Wellness Weekend May 31-June 4, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Wellness Weekend! So glad you decided to stop by. :)

We just got over a mini heatwave here in Toronto–which is just fine by me! To paraphrase Cher (or was it Mae West?): I’ve seen winter, and I’ve seen summer.  Summer is better. :D

Seems like many of you were enjoying the heat as well last week–there were loads of Wellness Weekend entries for refreshing drinks and lots of raw dishes! As usual, I wished I could make every single one.


Newsy Tidbits

  • Sunny from And Love it, Too is hosting a monthly ingredient challenge, and this month’s ingredient is coconut!  This month’s challenge actually ends tonight, but if you’ve got some coconut-based recipes on your own blog, you can still link up if you hurry!  Do check it out in any case, as there’s a new ingredient every month.
  • The wonderful Gena from Choosing Raw will be speaking at a New York event next month called The Seed Vegan Show, and she’s giving away free tickets!  If you’re in the area (or are traveling there) and want to enter–or just want to know more about the event–hop over to Gena’s blog and leave a comment!

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:

We downed a lot of liquid last week! Here are some great seasonal beverage recipes from last week’s event:

  • Watermelon Meyer Lemonade from What Smells. . . So Good? After downing my cooler last week, I’m keen to try other watermelon-based drinks this summer!
  • Watermelon Avocado Cooler from Vegan Mommy Chef. This one’s creamy from the avocado. . . another great twist on a watermelon-based drink!
  • Peach Berry Smoothie from The Mommy Bowl.  A green smoothie that sounds great. . . with an unexpected ingredient.
  • Blueberry Basil Smoothie from Farmer’s Market Vegan.  A great way to use that basil from the garden!

And This Week’s Readers’ Choices:

  • Readers’ Choice, Savory: This week, the savory favorite was more an accompaniment than a food–it’s the Oil-Free Mango Salad Dressing from Not Your Parent’s Granola.  Love that photo, too!
  • Readers’ Choice, Sweet: We have a tie this week! And interestingly, they’re both cookies: The Flourless White Chocolate Macadamia Almond Cookies from Fox in the Kitchen tied with the healthy Monsta Cookies from Plant Powered Kitchen. Two kinds of cookie, two kinds of yum! :)

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! I shared my easy Coleslaw recipe this week! Once more, thank you for hosting!

  2. Hey Ricki! This week Im sharing a mango coconut parfait and raspberry mango tart. Cant wait to see the rest of the recipes!

  3. Hi Ricki,

    Where did this week go?! I can’t believe tomorrow is already Friday. I shared my Black Forest Smoothie recipe with you this week-I am on a cherry kick at the moment :)

    Take Care!

  4. AlaskaSmiles says:

    Ricki: I’ve been trying to link to http://www.wholenewmom.com (#4) for the vanilla stevia recipe, but the link won’t come up. Do you know if she’s down?

  5. Hey Ricki, I’m finally able to join in again (well, I hope I followed all the rules anyway!) with my Black Magic Bars. I love this recipe! Hope your readers will, too. I have already seen at least half a dozen WW recipes that I want to make and the event has just begun! ;-)


  6. Thanks for the mention, Ricki!

  7. This link-up gets better every week. There are so many wonderful recipes!

  8. Ricki,

    I was out of town when you made this post and am just now coming across it! Thank you so much for mentioning the Ingredient Challenge Monday event over at my blog, it means more than you know.

    …now to narrow down which recipes I am going to use for the Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger event this month, I made certain to sign up early because I am adopting YOU! So excited! xoxo

    • Oh, Sunny, that is SO exciting!! Thank you so much for adopting me! And if you have any questions about any of the recipes, please let me know. I tell myself I’m going to participate in Adopt-a-Gluten-Free-Blogger virtuallye very month and somehow the time just slips by. I can’t wait to see what you post!
      Hugs! xo


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