Wellness Weekend June 6 – 10, 2013

Happy Thursday, everyone! Hope you are having a great week. Well, it’s about to get better, anyway: time for Wellness Weekend! As always, thank you to all of you for dropping by and sharing your incredible recipes. I love seeing what you cook up each week!

Newsy Tidbits:

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 “real food treats.”

Real Whole Food Fudgsicles from Find Your Balance. Seriously, could there be anything better than healthy chocolate? ;)


Blueberry Muffin Bites from Gluten Free Happy Tummy. I love quick snacks–especially when they’re made of good-for-you ingredients.

blueberry muffin bites

Orange Gogi Berry Better than Newtons from Veggie V. I agree–much better than Newtons!

better than newtons

And This Week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory:

Chickpea Flour Pancakes with Cauliflower and Shitake Mushrooms from Vegan Richa. These pancakes made a huge splash on Pinterest, too–rightfully so!

Cauliflower Shiitake Chickpea pancakes

Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Nut-Free Raw Carrot Cupcakes with Apple-Cashew Frosting from The Taste Space. Don’t these look decadent? And yet. . . healthy! Yay!

Nut-Free Raw Carrot Cupcakes

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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© Ricki Heller 2013.

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  1. Thanks for highlighting my Orange Gogi Berry Better Than Newtons, Ricki!

  2. Thanks for hosting Ricki! I’m adding one of my older recipes tonight…Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo. Have a lovely night!

  3. Thanks for the chickpea pancake feature Ricki! they definitely are super delicious.

  4. Hi Ricki,

    I thought my latest recipe was fitting for Wellness Weekend. It’s my most recent homemade lotion! Shea Cocoa Avocado Oil Body Butter (w/ an anti-itch recipe included).

    This is also technically edible. :-)

    You can feel good about lathering this all over your body during hot, dry summer months. Love it.

    Have a great weekend.


  5. Aw, I really love The Balanced Platter. I’m adding that to Pocket.

    Sharing the Vegan, Creamy Turnip & Spinach Soup! Enjoying all the other recipes up here.

  6. Hi Ricki! Thanks for hosting!
    I’m sharing guilt free Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting!
    Hope you have a great week!

  7. Those Fudgesicles and Raw Carrot Cupcakes are calling my name!!! I missed your post on naturally sweetening ice cream, so I’ll check that out for sure. ;-) I have nothing to link up today, but wanted to stop by and say hi anyway! See you soon, my friend … very soon! :-)


  8. Hey Ricki, have you had a chance to recuperate from those eventful days at the conference yet?

    Particularly scrumptious selection of picks this week I must say – yum!

    I’ve shared my latest Frozen Blueberry Smoothie.
    Take care

  9. Hi Ricki! Everything looks so tasty this week (as always). I shared my Poached Pear post.

    Have a lovely weekend!

  10. Always an amazing round-up. Missed those chickpea pancakes last week, glad you reshared!

  11. Hey Ricki! Thanks so much for highlighting my Blueberry Muffin Bites! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!


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