Vegan Cruelty-Free Holidays – “Punkin’ Pie”

 

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The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is “pepon.” “Pepon” was changed by the French into “pompon.”  The English termed it “pumpion” or “pompion.”

1621 - Early American settlers of Plimoth Plantation (1620-1692), the first permanent European settlement in southern New England, might have made pumpkin pies (of sorts) by making stewed pumpkins or by filling a hollowed out shell with milk, honey and spices, and then baking it in hot ashes. An actual present-day pumpkin pie with crust is a myth, as ovens to bake pies were not available in the colony at that stage.

Northeastern Native American tribes grew squash and pumpkins. They roasted or boiled them for eating. Historians think that the settlers were not very impressed by the Indians’ squash and/or pumpkins until they had to survive their first harsh winter when about half of the settlers died from scurvy and exposure. The Native Americans brought pumpkins as gifts to the first settlers, and taught them the many used for the pumpkin. This is what developed into pumpkin pie about 50 years after the first Thanksgiving in America.

The early settlers of Plimoth Plantation brought English cookery and possibly some English cookbooks with them to the new world. The present day historians of Plimoth Plantation don’t really know what cookbooks, if any, were owned by the 17th century settlers.
 

1651 – Francois Pierre la Varenne, the famous French chef and author of one of the most important French cookbooks of the 17th century, wrote a cookbook called Le Vrai Cuisinier Francois (The True French Cook). It was translated and published in England asThe French Cook in 1653. It has a recipe for a pumpkin pie that included the pastry:

Tourte of pumpkin – Boile it with good milk, pass it through a straining pan very thick, and mix it with sugar, butter, a little salt and if you will, a few stamped almonds; let all be very thin. Put it in your sheet of paste; bake it. After it is baked, besprinkle it with sugar and serve.


1670s
– By the 1670’s, recipes for a sort of “pumpion pie” were appearing in such English cookbooks as the The Queen-like closet, or rich cabinet stored with all manner of rare receipts for preserving, candying and cookery by Hannah Wooley and The Compleat Cook – Expertly Prescribing the Most Ready Wayes, Whether Italian, Spanish or French, for Dressing of Flesh and Fish, Ordering Of Sauces or Making of Pastry by W.M. NOTE: Thanks to librarian JK Holloway for her assistance.

1670The Queen-like Closet by Hannah Wooley:

To make a Pumpion-Pie – Take a Pumpion, pare it, and cut it in thin slices, dip it in beaten Eggs and Herbs shred small, and fry it till it be enough, then lay it into a Pie with Butter, Raisins, Currans, Sugar and Sack, and in the bottom some sharp Apples, when it is baked, butter it and serve it in.
 

1671The Compleat Cook by W.M:

Pumpion Pie – Take about halfe a pound of Pumpion and slice it, a handfull of Tyme, a little Rosemary, Parsley and sweet Marjoram slipped off the stalks, and chop them smal, then take Cinamon, Nutmeg, Pepper, and six Cloves, and beat them; take ten Eggs and beat them; then mix them, and beat them altogether, and put in as much Sugar as you think fit, then fry them like a froiz; after it is fryed, let it stand till it be cold, then fill your Pye, take sliced Apples thinne round wayes, and lay a row of the Froiz, and a layer of Apples with Currans betwixt the layer while your Pye is fitted, and put in a good deal of sweet butter before you close it; when the Pye is baked, take six yolks of Eggs, some white-wine or Verjuyce, & make a Caudle of this, but not too thick; cut up the Lid and put it in, stir them well together whilst the Eggs and Pumpions be not perceived, and so serve it up.


1796
– It was not until 1796 that a truly American cookbook, American cookery, by an American orphan by Amelia Simmons, was published. It was the first American cookbook written and published in America, and the first cook book that developed recipes for foods native to America.  Her pumpkin puddings were baked in a crust and similar to present day pumpkin pies:

Pompkin Pudding No. 1. One quart stewed and strained, 3 pints cream, 9 beaten eggs, sugar, mace, nutmeg and ginger, laid into paste No. 7 or 3, and with a dough spur, cross and chequer it, and baked in dishes three quarters of an hour.

Pompkin Pudding No. 2. One quart of milk, 1 pint pompkin, 4 eggs, molasses, allspice and ginger in a crust, bake 1 hour.

 source: What’s Cooking America “Pumpkin Pie, History of Pumpkin Pie

© copyright 2004 by Linda Stradley – United States Copyright TX 5-900-517- All rights reserved.

