Wellness Weekend August 16-20, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Wellness Weekend! It’s exam week at the college where I teach, so as you read this I’m probably up to my eyebrows in marking. But that needn’t stop YOU from cooking up fabulous, healthy recipes! Last week’s entries were creative and delicious, as usual.  And there’s lots going on in the blogosphere. . . .

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 a few each week (depending on how many requests I get, I may not be able to include them all).

PLEASE DO NOT ADD YOUR GIVEAWAYS OR CONTESTS TO THE LINKYS BELOW–THEY ARE FOR RECIPES ONLY. I will list the events under “Newsy Tidbits” for you if you send me an email. :)

This Week’s Picks:

I want to hang on to summer as long as possible, so here are some summery recipes I’d love to try:

  • Sweet Mango, Banana and Spinach Ice Cream from Green Thickies. I’m a long-time fan of greens in sweet recipes, so this sounds great to me.
  • Kohlrabi Mango Mint Salad from Fox in the Kitchen. The one time I tried kohlrabi, I wasn’t too keen, but I love mango and mint, so this salad is my “try-again” recipe.
  • Thai Basil Tomato Salad from Bring Joy. Looks like a fabulous way to use that overflowing basil in my garden.
  • Raw Beet Ravioli from For the Love of Food. I’ve tried raw ravioli at a local restaurant here, and fell in love. This version looks equally alluring.

And This Week’s Readers’ Choices:

  • Readers’ Choice, SavoryCauliflower Tortilla Tacos from Gluten Free Happy Tummy. Caralyn amazed us all once again with her creativity in the kitchen. . . can’t wait to try these.
  • Readers’ Choice, Sweet: “Uncool” Fudge from Eat, Recyle, Repeat. Believe me, there’s nothing uncool about this fudge! With over 150 clicks so far, this recipe definitely intrigued many of you, too. Cool! ;)

Thanks for joining in and sharing all your healthy, sugar-free and vegan recipes. I love seeing what you whip up each week! And I hope you’ll also share on twitter and Facebook (there’s a new, shorter twitter hashtag, too, so you can write more about the food: #WWknd as well as the original #WellnessWeekend).

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 vegan recipe you made (and posted about) that contains health-supporting ingredients. This means 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!  No-no’s include white flour or sugar, highly processed foods, or animal products. Items like vegan protein powder, grain or bean flours, or coconut milk are fine even though they are technically “processed.” Also, if you render a recipe vegan-friendly by adding a vegan option to your ingredients, your post will be good to go!
  2. You may link up older posts from your archives as long as they contain a link to this post. Please do not link up any posts you have previously shared at an earlier Wellness Weekend event.
  3. Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page or another event page. The post must contain a recipe.
  4. You may submit up to three recipes, 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. :)
  5. Please mention this event and include a link back to this post so that others can find all the recipes posted!
  6. 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!

PLEASE NOTE: In order to promote your posts and the event, I like to occasionally tweet, mention on Facebook, or pin your blog post(s).  On occasion, I will repost your photos in the following week’s Wellness Weekend as well. If you prefer that I NOT use your photos or links, please let me know in the comments below, or send an email to me at dietdessertdogsATgmailDOTcom. Thanks!

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. 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! Thank you so much for highlighting my Cauliflower Tortilla Tacos! Those were definitely a fun spin on that Mexican staple!
    This week, I shared my Eggplant Non-Parmesan, Cauliflower Rice Pilaf, and Pesto Zucchini Pasta! They are all Gluten/Grain Free, Vegan, and Specific Carb Diet friendly! I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful weekend! And ps: I just got some beets – I’m going to brave the red hands and countertops to try and make your Russian Vinegret! :)

  2. Hi Ricki!Hope you’ve had a good week! I shared my simple raisin cookie recipe (with a vegan option) since I haven’t had the time to post a new vegan recipe this week!

    Thank you for hosting!

  3. Hi Ricki!

    This week I added a super simple Dairy-Free Creamy dill dressing using hemp hearts! Kids love it!

  4. Hey Ricki! Today im sharing a link to heaps of raw cheesecake recipes on my site. Have a great weeekend!

  5. Hello Ricki,

    Hope this Thursday evening finds you well.

    After a brief break from link parties, I’m glad to be back and sharing some of my most recent recipes.

    This week I am sharing Sugar-Free Carob Chocolates (great for kids), Allergy-Friendly Pizza Crust, and a Raw Vegan Chilled Avocado Soup.

    Thank you for sharing my stevia giveaway again this week! :-)

    Have a great weekend.

    Be Well,

  6. Is it the weekend already?! Wow. I shared a Coconut Lime Pudding recipe I made today that was a hit with my family. Enjoy the beauty of Summer!

  7. Thanks for a great collection of recipes already!

  8. Hi!
    Thanks for letting me share my own recipe of tasty and delicious
    Healthy Peanutty Cookies!

  9. Thank you again for hosting, Ricki! Your vinegret from the other day looks like the perfect salad for this weekend (I’m all over ANYTHING with sauerkraut these days!).

    This week, I’m submitting my “Honey” GInger Almond Date Cookies. Have a great weekend! :-)

  10. Hi Ricki, Hope you’re doing great! Thanks for hosting! Today I shared two chilled cantaloupe soup recipes made with superfoods. They are prefect to enjoy during this hot weather. Have a good weekend and don’t work to hard grading papers. :)

  11. Woo! Reader feature – nothing to give you a boost like popular support. But this fudge is definitely worthy of it. I had some server problems last week, so in case the link didn’t work for some of you, it should be up and running again.

    As usual, Ricki, thanks for hosting a fun event!


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