Wellness Weekend October 18-22, 2012


Whoo hoo–it’s Wellness Weekend! I look forward to this event every week. We had 52 inspiring entries last week, including fabulous nutbutter cookies (with my favorite secret ingredient!); raw banana-pumpkin crackers (how great do those sound??); sugar-free chocolate bars, and more! I love to see all the amazing variations on healthy vegan food that you come up with! 

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 to dietdessertdogsATgmailDOTcom. :)

This Week’s Picks:

Here are four favorite links from last week on the theme of “Seasonal Squash!”. 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”:

How to Cook Pumpkin in a Slow-Cooker from Practical Stewardship. Because we need easier ways to cook pumpkin! ;)

How to Cook Pumpkin in a Slow Cooker

Carnival Squash stuffed with Cranberry-Maple Quinoa and Beans from The Taste Space.  Janet reminds us just how many kinds of squash there are at this time of the year!

Squash stuffed with Quinoa and Beans

Squash stuffed with Quinoa and Beans

Indian-Spiced Squash, Pear and Adzuki Bean Soup from Lisa’s Kitchen.  This soup is on my “to-make” list!

Squash, Pear, Adzuki Bean Soup

Squash, Pear, Adzuki Bean Soup

Raw Pumpkin Spice Balls from Sweet, Smart, Vegan. These treats will make any jack o’lantern smile!

Raw Pumpkin Spice Balls

Raw Pumpkin Spice Balls

And This Week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory:

Chickpea and Hemp Seed Cheeze from Green Gourmet Giraffe. Another cheese winner this week! Johanna also offers a fully illustrated recipe to take the guesswork out of making this delectable dish.

Chickpea and Hemp Cheeze Slices

Chickpea and Hemp Cheeze Slices

Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Pumpkin Cranberry Scones from Tessa the Domestic Diva. Tessa says this recipe is great for gluten-free, vegan novices (and I say it’s great to anyone!). :)

Pumpkin Cranberry Scones - Gluten Free

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cranberry Scones

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. Laura West Kong says:

    It’s fennel season again, so I shared my Fennelicious Guacamole recipe. Love fennel, how about you?

    This post also contains tips and a formula for combining non-traditional ingredients with avocado to create your own fabulously fresh and exciting guacamoles.

  2. Thanks for sharing the love Ricki!

  3. Hey Ricki, today Im sharing my no bake pumpkin cream squares and apple cinnamon protein shake. Yummmy Fall!!!

  4. Hi Ricki – I shared a salad that I recreated at home. Got the idea from a local farm-to-table restaurant – Quinoa and Black Lentils with Mixed Salad Greens and a Balsamic Vinaigrette.

  5. Hi Ricki…stopped by to share a couple of Fall goodies!

  6. Hi Ricki! Thanks for hosting each week. I’ve added my Homemade Coconut Mocha recipe this week. Have a great weekend!

  7. Hope you had a great weekend, Ricky. I am linking up my easy Chocolate Almond Milk recipe. Just snuck it in under the wire! :)


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