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Sprinkle a touch of cinnamon sugar on top before baking to make certain you’ve got an explosion of cinnamon flavors in each bite.

 My Veganized version of this classic holiday pie has a rich, creamy texture, best kept in the fridge and served plain or with a big dollop of coconut whipped cream.  I think it’s best by itself but some people, like my husband prefer the cream to the pie.  Your choice here.  The brown sugar gives this pie a dark, almost cacao color but no chocolate here.  Just plenty of autumn flavors you’ll feel good about serving your friends and family this holiday.

Vegan Punkin' Pie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 8 oz. container of Vegan Cream Cheese, I used Tofutti brand
  2. 2 cups Pumpkin Puree (not pie filling)
  3. 2/3 cup Vanilla Flavored Sweetened Nut Milk Creamer, I used Silk brand
  4. 1 cup dark Brown Sugar
  5. 1 small nob of peeled fresh Ginger or 1 tsp dried, ground
  6. 1 Tbs. ground Cinnamon
  7. 1 tsp. ground Cloves
  8. 1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  9. 1/2 tsp. liquid Vanilla Stevia or 2 Tbs. Maple Syrup + 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  10. 2 Tbs. Arrow Root
  11. 2 Flax Eggs ( I used 2 Tbs. of water mixed with 1 Tbs. of ground Flax Seed)
  12. Cinnamon Sugar for dusting the pie top
  13. 1 prepared Pie Crust for a 9" Pie Pan
Instructions
  1. Bake your pie crust in a 9" pie pan at 300 degrees for 10 minutes. Set aside while you make the filling.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth and creamy. The batter should be soft but not watery, about the consistency of yogurt.
  3. Pour your filling into the baked pie crust and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake pie at 350 for 45 minutes. Test for doneness by shaking the pie gently. The center should be still soft and jiggly.
  4. Continue baking at 300 degrees or until the entire pie has firmed. Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for at least 8 hours prior to serving, overnight would be best.
  5. Makes 6 - 8 slices. Store covered in the fridge for 3 - 4 days.
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Homemade Brown Sugar

 

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Safe, healthy weekend to you all out there ♥

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #21

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Fighting a nasty bug tonight.  Don’t work one day in the rain for 8 hours and then in the bitter wind the next day and expect your body not to react somehow….ugggh…. but I didn’t want to miss highlighting

Healthy Slow Cooking and  Kathy’s delicious posting featuring 6 chili recipes just perfect for this fall from last week’s potluck!  

Thanks Kathy  ♥

 

So just what is a Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck you say?   Well the 3 of us, Annie, Poppy and Me that is, do a special posting each Wednesday.  We invite bloggers to share their talents with us in a link up event each week.       The Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck is now a way to have a potluck each week and that bloggers can share their plant-based/vegan/cruelty-free dishes in the following categories: appetizers, beverages, sides, soups, salads, breads, main dishes, desserts. Each Potluck will last 1 week and we will all announce the most popular (most clicks) from the previous week’s link ups on the same day as the NEXT linky party begins. Please link back to your blog in your entry. You will need to include something like: “I entered this recipe in the Virtual Vegan LINKY Potluck” in YOUR blog post. Virtual Vegan “Linky” Potluck   Grab a Virtual Vegan ‘LINKY” Party button for your blog HERE  Virtual Vegan "Linky" Potluck  Here’s how this weekly Potluck works:   Click on the link at the bottom of this post to enter the party. Enter the requested info: the link to the recipe(s) you are contributing; name of the recipe; blog name; your name and email address; and select an image. Submit a second recipe if, desired. Spread the word! We encourage you to share this linky party with your blogging friends via social media or through a post on your own blog. The more (food) the merrier! If you would like to add a Virtual Vegan Linky Party button to your blog, you can find one here (please link the button back to that page so that people can find us). A couple of things to keep in mind:   Bloggers submitting recipes need not be vegan, but recipes must be 100% vegan/plant-based. Recipes containing animal products will be removed from the Potluck. Entry per person per week is limited to two.

