Wellness Weekend, August 29-September 2, 2013

Hi Everyone! Can you believe it’s almost SEPTEMBER already?!! Where oh where did my summer GO?! Well, as you head off to enjoy your long weekend, I’ve got a fun event to share with you all! So read on. . . .

This Week’s Newsy Tidbits:

This week’s news is all about my new cookbook! Talk about time flying–Naturally Sweet & Gluten Free is almost ready for its big debut on September 12th. Whoo hoo!! I am thrilled with how the book turned out (thank you, Sellers Publishing!) and truly can’t wait to share it with all of you. You can still preorder the book (which will secure the price even if it goes up later); or, you’ll be able to find it in major bookstores next month. Check this page for all the details to purchase.

And I hope you’ll join in the festivities! To kick off the book launch, I’ll be baking up a recipe favorite from the book, live on a Google+ hangout on air, on September 16th. And what will I be baking, you wonder? Well, folks, that’s up to YOU!

Cookbook, Naturally Sweet & Gluten-free by Ricki Heller

[Which of these treats from my new cookbook should I bake up for all of you? Go vote!]

These are the four recipes:

1) Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (page 166 in the cookbook):
2) Raw Frosted Lemon-Poppyseed Bars (page 209 in the cookbook):
3) Carob-Buckwheat Pancakes with Chopped Almonds and Chips (page 81 in the cookbook):
4) Butterscotch-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (page 100 in the cookbook):

I’ll also be providing tips and tricks on air, plus nut-free variations for those of you who can’t eat nuts.

Please hop over to the Google event page and cast your vote! You can choose from among these four popular recipes from the book, pictured above. I chose four that also happen to be on the blog as well, so you can decide based on look AND ingredients.  Just leave a comment on the hangout page telling me your choice (you can vote whether or not you attend the hangout), THEN come back on the 16th to bake along with me–or just watch as I concoct in the kitchen!

And now. . . on to this week’s recipes!


This Week’s Picks:

This week’s picks revolve around the theme “keeping cool” — no cooking required!

Raw Sweet Potato Salad with Curry Almond Sauce from Out to Lunch Creations. Never had raw sweet potatoes before? You’ve gotta try this, then!


Key Lime Ice Cream from Laura’s Gluten-Free Pantry. Grab all the ice cream you can before summer ends! This one sounds fabulous.

Key Lime Ice Cream

Peach Basil Cooler from My Munchable Musings. You know I love basil in coolers, right? And peach-basil sounds just divine!

Peach Basil Cooler

If you’re looking for some of my favorite no-cook recipes here on the blog, try one of these:

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory

Zucchini Pesto Lasagna with Cashew Cream from Sandi’s Allergy-Free Recipes. What a perfect end-of-summer raw meal!


Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Gone to Sunbutter and Jam Heaven Bars from Cats in the Kitchen. End off your meal with this fantastic raw dessert!

Sunbutter and Jam Bars

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.

And don’t forget to hop over and vote for your choice of baked good–then come and tune in while I bake it on September 16th!

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. Happy Weekend Ricki!

    I can’t believe we’re in September either, how fast the months fly by! I expect you’re getting so excited about the book launch and I lOVE the recipes you’ve shared!

    This week I’ve brought a quick to make mixed bean salad, a favourite we make most weekends!

    Keep well!


  2. Love the look of your re-design. Thanks for hosting this link up opportunity.

  3. Ricki I LOVE your new site! Looks great and congrats on your published book!!! :)

  4. Hi Ricki, Congrats on your new book! It sounds wonderful! I really like your new blog design. Today I shared a recipe for fermented vegetables made with curly kale and savoy cabbage. Ferments are a fabulous way to heal your digestive system by eating whole foods. Have a good weekend!

    • Thanks so much, Shelley! And I LOVE fermented veggies of all kinds–never tried it with kale! What a great idea. :)

  5. So excited about your book! You KNOW that I’m going to be voting for those raw bars, right??? Speaking of raw…I’ve linked up Raw Zucchini and Kelp Noodles with a Creamy Apricot Basil Sauce. That’s a mouthful…in more ways than one!

