Wellness Weekend April 12-16, 2012

It’s Thursday–time for Wellness Weekend–AND the much-anticipated Nourished Food Blogger Conference, which starts tomorrow!  As you read this, I am likely wending my way to the Chicago area for tomorrow’s presentation.  Looking forward to meeting many of you there!  I’ll be back next week with a recap of the events, so be sure to come back then as well. :)

In the meantime, I hope you’ll share your healthy recipes once again. Many of you already shared some great holiday recipes last week, and I hope those of you who didn’t will link up some of the yummy foods you ate over the holiday weekend.

Newsy Tidbits

  • Nourished–it’s finally here! I’ll be a presenter tomorrow at the only food blogger conference for all special diet bloggers. With so many great presenters and topics, I am really excited to be there–not just as a presenter, but as an attendee as well!  Hope to see some of you there.
  • The Blender Girl’s amazing KitchenAid Stand Mixer giveaway continues throughout the month!  Each day features a new recipe using a stand mixer, and another chance to win!  Hop on over to Tess’s blog to see today’s recipe and submit your entry.
  • I’ve been working on a very special recipe to “build a better salad” as part of campaign that I’ll share on Monday, April 16th.  I am really pleased with the salad and can’t wait to share it with y’all!  Come back then for all the details and recipe.

With travel on my mind, I’ve been thinking about foods that are simple to prepare and eat.  So today’s theme is: SIMPLE!  Here are some highlighted recipes on that theme:

  • Braised and Roasted Cabbage from Eat, Recycle, Repeat. I love the simplicity of this recipe.  If you’ve never tried roasted cabbage, this is a must-try. What a great way to enjoy this underrated veggie!
  • Simple Cabbage Sauté from The Tasty Alternative. Yes, I love cabbage!  In addition to a tasty recipe, Amber also provides a bunch of great information on the health benefits of cabbage here.
  • Spinach, Kale and Dandelion Salad with Blood Oranges and Candied Pecans from And Love It, Too. Simple greens, simple ingredients when well-combined create exceptional results. . . . like this salad.

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory: High Protein Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta from The Taste Space.  This recipe set a record, by being the FIRST savory recipe to score more hits than any of the sweet ones on Wellness Weekend!  And judging by the recipe, a well deserved honor. :)

Readers’ Choice, Sweet: Chocolate Chip Cookies from Vgan Jar.  You won’t believe how simple these are to make, or how healthy.  Consider yourself a VIP with this 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:

The event occurs once a week, starting Thursdays at 8:00 PM my time and running until the following 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. 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. :)
  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!

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 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.
  • 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. Thanks for the shout out Ricki! I am over the moon :) One thing though – it is EatRecycleRepeat. Sorry if there is any confusion!

  2. Hi Ricki! Hope you’ve had a lovely week! I shared a very simple sugar free and fat free baked banana recipe today! So simple yet so tasty!

  3. Hi Ricki,

    Have a wonderful, safe trip. Hope to see you there next year!!

    Thanks for featuring my cabbage saute! :-)

    My recipes are getting seriously backed up (so many waiting to be published) and I have yet to share all my green living and gardening posts. But it’s all good. Just going to be some rapid posting for a bit till I get all caught up.

    So this week I am sharing 3 recipes:

    (1) Strawberry Almond Ice Cream (SCD friendly, cane-sugar free, dairy free, soy free)

    (2) Baked Apple and Cranberry Breakfast Crumble (SCD friendly, grain free, dairy free, cane-sugar free)

    (3) Radicchio Salad with Warm Fennel and Apple (SCD, Vegan)

    Have a great weekend and enjoy the conference!! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    Be Well,

  4. Hi Ricki,

    Have a wonderful time this weekend-wish I could be there! I shared my Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese (Gluten & Dairy Free):

    Take Care!

  5. Woot! Thanks for the shout-out! That’s super awesome that the savoury recipe was tops this week. :)

  6. You will be so awesome at the conference, Ricki! Those are some lucky food bloggers who will get to meet you and see your presentation! Jealous for sure.

    I’ve linked up my new flourless creation. Turns out that using a banana in place of an egg not only makes my Flourless Nut/Sun Butter Cookies egg free and vegan, it also makes them irresistibly good! ;-)

    “Break a leg!” xo,

  7. Can’t wait to meet you today, Ricki!!! I’m linking up my Watermelon Peach Chia Smoothie. See you soon!!


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