Now here’s the most popular link ups from last week’s VVLP:

 

Here are the most-clicked from last week:

Beverages
Pumpkin Masala Chai Tea
by Taste Space

http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/pumpkin-masala-chai/

Appetizers
Walnut & Apricot Nut Cheese
by Simplify Your Health

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Breads
Pretzel Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Whisky Glaze
by Yup, It’s Vegan

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Soups/Stews
Roasted Cauliflower & Leek Soup
by Taste Space

Cauli Leek Soup


Salads
Taco Salad
by Chelsey Marie

vegan-taco-salad
Sides
Zucchini Parsnip Fritters
by Chitra’s Healthy Kitchen

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Main Courses
6 Vegan Chili Recipes
by Kathy Hester (Healthy Slow Cooking)

Vaquero Chili

Desserts
No-Bake Pumpkin Pie
by Bats & Baking

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Vegan Cruelty Free Holiday – Asian Orange Butternut Squash

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Another Holiday side idea for you this week.  A flavorful way to get veggies on the table at holiday time without the traditional sugary marshmallow topping.  If you’re in a hurry, or just get annoyed cutting up squash, you can usually find butternut pre-cut in the grocery store.  Certain this sauce would work equally well with cubed sweet potato in place of squash.  Increase your boiling time if you use potatoes though.  You want to make sure that your squash are completely done through or no one will enjoy your dish.

 For added flavor, mix up the syrup / sauce in advance and let the squash sit in the juices overnight in the fridge.  You can adjust the spiciness by adding more red pepper.  I  left out any salt due to the soy sauce but you may want to add a little after the squash are cooked.  You could also cook this dish up in advance and keep it covered in the fridge until serving it for your holiday dinner.

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Asian Orange Butternut Squash
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Ingredients
  1. 2 uncooked Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed into 1 inch squares (about 3 cups)
  2. 1/3 cup Fresh Orange Juice
  3. 1/3 cup Tamari Soy sauce
  4. 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  6. 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  7. Big pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
Instructions
  1. Boil squash cubes for 10 minutes to soften. Remove from water and drain.
  2. In a large sauce pan, combine all other ingredients and bring to a simmer. Add in squash cubes keeping the syrup simmering. Stir frequently to coat squash as it cooks and the syrup reduces.
  3. When the syrup begins to stick to the squash, reduce heat to medium low. Cover and cook 5 more minutes. Squash are done when the syrup is thick and the cubes are fork tender.
  4. Makes about 4 servings.
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Congratulations to Karen G. for winning a copy of Nava Atlas’s ‘Plant Power’ this week.  

Her winning entry used her bonus code she received from being an email follower of Canned-Time.com  

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Rika’s Vegan Steamed Purple Potato & Chia Buns (Mantou) from Vegan Miam – Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #11

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My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the recipes and news about my Breakfast In Bed-Fest and it’s participants.  

Rika creator of  Vegan Miam has entry #11:

I’m thrilled to be a part of the November edition of Angela’s year-long Breakfast in Bed event. The event focuses on inexpensive vegan breakfast recipes that require less than $20 for ingredients. I would like to thank the lovely Angela for organizing this event.

One of the most common and least expensive breakfast options you’ll find in Taiwan are steamed buns (known as mantou in Chinese). They are available plain, filled or subtly flavored in colorful varieties of doughs. Typically paired with a warm glass of soya bean milk, these buns often make a quick, hearty breakfast or snack for people of all ages. Mantou are available at vendors on nearly every street corner in Taiwan along many parts of Asia with a Chinese population.

Vegan Steamed Purple Potato & Chia Buns Mantou

If you’ve ever tried Chinese filled buns (baozi) at a dim sum restaurant, then you’ll notice that these mantou have the same texture and consistency since it’s virtually the same dough. Mantou are often recognizable for their puffed cloud-shaped appearance and may be available in a variety of shapes and sizes. The most common varieties of mantou are plain, taro and scallion. My recipe uses seasonal potatoes to provide an added vibrancy and unique flavor.

Traditional buns are something I have made for years, the filled and the unfilled versions, and I hope to share more recipes for buns on Vegan Miam.

Steamed Purple Potato & Chia Buns Mantou

The buns I’m sharing with you today are my Vegan Steamed Purple Potato & Chia Buns (Mantou) – they are homemade, delicious, light, fluffy and filling. I added chia seeds for a bit of added texture and nutrition. Warm up some freshly made nut or soy milk for dipping and you’re good to go! You can also find frozen mantou at your local Asian supermarkets, just be careful since most of them contain dairy (i.e., whey or milk powder).

