Wellness Weekend, June 21-25, 2012

It’s our first Wellness Weekend of Summer!

It’s been a really hectic week this past week with student assignments, a computer crash, and a dental emergency (yes, my mouth is still throbbing).  So the recipe I’d intended to post yesterday will wait until the weekend. . . but we’ve still got Wellness Weekend today!

I have to admit, I wait all  year for summer and despite the fact that Toronto has already experienced record-breaking temperatures (and humidity), you will never hear me complain about the heat.  No matter what, it beats -35C (-31F) in winter! It looks like many of you are enjoying the sunshine, too, and your recipes are reflecting that. (Of course, we always welcome any recipes here, so please chime in, Antipodean readers!).

Newsy Tidbits:

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:

This week’s theme is “spice!” I love spicy foods. . . and you served up quite a few of them last week!

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. Thanks for highlighting my roasted vegetables from last week! This week, I’ve got more veggies in the form of a moroccan carrot salad. Enjoy!

  2. Hi Ricki! This week I’ve shared my recipes for Ginger Biscuits, Baked Plums and Ginger and Vanilla Plum Crumble (all in the same post).

    Have a lovely week!

  3. Thanks for mentioning my giveaway, Ricki! It really is such an excellent cookbook, I’m glad I can share it with a wider audience. I’m sure Nava would thank you, too. :)

  4. Hi Ricki! THank you so much for highlighting my Broccoli Cupcakes!

    This week, I’m sharing my GF Cauliflower Pancakes with Kale Pesto! They’re Gluten Free and Body Ecology Diet friendly (ACD) with a Vegan Option!

    I’m also sharing my Sweet & Tangy Almond Noodle Delight! It’s also Gluten Free, Vegan, and Body Ecology Diet friendly (ACD)!

    Thanks for hosting! Have a great weekend!

  5. What a great round up so far! I want to try them all. I am sharing Apple Cider Pancakes…sweetened with nothing more than apples and sweet enough to eat plain. And a super simple Cucumber Tomato salad that is great for a summer day.

  6. Thanks for the reader’s choice, everyone! I’m so excited :)

  7. Such great looking food on here as always! I just tried to link up with some yummy vegan donuts but for some reason it didn’t work and won’t let me do it again. Thanks for any help Ricki.

  8. Thanks Ricki! Sharing my strawberry cheesecake this week!

  9. sorry to hear about your mouth, dear! hopefully that means it’s smoothietime!

    • Thanks, Cheryl. :) I had a crown put in and a filling fixed on the same day . . . 2-1/2 hours later, I left with a very sore mouth! I still can’t chew anything hard or crunchy, but making due (luckily, we have some ice cream in the freezer. . . lol!).


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