Wellness Weekend, January 23-27, 2014

Wellness Weekend | RickiHeller.com

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!

Newsy Tidbits:


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!

Cardamom-Carrot Soup

Spicy Avocado Soup from The Gluten-Free Cat. If you love avocado like I do, you’ll appreciate it in this creamy soup!

Spicy Avocado 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.

Blueberry Salad Dressing

Looking for more recipes for soups & salads? Here are some from the blog:

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:

Creamy  Carob Chia Mousse from Coconut & Berries. A delicious ACD-friendly recipe (and don’t miss Emma’s other recipe on the blog from yesterday–Green Power Burgers!).

Creamy Carob Chia Mousse

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. Thanks so much for sharing my Spicy Avocado Soup, Ricki! I think I had it for dinner every night last week. :) I have two more liquid dishes linked up this week. A Tumeric Sunshine Juice and Cashew Hemp Milk. Have a healthy weekend!


  2. Hi Ricki,
    This week I’m linking up my Dairy Free Macaroni & Cheese. It is a vegan recipe, but I have bacon sprinkled on my dish in the picture (but the recipe does not call for bacon). I hope this isn’t a problem, but if it is, please delete my entry. Thank you for hosting!

  3. I love the idea of vanilla cardamom carrot soup! I’m linking in a carrot recipe myself this week – carrot cake pudding, which could also be served as carrot cake ice cream.

  4. Hi Ricki,

    Happy Wellness Weekend. I hope you’re doing great. Thanks for hosting.

    This week I am sharing my fresh cabbage & herb spring rolls with sunbutter honey dipping sauce (with vegan sub option of course).

    Have a great weekend.


  5. Thanks for hosting Ricki! This week I’m sharing my cranberry peanut butter granola cookies! Awesome for using up your extra granola or to re-purpose it :)

  6. Hi Ricki–Happy Friday! Thanks so much for the mention of my new Gluten-Free Pizza Party series! All those pizza crusts, including yours, look so amazing. I really love giving folks choices all in one place and can’t wait to share Parts 2 and 3 over the next several days. :-)

    This week I’m linking up an old favorite, Pleasing Pecan Pie. I’d love to have a piece for breakfast right now!

    Thanks for hosting week in and week out, dear. You’re amazing!

  7. Thanks for highlighting my Blueberry Dressing recipe, Ricki, and for hosting this awesome event! :)

  8. Hi Ricki!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend! I shared my Onion Soup recipe today, I adore onions!

    Vicky x

  9. You’ve got the freezing temperatures…. and we’ve got the rain :( I’ve never known such a long spell of rain… it started before Christmas! I’m not sure what’s going on with the weather system, but it sure is crazy.
    Like you, I’ve been hankering after comforting soups and stews this month. For this week’s WW, I’m sharing my family’s favourite Italian bean soup. This is a warm, filling soup perfect for weekday meals or weekend lunch.
    Stay warm Ricki! ♥ xx

  10. That vanilla cardamom carrot soup sounds delicious! I’m so pleased your readers like my carob chia mousse :)
    I’m a bit late entering this week but I’m sharing my tempeh & cauliflower pasanda curry.


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