Stokes Purple Sweet Potatoes

I used the non-GMO Stokes Purple Sweet Potatoes from Frieda’s Inc for this recipe, but any type of sweet potatoes, winter squashes or Japanese yams will work. Grown in California and in season through the winter (November & December), these mildly sweet potatoes provided a bold color to my buns.

Now, I’m not the most skilled when it comes to working with my dough and shaping it. I attempted to give my buns a bit of a flower shape but I think my flowers are a bit abstract. Fortunately whether or not they look like flowers won’t affect the flavor. Do your best and enjoy twisting this dough into delicious buns.

Vegan Mantou

Vegan Mantou

Tip: I used a bamboo steamer basket for the recipe. It should sit snugly in a wok or a pot. Add a bit of water, about 2-3 inches deep. Stainless steamer pots or steamer insert (that fits in your pot) will also work great if you don’t have a bamboo steamer basket. I’ve never tried a gluten-free flour for this recipe, but if I do, I will let you know how they turn out. Or if you have already attempted to make gluten-free mantou, I would love to hear about it.

Vegan Steamed Purple Potato & Chia Buns Mantou

 

Vegan Steamed Purple Potato & Chia Buns (Mantou) – by Rika, Vegan Miam

 

Summary:    I used a bamboo steamer basket for the recipe. It should sit snugly in a wok or a pot. Add a bit of water, about 2-3 inches deep. Stainless steamer pots or steamer insert (that fits in your pot) will also work great if you don’t have a bamboo steamer basket. I’ve never tried a gluten-free flour for this recipe, but if I do, I will let you know how they turn out. Or if you have already attempted to make gluten-free mantou, I would love to hear about it.

Yield: 15 buns

 

11½ ounces (325g) purple sweet potato

2 ¾ teaspoons active dry yeast

½ cup + 2 tablespoons (150mL) unsweetened dairy-free milk, at room temperature

½ cup organic cane sugar (granulated)

2 cups all-purpose flour (250g), plus more for dusting 

2 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of sea salt

2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)

2 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for brushing

  1. Peel the potatoes and rinse well. Cut the potatoes lengthwise in half and peel some skin off. Proceed to chop the potatoes into approximately 1-inch cubes. Put the potatoes in the rack of a steamer over boiling water and steam for 15 minutes until tender. Meanwhile, cut out at least fifteen 4-inch squares of parchment paper for your steamed buns. Drain the potatoes and mash finely in a bowl or put potatoes through a food mill or potato ricer for a finer mash.

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  1. In a small bowl, combine yeast, milk and sugar. Stir until thoroughly blended and set aside to proof the yeast for about 10 minutes or until the mixture is bubbly. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Pour the yeast mixture into flour mixture. Knead with your hands until well combined, about 3 minutes. Add mashed potato and the (optional) chia seeds. Continue to knead until well combined and form into a ball. Add more flour if dough is to sticky to work with. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and brush it with oil. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let dough rise in a warm area until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.

 

  1. Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a floured surface. Using a bench scraper or sharp knife, divide the dough into 5 equal pieces. Roll the pieces into logs, then cut each log into 3 equal pieces (about 50g each). Roll each piece into a ball. Cover the dough balls with plastic wrap and allow them to rest and rise for 30 minutes.

 

Purple-Mantou-Dough

 

  1. Working with one piece at a time, flatten one ball with the palm of your hand, then use a rolling pin to roll the dough in an oval shape about 1/4-inch thick. With a sharp knife, make several vertical slits but not all the way to the edges (about 1/4-inch apart), then pick up the dough and gently twist into a knot. Form the knot into a ball, tucking the ends in underneath. Then place your finished ball of dough on one of the pre-cut 4” squares of parchment paper you prepared earlier . Cover with plastic wrap and form the rest of the buns. Let the buns rise for an hour.

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  1. Meanwhile, set up a steamer on the stovetop and get the water to boil over medium high heat. Working in batches, steam the buns for 10 minutes without overcrowding. Allow them to cool on a wire rack before serving.

 

Keeping:    To freeze the buns, place them in sealable plastic bags or airtight containers and ensure the parchment paper is attached to the buns. Freeze for up to 6 months. To reheat frozen buns, let the buns thaw for several minutes and steam for 2 to 3 minutes until warm and soft. Keeping the parchment paper attached to your frozen buns will make it easier and cleaner to reheat them. 


