Wellness Weekend, March 7-11, 2013

Hi Everyone! Once again, I can hardly believe how quickly the time is flying!

Just a heads up: I may not be around the blog as much as usual over the next three weeks while final book edits are in full swing. Given the number of comments and requests for changes from my editor (let’s just say it looks like she wrote more than I did!), it may be hectic in the DDD household until April. (But did you see the sneak peek at the cookbook photos I posted yesterday?).

But that won’t stop WellnessWeekend! As always, you all rose to the challenge with panache and creativity last week. I loved the Sexy Raw Maca Chocolates, Gluten-Free Pear Spice Cake, Kabocha Chickpea Fries and all your other marvelous recipes! Do keep ‘em coming. :)

Newsy Tidbits:

  • I participated in a fun Q & A called The Next Big Thing, in which I answered questions about my upcoming book, what’s in my fridge, and who I’d like to play me and the HH in a movie of my life. In case you missed it yesterday, check it out here (and see the list of other participating cookbook authors at the bottom of the post).
  • There’s still time to make comforting casseroles before winter’s over! This post on Blisstree.com features ten of them. See the Blisstree post here.
  • Wondering whether you should still use agave nectar? I examine the pros and cons in my recent post on Fitalicious, here.
  • Does intentional eating help control obesity and maintain weight loss? This article by my friend Cheryl Harris examines the topic from a dietician’s perspective, but I found it infinitely useful, too. Read it here.
  • And finally, an alternative to hummus! Here’s my recipe for Byesar (fava bean dip) that’s just as delicious–and maybe even easier. See it on The Balanced Platter, here. 

Do you have a blog linky event or giveaway you’d like me to mention? I also will occasionally mention new courses that bloggers offer their readers. Send me an email with the details to dietdessertdogsATgmailDOTcom and I’ll include three or four each week. Please note that I cannot always accommodate all requests.


This Week’s Picks:

Here are this week’s picks on the superfood ingredient theme, “recipes with seeds”:

Creamy Vanilla Bean Chia Custard from Triumph of the Lentil. Vanilla + custard = irresistible dessert!

Creamy Vanilla Bean Chia Custard

Carrot Hemp Seed Crackers from Cats in the Kitchen. These sounds super-simple and yet so delicious–almost a sweet treat!

Carrot Hemp Seed Crackers

Watermelon Curry from Green Gourmet Giraffe. I love how Johanna used this familiar ingredient in such a different way here. Intriguing, indeed!

Watermelon Curry

And This Week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory:

Five-Ingredient Salad Dressing from Whole New Mom. Gotta love the simplicity of this yummy dressing!


Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies from Sift, Stir, & Savour. You won’t believe what’s in these!

PB Swirl Brownie

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, Facebook and Pinterest, too!

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! Definite no-no’s include: cane sugar (evaporated or otherwise), sweeteners ending in -itol, margarines, or faux meat products.
  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 now. . . what have you been cooking up lately? Please share!

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  1. Hi There Ricki,

    Hope you’re well. This week I am sharing a great snack for us busy ladies on the go…Healthy Sunflower & Hemp Seed Granola Bites. Vegan option included in recipe.

    My husband is in love with these. Kids adore them too, but I try and get a few to myself.

    Have a great weekend.

    Be Well,

  2. What a fantastic line-up from last week and already this week. I am contributing Strawberry Macaroons. Good luck with the home stretch of the book edits :)

  3. It all looks good so far! I’m exhausted tonight and just realized the centerpiece of mine is chicken which is definitely not vegan, although the sides are… Since I can’t pull it down I’ll leave it up to you to decide if it follows the rules. I’d probably pull it off if I were you.

  4. Best of luck for these last few weeks of cookbook preparations / edits! Very exciting :-)

    I’ve linked up some high-raw truffle balls this week, with carrots, hazelnuts and molasses.

  5. Hi Ricki, I’m having trouble with the backlink. I have it on my page, but the Linky tool says I don’t. This is where I am linking to for General Tso’s Tempeh: http://www.greengirlsgallery.com/1/post/2013/03/general-tsos-tempeh-17-day-diet-cycle-1.html#
    Thanks so much!


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