Wellness Weekend May 3-7, 2012

Hi Everyone! As you read this, I am likely wrapping up a jam-packed day at the Dole Salad Summit! As I mentioned earlier, the event began yesterday and wraps up tomorrow. So this WW post will be short and sweet!

Newsy Tidbits

  • One of my favorite cookbook authors, Dreena Burton, just released her latest book, Let Them Eat Vegan! I love Dreena’s recipes, especially because our food philosophy is so similar–she uses natural sweeteners, and she includes many gluten free options. As a special promotion during this week only, Dreena is giving the first 200 people to order the book a signed bookplate–that’s like your very own autographed copy! There are more perks, too, so check out Dreena’s post for details.
  • Amber at The Tasty Alternative posts monthly recipe roundups from around the web.  This month’s theme is Mother’s Day!  Go check out her list of yummy-for-Mummy recipes.
  • It’s National Celiac Awareness Month, and The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness is hosting a month-long event with many of our favorite GF bloggers! Thanks to Shirley of Gluten Free Easily for letting us know about this event.  Check out the daily blog posts here.
  • I’m in California!! Whoo hoo!! To read more about my trip so far, check yesterday’s post.

This Week’s Highlighted Recipes:

There were so many fabulous recipes last week, I could hardly choose only three!  But here are four picks in honor of the Dole Summit–theme is SALAD!

And This Week’s Readers’ Choices:

  • Readers’ Choice, Savory: Desi Spinach Pancakes from Cook2Jhoom.  This variation on my favorite chickpea pancake looks fantastic–a great way to increase daily green consumption!
  • Readers’ Choice, SweetCarrotless Carrot Cake from The Daily Dietribe.  You were all very intrigued by this cake–and no wonder! Looks delish.

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. Hi Ricki,

    Great picks this week! And many thanks for sharing my Mother’s Day round-up. :-)

    This week I am sharing raw lemon cookies and my absolute favorite salad: Curtido.

    Looks like you are enjoying yourself here in Northern California! What a fun time. I LOVE Monterey- one of my favorite places to visit. Just beautiful.

    Have a wonderful and safe rest of your trip.

    Be Well,

  2. Thanks for the shout-out Ricki! So many tasty dishes this week as fresh produce starts to roll in. :)

  3. Jealous of the sunshine….we are fighting the rains here! Enjoy yourself!

  4. Some more great ideas. The porch salad has my attention and I am really intrigued my the carrotless carrot cake :)

  5. Hey Ricki,

    I hope you are having a lovely time in California. This week I linked a mushroom spinach oat soup. It even features a special guest appearance from my parents’ dog, Zorro. He was not as insightful as your dogs though. ;)

  6. I love Wellness Weekend! Love seeing everyone’s awesome recipes.
    Have a great rest of your time in California Ricki!

  7. Ricki I just tried to post another recipe from a new blog post but it didn’t work… uploaded the pic but then didn’t show and I tried to do it again but it said it was already posted.
    Enjoy the sunshine!!! Raining here today :(


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