Wellness Weekend November 1-5, 2012

It’s Wellness Weekend once again–welcome to another week of sugar-free, whole foods, healthy recipes! But before we get to the food, I couldn’t very well begin this week’s event without acknowledging the incredible storm that just swept through the US and parts of Canada.

Some of you know that the HH and I took an impulsive trip to New York last weekend as a little getaway for my birthday. As always, we had a fabulous time (I’ll post a few pics next time). As it turned out, we flew out of the city on Saturday evening–literally just in time to bypass Hurricane Sandy.  Watching the developments on TV and twitter, my heart was aching for our friends and all the New Yorkers hunkered down there during the storm, and  I can only imagine what they are all going through at present.  Wishing everyone who’s now dealing with the aftermath–whether in the city or surrounding areas–a safe, dry and quick recovery from any damage. 

On a lighter note, it was also Halloween yesterday. I hope you all had a great time dressing up and trick or treating! The Girls refused to participate this year, pouting in their annual photo:

Diet Dessert and Dogs Halloween Dogs

Well, if we don’t get to bark and snarl at everyone who comes to the door, it’s really not worth it, Mum.”

Those wacky Girls!  Guess we’d better move on to the news!

Newsy Tidbits

  • Don’t miss the Tiny Treats giveaway!! I’m giving away a copy of this amazing ebook filled with 25 spectacular sweet treats. The authors are also donating a portion of the book’s proceeds to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. Read an interview with Lisa and Nicole and ENTER the GIVEAWAY here! Ends tomorrow!
  • My friend Cara is hosting a Clean Eating Cocktail Party throughout November! Every day this month, she’ll post a new recipe from a different blogger, with great ideas for what to serve at your holiday or other parties and get-togethers. Cara kicked off the festivities today with an amazing Rosemary Caramel Almond Popcorn recipe. Be sure to check in throughout the month for more party-worthy recipes!
  • The new Simply Gluten Free Magazine is available starting November 6 this week! In case you missed it last time, here’s a preview of the magazine, available at a Whole Foods or Barnes and Noble near you!! The magazine looks simply beautiful. And check out my two “Stellar Vegan Holiday Desserts” while you’re browsing! :D
  • Cutco Knife Giveaway: Healthy Life Lessons is giving away a Cutco Santuko knife to one lucky Canadian! Cutco knives are well known for their long lives and great customer service. I’ve had one for over 10 years and still use it daily. Head over to Erica’s blog to enter! Ends October 31st.
  • I’m on Facebook and twitter! Please join me there for blog updates, health information, out-take photos of the Girls, and more!

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:

This week’s theme is “replace fast food”: dishes you can enjoy as healthy alternatives to  burgers, Sloppy Joes or  Mexican take-out.

Squash Tortilla Soup from Real Food, Real Deals. Enjoy a little taste of Mexico in a bowl.

Squash Tortilla Soup

Coronation Chickpea Salad from VegHotPot.  Just pack this one in a jar and lunch is ready to go!

Coronation Chickpea Salad

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Hemp Seed Burgers from Green Gourmet Giraffe. I love the sound of these burgers with chickpeas, hemps seeds and sweet potato. Nom!

Sweet potato, Chickpea and Hemp Seed Burgers

Quinoa Sloppy Joes on a Rye Crust with Jalapeno Aioli from Vegan Richa.  If you prefer, call it a pizza. Either way, you’ll be tempted by this yummy creation!

Quinoa Sloppy Joes

And This Week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory:

Dr. Furhman’s Amazing Bean Burgers from Triumph Wellness. Emily promises that these burgers are moist, hold together when cooked (yeah!) and are delicious.

Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Raw Protein Balls from The Rebel Grrrl Kitchen. A bit of sweet, a bit of cinnamon, a bit of protein–and you’ve got a great snack, even during a cleanse!

Raw Protein Balls

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. Thanks for the shout out, Ricki!

  2. Thanks for hosting again. I’m sharing my crispy breaded tofu strips. Pretty healthy, all vegan and very kid-friendly! Have a great weekend.

  3. Hey Ricki! This week im sharing a butternut squash soup and kale bbq walnut crumble salad. Happy Halloween!

  4. Hi Ricki! Thank you for hosting! I’m adding my Milk Dud Bon-Bons this week. I hope you have a great weekend! :-)

  5. Laura West Kong says:

    I’m sharing my Coconut Rum Raisin Free-Form Muffins recipe. A little bit of Caribbean sunshine for a cold autumn day. :)

    (I hope I entered it right. It didn’t show up like usual, but when I tried again it said it was a duplicate entry. Can you see it on your end?)

    • Hi Laura,

      Yes, I was able to see it–but unfortunately, that’s not a vegan recipe (5 eggs!!). There’s also a little too much rum for this to be a totally “clean” recipe. If you have something that’s vegan or with vegan options, please feel free to enter that one instead! :)

  6. I shared chocolate covered apple pops this week! Thanks for Hosting :)

  7. Goodness, I am so honored (again)! Glad people enjoyed the recipe!

    And *I* have my eyes on that squash soup! Yum!

  8. Oh my your girls look so cute!!!

    I shared a Chunky Vegetable and Bean Soup this week, just perfect for the cold winter days ahead!

    Have a lovely week!

  9. Thanks for the shoutout Ricki! my pom doesnt like to wear anything.. if he could he would always get out of his harness too.

    Last of the pizzas being linked up this week. now back to regular random posts after pizza october!:)

  10. Your timing really was incredibly lucky- It would have been a very different trip just a day or two later! I’m glad you were able to enjoy it and get home safely. I wish I could escape to Canada too right about now! Another day without power here…

  11. Hey! I just found your blog and I love it!! You had me at the title lol…so clever.

    BTW, my “kids” didn’t want to participate in halloween either. Somehow I don’t think dogs enjoy costumes quite as much as we enjoy dressing them up :-|

  12. Hey Ricki! I’m sharing fruit juice caramel sauce.

    Thanks for hosting!

  13. oh what a nice surprise to see my burgers among your choice picks – they were really great! And am glad you missed the storm – it sounds like a terrible natural disaster to go through. Your timing sounds good as it sounds like it might be a less cheerful experience visiting New York for a while

  14. So glad you missed the storm and enjoyed your birthday event!

    That picture of the girls is just adorable. I wonder what you use to entice them wear hats like that :-)

    Another roundup of wonderful recipes as usual – Wellness Weekend is such a great idea.

    • Thanks so much, Gretchen. We were very lucky–unlike so many people left there right now. :(
      Glad you like the pic of the Girls! Normally the promise of a treat is enough to make Elsie do just about anything, but as you can see, they weren’t too thrilled with this year’s photo op!

  15. the girls look great! getting my girls to smile and wear costumes is tricky business. usually there has to be a squirrel or treat or toy to help out. straight peanut butter works too.

    all the food looks so good!

    ps: contest says over? I am not sure if that’s because I already entered or that it’s over. thanks.

  16. Hi Ricki

    Your pups are so cute in their costumes :) but they don’t look too impressed :(

    I’m sharing How To Make Roasted Pumpkin Purée. It’s super easy to make and pumpkin is sooo good for you! I’ve been adding pumpkin (and spice) to my morning smoothies.

    Have a great weekend!


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