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Wellness Weekend April 19-23, 2012

Greetings, Wellness Weekenders! Here we are with another collection of healthy, sugar-free, whole foods recipes for your browsing pleasure!  Last week’s selection was stellar–so many AMAZING springtime foods and sugar-free sweets–I want to make them all!

The weather here in the Toronto area has been all over the map–one day it’s summer, the next it’s earmuffs-and-scarf weather.  But I’m not complaining–we haven’t seen a speck of snow since February! All this sunshine has me in the mood for fresh foods, smoothies and creamy, cool desserts.  You?

Newsy Tidbits

  • Nourished was a phenomenal success! Kudos to Amy and Jen for putting together one knock-out conference. If you’re interested in a recap, I wrote one here.  There’s also this one from Fran, this one from Alyssa, this one from Melanie, this one from Candice, this one from Alison and this one from Betsy. Let me know if you find others!
  • Heather at Gluten Free Cat has a list of 10 useful questions to ask when dining out gluten free on Thriving with Celiac.  Many of these can be applied to pretty much any special diet.  (And watch out for Heather’s series on dining gluten free!).
  • The Blender Girl’s amazing KitchenAid Stand Mixer giveaway continues throughout the month! Each day features a new recipe using a stand mixer, and another chance to win! Hop on over to Tess’s blog to see today’s recipe and submit your entry. 😀

There were so many amazing dessert recipes in last week’s event that I decided to go with a savory theme this week. Here are some of my top picks:

  • Hummus with Pomegranate from Emma’s Kitchen.  This pairing of hummus with juicy, tart pomegranate seems like an ideal flavor mix to me! Hop over to check it out welcome Emma as a first-time contributor to Wellness Weekend!
  • Spiced Tomato and Red Lentil Soup from Tinned Tomatoes.  This is my kind of soup: quick and easy, with subtle, warming spices.
  • Vegan Grilled UnCheese Sandwich from Healthy Kitschy Vegan. Not your typical vegan “grilled cheese,” this version sounds terrific!

And this week’s Readers’ Choices:

Readers’ Choice, Savory: Butternut Squash Mac N’ Cheese from Gluten Free Pantry.  I love this recipe! As Laura says in her post, it’s “bursting with flavor.”  And looks so creamy!

Readers’ Choice, Sweet: Black Bean Fudge from Whole New Mom.  Adrienne’s version of this classic recipe really rocked–with more than 175 clicks already, and counting!

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:

The event occurs once a week, starting Thursdays at 8:00 PM my time and running until the following Monday at midnight.

  1. Simply link up a recipe you made (and posted about) that contains health-supporting ingredients (see list below). You may link up older posts from your archives as long as they contain a link to this post. Please do not link more than once to the same page from your blog.
  2. Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page or another event page. The post must contain a recipe.
  3. You may submit more than one recipe, 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. 🙂
  4. Please be sure to mention this event and include a link back to this post so that others can find all the recipes posted!
  5. 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!

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?”

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.

  • 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 link to another blog event, 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.
  • I hate to have to remove links! PLEASE read the guidelines before posting!

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And n0w. . . what have you been cooking up lately? Please share!



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