Wellness Weekend May 10-14

Happy Thursday, all! And Happy Wellness Weekend. :)

After a jam-packed week last week with 3 days in California (I want to move there), I came home. . . and promptly caught a cold! So tonight WW will be the condensed version.  We won’t forget any of your fabulous contributions from last week, though!

Newsy Tidbits

  • Stephanie from Recipe Renovator (whom I met at the Dole Summit) is giving away a TofuXpress. This is a nifty machine to press your own tofu, and Stephanie mentioned how much she’s enjoying hers.  Click here for details!  You’ll also want to check out Stephanie’s great blog, which is full of delectable whole-foods, refined sugar-free recipes.
  • Linda at The Gluten-Free Homemaker is hosting Ten Days of Gluten Free, a blog hop with posts by various bloggers touching on all kinds of topics related to gluten free living. The posts contain a lot of valuable information, and there are giveaways, too! For more information, click here. 
  • If you’re looking for a quick primer on my favorite sweetener, stevia, I recently wrote a short post on the topic for Fitalicious.  I’ve also included links to several recipes to get you started.

Do you have a blog linky event, giveaway or other event you’d like me to mention?  Send me an email with the details and I’ll include as many as I can each week.

This Week’s Highlighted Recipes:

Here are four of my picks from last week:

  • Mushroom Spinach Oat Soup from Meat Free, Wheat Free.  I once made soup using oatmeal as a thickener and loved how creamy it made the soup!  I’d love to try Kalinda’s recipe, too.
  • Kale Chips N Crackers from Sweetly Raw.  Who can say no to kale chips? ;)
  • No-Bake Pear Hemp Rice Puff Treats from Wayfaring Chocolate. These raw treats brought back fond memories of dried pears, which I got as a gift years ago. Haven’t found them since (wish we had Trader Joe’s here)!
  • Lemon Artichoke Hummus from Vanilla and Spice. What a fresh, zesty take on hummus! (and gorgeous photos!).

And This Week’s Readers’ Choices:

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. Another great round-up, Ricki. Can’t believe I had the top clicks for the savoury entry! :)

  2. I hope you feel better soon!!

    I added some grain free chocolate chip cookies this week

  3. Hi Ricki…

    I have some strawberry craziness for you this week!!

    (1) Dark and White Chocolate Covered Strawberries (sugar free & Vegan). Inspired by you! What a great Mother’s Day treat.

    (2) Strawberry Cantaloupe Popsicles (sugar free) & Strawberry Teff Pancakes (allergy-friendly) – in the same post. We went strawberry picking so I’m going a little crazy with the strawberries!!

    Have a great weekend,

  4. Hi Ricki,

    I shared two treats this week: Banana Chocolate Chip Drop Cookies and Raw Lemon “Cream” Bars. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the fabulous Mommas out there! :)

  5. Thanks for highlighting the oat soup. I keep thinking up more ways to sub oats into dishes.

    Also, Cherry Amaretto Bread! I need someone working on a gluten-free version stat.

  6. I haven’t been posting vegan recipes for a couple of weeks so I thought I’d bring an old post – our Saturday Night snack food! Onion Bhajis and Cauliflower Pakoras.

    Of course you can add any vegetables into the batter and these are baked in the oven instead of deep fried.

    Thank you for hosting! Have a lovely week!

  7. Sharing raw vegan coconut banana cream pie! And raw vegan avocado vanilla cheesecake, and third post (not yet showing so i guess you have to moderate) is vegan mylk choccie shake!

  8. PS – thanks for the thumbs up to the kale chips! :) I can never get enough either! Have a great weekend Ricki.

  9. Ricki, Sending you well wishes. Oh and I can’t wait to try Heather’s desserts-coconut banana cream pie and avocado vanilla cheesecake. Sounds delicious! Jenilyn

  10. Thanks for choosing my hummus this week Ricki – zesty is a good way to describe it! Glad you had a good time in California – I’ve never been there so I’m jealous! Too bad about the cold though – they always seem to catch up with me after a plane ride too


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