Wellness Weekend June 13-17, 2013

Happy Thursday, everyone, and Happy Wellness Weekend! I’m amazed at how the summer is just flying by (especially since here in Toronto, it’s barely begun. . . we’ve had such weird weather so far!).  Once again last week you amazed me with all the fabulous recipes. I think summer would be a great time to have a massive pot luck in which we all share these dishes in a huge park somewhere, wouldn’t it? A gal can dream. . . .

Newsy Tidbits:

  • Don’t miss this morning’s post–a quick and easy soft-serve “Bluster” (my knock-off on a DQ Blizzard) with chocolate crisps and chocolate sauce! With just a few ingredients, it’s ready in about 5 minutes and is unbelievably rich and creamy. I’ve just got to show you: 

Sugar Free Vegan Dessert Soft Serve with Chocolate Sauce on rickiheller.com

I share the recipe on the Attune blog today. So great for the warmer weather!

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:

This week’s picks all focus on the theme “simple salads.” Because really, what’s better in summertime? ;)

Simple Greek Salad Dressing from Real Food Enthusiast. If you’re looking for a great vegan cheese to add, try my Almond Feta Cheese in your next Greek salad, too!

Simple Greek Salad Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Chia Seed Salad from Practical-Stewardship. What an intriguing combination of ingredients in a salad–gotta try this one.


Simple Mint & Arugula Salad with Radishes from Rebel Grrrl Kitchen. Yum. Such simple ingredients–such great flavors!

Mint Arugula Salad with Radishes

And This Week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory:

Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo from Oatmeal with a Fork. Nothing like a good comforting pasta dish–made healthier!

Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo

Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting from Sandi’s Allergy Free Recipes. This one reminds me of my own Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. . . so of course, I love the ingredients in this one! ;-)

Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting

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. Definite no-no’s include: cane sugar (evaporated or otherwise), sweeteners ending in -itol, margarines, or faux meat 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, please note that this is a vegan recipe event. A minor ingredient with a vegan option is fine, but if the main ingredient is intended to be meat or other animal product, your recipe likely belongs in a different link up event.
  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.
  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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I know that many of you, like me, read your favorite blogs via Google Reader. Well, if that’s how you keep up with DDD, be warned that Google Reader is closing down as of November 1, 2013! (I know–boo hoo). I am always so grateful for your visits and your comments on the blog and I don’t want you to lose touch!

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© Ricki Heller 2013.

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  1. Hi Ricki! Thanks for featuring my Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting! This week I’m sharing Banana Muffins.
    Hope you have a great week!

  2. Hi Ricki,

    Happy almost Friday. That soft-serve recipe you have going on is insane! Love.

    This week I am sharing some raw lemon pie macaroons (knock-offs from some store bought treats that are super expensive).

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  3. Thanks for hosting Ricki! I’m so happy to have been the favorite savory choice last week. :-D I’m sharing my recipe for pizza sauce this week. Have a lovely night!

  4. Yay! I’m always so tickled when I get featured on WW! I hope you make the salad, Ricki, it’s so scrumptious. And I CANNOT WAIT to make your delicious “bluster.” Oh my yum!

  5. I got my first ever smart phone too a few months back – I have been having fun with it but haven’t discovered instagram yet – part of me feels I should and another part feels I just have too many toys already!

  6. Hi Ricki!

    I’m sharing my Raw Chewy Apple Oat Cookies. I still can not wait to try your Bluster! Have a wonderful weekend!


  7. Happy Weekend Ricki! Your soft serve recipe looks wonderful – I went straight over to look at it when I saw the link in my FB news feed! YUM!!!

    Thank you for hosting and I hope you have an awesome weekend!

  8. Hi,

    This is Hannah from easy real food! I’m sharing my simple probiotic pops, perfect for summertime. Thanks for hosting, have a great weekend.


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