with turnip greens. If made with veggie stock and omitting the butter it is vegan, too.

  6. Ricki, thank you for choosing to highlight my “Cream” of Caramelised Onion and Cauliflower Soup. I’m going to add your sweet badge to the posting :)
    I would love it if you could share some of that sunshine and warmth with us folks on the West Coast. Have a great weekend!

  7. Hi Ricki- I shared a cream of mushroom soup that uses cashew cream. Happy weekend!

  8. So tickled to have the readers choice! Thank you all for checking it out, and Ricki for hosting this event!

    I have spent too much time experimenting I guess, since I have no recipe to share this week! Easter Treats soon :)


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