  6. Congrats on the new book! I will definitely be picking up a copy! I’m not sure which of those recipes to vote for they all sound fabulous! I’m leaning towards the chocolate buttercream frosting I think. I linked my garbanzo basil salad this week-my newest food addiction! Have a great weekend!

    • Your salad sounds wonderful, Tara–thanks so much! A great way for me to use my abundant basil from the garden. :) And thanks for voting, too. I would say that I love that frosting (which I do)–but of course I love all the recipes! :D

  7. Congratulations, Ricki! Your book is just amazing…I can’t wait to get my hard copy. :-)

    That butter cream frosting looks so decadent.

    This week I am sharing my nut-free Nutella (with vegan option).

    Have a great weekend.


    • OOOHHH, nut-free nutella!! Brilliant!! I’m off to go look. :) And thanks so much re: the book. I can’t wait for you to get it, too!! :D xo

  8. Just pre-ordered the book! Can’t wait! So pleased it’s available in the UK straight away too. Usually we have to wait…
    I voted for the pancakes but everything sounds fabulous :)
    I’ve submitted my black bean empanadas with chipotle sour cream this week

    • Emma, yay! Thanks so much! I have to admit I was surprised when the publisher said they’d be releasing everywhere at once–but SO PLEASED! Hope you love it. :) Your recipe sounds marvelous. . . I must give empanadas a try (never have). And thanks for voting! :)

  9. Congratulations on your new book! I can’t wait to get myself a copy of it. Your recipes are always incredible. Thanks for featuring my Key Lime Ice Cream this week. I’m hoping to hold on to Summer as long as possible!

    • Laura, I’m with you on holding on to summer. Trying not to tear up when I see it getting darker earlier, mornings are cooler. . . boo hoo (oops, there I go). The ice cream looks spectacular! :)

  10. I got to sample some of your new cookbook products when Johanna of Green Gourmet Giraffe kindly shared her creations recently. They have convinced me to buy the book for sure!

    • Oh, Kari, I’m so thrilled to hear that!! SO glad you enjoyed them! And many thanks to Johanna for kindly sharing. :D Thank you so much!!

  11. Hi Ricki!

    I’m going to be stuck at the Phase 1 Candida Diet for a while longer. Are there a number of recipes in your new book I could make or adapt for this phase of the protocol?

    • Hi Faye,
      Yes, there are some recipes from the new book that are suitable for the earlier stages, but not a huge amount–the book is actually not intended as an ACD book, but rather an allergy-friendly one that contains lower-glycemic recipes (ie for people who may be at the maintenance stage after being on the ACD). Something to strive for! ;-) Looking through the recipes, I’d say there are 10-15 that are suitable for Stage 1, with the vast majority (70-80) suitable for Stage 2 or 3; and finally, another 10-12 that are for maintenance only. The only sweeteners used in any of the recipes are stevia, coconut sugar, coconut nectar and the VERY occasional agave syrup, but for many people on Stage 1, coconut sugar/nectar aren’t advisable, so even though my recipes use them combined with stevia, it may still be too sweet for you (of course, you need to decide for yourself how much you can tolerate!). I will say that my next book will have a full array of recipes (not just desserts) for ALL stages! But that’s not for a while yet. ;-)

  12. Hey, the new site looks great! Definitely more streamlined. I’m sure you could sneak a doggy portrait or two into the sidebar, though! ;-)

    • Ha ha–thanks, Libby! Don’t worry, The Girls will continue to be represented in the posts! But I’ll think about the sidebar, too (though wouldn’t want it to go to their heads). ;)

  13. Thank you for featuring my recipe! I am finally catching up on my blogs and was so excited to see it. The reader’s choice Sunbutter and Jam Heaven Bars look really yummy and I just pinned your Raw Frosted Lemon Poppyseed Bars, they sound amazing!


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