Wellness Weekend March 8-12, 2012

Happy International Women’s Day!  Did you tell a woman how much you appreciate her today (hint, hint, HH)?

And it’s Happy March Break to all of you who are off school this week, as well! I must admit, I do miss those March breaks (yes, as a teacher, I didn’t have to teach that week. . . but marking never goes away).  ;)

Newsy Tidbits

  • Blog Events. Food blog events seem to be exploding all over the internet! Here are a few other ongoing blog events I wanted to share.
    • Weekend Herb Blogging.  This long-standing event showcases interesting recipes with herbs and/or vegetables.  I haven’t played along in ages, but want to get back to it
    • The Breakfast Club. This month’s theme is dairy-free.  I do love a good breakfast, so hope to take part in this one–or at least check out all the entries!
    • Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger. This ongoing event challenges you to “adopt” a GF blogger, make one or more of their recipes, and blog about it. The idea is to help spread the word about GF blogs! This month’s deadline to sign up is tomorrow, but if you can’t choose someone that quickly, there’s always next month!
  • Are you running a blog event? Feel free to mention it in the comments!
  • Guest Posts. I had the honor of writing not one, but two guest posts this past week.


    • First up was a post for Christy Morgan, The Blissful Chef (who is making her way across the seas at this very moment!).  Christy is featuring different kitchen tools and I wrote about my beloved food processor!  Plus a recipe for a processor-made nut-free Sunflower Chocolate Chip Cookie (photo above).  Nom!
    • I also wrote a guest post for Lindsay Ingalls over at Get Healthy with Lindsay. Lindsay is a holistic health counsellor (who is about to have her first baby!) and I was delighted to share some info about candida, what it is, and how to spot whether or not you’ve got it.  Another recipe is attached, this one for low-fat Walnut Cinnamon Quick Bread.
  • Nourished Food Blogger Conference–it’s just around the corner! I am so excited about this upcoming conference for bloggers of special diet blogs (gluten free, vegan, dairy free, allergy-friendly, etc.)! I’ll get to meet some of my blogging idols (hi, Susan!)–and you can, too! Speakers include Susan Voisin of Fat Free Vegan Kitchen, Silvana Nardone of Silvana’s Kitchen, Dianne Jacob of Will Write for Food and more.  I’ll be be speaking about how to attract and keep a mainstream audience with special diet recipes.  For more information about sessions, see this page.  To buy your tickets, click here.

This time of year, we all seem to gravitate toward “simple.”  So that’s our theme this week:  quick, easy, or ultra-simple dishes:

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory: No Soy Vegan “Quiche” from Triumph Wellness.  I do love my chickpea-flour quiches, and this looks like a yummy one! :)

Readers’ Choice, Sweet: Grain, Egg and Refined Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites from MAID in Alaska. Another great twist on a classic!

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 added my Candied Pepitas this week!

    Happy March Break!

  2. Hi There Ricky,

    Happy Friday.

    Thank you for featuring my marinara sauce! So fun to make your own. :-)

    This week I am sharing two recipes:

    (1) Creamy vegan broccoli soup (SCD friendly)
    (2) Roasted red pepper lentil hummus (SCD friendly)

    Also, some pretty pictures of spring. Very warm and just gorgeous here in Northern California. I think we’re in for one more storm though. Still need to get to the mountains and play in the snow!

    Have a great weekend.


  3. Hi Ricki! Today I’m sharing my recipe for a basic Nut Roast we’ve been enjoying for years! The veggies, spices and herbs are constantly changing depending on what we have in the fridge and we have fun dressing up the recipe for special occasions! It’s always a favourite in our house and is lovely hot or cold. Thank you for hosting and have a lovely week!

  4. Happy Friday Ricki!

    Thanks so much for featuring my Homemade Italian Dressing recipe. Aren’t easy recipes the best? At least for me-a Mom always on the go! This week I shared a No-Bake Key Lime Pie recipe that can be made in under 10 minutes. Have a lovely weekend!

  5. Thanks for hosting! I shared a Chocolate Smoothie w/ Herbal Tea Infusion recipe. It’s really yummy and a great way to get all of those readily available vitamins and minerals from the infusion. Thanks again!


  6. Hi Ricki!
    Thanks so much for highlighting my Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites from last week!! :)

    I wish I could attend the Nourished Food Blogger Conference to hear you (and everyone else) speak. Unfortunately, it’s not going to work out – I hope you all decide to do more food blogger conferences in the upcoming years!

  7. I’ve been very distracted lately but I thought a vegan option was allowed. Has that changed? I removed the offending ingredient.

  8. Hi Ricki!–Happy weekend! I’ve linked up my Brazilian UnCheese Rolls, my latest creation. ;-) They contain a secret ingredient and are grain-free, vegan, plus more free. I’m in love with them. I’ll be using two to make a little sandwich for my dinner tonight. :-)

    I loved those cookies of Megan’s, so I was happy to see you highlighted them, plus Amber’s marinara sauce, Cheryl’s nut butter … oh my goodness, so many amazing recipes!

    Thanks for hosting faithfully each week! Love all your updates and highlights!



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