Wellness Weekend, September 26-30, 2013

Hi Everyone! Welcome to this week’s Wellness Weekend! We hit a high note last week with over 50 entries–wowzah! From veggie samoas with chutney to cherry pecan trail mix cookies to dairy-free pumpkin spice creamer to truffled mushroom cauliflower risotto, you all outdid yourselves last week! I’m so glad you’ve all chosen to share your amazing creations with us. :)

There’s also loads of news this week–giveaways, cookbook events and more–so let’s get right to it!

Newsy Tidbits:


This Week’s Picks:

Looking for a new way to serve beans or lentils? Try one of these…

Korean BBQ Black Bean Boats from Find Your Balance. Aren’t these cute? What a fun way to enjoy a healthy meal!

korean bbq black bean boats

Summer Squash and Green Bean Salad with Basil Vinaigrette from Spiced Curiosity. I’m always thrilled with new ways to enjoy green beans–this looks delish.

green beans and lentils

Peppers Stuffed with Lentils and Rice from Triumph Wellness. Stuffed peppers are an elegant way to serve a main course! These give you all the nutrition you need, too.


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

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory

Almond and Butternut Squash Bites from Gluten Free SCD and Veggie. Yum! Such an innovative recipe–and grain-free!

Almond & Butternut Squash Bites GF SCD

Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

No Bake Mint Chocolate Protein Bars from The Healthy Maven. Chocolate and Mint are such a perfect combination to begin with–but a no-bake protein bar? YES, please!


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!

    I received my copy of your wonderful book yesterday, I LOVE it so many things I want to make..It’s beautiful and the photography is just perfect! I’ve loved visiting the sites you mentioned, congratulations!!!

    I am so chuffed that my almond bites were a reader’s favourite, my daughter-in-law sent me a photo of my grandson eating one – so they’ve been made in Canada already – though she didn’t include the chilli! I made a slightly different version with different spices at the weekend and these will be going on the blog soon, I couldn’t believe how lovely they were!

    Today, I’m sharing my Blackberry baked Apple recipe, very simple to make and so delicious!

    Hope you have a lovely week xo

    • Vicky, thank you so much!! I’m thrilled that you like it. :) I also love the photos–I think Celine is very talented! And I must give those almond bites a try. They look SO good!

  2. Thanks for featuring one of my recipes Ricki!

  3. Love all your selections and the readers’ as well, Ricki! I had already seen Vicky’s yummy bites, but happy to see the others,too–especially those chocolate protein bars. ;-)

    This week I’m linking up my Double Chocolate Banana Truffle Cookie Bites. These are tasty little treats that capitalize on the sweetness of bananas complemented by both the bittersweet chocolate taste from raw cacao and the semi-sweet chocolate flavor of chocolate chips or cocoa nibs. And they can be made grain free using almond flour, with quinoa flakes, or with gluten-free oats or oat flour. All the texture combinations are fun, too. Very trufflelicious, so to speak. ;-) I love that and enjoyed each version. :-)

    Last, I am simply AMAZED at all you are doing with your book launch! So very exciting! xoxo,

  4. Thanks a bunch for linking up the green bean salad! :) (I love that tasty veggie, too.)

    By the way, I can’t wait to read your interview with Gena along with the tasty recipes. What a great collaboration!

    Have a nice weekend. :)

  5. Thank you for hosting:) Such a great line-up of recipes! I brought my Coconut Zucchini-Carrot Muffins and Maple Date Squares

  6. Love the sound of those No Bake Mint Chocolate Protein Bars!
    After weeks, even possibly months, I finally feel I’ve got a recipe worthy of sharing on your Wellness Weekend… it’s vegan AND gluten free :D It’s the first time I’ve made a Japanese curry and the family loved it (including my little boy!) It tastes very different to any curry I’ve eaten before, largely down to the addition of star anise. If you haven’t had Japanese curry before, it’s definitely worth a try!
    Have a great weekend Ricki ♥

    • Sounds wonderful, Sharon! I’ve had Japanese curry and also loved it (but never made it myself!). And don’t worry about the gluten-free part–there are lots of non-GF recipes on Wellness Weekend, because I know many folks with other allergies can still eat gluten. But glad you found one that fits all the categories! :D

  7. Those Almond and Butternut Squash Bites look like something that should be stabbed with a stick and dipped into some hot fondue-y goodness. :)
    Thanks for the recipe links and congrats on the success of your book…cheers!


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