Wellness Weekend April 19-23, 2012

Greetings, Wellness Weekenders! Here we are with another collection of healthy, sugar-free, whole foods recipes for your browsing pleasure!  Last week’s selection was stellar–so many AMAZING springtime foods and sugar-free sweets–I want to make them all!

The weather here in the Toronto area has been all over the map–one day it’s summer, the next it’s earmuffs-and-scarf weather.  But I’m not complaining–we haven’t seen a speck of snow since February! All this sunshine has me in the mood for fresh foods, smoothies and creamy, cool desserts.  You?

Newsy Tidbits

  • Nourished was a phenomenal success! Kudos to Amy and Jen for putting together one knock-out conference. If you’re interested in a recap, I wrote one here.  There’s also this one from Fran, this one from Alyssa, this one from Melanie, this one from Candice, this one from Alison and this one from Betsy. Let me know if you find others!
  • Heather at Gluten Free Cat has a list of 10 useful questions to ask when dining out gluten free on Thriving with Celiac.  Many of these can be applied to pretty much any special diet.  (And watch out for Heather’s series on dining gluten free!).
  • 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. :D

There were so many amazing dessert recipes in last week’s event that I decided to go with a savory theme this week. Here are some of my top picks:

  • Hummus with Pomegranate from Emma’s Kitchen.  This pairing of hummus with juicy, tart pomegranate seems like an ideal flavor mix to me! Hop over to check it out welcome Emma as a first-time contributor to Wellness Weekend!
  • Spiced Tomato and Red Lentil Soup from Tinned Tomatoes.  This is my kind of soup: quick and easy, with subtle, warming spices.
  • Vegan Grilled UnCheese Sandwich from Healthy Kitschy Vegan. Not your typical vegan “grilled cheese,” this version sounds terrific!

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory: Butternut Squash Mac N’ Cheese from Gluten Free Pantry.  I love this recipe! As Laura says in her post, it’s “bursting with flavor.”  And looks so creamy!

Readers’ Choice, Sweet: Black Bean Fudge from Whole New Mom.  Adrienne’s version of this classic recipe really rocked–with more than 175 clicks already, and counting!

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!

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  1. I love it when there are so many new recipes to bookmark. Thanks for the weekly wrap-up, Ricki. :)

  2. Hi Ricki! I’m always amazed by the fact that the weather in Canada just seems to be either Winter or Summer compared to the weather we have here! We are lucky to have a fortnight of hot Summery weather these days, it’s one of the reasons I’m looking forward to coming over to Toronto this year. The other reason is just soooo exciting :)

    Today, I’m sharing my Mediterranean Bean Burgers.

    Have a lovely week!

    • Vicky, this is actually EXTREMELY weird weather for us. It’s usually cold in winter, warm in spring and hot in summer. . . .the weather has been all over the place this year (and we’ve broken more than a few records, apparently). When are you coming to Toronto???? :D

      • Hi! Yes, my son’s been telling me, apparently you’ve not had much snow this year! We’re coming over the back end of August and early September so hopefully the sun will still be shining. The last time we visited was for my son’s wedding four years ago and while the weather was warm, it happened to be the coldest July week for years!

        • Oh, the weather in end of August/early Sept is usually in the mid 20s C during the day, maybe teens at night. . .one of the best times of the year. Hopefully the sun will keep shining for you! :)

  3. Hello Ricky,

    Have you been keeping up with Mad Men? I have to say, I’m really impressed with Don’s good behavior. And, is Pete not the guy you love to hate! Such an interesting character. We are starting to see a different side of Lane aren’t we, just when I think he’s got it together, he does something so strange. I don’t want to give away any spoilers here. Just LOVE that show!

    I enjoyed your Nourished post Ricki! Thank you for sharing with us. Can’t wait to attend one day.

    So this week I am sharing three recipes:

    (1) Raw Vegan Sour Cream
    (2) Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Coconut and Curry
    (3) Roasted Fingerling Carrots (fresh from the garden)

    Have a great weekend!

    Be Well,

  4. Hi Ricki,

    Thanks so much for featuring my Butternut Mac N Cheese recipe-it is quite the hit at our house. Nourished sounds amazing. I hope I can go next year and finally meet all of my fabulous blogger friends!

    This week I shared my Cranberry Almond Oatmeal and Cherry “Soda” recipes. Have a lovely Spring weekend!

  5. I need an hour or two to check out all these great recipes!! But I’ll have to come back because I’m making my new grain free/df/rsf version of apple pie for Son before I go to work ;-)

    I’m so glad Nourished was such a great event for you, Ricki! I knew you would rock the house. :-)

    I’ve linked up my basic, but heavenly hash browns recipe. Terrific for a side dish or with veggie odds and ends from the fridge, it also makes a wonderful hash for a main meal. It’s also a camping favorite of ours!

    Happy Friday and Wellness Weekend! xo,

  6. Thanks so much for sharing my Top 10 Questions to Ask when Dining Out GF! I’m trying to link up a Raw “Cheesy” Kale and Sprouted Chickpea Salad, but linky is being wonky. :) Have a lovely weekend, Ricki. (May you get sun and I get rain!)

  7. Woha. The titles to the photos are all messed up on my iPhone. Freaky.

    Recipes lookin yummy this week! If I get some energy this weekend, I’ll link up some vegan love.

  8. Hi Ricki,

    This weekend I’m sharing a recipe for Thai Red Curry Carrot Soup!  It is a Vegan soup that is Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Sugar and Grain Free.

    Be well!

  9. Shared my chewy chocolate cherry cookies! Hugs, Ricki!

  10. I’ve “veganized” the truffle recipe Ricki! My apologies!


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