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Wellness Weekend, January 5-9, 2012

Well, hellooooo, New Year! It’s the first full week of 2012, and before I get to anything else, let me start this post by announcing a giveaway winner! (Every year should start with prizes, don’t you think?). 

As I mentioned last time, I’ve decided to clear my diet of some of the more recently-returned ingredients (such as flours and some sweeteners), so I’m joining up with Meghan Telpner’s Fab Uplift Detox, an eight-day whole foods regimen that works perfectly with my food philosophy. I’m so pleased with the program as an introduction to a clean, whole-foods way of eating that I was delighted when Meghan offered a free spot for one of you, too! 

So, who will be coming along with us?  The winner is. . . .


Here’s Sara’s comment: “What a great opportunity to start the year on the right track. I would love to join the detox program as it is a great next step on my journey to eat a more plant based diet. I have wanted to do a detox and have not known where to start.”

Well, Sara, now you’ll know!  Congratulations. Please email me asap so Meghan can get your info package to you!

And if you’re looking for more healthy living inspiration, please do check out the new blog event, “New Year, New You” event hosted by Hallie from Daily Bites and Lexie from Lexie’s Kitchen.  I’m delighted to be participating!

The aim of the event is to inspire you “to make and sustain healthy changes by taking small but meaningful steps,” whether they relate to food, exercise, dealing with stress, or other factors that will contribute to a healthy life.  I’ll be posting on January 19th, along with a few other bloggers that day.  And did I mention that there will be giveaways? For full details, check Hallie’s kickoff post.  

Now, as for Wellness Weekend, all I can say is that your submissions from last week got 2012 off to a roaring start! Thanks, everyone, for supporting WW as you do–I’m looking forward to seeing what you all cook up this year! 😀

Here are some featured recipes from last week, based on the theme, “Soup’s On!”  There were four soup entries last week:

  • Creamy Spinach Soup from Hobby and More. Healthy spinach made slightly spicy, slighty sweet and creamy.  Great way to warm up!
  • Kale and Lentil Soup from Pain-Free Pregnancy. Another super green (kale), this time paired with lentils in a tomato base.  Hearty and warming!
  • Bharati Masala Miso Soup from Healthy Kitschy Vegan. Fusion cuisine at its best–a warming miso broth filled with cauliflower and Indian spices.
  • Pear and Parsnip Soup from Spoonopolis.  It may sound like an odd combination, but this is one pear-ing (groan) I’ve tried myself, and it works beautifully, for one delicious soup.

Readers’ Choice, Savory: Raw Cauliflower Tabbouleh Dolmas from Farmers Market Vegan. I’m a huge fan of rice in grape leaves, so I can’t wait to try this one using cauliflower.

Readers’ Choice, Sweet: Sugar free Cashew Carob Coconut Butter from The Mommy Bowl.  This flavor threesome sounds incredibly appealing to me!  

PLEASE NOTE:  Wellness Weekend submissions should link to a blog post from within the previous week. If you’d like to re-post an older recipe, that works, too.  Please read the guidelines before linking up!

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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! 🙂


  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!





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