Wellness Weekend, October 24-28, 2013

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Happy Wellness Weekend, all! I hope you’re all enjoying a great week so far. . . and gearing up for a good weekend!

The HH and I literally just got back from a couple of days in New York City (a bit of a birthday celebration for moi!) and I can’t wait to tell you all about it in my next post. For now, let’s reminisce about all the wonderful recipes you all shared last week, shall we?  We had chocolate pumpkin parfait, oatmeal brulée, blackberry avocado chocolate pudding, pumpkin-quinoa red lentil soup, Southwest mac n cheeze and more–in all, over 30 mouthwatering healthy recipes! I just love all the great food you folks link up. :D

Newsy Tidbits

  • GIVEAWAYS GALORE–for books, and MORE! Yes, the giveaways for Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free continue! As always, simply check out the cookbook page to find all the current giveaways (just look for dates that have been bolded in GREEN).
  • But this week I’ve also got a very special giveaway of all-natural, hand crafted, organic Bell Soaps for you! I love these soaps and highly recommend them. And lucky for RH readers, the owner of the company agreed to open this giveaway WORLDWIDE! Wahoo! So scoot over to the giveaway page and enter–there are only 2 days left!
  • Lisa is also giving away a copy of Great Homemade Soups by Paul Gayler. Lisa explains that the book isn’t vegan, but it does have many vegan options. You can check out her review and enter to win here.

PLEASE DO NOT ADD YOUR GIVEAWAYS OR CONTESTS TO THE LINKYS BELOW–THEY ARE FOR RECIPES ONLY.

This Week’s Picks:

Want a little something sweet? Satisfy your sweet tooth with one of these fruity recipes.

Blackberry Avocado Chocolate Pudding from Bite-Sized Thoughts. Blackberries – what a delicious addition to chocolate pudding!

Blackberry Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Dates with Almond Butter and Coconut from In Sonnet’s Kitchen. What an easy and healthy treat!

Almond-Butter-Dates

Tropical Soft Serve from Made to Glow. Pretend that summer is still here with this tropical fruit-filled dessert!

Tropical Soft Serve

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

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory

Sweet Moroccan Falafel from Bit of the Good Stuff. I adore falafel and have made it only once–now I need to do it again with this recipe!

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Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Pumpkin-Filled Gingerbread Cake with Warm Vanilla Syrup from Bring Joy. Such an innovative fall twist on gingerbread!

Pumpkin Filled Gingerbread Cake

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.

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

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory

Sweet Moroccan Falafel from Bit of the Good Stuff. I adore falafel and have made it only once–now I need to do it again with this recipe!

Falafel-Wrap-500-copy

Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Pumpkin-Filled Gingerbread Cake with Warm Vanilla Syrup from Bring Joy. Such an innovtive fall twist on gingerbread!

Pumpkin Filled Gingerbread Cake

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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  1. I am absolutely loving these pralines, hope you do too! Have a great week.

  2. Yay on a birthday vacation getaway to NYC! Hope it was an absolute blast!

    Thanks so much for the mention of my oatmeal brulee. It would be a welcome treat this chilly morning! This week I’m linking up my latest creation … Power Balls. The recipe only makes one serving. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this idea years ago!

    Last, wondering if you’ve decided we’re all too wordy (guilty here!) and that’s why you implemented a 15-character limit on the recipe titles or if that was not intentional. ;-)

    Happy weekend, Ricki! xo,
    Shirley

  3. Hi Ricki! Happy belated Birthday :) Sounds like you had a great time in New York! Can’t wait to read all about it!
    This week I’m sharing Pasta with Pesto Alfredo Sauce. Have a great week!

  4. Hi Ricki,
    Happy belated birthday! Hope you had lots of fun and yummy food :)
    P.S. My carob sesame crackers are made with leftover almond pulp.

  5. I’d love to visit NY, lucky you! Looking forward to your post!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  6. Looking forward to hearing all about NYC Ricki! Has your birthday been already? Happy Birthday if it has!
    I’m submitting my Chocolate-Orange-Goji Cookies to Wellness Weekends this week- thanks for hosting as usual.

  7. Hi Ricki,
    I just found your blog, there’s so many wonderful little sweet recipes to discover! Thanks for hosting this blog hop! Looking forward to participating more in the future. Spreading the vegan word, one yummy recipe at a time!
    Marissa

  8. Hi Ricki,

    This week I am sharing an easy vegan and grain free take on stuffing. Made with quinoa, the flavor is very similar with lots of traditional ingredients.

    Have a great weekend.

    –Amber

  9. Hello Ricki,
    I hear it was your birthday :)
    Happy Belated Birthday from me, too. Did you get/ make a special birthday cake? I guess there are some fab cake places in NYC.
    I’m sharing my Avocado Caramel Pudding. Thanks for hosting!
    Best Wishes,
    Sandra

    • Thanks so much for the b-day wishes! Oddly enough, no cake!! But NYC was enough of a goodie for me. ;) The pudding sounds yummy, too. :)

      • YES – I’m back!
        ;-) Thanks for tracking down my comments. WordPress can’t be trusted.

        I can imagine you liked NYC, a colleague of mine has just been there (set her back £3000!) Goodie! She loved it. And she said she felt totally safe there. That’s not what I would have expected…

        • Thanks so much, Sandra! WordPress *is* a bit wonky. ;) And whoah on that very expensive NYC trip! We never go more than 2 days to keep it more reasonable. I never worried about safety, either! :)

  10. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY RICKI! ♥ I hope you had a fabulous time in NY! It’s top of my destination ‘wish list’. I’ll get there one day!
    I’m delighted that your readers liked the Moroccan falafel :D They’re super easy to make. I keep meaning to make a huge batch and store them in the freezer as they get eaten so quick round here!
    This week I’m sharing my current favourite soup… Curried Vegetable & Lentil. This soup is warming & filling, so perfect for this cold, damp, dark season we’re currently experiencing here in the UK. It’s packed full of nutrients too, so great for boosting our immune systems :)
    Have a great weekend Ricki xx

    • Thanks so much, Sharon! You really should go–once I finally managed a visit, I just wanted to keep going back! :D And thanks for the B-day wishes! xo

  11. Thank you so much for featuring my Tropical Soft Serve! Happy belated birthday and hope you had a wonderful trip to NYC. Enjoy your weekend!

  12. Thanks so much for featuring my chocolate blackberry pudding Ricki! I’m now craving that tropical ice cream too :-)

  13. I would love to see lavender and eucalyptus and mint in a soap!

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