Wellness Weekend, January 2-6, 2014


Happy New Year, everyone! And welcome to the very FIRST Wellness Weekend event of 2014! How is your start to the year going so far?

Apart from continuing to drool over all your fabulous recipes, one of my goals this year is to provide more useful information for all of you on the blog. I’m also renewing my commitment to an anti-candida (ACD) lifestyle–but more on that in my next post! For now, I’d love if you share what you’d like to see more of on the blog. Are there topics you wish I’d cover? What’s your biggest challenge on an anti-candida diet, or food allergy diet, or special diet of whatever kind? Do you have questions about the ACD, or specific ingredients? Please let me know in the comments!

Newsy Tidbits


This Week’s Picks: Here are some delicious looking recipes featuring roasted vegetables.

Roasted Beets and Carrots from Triumph Wellness. I adore roasted veggies, especially root veggies. These look perfect.

Roasted Beets and Carrots

Za’atar Eggplant Rounds on Chickpea Cauliflower Puree from Farmers Market Vegan. It’s finally time for me to try Za’atar! Yum.

Zaatar Eggplant Rounds

Holiday Acorn Squash from Cats in the Kitchen. So festive! But I bet it’s delicious any time.

Holiday Acorn Squash

Looking for more recipes for roasted veggies? Here are some from the blog:

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory

Zucchini Noodles with Tahini Lemon Sauce from Bite-Sized Thoughts. A lovely raw main dish–and a great way to enjoy zucchini.

Zucchini Noodles

Readers’ Choice, Sweet:

Raw Chocolate Banana Cheesecake from Ves & Mork. Our second raw choice! I guess I’m not the only one dreaming of summer. . .  ;)

Raw Chocolate Banana Cheesecake

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.

  • 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.
  • This is a recipe event. Your blog post must contain a recipe.
  • 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.
  • Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page or another event page.
  • 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. :)
  • Please mention this event and include a link back to this post so that others can find all the recipes posted!
  • 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. Hey, Ricki, thank you so much for sharing the Bold Vegan giveaway! It’s such a great book for veg-curious and veg-newbies!

    On the ACD front I just wanted to say that I am learning a great deal by following your ACD community on Google+!

  2. Hi Ricki,

    Happy New Year! I’m sharing my Raw Freezer Fudge this week (with nut-free & vegan options). SOOOO good!!!

    Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend.


  3. Thanks for highlighting my recipe this week Ricki!

  4. Oh, how exciting to see the zucchini noodles featured! Thanks Ricki :) I love the raw cheesecake recipe too.

  5. Ricki, there seems to be a cap of 15 characters on submissions titles? This isn’t usually the case. Could this be changed? Thanks!

  6. Gina Sengupta says:

    Wow Ricki, you take all the work out of looking for great giveaways! Thanks so much for posting and have a Happy New Year and wishing you great things to come. :) Gina

  7. Thank you for highlighting my stuffed acorn squash recipe. You asked for people to share thoughts about candida. I’m sure I am not completely unique but the ACD diet was not enough for me. I was not and continue to be unable to eat foods with much starch whether they are low-glycemic or not. The whole starch issue is quite complicated but if you have SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), the ACD is probably not going to be enough.

    • Sorry to hear that, Sheree! The digestive system is such a complex system, isn’t it? I hope your own situation improves soon! And hope it’s a happy new year for you in any case. :)


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