Wellness Weekend, August 22-26, 2013

Hi Everyone–Happy start to Wellness Weekend! Thanks so much to everyone for your comments on my site’s new look! The site was designed by Julie Farber of Deluxe Designs and she is a total gem.  She was incredibly open and willing to talk about my vision, no matter how many questions I had, and was always quick to deal with any glitches or revisions I asked for. Thanks, Julie! Like any site transfer, we’re having our growing pains, but I think I’m starting to ease into the new look, too. :)

And thanks for all your amazing recipes from last week! There were 31 of your incredible creations, from cauliflower burgers to black forest gateau overnight oats (don’t those sound elegant??) to raw ice cream sandwiches to Cranachan (yes, I had to look it up, too!).  Such a fabulous array of yummy foods! Thanks to all of you who continue to drop by and share your incredible recipes each week.

This Week’s Newsy Tidbits:

  • Megan from Allergy Free Alaska posted a great Allergy-Friendly Lunchbox Roundup for back-to-school. Check out all the great suggestions!
  • If you’re interested in trying out some plant-based recipes and don’t know where to start, try this list of five of the most recent plant-based cookbooks to try on Fitalicious.com.
  • We had a wonderful hangout on Google+ last week for the Vegan Mainstream Cookbook Club, chatting about herbs in salads! Here’s the video for those of you interested in taking a peek now.

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 rickiATrickihellerDOTcom 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 revolve around the theme “small snacks.”

Curry & Chips from The Alkymist. I love curry, and I love chips, so this is the perfect combo!

Curry and Chips

Popped Amaranth from Welcoming Kitchen. We’ve probably all made popped corn–but amaranth? And so easy!! Going to try this one. Popped Amaranth

Hot and Sour Refrigerator Pickles from One Small Vegan. Great for all those extra cukes!

Refrigerator Pickles

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory

Clean and Green Falafels from Awaken Your Wellbeing. And you’ll never guess what makes them green!

Clean and Green Falafels

Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Coconut Caramel Frosted Brownie Squares from Healthy Life Lessons. I had a feeling this would be the reader fave. . . I mean, Brownies! And coconut! And carmel!! ‘Nuff said.

Coconut Caramel Frosted Brownie Squares

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 Facebook, Pinterest, twitter and Instagram, too! Wellness Weekend even has its own Pinterest board so you can keep track of each week’s links. Check it out right here.

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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  1. Hi Ricki! This week I am sharing two recipes because I’ll be away for next week’s party.
    I have Zucchini Pesto Lasagna with Cashew Cream as well as Quinoa and Vegetable Salad.
    I hope you have a great week :)

  2. Hi Ricki

    Haha – Cranachan is not that well known beyond the British Isles! This week I’ve shared some mini bites which are perfect in a wrap or with salad!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend!


  3. Hi Ricki,

    This week I am sharing my homemade sunflower seed butter. Some lovely sunflowers in the post too.
    This sunflower seed butter is so great for those with nut allergies (or just peanut allergies like me).

    Have a great weekend.


  4. Thanks for featuring my brownies Ricki! Have a great weekend.

  5. Happy Friday, Ricki! We are missing you this weekend!!! Have your ears been burning? We’ve been talking about your new book! (And how much we love you!!)

    I’ve linked up a Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding. I’m not a regular chia pudding girl, so I’m kind of infatuated with this! :)


    • Ricki Heller says:

      Boo!! I am missing all of you, too!! (Next year, next year. . . !!!). I hope you are all having a fantastic time (though how could you not, given where you are and who you are with?!). :D And chia pudding is perfect. . . in case you missed my last recipe, I adore it, too! xoxo

  6. Thank you for hosting Ricki! I’m sharing an ice cream recipe this week. I hope you have a great weekend! :-D

  7. I love all the inspiration I get from Wellness Weekends :) And thank you for the google hangout the other day, I watched the recording and got a lot from it.
    I’m submitting 2 recipes this week: My Teff pancakes with Caramelized bananas + a Summer Vegetable Chickpea Sauté.

  8. Curry chips! Why didn’t I think of that? Oh, and I want that frosting now!

  9. Hi Ricki, I hope you are fantastic! Today I shared my post and recipe on how to make your own custom blended superfoods powders. They are so easy to do and you can add whatever superfoods your body needs. I made a Superfoods Chocolate Chia Protein Powder. Have a good weekend!

    • Ricki Heller says:

      Wow, sounds amazing, Shelley! Thanks so much for linking up! And hope your weekend is a great one, too. :)

  10. Thank you, Ricki, for featuring my popped amaranth! Love seeing all the clever and delicious ideas everyone’s cooking up. Today, I have my pineapple and sweet potato chocolate shake.

  11. Hi Ricki. I added my Mint Chocolate Fudge to the list. Hope it fits the rules


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