 

Thank you Rika!  

Rika is the recipe developer, food blogger and part-time photographer behind Vegan Miam. She runs a vegan food and travel blog with her photographer and partner Doni. They are based in Oregon, but living elsewhere as often as possible. The term ‘miam’ is just a way of saying yummy in French and represents their desire to discover decadent vegan cuisine and recipes around the world together.Vegan-Miam
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #20

Richa has truly touched my soul this week with her VVLP entry.  Well, maybe just my tastebud’s soul.  But come on, these are just awesome !!

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Nachos and tortillas, guacamole, beans…okay, any Mexican style meal is always my craving when I’m tired and this month is just starting and I’m tired already.

Richa’s Vegan Nachos with Nut-free Nacho Cheese

made my tired heart ♫ sing again ♫ ♪

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Veggie Lo Mein – from “Plant Power” by Nava Atlas – A book review & giveaway

 

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I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has those meals where you just say, “forget good-for-you food, I want something I’m craving”.  Well, this book, Plant Power by Nava Atlas brings those two mindsets into one plate.  Healthy meets traditional desires for yummy flavors and fun.  One of my absolute favorite Asian dishes has always been a big carry out container of Lo Mein.  I usually try to get something with less fat, less carbohydrate and less money when we order Chinese.  When I first tried Nava’s recipe for Lo Mein I was shocked at how easily the dish came together and just how much delicious flavor a handful of healthy ingredients whipped up for a homemade version of my carry-out favorite.

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To let you all in on a behind the scenes process of food blogging, there are many times when you photograph a dish prior to ever tasting it.  Just the logistics of creating a blog post makes it necessary to photograph your recipe in an unnatural setting to just someone sitting down to enjoy a meal.  This recipe was just one of those times.  I had been working all week from 4:30 a. m. , driven just over 1,000 miles for work and finally made my way to Friday afternoon and 2 days off.  YEA!!  

-   "Many people would love to adopt a lifestyle that includes more fresh and whole foods and is better for their health.  The goal of this book is to provide a template for you to do just that.    Many vegan cookbooks, as well as other books about plant-based diets, assume that the reader is transitioning toward becoming vegan or is there already.  This one doesn't - it's for anyone who wants a more plant-strong diet, whether that diet is going to be followed full-time or not.  No matter where you are on the path, a bit of motivation is always helpful, so I'd like to present you with some benefits of this way of life." -  pg. 6  Nava Atlas - Plant Power

When I got home and started to review this Lo Mein for my post so that I could share the recipe with you, I really was dreading cutting up a bunch of veggies, getting out the sauté pan and I definitely didn’t feel like cleaning up a big mess in the kitchen.  I also love Lo Mein, as mentioned.  I was trying to work out how to get photos without spoiling the textures of the noodles or overcooking the veggies.  Tiring just writing it here.  But it turned out that the recipe was so splendidly simple that all those worries never came about.  I did take a few minutes to wash and chop the broccoli and cabbage but that was simple enough.  'Low Mein' from Nava Atlas - 'Plant Power' a book review and giveaway on Canned-Time.comThe beans I used were frozen so I just took out a handful to let them thaw.  Soba noodles cook up almost before they hit the boiling water so I made those first off and dropped them in an ice bath before making the sauce for the dish.  After getting the sauce heated (2 minutes – literally)  I tossed in the cut broccoli, mushrooms and beans, removed the pan from the heat and mixed in the drained noodles and cabbage slices.

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My point in explaining all this process at nauseum is just to emphasize that my favorite Asian meal is now a 15 minute, homemade meal with ingredients that I usually have on hand as well.  I love it.  I love the flavors. I love how simple it came together.  

I love this dish.  Thank you Nava! 

 

 

 

 

“Plant Power” is divided into two sections.

Part One deals with having a plant based lifestyle including benefits, myths, setting up a plant based pantry, kitchen tools and ways to eat more leafy greens to name just a few chapters.  

The second section is where the fun begins with recipe after recipe of delectable dishes you will get as much out of eating as in nutrition.  She really knows how to make food pop!

 

Nava has a beautiful way of explaining cold facts on nutrition and the realities of shopping and preparing plant based meals and snacks.  She really breaks down all aspects of this way of life;

 

Organics vs. Non, storing products and on and on with helpful, informative help for the beginner and expert on plant based diets.  I love how simply she relates her own success and failures in living this healthiest ways to live.  She gives her own life experiences to teach and improve on our own.

