Wellness Weekend August 23-27, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Wellness Weekend! Can it really be that we’re heading into the last week of August?! Where has the summer gone? I missed most of the last week stressing over root canal issues (and thank you all for your comments and advice on that one–I’ll provide an update next post!).

With all that was going on, I still couldn’t miss last week’s stellar Wellness Weekend entries.  From ice cream sundaes to raw cheesecakes to edamame burgers to allergy-free baked donut holes, you all outdid yourselves! I continue to be amazed by your creativity and versatility in the kitchen. Thank you! :D

Newsy Tidbits:


The VegNews Veggie Awards are still ongoing until August 31st! And while this blog hasn’t been nominated (again!),  you can add a blog you’d like to see next year to the list. If you think DDD is valuable, I hope you’ll go vote and add it in (and when you vote, you’re entering to win amazing prizes–from a cruise to a VitaMix to a $250 shopping spree–while you do so!!). Just click here to start the survey and vote (note: you must vote for at least 50% of the items to be eligible for prizes). As always, thank you so much for your support! :D

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:

With my sore tooth this past week, I was looking for soft foods.  Here are some of my picks:

  • Morning Green Juice from Earthgiven. I’ve been trying to get more green juices into me lately, and this one has a lovely, original combination of ingredients.
  • Superfood Cantaloupe Soup Two Ways from A Harmony Healing. Hot weather is perfect for cold soups, and here are two ways to enjoy sweet cantaloupe. Can’t wait until I can have it again!
  • Creamy Chilled Mint Avocado Soup from The Tasty Alternative. Another soup–all the ingredients in this one are things I love!
  • Dairy-Free Creamy Dill Dressing from Fresh4Five. I love dill in slaws and salads. This dressing would be great over so many things, including cold pasta or potatoes!

And This Week’s Readers’ Choices:

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! THanks for hosting! THis week, I shared my Beet and Broccoli Pesto Blooms and my Carrot Cake Bites! THey’re both Gluten/Grain Free, Vegan, and Specific Carb Diet SCD Friendly! Have a great night!

  2. Thank you for choosing to feature my Morning Green Juice! I think you’ll really like the blueberry cornmeal muffins I’m submitting this week. No wheat, animal products or cane sugar. And they are really delicious! I love seeing what everyone else submits!

  3. Hi Ricki,

    That was quite a survey. First time. I was happy to find my favorite vegan restaurant on there: Cafe Gratitude. I added you in there for the blog vote. :-)

    Thanks for highlighting my chilled mint avocado soup. I do hope your tooth is doing okay.

    So the other day I was reading through one of my favorite digestive wellness books. There was a section in there about root canals (hum, interesting…ever since your post about this issue I’ve been more aware of the toxic root canal – especially after reading that article in your post). In my book the author recommended a read, “Root Canal Cover-Up” by George Meining: http://www.amazon.com/Root-Canal-Cover-Up-George-Meinig/dp/0945196199. Thought of you when I came across this. Have you heard of it? Looks very interesting and informative.

    Hope you’re well Ricky. Have a great weekend.


    • Thanks, Amber! And THANK YOU so much for adding me to the VegNews page! :D I have heard of the book but haven’t read it (Mercola also mentions a bunch of resources). The tooth has been better. . . then worse. . .then better. I’m still trying to decide what to do!

  4. Hey Ricki, thanks for hosting this goodness again :) I really want to try that avocado soup!

    This week I’m sharing my Vanilla Brazelnut Butter- a combination of Brazil and hazelnuts.

  5. Hi Ricki! Thank you so much for hosting again this week! I’ve submitted my Roasted Portobello Soft Tacos this week. :-)

    Have a fantastic weekend!

  6. This weekends’ recipes look delicious! There are definitely more than a few that I will be making :)

    • Thanks so much! I feel the same way (though I feel that way EVERY week! I could cook from these WW pages for the rest of my life. . . ) :)

  7. Thank you for featuring my hemp dressing Ricki!

    Enjoy the weekend :)

  8. Phew!! My dear Ricki, you have been voted for over at VegNews! :)

    The recipe I’m sharing this week, Hearty Curried Carrot Soup, is an old recipe I originally shared at an SOS Kitchen Challenge (about a year and a half ago). I decided to re-post the recipe on my blog because the original food photography was terrible. Thankfully I’ve learned a few things in the last year and a half, and the new food photography is a bit better! :)

    Thanks for hosting – wishing you an excellent weekend!

  9. Hi!
    Thanks for letting me share my own recipe of healthy, tasty and delicious Mildly Spicy Strawberry Jalapeño Freezer Jam!

  10. I’m getting in right at the end of the weekend with my Kale Nori Salad. Phew! What a busy week! Hope your are doing well, Ricki! xoxo

  11. I must agree with Amber; that was one extensive survey! It’s a huge omission that you weren’t included, Ricki. I added my sincere thoughts and votes for you!

    Many thanks for the mention of the Rudi’s tortilla package giveaway! That will be a fun and tasty prize for one lucky reader for sure. :-)

    Have a good week, dear!


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