Wellness Weekend, October 17-21, 2013

Hi Everyone! Hope you are all having a stellar October week so far! Isn’t it amazing how quickly these Wellness Weekend Thursdays roll around. . ??

Well, I guess that’s a good thing, because this time of year, Never Enough Pumpkin! Take a look at all the pumpkin-themed recipes from last week (all five of ‘em)–plus 34 more amazing recipes! And I’ve got a few of my own to add. . .

Newsy Tidbits:

  • I’ve been on a bit of a pumpkin bender myself lately. First, I waxed poetic about this super-easy, super-quick Almost Instant Pumpkin Porridge; then I couldn’t resist a sweet treat, and whipped up Pumpkin Caramel Swirl Brownies the other day. I’ve got more pumpkin ideas coming down the pipeline, so stay tuned. :)
  • How Can I Help You? (Part I): I know that many of you are new to a candida diet or have just been diagnosed with food allergies and don’t know where to begin. While I address many aspects of how to adjust to the new diet and make substitutions right here on the blog, some of you may be looking for a more personalized, in-depth approach. I would love to help! I’ve been conducting private consultations with select clients here in the Toronto area over the past year and am now opening up this service to anyone, anywhere. You can now book private one-on-one sessions with me in either 30 minute or one-hour increments. I’ll help make sense of your dietary restrictions, provide individualized substitutions, recipes, home and lifestyle changes, and anything else related to the adjustment required when you make a huge change in your diet. For more information or to request a session, check this page.
  • How Can I Help You? (Part II). For those unable to book individual sessions, I’m starting a recurring Q & A post on the blog called, not surprisingly, “How Can I Help You?”. Simply send in your questions and I may answer them right here! I’ve received so many questions from readers lately that I can no longer answer individually, but I wanted to somehow address as many as I can. These posts will delve a little more deeply into the issues, so your questions can be more specific than those on the Candida FAQ page. I’ll aim to answer those questions that will benefit as many readers as possible. If you’re wondering about how to cook or bake gluten-free, what you can eat on a candida diet, how to substitute for your favorite ingredient, how to use natural alternative sweeteners, or anything else about your special diet–please send me the question in an email to ricki@rickiheller.com, with the subject line “Q&A.” I promise to read them all and answer as many as I can right here!
  • If you suspect you may have a problem with yeast overgrowth, did you know that what you eat can either help or exacerbate the problem? I talk about anti-yeast foods in this post on Fitalicious.
  • As always, I’ve got GIVEAWAYS GALORE for you this week, too! There are currently FIVE DIFFERENT GIVEAWAYS of Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free open–just check the cookbook page, scroll to the end and look for dates bolded in GREEN to find the current giveaways (one of them ends this weekend, so be sure to enter!).
  • Sharon at Bit of the Good Stuff is giving away a copy of the amazing Kathy Hester’s newest book, Vegan Slow Cooking. As I mentioned a while back, I got hold of her Bean Book and can’t wait to dive right in! Enter here. Until October 31.
  • Janet from The Taste Space is giving away a copy of Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s book, Isa Does It. These are vegan recipes ready in 30 minutes or less–sounds great! Enter here. Until October 31.


This Week’s Picks:

Want to enjoy the tastes of fall? Try one of simply sweet recipes.

Aloe Apple Cider Refresher from Quick N Healthy. An unlikely pairing makes for a healthy and refreshing drink!

Apple Aloe Refresher

Maple Applesauce from Spiced Curiosity. Two quintessential fall flavors meld in this easy recipe.

Maple Applesauce

Cranberry Pecan Bites from Vegan Sweet and Simple. All I can say is, “yum!” Don’t you want to make these–right now?

Cranberry Pecan Bites

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

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory

Simply Made Buns from Sandi’s Allergy Free Recipes. A great way to enjoy buns again–with a bonus that they’re simple to make!


Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Apple Pie Bites from The Healthy Maven. Never enough bites, right? These look like little bites of heaven.


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 ricki@rickiheller.com. 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! I’m so glad that your readers liked my buns :) This week I’m sharing my Vegetarian Chili! Great to be able to dip those buns into ;)
    I hope you have a great week!

  2. Forget pumpkin, bring on the apples!! :)

  3. Hi Ricki,

    Great picks from last week! Always so many wonderful, healthy recipes.

    This week I am sharing a delicious smoothie I’ve been enjoying in the morning – it’s made with butternut squash, yes indeed, and it’s delicious.

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  4. Hey Ricki–Wow, so much good info here today! How awesome that you’ll be counseling more and more folks! :-) And how about all those lucky folks who still have an opportunity to win your cookbook–very cool. I’m glad that you are making pumpkin recipes for us, since I’m slacking on that this year so far. ;-)

    I’ve linked up an older recipe today, but one of my favorites. Oatmeal Brulee–a great comfort food breakfast!

    Happy weekend eve, Ricki. :-)

    • Thanks, Shirley! I think I hardly made anything “pumpkin” last year–but am really on a roll THIS year!! And I actually remember that brulee–yummmmm! :D

  5. Thanks so much for choosing to highlight my cranberry pecan bites recipe from last week!! So excited! I’ll have on or two more to add this weekend.

  6. Hi Ricki, before I can get stuck in with reading your book a second time :) let me quickly add my easy instructions for ‘How to make Almond Milk’.
    Thanks for hosting, hope you’re well!!

  7. Gosh has Wellness Weekends come around quickly again! I’m sharing a recipe with a vegetable I don’t use enough, the humble white potato! A delicious lemony lentil, potato & pea curry.

  8. Thank you for hosting :) This week I brought Choco-Carob Oatmeal Mix.

  9. As always, everything looks so good!
    The maple apple sauce is calling to me right now. Our apple tree is laden with fruit so I’m looking to making all manner of apple goodies this weekend, including apple sauce in the new slow cooker :)
    Have a great weekend Ricki ♥
    p.s. Thank you so much for sharing the giveaway x


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