 

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-   “Many people would love to adopt a lifestyle that includes more fresh and whole foods and is better for their health.

 The goal of this book is to provide a template for you to do just that.  

 

 

 

 

Many vegan cookbooks, as well as other books about plant-based diets, assume that the reader is transitioning toward becoming 

vegan or is there already.  This one doesn’t – it’s for anyone who wants a more plant-strong diet, whether that diet is going to be followed full-time or not.  No matter where you are on the path, a bit of motivation is always helpful, so I’d like to present you with some benefits of this way of life.” –  pg. 6

Nava Atlas – Plant Power

  

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Veggie Lo Mein
It’s so easy to make vegetable lo mien, a Chinese take-out favorite, at home—and it’s lighter and less heavy on the oil than its restaurant counterpart. Serve this with a simple combo of corn and edamame as shown in the photo; or with a tofu dish. Either way, round out the meal a simple crisp salad. Recipe from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas. ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Serves: 4 to 6
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Ingredients
  1. 8 ounces udon or soba, preferably whole-grain
  2. 1 tablespoon safflower or other high-heat oil, or 3 tablespoons vegetable broth or water
  3. 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil (optional but highly recommended)
  4. 1/2 small head green or napa cabbage, cut into long, narrow ribbons (see Note)
  5. 2 cups small broccoli florets
  6. 2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and cut in half (see Note)
  7. 1 cup sliced mushrooms (optional)
  8. 3 to 4 scallions, white and green parts cut into 1-inch-long segments
  9. Vegetable broth or water for moistening
  10. Reduced-sodium natural soy sauce or tamari to taste
  11. Freshly ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the noodles according to package directions in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente, then drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the safflower oil, broth, or water and 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil (if desired) in a stir-fry pan. Add the cabbage, broccoli, and green beans. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms, if desired, and scallions and stir-fry over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender-crisp. Add a small amount of vegetable broth or water, just enough to keep the pan moist.
  4. Add the cooked noodles to the stir-fry pan and toss together. Add the remaining teaspoon of sesame oil, if using, then season with soy sauce and pepper to taste. Serve at once.
Notes
  1. When you’re in a hurry, you can substitute 8 ounces of preshredded coleslaw (preferably with carrots included) for the green or napa cabbage. And fresh, slender green beans are hard to come by for much of the year, so I give you my full blessing to use frozen organic whole baby green beans, which are consistently excellent—and also save you the time and trouble of trimming the ends.
  2. Nutrition information
  3. Per serving: Calories: 264 with oil, 234 without oil; Total fat: 4g with oil, 1g without oil; Protein: 11g; Carbohydrates: 52g; Fiber: 3g; Sodium: 473mg
  4. Variations
  5. Use whatever you’ve got in the fridge in place of or in addition to some of the veggies called for in the recipe—romaine lettuce, mung bean sprouts, and/or bok choy in place of cabbage; broccoli rabe or Chinese broccoli instead of regular broccoli—it’s all good!
  6. Turn this into a heartier dish by adding 8 ounces seitan, cut into narrow strips, along with the cabbage, broccoli, and green beans.
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Recycled Soups – 10 Minute Creamy Vegetable Soup

Have I ever told you a little secret when it comes to my soups?  I recycle.  Yup.

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I have readers here at Canned Time that are at all different levels of cooking abilities, particularly Vegan Non-Dairy cooking.  I try to help  out with even the most simplest of meals. Enter –  Recycled soups.  

Most times that I make soup it’s either because I have fresh vegetables that need to be used up before they wilt and go bad – or – I’m too busy to make a fancier meal that day and just want a one pot wonder to fill me up with good tasting, good for me ingredients.  

This soup is just that.  

Recycled soups are ones that have been previously stored in the freezer for just such an occasion.

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Recycling soups can be your own little secret as well once you’ve learned the trick.  You can turn an old frozen, rock hard container of

last year’s month’s dinner into the greatest bowl of hot, steamy soup you’ve ever put on the table!  

It’s just as simple as keeping some frozen vegetables and canned beans in your pantry.  Whenever you make soup, make a bunch.  

I don’t care if my husband minds that they take up room in the freezer.  They’re instant meals when you’re sick, tired, need a side dish or have guests show up with hungry tummies.  

