Hi Everyone, and welcome to Wellness Weekend this week!
As we hunker down into the worst winter I can remember since I moved to Toronto in 1983 (okay, fine, EVERY winter is the worst winter I can remember), I’m really craving classic comfort foods! Does the cold weather make you crave soups, stews, and the like? If so, you’ll find plenty of comforting recipes and more in last week’s event, with three dozen stellar recipes. From gorgeous crimson beet juice to homemade raw chocolates to carrot cake waffles to hash brown casserole and cinnamon raisin bread, I think I could be happy eating all of those dishes for the rest of the season!
- There’s a great giveaway on The Taste Space going on: a lineup of four vegan nutrition books you should read, with two up for grabs: Becoming Vegan (Express edition) by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina; and Vegan for Her by Ginny Messina and JL Fields. Other books reviewed are Vegan for Life by Jack Norris and Ginny Messina; and Never Too Late to Go Vegan by Carol J. Adams, J. Patti Breitman and Ginny Messina. Check out the giveaway here! Runs until January 28th.
- Looking for healthy sweet treats for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? You’ll find lots of them in Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free! And there’s still time to order before V-Day.
- Do you love pizza? My friend Shirley from Gluten Free Easily compiled a roundup of over 30 gluten-free pizza crust recipes, from grain-based to grain-free and lots of vegan options! Check it out here.
And now. . . on to this week’s event! PLEASE DO NOT ADD YOUR GIVEAWAYS OR CONTESTS TO THE LINKYS BELOW–THEY ARE FOR RECIPES ONLY.
This Week’s Picks: It’s soup and salad this week, with a beautiful array of colorful, flavorful recipes!
Vanilla Cardamom Carrot Soup from Sterling Sweets. I love the unconventional combination of flavors in this one!
Spicy Avocado Soup from The Gluten-Free Cat. If you love avocado like I do, you’ll appreciate it in this creamy soup!
Low-Fat Wild Blueberry Salad Dressing with Hemp Seeds from Carrie On Vegan. There’s nothing like a fresh fruit-based dressing to perk up a salad. This one sounds delectable.
Looking for more recipes for soups & salads? Here are some from the blog:
- My Mother’s Potato Corn Chowder
- Spiced Cauliflower Soup
- Tuscan Bean Soup
- Broccoli Salad with Creamy Mustard Dressing
- Mixed Greens with Mango, Avocado and Pine Nuts in a Pineapple-Tarragon Vinaigrette
And this week’s Readers’ Choices:
Readers’ Choice, Savory
Sushi Rice Salad from Sift, Stir, and Savour. Now, this is my kinda salad–sushi without all the fuss!
Readers’ Choice, Sweet:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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