Wellness Weekend, December 13-17, 2012

Hi Everyone! Welcome back to Wellness Weekend!

The crunch is on for my cookbook (first manuscript deadline is TOMORROW!!) so this will be short and sweet. We had a great holiday-themed bunch of recipes for last week, with lots of cookies and special dishes! Can’t wit to see what you bring along this week. In the meantime, some news!

Newsy Tidbits:

[Please note: these news bits are items I've come across or think will be interesting to my readers--I am not an affiliate for any of these products and I haven't been paid anything. Just want to share them with you! I do receive a few pennies through amazon.com any time you purchase something via one of their links.]

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 this week’s picks for links on the theme, “breakfasts”:

Gluten-Free 5 Spice Granola from What Smells So Good. Five-spice is one of my favorite spice mixes. . . and in a granola!! Must make this one. :)


Cold & Flu Busting Coconut and Orange Smoothie from Green Thickies. What better way to fight off germs this season?


Banana Muffins with Almond Paste Bits and Chocolate Chips from Wing It Vegan. River does it again with these yummy looking muffins filled with intriguing ingredients!

almond paste muffins

And This Week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory:

Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from The Queen of Quinoa.  Sweet potatoes any which way win my heart, but stuffed wtih quinoa and other good stuff? Won yours, too. :)


Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Guilt-Free Pecan Pie Cookies from Allergy Free Alaska. How cute do these little bites of sweetness look? Love these. (Are they still guilt-free if I eat six?) ;)


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. Hi Ricky,
    I was wondering: Would you like our recipe linkys to follow a theme or can they just follow your vegan guidelines above?
    Thank you for all your inspirations!

  2. Thank you so much for featuring my muffins, Ricki! Wellness Weekends rock!!

    I could really use a cold & flu busting smoothie right now. Mr. Wing-It has had a cold for a few days and I’ve been trying to avoid catching it. Vitamin C has been my BFF for the past few days!

    • Oh, no! Hope Mr. W-IV is better soon. And I will keep my fingers crossed that you don’t catch whatever it is! Ginger tea, ecinachea, and cold-busting smoothies can all help, hopefully. :)

  3. Hey Ricki, I’ve linked up my new Crustless Pumpkin Butter Pie and a roundup of Pumpkin Pie recipes that includes several vegan ones. My recipe can easily be made vegan and healthier by using an egg substitute (I like flax eggs/gel), the vegan version of my pumpkin butter, coconut sugar, and coconut flour. This recipe is so flexible, but terrific. I’m tempted to make pumpkin butter every week, just so I can make this pie! ;-)

    Love all the news and highlighted recipes! Happy weekend, dear!

    • Thanks, Shirley! Ah, if only I knew someone who’d be willing to make pumpkin butter for me every week. . . yummo. Off to check out your roundup. And hope your weekend is a good one, too! :)

  4. Hi Ricki,
    Thanks so much for highlighting my pecan pie recipe! They are TOTALLY guilt free… even if you eat 6! HA!
    :) Megan

  5. Hi Ricki! I’ve shared the recipe for ginger snaps this week. Hope you have an awesome weekend!

  6. Thanks for the mention! It is delicious for sure!

  7. Hi Ricki! I was hoping to link up this week, but I don’t see the list. Is there something I can do? I tried refreshing the screen to no avail. Thanks for any help! :-)


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