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Wellness Weekend December 8-12, 2011

It’s just insane how quickly this month is whizzing by–before we know it, it will be 2012!! Okay, I don’t mean to rush things along, or anything. . . . let’s just enjoy the rest of December as best we can. 😉   And one thing I truly enjoy is all of your great recipes for Wellness Weekend!  Another stellar show of recipes from y’all last week, for sure. 😀

Before I get to today’s lineup, I’ve got a few little announcements to make:’

First, just in case you missed it, this morning marked Week 5 of the “A Gluten Free Holiday” event.  I served up some Oatmeal Poppyseed Scones, and I’m giving away TWO cookbooks–Gluten Free and Vegan Holidays by Jennifer Katzinger, and my own Sweet Freedom.  So hop over to this morning’s post and leave a comment, or link up your breakfast recipes to enter to win!

Second, are you in the Chicago area, or planning to visit in April?  I’ll be presenting at the Nourished Food Bloggers Conference, and I’d love to see you there!  For more info, check the Nourished home page

Finally, thank you to everyone who supplied ideas for blog changes to DDD in 2012–I am already working on posts as a result of your suggestions! But I’m still interested in your ideas about topics or pages you’d like to see, what you could live without, what you like best on the blog.  Please feel free to leave a comment on the post if you haven’t yet!

And now. . . . what we’ve all been waiting for: the food!

Some highlights from last week, based on the theme of “quick”:

  • Raspberry Pineapple Smoothie from Wayfaring Chocolate. I love pineapple in, well, just about anything.  And this smoothie looks like a snap to prepare.
  • Warm Pumpkin Porridge from The Gluten Free Edge. This grain-free porridge has been my breakfast (with minor adjustments) three times this past week.  Love it. (I add hemp seeds and/or ground coconut as well).
  • Pomegranate Ice Cream from Gluten Free Pantry. Yes, it’s December and freezing where I live, but this looks so festive, and I adore pomegranate!

Readers’ Choice, Savory: Savory Breakfast Bowls with Rice, Kale and Butternut Squash from Celiacs in the House. I love savory breakfasts, and these bowls look like a perfect way to start the day with a balanced and delicious mix of carbs, protein, and healthy fats.

Readers’ Choice: Vegan Chocolate Sunbutter Pillows from Cats in the Kitchen.  A fabulous treat in any case, but doubly so if you miss peanut butter cups (as I do!).

Thank you to every one of you who played along by submitting your recipes! I love seeing what you all make each week. I always look forward to seeing what you’ll come up with!

Please join us for Wellness Weekend this weekend! There are so many options for healthy foods. . . whether or not you’re vegan, remember that many salads, veggie side dishes, pasta dishes, desserts, smoothies, and more are naturally vegan and can all be included! :)

Here’s How to Participate (PLEASE READ THESE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY BEFORE LINKING UP!):

  1. The event occurs once a week, starting Thursdays at 8:00 PM my time and running until Monday at midnight.
  2. Simply link up a recipe you made (and posted about) within the past week that contains health-supporting ingredients (see list below). Use the Linky Tool at the bottom of the page. Please do not link more than once to the same web page!
  3. Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page. The post must contain a recipe.
  4. You may submit more than one recipe, but please follow the guidelines for each one individually. ONLY ONE THUMBNAIL PER POST, PLEASE.
  5. Please be sure to mention this event and include a link back to this post so that others can find all the recipes posted!
  6. 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!
  7. As always, I hate to remove links, but will do so if they don’t comply with the guidelines.

What your recipe CAN contain:

  • 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!
  • Natural sweeteners (coconut sugar, agave, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, stevia, Sucanat, rapadura, coconut nectar, yacon syrup, etc.)
  • Vegan ingredients (even if you’re not vegan, OF COURSE you can still play along! You’ll be surprised at how many foods are naturally vegan; and if not, there are many subs you can use for eggs, milk or butter–include vegan options and we’re good to go!).
  • Note that this is NOT AN ACD-ONLY EVENT. Any real food ingredients that are sugar-free and vegan are more than welcome–so use that maple syrup, those mushrooms, that nutritional yeast, miso, etc! I’m just looking for healthy, whole foods recipes. :)

What your recipe cannot contain:

  • White flour, white sugar, or any highly refined, highly processed ingredients (note that regular brown sugar is actually refined!);
  • Anything almost entirely artificial (ie, most boxed mixes, fast food, faux “cheese,” faux “meat,” or margarine, unnaturally colored cereals or other foods, etc.);
  • Animal products (meat, chicken, fish or seafood, or their by-products, gelatin, eggs, dairy, butter or honey).

“Hey! Why was my entry removed?”

  • The most common reason entries are removed is because they don’t adhere to the guidelines: either they don’t contain a link back to this post, they contain ingredients that aren’t listed here, they are a re-post of a blog entry that is more than one week old, or they contain neither a recipe nor anything directly related to food preparation. If you render a recipe vegan-friendly by adding a vegan option to your ingredients, your post will be good to go! For older posts, you’re welcome to re-post them during the week of the event, or choose a newer recipe.
  • Another reason posts are removed is because the link leads to an advertisement or a business blog. Please do NOT link up posts that are merely referrals to a different post or the home page for another blog event.
  • Only one thumbnail per 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. :)
  • I hate to have to remove links! PLEASE read the guidelines before posting!

NOTE: A few of you have mentioned problems linking up in the past couple of weeks because of the backlink requirement. If the linky won’t work for you, please let me know so I can tell the Linky Tools owner and the problem can be fixed!

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