Wellness Weekend, August 8-12, 2013

Howdy, y’all! (No, I haven’t been to the south lately. . . for some reason, that just popped out that way).  Hope you are all enjoying lots of warm, sunny days of August (or cool, sunny days if you’re Down Under).

Thanks for all the great comments about my ice cream post last week. Glad you liked it! And thanks, too, for all YOUR great recipes, as usual! From lasagna to grain-free chocolate chip cookies to ice cream sandwiches to chocolate zucchini cake–it all looked fantastic!

Newsy Tidbits:

Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free cookbook by Ricki Heller

[Well look what I got in the mail!]

  • I got a surprise gift in the mail last week–and couldn’t help but post about it on Instagram! I’m so excited for Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free to hit bookstore shelves on September 12th! I’ve got loads of giveaways, contests and other fun stuff planned for when the book comes out (and I’ll be sharing more of the inside page, too)–and hope you’ll celebrate along with me! In the meantime, don’t forget that the discounted price only applies to preorders. Have you ordered your copy yet? ;)
  • I mentioned this last week, too, but in case you missed it, stay tuned for a new look on the blog! If all goes well, we’ll be making the switch next week. And don’t be alarmed when you see that the name has changed to RickiHeller.com–we are not booting out The Girls from the picture!! (“Thanks, Mum, we appreciate that. Especially since we are actually the true stars of this site.”).  The change is a way to bring together the different threads of my online and offline work, from the blog to writing for magazines to writing cookbooks to teaching courses (stay tuned for those!). I am very excited to share this transition with all of you!

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 all focus on the theme “sauces and spices.”

Raw Applesauce from Allergy Free Test Kitchen. Perfect way to enjoy fresh apples!

Raw Applesauce

Spicy Plum Sauce from Hunter’s Lyonesse. I bet this would be great as a dipper for veggies, too!


Basic Chili Powder from Whole New Mom. Why buy prepared when you can make your own?

Basic Chili Powder

If you’re looking for other sauce recipes, here are some of my favorites on the blog, too:

And This Week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory:

Zucchini Nacho Hashbrowns from Cats in the Kitchen. So many great flavors going on in this dish. . . and I love unconventional hash browns!

Zucchini Nacho Hashbrowns

Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Gingerbread Truffle Balls from Bite-Sized Thoughts. Aren’t these little confections adorable? But not too adorable to eat, of course. ;)

Gingerbread Truffle Balls

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!

Never Miss a Recipe–or a Comment from the Dogs!

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© Ricki Heller 2013.

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  1. Hi Rickie! So great to see your book! I bet you are so excited!
    I don’t have to ask how you week is going :)
    This week I’m sharing Sweet Potato Bacon Hash as well as Chocolate Zucchini Cake.
    I hope your weekend goes great as well!

  2. Hi Ricki! Thanks for choosing my raw applesauce recipe. This week I linked up naturally sweetened blueberry crisp!

  3. Hi Ricki! I’m always excited when I have recipes to share here! I’m sharing 2 – my Cherry Vanilla Italian Soda, and my Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic & Chives. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. And I’m so excited about your cookbook! ;)

  4. Congratulations, Ricki!!! I can’t wait to get my copy. So exciting.

    This week I am sharing my new homemade facial toner…several recipes. All natural and fabulous! :-)

    Have a great weekend. (it’s my birthday weekend..woot-woot)!


  5. how exciting to see your book – yes we had lovely sunny cool weather yesterday but back to rain and wind today in Melb – nice to be acknowledged in the midst of your northern summer :-)

  6. I missed your ice cream last week..it looks incredible! Especially with choc chunks :)
    Great to see a real-life copy of your book- you must be so excited, I know I am!
    I’m submitting a summer lunch staple this week, my broad bean + roasted garlic dip.

  7. Congratulations on your book!!! The cover looks so enticing. Love the cupcakes and the pink! I’ve been playing with vegan mayo, so I’m linking up a Green Vegan Mayo today. Have a great weekend!


  8. I’m so excited for you, Ricki! That gorgeous cover by itself will sell a bazillion copies! :-)

    At first, I didn’t think I had anything to link up today, but then looked through my “arsenal” and found that I had a guest post for Super Mini Chunky Monkey “Ice Cream” Sandwiches that I needed to bring home. These super mini delights really do hit the sweet spot! ;-)


  9. That is so awesome! I can’t wait to see your book!

  10. Hi Ricki

    The book looks fantastic, you must be so excited! I hope you have a lovely weekend!


  11. I’m so glad the gingerbread balls were well received – thanks! I am almost ready to make another batch I liked them so much :) I’ve linked in couscous this week, with orange and almond boosts.

  12. Hi Ricki,
    so excited for you that your book is coming out in just a few weeks! The new website is looking fab btw – I love the light colour scheme and clear navigation – very nice!

    P.S.: Have just ordered a pre-copy, yay :)

    • Ricki Heller says:

      Sandra, that is so sweet–thank you so much! And thanks for the kind comment about the site, too. I thought a little facelift in time for a book launch sounded good. :D Were you able to order via amazon.uk? Awesome!!!

  13. Yay on the new site design! Looks great Ricki!

  14. Love the new site design, Ricki!

  15. It’s been crazy around here and I’m late to the party. Thank you for sharing my Spicy Plum Sauce, Ricki!


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