Wellness Weekend May 24-28

Hello and Happy Wellness Weekend! And Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all my American readers and friends!

I’m happy to report that last week’s Wellness Weekend hit an all-time high number of 50 submissions! Thank you all, so much, for continuing to play along each week and for regularly linking up your fabulous recipes. This event would not exist without all of you!!

And hey, I kinda like that “half century” vibe.  :)  As usual, you folks outdid yourselves posting AMAZING whole-foods, sugar-free, vegan recipes!  I cannot wait to try out as many as possible (I’d love to make them all! If only my time were unlimited. . . ).

Newsy Tidbits

  • Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl has a new weekly blog event called “Make it Gluten Free Tuesdays.” The idea is to re-make a classic or family recipe as a gluten-free option.  You can link up your own “re-made” recipes (old or new!). For details, check out Carrie’s latest post. 
  • For those of you in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Christy Morgan (aka The Blissful Chef) is offering a two-day cooking retreat on June 9 and 10. It takes place at the Day Away Retreat, which sounds like a stunning locale (with one very cute border collie on site). Great plant-based food, relaxation and fun. Details here.
  • The “In My Gluten Free Kitchen” event continues over at Celiacs in the House.  Every week, Wendy features a different gluten-free kitchen. I fyou haven’t checked them out yet, hop on over to see inside some amazing kitchens!
  • As I mentioned last week, my friend Heather Nauta is offering a new series of online cooking classes  on how to cook simple, healthy meals in less than 30 minutes. For full details, check here; and for a sample videos, check out her blog.

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:

It’s pretty established that sweets are the favorites here on the DDD page and on Wellness Weekends, so I tend to focus more on savory dishes in this section. But there were so many innovative recipes last week, I decided to share my favorite unusual creations:

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. Those scones and doughnuts look amazing too! And I agree with you on the limas, I haven’t cooked with those in years!

  2. oops I meant to title my entry Chocolate & Pear Protein Shake, NOT display the link! haha I must be tired!

    It is good none-the-less! :)

  3. Thanks to all who like the chickpea flour roll ups! those are my mom’s fave finger food!
    Bringing some Spicy Tikka Masala and a Veggie garden chard cauli carrot wrap w/ mint thyme chutney this week.
    thanks for hosting Ricki!

  4. Had something to share this week. Woohoo!

  5. Ricki…now that I am thinking on it, is round up of ideas/recipes ok? The directions say it has to be a recipe. Won’t be offended if you take it down (lunch on a stick)!

  6. Hi Ricki,

    I’m sharing a recipe for my Flourless White Chocolate Macadamia Almond Cookies w/ Vegan Options. I’m eating mostly grain free these days, so I’ve started grinding my own almonds to save money.

    Be well and have a great weekend! 

  7. Hello Ricki,

    Great picks as always. Thank you for sharing Carrie’s new link party! Just shared a few recipes. Always love to connect with new bloggers.

    This week I am sharing 3 recipes:

    (1) Homemade Hazelnut Milk (vegan, SCD)

    (2) Raw Cauliflower Apricot Curry Salad (SCD)

    (3) Ginger Lemon Cookie Chews (Vegan, Grain Free, Low Glycemic)

    Have a wonderful weekend Ricki.

    Be Well,

  8. Hi Ricki! I’m sharing a simple bean salad this week! Thank you for hosting, there’s a lovely selection of recipes already!

  9. Excited to be a part of this weekend’s event AND try some of these new recipes! Woohoo!

  10. Oh hooray!!! My recipe was a “reader’s choice”!!! Thanks Ricki, for hosting this fun linkup each weekend. :)

  11. Andrea S says:

    Just want you to know how much I love these Wellness Weekends! I keep checking back for new recipes to try and I’ve found some really cool food blogs in the process. Thanks to you for this and to all the contributors who make this so much fun! Have a great weekend!

    • Thank you so much! I’ve found some great new blogs this way as well. And I only wish I had enough time to make all of the fabulous recipes I’d like to try from DDD readers!! (But then again, I think that DDD readers are THE BEST. . . ) :D


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