Wellness Weekend December 6-10, 2012

Hi Everyone–welcome to Wellness Weekend! Thanks for all the commiseration about winter from last week. Yes, winter has arrived in Toronto–only approximately 2452 hours left until it starts to get warm!

While we’re waiting, how about sharing some of your yummy creations this week? :)

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 this week’s picks for links on the theme, “soups & stews”:

Split Pea Soup with Rutabaga Croutons from The Veggie Nook. What a fabulous way to incorporate rutabaga, don’t you think?

Rainbow Veggie Chili from Bit of the Good Stuff. We always read that we should “eat the rainbow,” and this chili works perfectly to fulfill that concept!

Creamy Garlic Potato Soup with Vegan Options from Allergy Free Test Kitchen. Garlic. Potato. Creamy. Heaven.


And This Week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory:

Low-Fat, Grain-Free, Gluten-Free Falafel from Healthy Life Lessons. I adore falafel, but the restaurant kind often contains breadcrumbs. So glad I can now try this one! :)

Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Sunflower Butter Treats from The Suburban Girl Gone Country. It was Katy’s first time participating in Wellness Weekend–and with more than 100 clicks on the recipe already, you couldn’t have given her a better welcome!

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 Ricki! Happy weekend! Hope you are well. Today is my 10 year wedding Anniversary! woohoo

    I shared 2 holiday recipes this week :)

  2. Thanks for highlighting my creamy garlic potato soup! This week I linked up a vegetable chili…at least I think I did (I don’t see it up yet). It’s almost as good as the potato soup.

  3. Hi Ricki! This week I’m sharing my recipe for guilt free pecan pie cookies. :) I’m slightly pecan pie obsessed!

    I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season (is Christmas really only a few weeks away??!)!


  4. I love the look of your warm dish picks from last week – Gabby’s soup appeals to me too :)

  5. Okay, the recipes this week are simply amazing. Think I pinned everyone of them. Always such a pleasure visiting this link party. I’m linking up a few recipes this week. It’s bee a while, as things have been so crazy busy…but it’s often nice to take a break. Sharing some of my most recent recipes (a milkshake, hot “cocoa,” and cane-sugar free cranberry sauce).

    Have a fabulous weekend, Ricki.

    Be Well,

  6. Hi Ricki! Hope all is good! I’ve shared my grain free ginger and lemon tart today.

    Have a lovely week!

  7. Happy weekend, Ricki! Bundle up and stay warm!!

    I’m sharing Vegan Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Cookies that I created for a Pass the Plate event to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. What a great reason to bake cookies!

  8. love those sunflower bites! i did it again, made a recipe that *almost* qualified… until i threw cinnamon chips in it :-P

  9. Ricki, I’m loving your #WellnessWeekends as it’s great to see so many inspirational vegan recipes on one page! Both those falafel and sunflower treats look amazing and I’ll definitely have a go at making them!
    Love your ‘Newsy Tidbits’ too :) I’m rubbish at planning in advance BUT at some point next week, there’s going to be a delicious raw chocolate giveaway on my blog AND it’s going to be INTERNATIONAL! Just need to get round to taking the photos & writing the review first ;) Hopefully it’ll be ready for launch on Monday.
    Have a great weekend! Hope it’s not toooo chilly where you are xx

    • Thanks so much, Sharon! If you can, would you send me an email (dietdessertdogsATgmailDOTcom) and remind me of your event–and be sure to include the URL? I’ll post it on next week’s Newsy Tidbits. :)

  10. Sorry about the recipe – I probably rushed it! It’s all amended now, thank you for pointing it out!

  11. Thanks so much for featuring my recipe Ricki! Have a great Hannukah weekend.

  12. Hi Ricki,

    Hope you’re doing well.

    This week I am sharing two drink recipes (one milkshake and one hot “cocoa”), as well as an easy cranberry apple sauce/jelly.

    So much excitement this time of year.

    This week’s WW looks amazing so far. I always enjoy all the creative, alternative recipes. So inspiring.

    Have a great weekend.

    Be Well,

  13. The Wellness Weekends posts are like a foodgawker or tastespotting of wholesomeness!

  14. I have to apologize for a mistake in editing when I posted the Chocolate Fudge Cake. I overlooked 1/4 cup of cocoa powder in the dry ingredients – that has been corrected. This was discovered this evening when making another cake and digging back through my notes. I hope this has not caused a problem for anyone.


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