Wellness Weekend, September 12-16, 2013 and Book Launch News!

Well hello everyone–welcome to this special “Naturally Sweet” edition of Wellness Weekend!

Tonight I’ve got some of my own recipes to share–a whole book of them! That’s because Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free launched today! This book literally wouldn’t have been possible without all of you and your ongoing support. So thank you! Thank you for reading, for trying the recipes and commenting on the blog, and providing your feedback to help improve this space and the recipes that I make. I hope you find the book useful, and can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

Newsy Tidbits:

Lots of news today as book events get underway!


This Week’s Picks:

With harvesting season full on right now, this week’s picks all include tomatoes as an ingredient!

Tomato and Black Bean Tart from Pure Ella. I think this will have to be my dinner this weekend!


Roasted Hatch Chile White Bean Cheesy Hummus, Kale, Cherry Tomato Pizza from Vegan Richa. I’m going to alternate that tart above with this pizza!


Fresh Tomato Sauce with Sass from Ragdoll Kitchen. Oh, and maybe some pasta smothered in this?

fresh tomato sauce with sass

If you’re looking for some tomato-based recipes here on the blog, try one of these:

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory

Vegan GF Sausages from Green Gourmet Giraffe. I have to admit this would have been my choice this week, too! Love this recipe–can’t wait to try it!

vegan sausages with kale mash

Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Wedding Cake Batter from The Alkymist. Okay, so there were no weddings involved. . . but this “batter” sure does sound good.

Wedding Cake Batter

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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© Ricki Heller 2013.

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  1. Hi Ricki! Congrats on your book! I’m sure we will here all about it at the Gluten Free Expo on Saturday :)
    This week I’m sharing a Healthy Chia Nut Cereal. Have a great evening!

  2. Congratulations Ricki! It sounds as if you are having a great week :)
    Thank you so much for highlighting my Fresh Tomato Sauce with Sass. I am having fun with blogging but my freezer is filling up fast. :D
    I am sharing my Maple Apple Crisp. Hope people like it. My husband did :)

  3. Congrats on your book launch Ricki!! :D
    Sharing raw brownies and hazelnut coffee ice cream today :)

  4. Big, hearty congrats on releasing the book! :) That’s exciting.

    For the bloghop I’m sharing a vegan, gluten-free dessert: Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream. Big fan of the flavor and creamy texture, sans any dairy. :)

    Have a great weekend, y’all!

  5. Oh Ricki…this book is such a treasure!!! I’m so excited for you. Congratulations. I know you’ve been waiting patiently for this day to arrive! Yah!!!!!!!!!


    • Thank you so much, Amber! I hope that people find lots of goodies they can eat and enjoy–no matter what diet they follow! :)

  6. What an exciting day!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on the book! Today I’ve linked up Raw Carrot Sandwich Bread. It was a big hit with a few blogger friends, so I think you’ll love it too!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  7. Congratulations on your book and the features! so awesome!

  8. congratulations on being nominated for the Canadian weblog awards and how nice to see mt recipe in the readers choice – a nice way to be greeted upon return from holidays

  9. Hi Ricki, Congrats on the launch of your new book! It sounds fantastic! I hope you receive the Canadian Weblog award! Today I shared my recipe for Microgreens Fruit Salad. It has 3 fruits, microgreeens, lemon vinaigrette, and balsamic syrup. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Thank you so much, Shelley!! I’m thrilled to be nominated, of course. :) I love the combo of fruit with the microgreens–thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Amazing, Ricki! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of your book, loved the last one!

  11. CONGRATULATIONS RICKI on the launch of your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous ♥ I can’t wait to check it out for myself. I’m so pleased to see that it’s already available from Amazon UK. I’ll definitely be recommending it to friends :D xx

  12. p.s. I love the look of the tart, pizza and GF sausages above! I’m heading off to check out the recipes right now x

  13. Thank you so much Riki for featuring my Black Bean Tart!! ;)

    Everything looks amazing here!
    And of course I have to say how amazed I am of seeing your name pop up everywhere with your book mention!
    This is so very exciting and I’m jumping for joy!! I am so proud of you and you are such a great inspiration Riki ;)
    Do share if something fun like book signings will happen in the GTA area ;) I would love to meet you and grab a copy ;)

    Best to you with your launch of Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free! ;)


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