Break out the frozen soups and then re-vamp them and no one knows the better of it ♥

10 Minute Creamy Vegetable Soup - Recycled
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Ingredients
  1. 1 - 2 Quarts of Soup (thawed), Vegetable or Bean work well
  2. 1 cup Fresh or Frozen diced Vegetables, corn, peppers, even potatoes will do
  3. 1 cup Canned or Frozen Beans, I like frozen Edamame or canned Black Beans for texture
  4. Splash of your favorite Hot Sauce - optional but recommended - it's recycled after all ;)
  5. Water as needed
Instructions
  1. Puree soup (in batches if needed) in a high speed blender or food processor.
  2. Warm your creamed soup in a pot to a boil. Reduce heat and add in remaining ingredients, adding water if needed to thin soup as desired. Serve with hot bread or croutons.
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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #19

Eggplant-pizza from The Little Green House and The Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #18 @CannedTime @BunnyKitchen and @AnUnrefinedVegan

Koren and Alana, creators of The Little Green House made my day, or weekend with their

Eggplant, Oregano and White Bean Pizza.  LOVE!

My husband and I love making delicious homemade pizzas.  Especially on the grill these days, although stove top pan pizzas are nothing to turn down for either of us.  I’m always stumped what to put on as my toppings though and now I have a wonderful new idea from these lovely ladies.  BEANS!  I love it.  I know they’d taste spectacularly flavorful and chewy against the crunchy crust.  Have to make one of these delicious pies soon.  Thank you ladies!  And thanks for sharing in the VVLP ♥

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A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

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 What would the holiday season be like without our favorite family traditional foods?  That’s what it’s really all about isn’t it?  Finding time with our loved ones to talk and enjoy the foods we grew up loving and savoring for the fall?  My Mom has the most beautiful set of China that only sees the light of day on 2 days each year.  Thanksgiving and Christmas need to have a special menu for those times together.  Special for all.  These basic dishes I’ve put together have all the flavors of fall without the cruelty and expense of slaughter.  Baked, buttery potatoes.  Creamy Slaw salads.  Flakey crusts dripping with piping hot berries in syrup.  Why bring animals into that mix when the food is so fine without them?

 

 Take a look:

 

Sliced Red and Sweet Potatoes with a touch of Sweet Peppers.  

Adapted from a family tradition from both my husband and mine’s youth, it bakes up in minutes, has endless variations for veggies and will last the week while you rest your feet and enjoy your guests.

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 Christmas Rice – Wild Rice with Spinach and Pomegranates

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 Brussels Sprouts with Radicchio in a Brown Mustard Orange Glaze

 Brussels Sprouts with Radiccio in Orange Sauce - Cruelty Free Vegan Holiday Basics from Canned-Time.com

  

 Arugala Green Bean Pepper Salad with Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce Dressing

 arugala pepper bean salad redo

 

Asian Orange Butternut Squash

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Simple Soups go a long way for feeding a crowd around the holidays.  Or if it’s just you?  Healthy Vegan Soups not only warm you up but if you keep a few in the freezer, you can heat up a hearty meal in minutes.  I love soups all year round but there’s nothing like a steamy hot bowl of delicious soup after a day out in the blustery cold.  Here are just a few really basic recipes that will impress and nurture the best of guests for the season.

 

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup with Fresh Thyme

 Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup with fresh Thyme - Cruelty Free Vegan Holiday Basics from Canned-Time.com

 

 

Another Dairy Free dreamy-creamy Potato Soup.  This one’s from Annie @AnUnrefinedVegan

 Annie's Potato Cauliflower Soup - - Cruelty Free Vegan Holiday Basics from Canned-Time.com

Potato Cauliflower soup….two bowls please!! 

 

First though:  Breakfast.

 

To start your day, a perfectly simple basic that cooks up in the slow cooker even.

 Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls

are just bursting with fall flavors that will warm your families hearts as well as they’re tastes.  No sugary glaze needed with these babies.  They cook up with no fuss in your crock pot, filling the house with the best Holiday scent ever. 

 

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I’ve been known to eat any kind of homemade pie that may be lingering around for my breakfast as well.  Here’s a classic:

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Veganized Pumpkin Pie

 How’s about breads and rolls?

