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Wellness Weekend, July 5-9, 2012

Happy Wellness Weekend, everyone! First of all, I hope that all my American friends and family had a fantastic Independence Day celebration yesterday. After I tweeted that it was great to have a long weekend last week (for Canada Day, July 1st), one of my twitter friends pointed out, “And to have a holiday smack dab in the middle of the week is great too!”  Yes, indeedy!

As I mentioned yesterday, the fabulous “Toronto Sandwich”  that I’d planned to post yesterday will have to wait until tomorrow, as I’m currently working on a loaner computer and don’t have access to any of my photos. Hope you come back over the weekend and I promise I’ll feed you something fantabulous–I’ve been loving it every which way for the past couple of weeks (and the HH is enamored, too!)

Newsy Tidbits:

  • The Mega-Ebook Sale Continues!  Thanks to all of you who’ve taken advantage of the  Mega Summer Ebook Sale so far! As I mentioned last week, you can purchase any two of my ebooks for just $10.95 (and yes, that includes Sweet Freedom!). The sale will continue only until August 31st, 2012, so if you’ve ever thought about buying any of these ebooks, now is the time! Hop over to this page to check out the details and place your order.
  • The lovely Cheryl of Gluten Free Goodness is hosting another July Self-Care Retreat, featuring five other bloggers, each writing about a different aspect of self-care. Cheryl kicked off the series with a post about food restrictions as self-care. I loved what she wrote about it.  Check it out here.
  • Kristy from Gastronomical Sovereignty popped over to let me know about her new blog hop, the Fresh Foods linky party.  The event features “CSA collections, farmer’s market treasures, home grown/raised hauls, any seasonal recipes or DIY projects/tutorials, or food politics rants related to these themes,” according to Kristy. Hop over to her blog to check it out or link up.
  • My friend Shirley from Gluten Free Easily posted a roundup of “Prettiest and Tastiest” foods for the 4th of July. They all look so good, you could enjoy them any time this summer!
  • Head over to The Blissful Chef’s blog to read an interview and enter to win a copy of the new cookbook, Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make, by Amber Shea Crawley. I’ve been loving raw foods lately–this sounds like a great book!
  • Finally, many thanks to Blisstree.com for including my Tempeh Bacon-Topped Spinach and Roasted Plum Salad in their Ten High-Protein Breakfasts post. Check out the entire list, which includes lots of vegan and gluten-free options!

Do you have a blog linky event, giveaway or other event you’d like me to mention? Send me an email with the details and I’ll include as many as I can each week.

My “to-make” list is getting longer and longer thanks to all of your amazing recipes! Every week, I am thrilled to find a multitude of recipes that appeal and that I can eat (no small feat!).  Thanks to all of you, as always!

Here are some of my picks from last week on the theme of “Unassuming Veggies Get Perked Up”:

  • Grilled Bok Choy with Broccoli and Cauliflower Rice in Miso-Peanut Sauce from Everyday Vegan Girl. Grilling is the perfect way to spruce up some otherwise bland bok choy (or am I the only one who doesn’t adore bok choy?) 😉
  • Spaghetti Squash with Mole Sauce from Cats in the Kitchen. I’ve never been a huge fan of spaghetti squash (still working on it), but I do love a good mole, so I bet this would work beautifully.
  • Asian Carrot Salad from Cupcakes and Kale.  Bugs Bunny’s favorite veggie gets a bit of a makeover in this quick and easy, delicious salad. If you’ve never tried carrot this way, you’ll be surprised at how good it is.
  • Mediterranean Potato Salad from Real Food, Real Deals.  Kick up that potato salad a notch with Mediterranean accents!

And This Week’s Readers’ Choices:

  • Readers’ Choice, Savory: Quinoa Spring Rolls from Cooking Quinoa. You all loved this innovative new filling for your spring rolls.
  • Readers’ Choice, Sweet: Peanut Butter White Bean Blondies from Dishes and Dishes. A wonderful way to incorporate healthier ingredients into blondies!

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 week! 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!

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

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