Wellness Weekend, December 12-16, 2013

Wellness Weekend | RickiHeller.com

Brrrr! It’s been incredibly cold here in the Toronto area! With ice patches everywhere and snow on the ground, I’ve fallen down more times than I care to mention  started wearing cleats on my boots. . . yes, cleats (sure grips the ice, though!).

Then, once I get back inside, it’s all about warming up by the fireplace! Luckily I have lots of warming drinks and comfort foods courtesy of all your links from last week! From Pumpkin Apple Cider to Artichoke and Mushroom Split Pea Soup to Extra Creamy Baked Potato Soup, I had the cold beat.

Newsy Tidbits:

  • Maggie is holding a great giveaway–you can win GLUTEN-FREE PASTA FOR A YEAR! Check out her post to read about Catelli’s new gluten-free pasta, and how you can win a whole year’s worth. Giveaway ends tomorrow, so hurry!
  • Are you thinking about healthy gifts for the holidays? Cookbooks are the perfect last-minute gift–and this one gives YOU a gift, too! Present your loved ones with a copy of Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free and you’ll both be gifted! I’m offering a series of bonuses for anyone who buys copies of my cookbook this season, with everything from signed copies, to sets of my ebooks, to complimentary coaching sessions (and more!) with me. Before you place that order for the book, check out the bonus details here!
  • And speaking of dessert books for the holidays, I recently shared my review of Leanne’s Christmas Dessert Freedom Ebook. It’s a beautifully photographed, drool-worthy collection of holiday treats that are vegan and paleo, too. See the sample recipe and what I had to say here. And if you need even more cookies (!!) my friend Stephanie just published this Twelve Terrific Christmas Cookie Recipes ebook (all recipes are vegan and gluten-free).
  • More holiday ideas are all over the web this week! Check out these incredible holiday gift guides from Janae, Go Dairy Free, Ella, Gena, JL, Hallie and The Balanced Platter.


This Week’s Picks: If soup and salad is your thing, you’ll love one of these recipes!

Extra Creamy Baked Potato Soup (with Hemp Seeds) from Make Real Food. I love the idea of baking the potatoes first in this soup!

Baked Potato Soup

Artichoke and Shiitake Mushroom Split Pea Soup from Strength and Sunshine. An intriguing new way to eat your artichokes.


Hearty Mixed Green Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette from Tessa the Domestic Diva. Can’t go wrong with cranberries this time of year–or greens any time!

Hearty Mixed Green Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

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

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory

Fabulous Roasted Pearl Onions from Allergy-Free Test Kitchen. Caramelized onions are always delicious, right?


Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies from Healthy Life Lessons. Sweet potatoes and chocolate are one of my favorite combinations–these sound great!

Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies

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 group Pinterest board so you can keep track of each week’s links. Check it out right here. And if you’d like to be added as a pinner on the board, just let me know! You have to follow me on Pinterest first (and then I follow you, in order to add you). You can pin any of the recipes from any Wellness Weekend. :)

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. Thank you for sharing my event Ricki!! Have a great weekend. xo

  2. Ricki,

    Thanks so much for featuring my brownies…I hope you stay warm this weekend, I hear we’re in for a big winter storm!!

  3. Thank you so much for choosing one of my recipes to feature! Potato soup is always a great way to warm up on these cold cold days!! :)

  4. Hi Ricki
    I wish you could share some of the wintery weather with me – it is not very Christmassy here in the UK… Cookies to the rescue! 18 of it – well, you’ve seen them ;-) not all vegan but most of them are and if not they are easily spotted and adapted to suit everyone’s needs. Lots of gluten free ones and low in sugar.
    Thanks for hosting.
    Keep warm,

  5. we finally warmed up again today…i liked the cold better the rain! Thanks for the feature Ricki!

  6. I hope you enjoy my Christmas inspired cakes, it’s very warm here in Australia. I’ve added the Raw Christmas Layer cake with raw white chocolate frosting, Grain free Choc Chia Panettone and a beautiful Grain free Tropical Christmas cake with a raw white chocolate frosting.. also grain free..


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