Wellness Weekend, September 5-9, 2013

Happy Back to School, everyone! And if you’re not back at school, Happy “Back to Sudden Traffic Congestion on the Roads”!

Suddenly, it’s autumn. Crazy how that works, isn’t it? (We had a balmy, sunny, 29C/84F day yesterday, but for some reason I still felt like eating baked squash for dinner). ;)


Another thing that’s crazy? My new cookbook will be available in just ONE WEEK from today! The launch date is September 12th, which means that books will finally be available on stores shelves on that day. (Remember, too, if you preorder, you’ll also be locked in to the lowest amazon price, even if it goes up on launch date!)

I’m really excited and happy to be able to offer so many classic baked goods and desserts in a healthier, allergy-friendly form so that many of you can enjoy them once again! When I ran my bakery, one of the best parts was watching as people who’d missed their favorite desserts were able to indulge freely–and safely–even with multiple food restrictions. I hope this book does the same for lots of you, too!

For a more detailed description of the book or to peek inside, look here.

This Week’s Newsy Tidbits:


This Week’s Picks:

This week’s picks revolve around the theme “salads and sides.”

Roasted Vegetable Medley from Practical-Stewardship. I love roasted veggies, don’t you? What a great combination!


Chickpea Salad with Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potato and Carrot from Bite-Sized Thoughts. Roasted sweet potatoes are the perfect veggie to ease into autumn.

Chickpea Salad with Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potato and Carrot

Garbanzo Basil Salad from Apples and Ginger. More root veggies with carrots in this lovely mix!

garbanzo basil salad

If you’re looking for some of my favorite salad and side dish recipes here on the blog, try one of these:

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory

Fermented Lemon Kale and Savoy Cabbage from A Harmony Healing. I can’t wait to try out this new fermented veggie combo!


Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars from The Healthy Maven. Seriously, who could resist this combination? Talk about decadent!

salted caramel apple crumb 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.

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! Thanks for featuring my Pesto Zucchini Lasagna last week. This week I’m sharing Peaches and Cream Ice Cream.
    I hope you have a great week!

  2. Thanks so much for the feature on the Roasted Veggies! I am sharing my Chocolate Chip Coconut Zucchini Breakfast Cookies (V) this week. Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Those salted caramel apple bars really do look amazing. I’m submitting my Raw Banoffee Pie this week :)
    Excited for your book, although Amazon UK has annoyingly just announced that there’s been a delay with suppliers and the book won’t be available until the 18th-21st here :(

    • Oh, nooooooo! re: the book! I must email my publisher asap and complain very loudly. ;) So sorry!!
      Thanks for the banoffee pie, though–that has been a dream dessert of mine for ages. :)

  4. Oooh, both those Roasted Veggies and the Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars are calling my name! :-) This week I’ve linked up Banana Ice Cream, a super simple recipe.

    Thanks for hosting, Ricki! I’m so happy for you (and us!) on your upcoming book launch!! xo,

  5. Ricki, what a lovely round up already ;)
    I’m happy to be joining with a Tomato & Black Bean Tart that’s both vegan and gluten free ;)
    ps. Congratulations on your wonderful book!
    xo Ella

  6. Hiya Ricki,

    Hope this Friday finds you well. What great picks this week!!! Yuuuuummmm all around. :-)

    This week I am sharing a new snack: Raw Nutella Bites.

    Enjoy your weekend.


  7. Hi Ricki, Thank you for hosting :) I am sharing my Fresh Tomato Sauce with Sass.

  8. Thanks so much for featuring the roast sweet potato salad Ricki! I think I’d like one of those salted apple bars to follow :-)

  9. Hi Ricki, I love your blog! I’m entering my vegan omelette. This is the first time I’m entering a recipe in any such event. I only just started blogging recently!

    • Welcome to the world of food bloggers! It’s such a great community and I have no doubt you will love it as much as I do. And WHAT a first entry in the event–wowzah!!! That looks totally amazing. Thanks so much, Shannon! :D

  10. Ricki

    Congrats on the new cookbook coming out so soon–that is so exciting!


  11. Thank you for sharing my giveaway, Ricki. :)


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