Wellness Weekend, November 21-25, 2013

Wellness Weekend | RickiHeller.com

Happy Thursday to you! And Happy Wellness Weekend! Seems like we just wrapped up last week’s event. It’s insane how quickly the weeks are passing by–it’s almost the end of November (and almost American Thanksgiving) already! But hey, if that means winter whizzes by, too, I’m okay with that.

There’s been lots going on in Toronto (seriously, what’s up with our mayor??) and here on the blog, so let’s get right to it!

Newsy Tidbits:

  • Tomorrow is your LAST CHANCE TO ENTER YOUR RECIPE in the Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free Contest!! I’d love to see one of your recipes in the special holiday supplement my publisher is putting out next month! You’ll receive full credit and a link to your blog or website (if you have one). Be sure to check out the details on the contest page.
  • Jesse at Out to Lunch Creations is holding a giveaway for one of my favorite foods: spirulina! This isn’t the usual form in which I take it (I use the powder), but great for anyone new to this ingredient. See the details here.
  • Janet shares a review and giveaway of Raw & Simple on her blog. See all the details here.


[Here I am with Lisa of Gluten-Free Find.]

  • I had a blast speaking about superfoods at last week’s Gluten Free Garage event. It was also a great opportunity to meet with other Toronto-area gluten-free folks, like Maggie of She Let Them Eat Cake and Lisa (pictured with me, above) of Gluten-Free Find (and you can also read about Lisa’s latest venture and find a recipe for magical Chocolate Chip Cookies, here).  Gluten Free Garage maintains a blog year-round with lots of information and tips about living gluten-free, and they’ll be posting podcasts of the speakers’ talks, so be sure to check their site even if you missed the event.
  • Send me your burning questions about the anti-candida diet! Do you have questions about what you can or can’t eat on the diet, what sweeteners are allowed, which supplements I took, best foods to fight candida, or anything else? Send them my way! I recently started this Candida Q & A series on the blog, and I’m eager to answer all the questions I can. Email to ricki@rickiheller.com with the subject line, “Q&A.” Thanks!
  • Thanksgiving is right around the corner! In case you missed it back in October, here’s my list of 75+ Healthy Vegan Thanksgiving recipes–from appetizer to brunch the next day.
  • HOLIDAY EBOOK GIVEAWAY! I’m giving away a copy of Amie Valpone’s new Holiday Cookbook, with 80 allergy-friendly recipes for the holidays (almost all are vegan)! To enter, leave a comment on this Facebook post. ENDS TONIGHT--SO HURRY!


This Week’s Picks:

Looking for a new soup or side dish? Try one of these recipes:

Golden Lentil Barley Soup from One Small Vegan. If you can eat barley, this sounds like a fabulous soup!

Golden Lentil Barley Soup by One Small Vegan

Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Squash, Cherries, and Walnuts from Made to Glow.Well, y’all know I adore kale. . . but pair it with squash AND cherries, and I think I’m in heaven.

Fall Kale Salad from Made to Glow

Venezuelan-Style Mini Arepas from Green Gourmet Giraffe. I’ve been dying to try arepas–and these look SO approachable!



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

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory

Mushroom Quinoa Casserole from The Healthy Maven. What a hearty, savory dish this would be on your holiday table!

Mushroom Quinoa Casserole from The Healthy Maven

Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Lemon Bars from Cats in the Kitchen. Super simple to make, and nut-free.

Lemon Bars from Cats in the Kitchen

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 don’t know what is going on today Ricki. I back linked first and yet linky wants to say they I didn’t and won’t let me post :(

  2. Ricki – Thank you for featuring my Fall Kale Salad! I need to try those lemon bars – they look great. Thank you for hosting such a fabulous linkup event each week!

  3. Hi RIcki,

    Same issue here on my end. I have your link in my post, but it won’t accept my submission. I will try back later.


  4. Happy all is working now, Ricki! Those arepas look especially great! I’ve linked up my newest creation, Flourless Triple Nut (or Seed) Brownies.

    Have a great weekend, Ricki! Thanks so much for hosting such a terrific weekly event!

  5. Thanks for linking up all these great blogs! I found several new favorites since last week’s Wellness Weekend. :)

    And Happy (early American) Thanksgiving! It’s amazing to see so many veggie-forward dishes for the holiday. The dish I’m sharing isn’t exactly traditional, but it is made with real food and pretty delicious: Sweet Potato Sage Gnocchi.

    Hope you have a great weekend! :)

  6. Thank you for hosting Ricki, with I could have heard you talk at the event, I bet it was a blast! Have a great weekend :)

  7. Thanks for sharing my giveaway Ricki!!! Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. Thanks for hosting Ricki! I hope you have a great weekend!

  9. The weeks are flying past aren’t they? I’m sure time speeds up as you get older. Since turning 40, time seems to be going double speed… so much to fit in and so little time :/

  10. Happy to see the arepas up there on your to do list – they were surprisingly easy and I would think they would fit into your diet nicely. And we are starting to get news reports in Melbourne about your mayor – he sounds like a larger then life character

  11. I’ve got to tell you, Mayor Ford is absolutely RUINING everything I used to think about Canadians! So nice and….sane. He’s like our jackass Chris Chistie on crack. Oh, wait…

    Thank you, as always, for hosting!

    • I agree, Libby! But he really is an anomaly. The rest of us are polite and well-mannered and totally nerdy. ;)

      • Just teasing, I’ve always liked Canada and Canadians! I grew up in northern Minnesota, so we made occasional trips up to Winnipeg, plus when I was little, we took a trip down the west coast by ferry. (My dad was being transferred from Alaska to Texas, and my parents got a camper and turned the move into an amazing, if dysfunctional, six week journey.) Honestly, if I were given the choice, I’d rather live in Canada than Florida!

        • I did think you were kidding! No worries. :) And really about Florida?? I think I’d always rather live in a place that’s warm all year round!!


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