Wellness Weekend: March 29-April 2, 2012

Good Evening, Wellness Weekenders!  This past week has been a crazy melée of writing, school prep, recipe development and dealing with a disconnected muffler (we found it dragging on the driveway)–which is why I’ve neglected the blog and missed all of you! 

That’s why I’m so glad to have these weekly link-ups, which bring in so many fabulous recipes and little “hello’s” from all of you in the comments section.  Thanks for the wonderful contributions to last week’s event, and for continuing to stop by and take part!

Newsy Tidbits

  • Andrea Nakayama and I kicked off our Sweet Victory sugar detox course last Saturday, and we’re going gangbusters to get out that sugar!  With almost 50 participants, our group is taking up the challenge admirably,  providing all kinds of great feedback and support on the Message Board (where Andrea and I also check in several times a day).  If you missed our first call, it’s not too late to join in! Last week’s call is available as a recording on the site, and you can still have access to all the other features plus our second call live this weekend.  Check here if you’d like to join in this coming Saturday, March 31st!
  • Hallie over at Daily Bites is giving away a pack of From the Ground Up products--GF grains and baking mixes. The best part about these is that they’ll custom mix them for you–either with or without certain ingredients as you require!  Hop on over to Hallie’s blog to enter.
  • For those of you who celebrate Passover, my friend Cara has a series called “Passover Prep” in which she discusses the different aspects of the holiday and provides a new Passover-friendly recipe each post. This week’s recipe is Raspberry Crumble Squares (which look great for any time of year, frankly!).

And now, as we move into Easter and Passover season, I thought that the theme of “good for a holiday table” might fit right in! Here are this week’s picks:

  • Brussels Sprouts Done Right from Green Veg’n Living.  I love brussels sprouts all on their own, but I thought the addition of this second green veggie made this dish totally irresistible!
  • Omega Wild Rice Salad from My Munchable Musings would make a great side dish at a holiday table.  And extra Omegas are always a good idea!
  • Five Layers of Dessert Heaven from Cats in the Kitchen. This trifle-like concoction of brownies, cream, berries and more looks like a perfect way to cap off a holiday meal.  And bonus cute dog/cat pics!

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory: Quinoa Flour Tortillas from Cara’s Cravings.  These are part of that Passover Prep series I mentioned above. . .see, told you it was a great series!

Readers’ Choice, Sweet: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Dough Cinnamon Rolls from Vegan Mommy Chef.  I think the title says it all–two favorite sweet treats combined in one amazing dessert!

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. Hi Ricki,

    I linked up my Potato Leek Soup recipe today which my family gobbled up this week. I am ready for the weekend and warm Spring weather. Be Well!

  2. Ricki! I’m sharing my grain free chocolate chip cookies recipe this week which has an option to use cacao nibs for a more intense chocolate taste.

    Thank you for hosting, I can’t wait to see the other posts linked here!

  3. Hello Ricki,

    This week I am sharing 2 recipes…

    (1) A roasted asparagus soup complimented with lemon and thyme. Vegan and SCD friendly.

    (2) Super delicious sautéed lemon pepper Brussels Sprouts. My kids LOVE this and eat it up. The perfect spring dish.

    Have a great weekend!

  4. That wild rice salad sounds interesting. I wouldn’t have thought to soak the rice. Thanks for highlighting it.

  5. Thanks for hosting Ricki! I shared a Soaked Oats Muesli recipe. It’s super easy to make and so yummy. Thanks again.

  6. Thank you for hosting once again! I shared chickpeas and spinach in coconut milk. Have a great weekend!

  7. Hi Ricki! Thank you for hosting another fabulous weekend. I shared my Creamy Pesto Pasta with Spring Vegetables today. I usually add some prosciutto but if you omit it the dish is vegan. Have a great weekend!


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