Wellness Weekend October 11-15, 2012

Wellness Weekend is here once again! And last week’s event looked sort of like a Squash-a-thon to rival my own recipe creation these days! We sure do love our pumpkins and squashes when autumn hits North America, don’t we? From pumpkin donuts to Snickerdoodles to pancakes to latte creamer, we had it all!

Newsy Tidbits

  • My friend Andrea Nakayama is offering a new course, EstroZen, designed specifically to restore a woman’s hormonal balance and target resistant issues that affect us during peri-menopause and menopause. You know: that almost-instant weight gain from even looking at certain foods; changes in hair, skin and nails; dips in sex drive; and all the other lovely consequences of being a “woman of a certain age.” Andrea’s three-week detox course will provide protocols, menus, online support through the entire 3 weeks, and more. Click here for more information or to register. [Full disclosure: I am an affiliate for this program. If you join the detox, I will earn a small commission.] As you know, I think Andrea is brilliant and immensely talented at what she does, so I wholeheartedly support her work.
  • Looking for more reasons to love Pumpkin? I talk about the health benefits of the super squash over at Fitalicious.com this week.
  • Canadian Readers!! Lisa from Lisa’s Vegetarian Kitchen is giving away a KitchenAid stand mixer--value $499! If you’ve always wanted one of these, hop over to Lisa’s blog for all the details.  Ends October 25th.
  • This article over at Sheckys.com features 10 Cancer-Fighting foods, and I couldn’t be happier that my Raw Pink Breakfast Bowl is included! Check out all ten, with recipes, here.
  • Recipe testing is well underway for my upcoming cookbook and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the response of the testers! Thank you once again to everyone who volunteered–I truly wish I could have asked all of you to particiate. If you’re interested in what kinds of recipes will be in the book (and how well they turn out for regular folks), head over to the cookbook Pinterest page.

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 to dietdessertdogsATgmailDOTcom. :)

This Week’s Picks:

Here are four favorite links from last week on the theme of “Blended!”. If you like any of them, please feel free to pin them directly from these photos–just hover your cursor over the photo, then click on “Pin It”:

Roasted Eggplant Dip (Babaganoush) from Real Food Eater. A creamy eggplant dip that’s perfect with-well, just about anything. Why haven’t I made this yet?

Roasted Eggplant Dip

Roasted Eggplant Dip

Roasted Homemade Peanut Butter from A Life Unprocessed. True, I can’t eat peanut butter on the ACD, but it’s such a beloved spread that I couldn’t deprive all of you! ;-)

Roasted Peanut Butter


Raw Sprouted Chickpea Hummus from Small Footprint Family. Hummus–made even better.

Raw Sprouted Chickpea Hummus

Raw Sprouted Chickpea Hummus

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Creamer from The Veggie Nook. Such a fabulous idea! Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte, anyone? :D

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Creamer

And This Week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory:

Cheese Garlic Crackers – Gluten and Dairy Free – from Part-Time Health Nut. Looks like a must-make to me!

Gluten and Dairy Free Cheese Garlic Crackers

Gluten and Dairy Free Cheese Garlic Crackers

Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Gluten-Free Autumn Amaranth Bars from Bring Joy. Even if you don’t normally like amaranth, Janae promises you’ll like these. (Just be sure to follow directions–or else!).  ;)

Amaranth Bars

Amaranth Bars

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,” since they either contain a single ingredient, or could technically be made at home. Also, if you render a recipe vegan-friendly by adding a vegan option to your ingredients, your post will be good to go!
  2. This is a recipe event. Your blog post must contain a recipe.
  3. 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.
  4. Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page or another event page. The post must contain a recipe.
  5. 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. :)
  6. Please mention this event and include a link back to this post so that others can find all the recipes posted!
  7. 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!

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. Wow! My little ole crackers were the Readers’ Choice? Well, gosh gee golly, now I feel all verklempt. Thanks guys! Warmly, Marya@PartTimeHealthNut.com

  2. hi Ricki, I’ve tried uploading my gf pie post, but for some reason keep getting the message that the backlink isn’t working – any advice?

    • I think it was a glitch with the linky code–just created a new one. Would you mind trying again and letting me know if it still doesn’t work? Thanks! :)

  3. Hi Ricki – saw Dreena’s comment – I just had the same problem uploading a link in that the backlink was not working – just a glitch or is it me?

    • Sorry–I think it was a glitch with the linky code–just created a new one. Would you mind trying again and letting me know if it still doesn’t work? Thanks! :)

  4. just tried and again and it is fine – thanks!

  5. Worked! Thanks Ricki. :)

  6. Hooray, the linky is working again! ;-) Happy to link up my new flourless cookie recipe with the secret ingedient that makes them vegan. :-) It’s so much fun to see everything you share in your post, Ricki, as well as all the great and diverse recipes shared each week!


  7. Hi Ricki! Thanks again for hosting this link-up each week. This time I’m adding my Devil’s Food Cake. Have a great weekend!

  8. I love the photos that are now with the featured recipes! I just added my 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Soft Cream. If you want to go crazy, you can add cinnamon and make it 5 ;)

  9. Those chocolate peanut butter balls are already calling to me :) Thanks for hosting, as always!

  10. Wow Ricki, thanks so much for featuring my Pumpkin Spice Creamer! I’m so glad you liked it :)

    This week I’m sharing my No-Bake Pumpkin Mousse Cake! Have a lovely weekend!

  11. Hi Ricki – happy Friday to you! I’m sharing an older recipe for sugar free chocolate bars. Thanks for hosting. Have a great weekend!

  12. I need to try that pumpkin spice creamer! Gabby is so creative!

    Thank you for hosting again, Ricki! This week, I’m submitting my chickpea flatbread. Have a fantastic weekend!

  13. Hmmm, I’m having trouble with a few of the links – the chickpea flat bread, the cashew milk, the gingerbread protein bars, the chickpea and hemp cheeze. Maybe it is my computer? It says “Oops! Google Chrome could not find http://www.linkytools.com” Maybe that site is down – I will try back later.

  14. Laura West Kong says:

    It’s a pumpkin palooza at my house these days, so I’ve shared my Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe. Have a deelish weekend!

  15. Such tasty entries! I should peruse all your previous Wellness Weekend roundups because I’m running out of MoFo mojo.

    I just published a “Coconut Whipped Cream Ghosts” video. I am quite convinced that the key is to use the right kind of coconut milk and not too much liquid sweetener. Happy weekend!

  16. AHHHH! So sorry – I linked up mistakingly a non-vegan recipe. I had just linked up to a couple others and forgot yours was a vegan-only. I can’t figure out how to remove it! So sorry! I’m sure someone could sub in some veggies and replace the cheese to make it vegan.

  17. Ricki, I’m really enjoying this weekly event, so full of fresh healthy recipes!

  18. Hope you’re having a happy, healthy weekend! With such delicious selections I’m going to have a lot of fun in the kitchen today!

    I’m linking up my Raw Banana Pumpkin Crackers.



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