Wellness Weekend, July 12-16, 2012

Welcome back to another summertime Wellness Weekend! After my computer woes last week (still haven’t accessed all my photos that were saved on our external drive–I can’t even entertain the thought that I might have lost ALL my photos of

And it looks like you’ve all been enjoying summer fruits and veggies in your dishes, too (with a few from our friends overseas to remind us that it’s not summer everywhere right now!). I love seeing all the brightly colored choices you’re preparing these days.  Keep ‘em coming!

Newsy Tidbits:

  • The Mega-Ebook Sale Continues! Thanks to all of you who’ve taken advantage of the Mega Summer Ebook Sale so far! As I mentioned last week, you can purchase any two of my ebooks for just $10.95 (and yes, that includes Sweet Freedom!). The sale will continue only until August 31st, 2012, so if you’ve ever thought about buying any of these ebooks, now is the time! Hop over to this page to check out the details and place your order.
  • My friend Gena from Choosing Raw has an amazing giveaway going on right now to win a Breville juicer! I’ve heard only great things about this juicer (and am considering it for my next one). If you’re interested, dash on over and enter!
  • In case you haven’t seen it, Hallie from Daily Bites compiled a list of 101 Summer Salads. . . the only reference you’ll need this summer (except for the new salad posts I’ll be adding here, of course!) ;)
  • The Blender Girl is giving away a prize pack of Sprout Living Raw Vegan Protein Powder (and a Snack Box). For full details and to enter, head over to her site.

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.

And now for this week’s picks!  For this week, I decided on a theme of “sips and sides” to go along with all your summer fare:

  • Pearl Barley and Veg Broth from Hannah Does Healthy. One of my favorite recipes from pre-GF days was my barley risotto.  I’ve been looking for a way to reproduce it. . . this recipe is another inspiration in that direction (and if you can eat barley, it sounds SO good!).
  • Chickpea and Quinoa Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette from Fresh4Five.  I love the idea of adding fresh tomatoes directly into the dressing for this salad!
  • Carrot-Mango Smoothie from Practical Stewardship offers a great combination of ingredients for an innovative sipper!
  • Blueberry Avocado Smoothie from Eat, Recycle, Repeat. Another fresh take on a smoothie–get that kale ready!

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 week! 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! Items like vegan protein powder, grain or bean flours, or coconut milk are fine even though they are technically “processed.”
  • 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! Thanks so much for hosting! This week, i’m sharing my Snappy Guacamole with Red Potato Chips! It’s gluten free, vegan, and Body Ecology Diet friendly! Have a great weekend!

  2. Hey there, Ricki! The page I’m looking at doesn’t display a Linky Tools to submit my entry, so here’s my submission: Carrot Citrus Juice, http://farmersmarketvegan.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/carrot-citrus-juice/.
    I’ll check back later to see if I can correctly submit it.

  3. Oops, nevermind! It just showed up.

  4. Hi Ricki! Happy Friday the 13th! I’ve linked up my newest ice cream recipe, Rich Chocolate Ice Cream, that’s so, so good, but healthy enough to eat for breakfast! :-) Wish I had some right now so I could do that, but this ice cream went quickly when Son (who I made it for, per his request) got a hold of it. ;-)

    Must go tell folks about your Mega Book Sale! :-)

    xo,
    Shirley

  5. ooh, that reminds me of the tomato basil vinaigrette I did a little ways back… can’t forget about that this summer!!

  6. Happy Friday, Ricki! I’m linking up my Orange Sweet Potato Smoothie. I do use protein powder in it, but it’s a raw, plant-based protein. But it’s optional. The orange, mango, and sweet potato can hold their own without it! Have a great weekend!

  7. Hi Ricki! I posted my recipe for Egg free mayonnaise this week but uploaded the wrong picture, still it does represent the recipe!

  8. Thanks for hosting this great resource, Ricki! I posted my GAPS and Paleo friendly Lemon Soufflé Cake. It is nut free and has a secret ingredient!

  9. Thanks for picking my chickpea salad from last week :)

    I added some roasted carrots and garlic scapes this week. Happy Weekend!

  10. Ricki, sorry I posted a recipe with eggs yesterday! I’m sorry to make you go to the trouble of removing it. I have just posted a vegan, gluten free, GAPS, and anti-candida recipe for Zucchini with Creamy Avocado Sauce. The recipe calls for either yogurt or coconut milk and either butter or olive/coconut oil. I hope this is okay–these two dairy ingredients are not required and clearly list the vegan substitution. I will be back next week with another vegan, gluten free, and anti-candida recipe. Thanks for hosting this resource!

  11. Aw squish! I love that people love my balls! :P

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