Wellness Weekend, May 17-21

Hello and Happy Wellness Weekend!

Honestly, I don’t know where the times goes these days.  It truly seems to fly between Thursdays (and being out of commission with a nasty cold for 4 days didn’t help)–I’m still breathless over all the fantastic recipes y’all shared last week! I had meant to post a new recipe before tonight’s Wellness Weekend arrived, but it will have to wait for tomorrow now.  (You won’t be disappointed!).

It’s a long weekend here in Toronto for Victoria Day, and I can’t wait. In the meantime. . . . time to share your own yummy, healthy, sugar-free and vegan recipes!

Newsy Tidbits

  • Heather Nauta (who interviewed me earlier this year for her Better Health Summit) is offering a new, fun series of online cooking classes, designed to teach you easy, delicious ways to cook healthy. She’s offering an early-bird discount until Monday, May 21st, so hop on over and then check out her sample video (with a great recipe for a super-easy avocado dip)  if you’re interested in learning more! 
  • Allen’s Vegetables is holding heir third annual “Feast Your Veggies on This” contest. They’re asking for original recipes using veggies. First prize is a year’s worth of vegetables!  Click here for details and to enter. (Thanks, Alisa, for letting me know about this!)
  • My friend Amy has a giveaway going on until Sunday, for KIND Bars. If you haven’t heard of these gluten-free, fruit and nut bars before, head over to Amy’s blog and enter to win some!

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:

last week I was all about raw foods, so I thought I’d continue the theme here. Four raw picks from last week:

And This Week’s Readers’ Choices:

  • Readers’ Choice, Savory: “Whole Wheat” Tortillas from Tessa Domestic Diva. Tessa serves up another winner with these homemade gluten-free tortillas that contain a variety of flours. Yum!
  • Readers’ Choice, SweetRaw Lemon “Cream” Bars from Laura’s Gluten-Free Pantry.  Looks like you all were just as intrigued by these as I was!

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. Hey I’m first!

    Happy Long Weekend Ricki! I added some crisp apple chips this week

  2. OO, another reader fav, exciting!! Thanks Ricki, I shared lunchbox themed posts this week….

  3. Wow-I am so glad others were intrigued by my Raw Lemon “Cream” Bars and hope they get a chance to make them too! I shared my Coffee Ice Cream and Black Bean Salad with Creamy Avocado Lime Dressing recipes this week. Have a wonderful weekend Ricki!

  4. Hi Ricki,

    This week I’m linking rice with pigeon peas. A former coworker used to bring in leftovers from her mom. I always wanted to make it, and now I have.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Hi Ricki, This week Im sharing a raw lemon berry swirl cheesecake. Its deeelish and so nice for warm weather.

  6. Ricki, Thank you so much for featuring my recipe!! You seriously made my day. Such a huge honor coming from such a fabulous foodie like yourself! :)

  7. Hi Ricki,

    Hope you’re having a great week.

    This week I am sharing three recipes:

    (1) Three white bean dip recipes: plain, kalamata olive, and spinach (vegan, dairy free, soy free)

    (2) A strawberry, cantaloupe, and ginger green smoothie (no added sugar, vegan, SCD).

    (3) Homemade caramel chocolate chews (vegan, grain free, low glycemic) – again inspired by your chocolate recipe!!

    Be Well,

  8. Hi Ricki!

    I am sharing the Almost Raw Apple Blueberry Cream Pie. Could you delete number 28? I accidentally put the wrong link! Thanks! :D

  9. Should I admit I only clicked on the chocolate ones? Great round-up!

  10. Thanks for highlighting my Taco Salad recipe Ricki!! Great round-up as usual.

  11. happy victoria day weekend to you as well ricki! enjoy the sunshine & blast of summer heat :)


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