A few hearty loaves of savory breads are always welcome for the Holidays.  I’ve become pretty comfortable with homemade

yeast breads now and have plenty of simple options for you on Canned Time.  Add ins to suit your tastes are a cinch.  Again, the smell of fresh breads baking will calm souls in the busy shopping days of Christmas.

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Some leftover crusty bread?

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Not a problem for the holidays.  In minutes, you’ve mixed up the most delectable bread pudding for a crowd with

Ginger Pumpkin Bread Pudding.

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Now your dessert is done! Or maybe just keep the bread pudding in the fridge cause….

speaking of desserts……….PIE!!! 

(Individual Cashew Crusted Blueberry Plum Pies in fact)

 These are a perfect basic to keep around for the Holidays.  You get your own precious portion.  Not so big that you’ll need to loosen your belt.  Not so small that you feel like you’re skimping on eating your favorite fruit pie.  These use frozen fruits that should be available any time of year.  The crust is a breeze to mix up and can even be served in a raw form.  I have a weakness in the fall for blueberry anything treats but this one yields to any fruit, fresh or frozen.  And if one picky person wrinkles up their nose at your favorite…why, give them a different fruit.  The individual rules here.  

Of course, they can make the trip to the store for the their exception ;)

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 There are a few fresh fruits to be found in the U. S. through the winter months as well.  Pears and Apples come to mind for me and both work so well with dessert recipes.  If you read Canned Time, you’ll be familiar with my passion for pears and pies.  Why not combine the two and double the pleasure for a treat that makes up fairly easily into one impressive dessert.  I love how pies can just sit out and wait for piece after piece to disappear while no one’s watching.  Maybe like 2 a.m. when an uncomfortable house guest can’t find a comfortable sleep position in their borrowed bed.  They find their way down to the kitchen and sneak another piece in the night.  Okay, I just say, “Mom, I need a piece of your pie” all in broad daylight.  I was trying to keep you in suspense.  Would the guest step on the cat’s tail and wake the house?  Would they slip while opening the cabinet, smashing it into a million pieces and forever destroy a treasured family plate?  Okay, just seeing now who’s still reading and who’s just skipped down to the next  pic.

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Just remember to

let your fruit ripen.  

Don’t rush those natural sugars that can make or break a favorite family dessert.

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My camera assistant doesn’t seem to grasp the traditions of chiaroscuro, or the value of fresh fruit for that matter.  Neither will your Great Uncle Joe so just keep your own eye on the fresh flavors and combinations of foods you serve this holiday.  I’m always pleasantly surprised, since changing to a plant-based diet, just how much everyone, Everyone enjoys any kind of fresh vegetable, fresh fruit, simply prepared dishes that I may contribute to a Holiday meal.  It’s kind of like we’ve gotten so far from where folks sat around a table and just shared good fresh homegrown produce that it’s more of a novelty now.  Keep it simple and keep it fresh.

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Ha ha!  More sliced, baked veggies.  I told you they were a family favorite ♥  My 7 Layer Veggie Roundup dish.

Don’t forget to add in a cold dish to balance out the root veggies this time of year.  You’d be amazed at how quickly a nice crisp, tangy slaw will get scooped up when it’s teamed up with the heavier cooked dish.  Pastas, mashed potatoes, they all can be complimented by a vinegar based salad or slaw to liven up the table.  This Cauliflower Cabbage Slaw option is excellent any time of year and keeps in the fridge for days  so you can mix it up way in advance for guests.  

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One less thing to worry about on the day Everyone’s hovering starved for their favorites.

Stuffing you say?

 I can definitely do without the Turkey for the holidays.  Not the stuffing though.

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Rosemary Mushroom Stuffing is the closest thing you’ll get to tasting like the old poultry filled versions.  I promise.  Everyone who likes stuffing will love this veganized version.  So many wonderful flavors blend together in each bite.  

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No fuss.  No guilt.  No disgusting Turkey heart to cut up into it either.  Yeah.  That’s what Vegans call “CRUELTY FREE” baby ♥♥♥ 

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This stuffing, again, is just a basic recipe.  So many tweaks can be added in or subtracted out to suit your families tastes.  You’ll start with chopped mushrooms, celery, onion and bread cubes.  The spices are up to you.  The add ins are up to your tastes.  The basic here has a mild rosemary flavor but also notes of black pepper, a touch of garlic and I’ve added a handful of currents to the mix.

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Ingredients
  1. 1 half round loaf of Rosemary Artisan Bread, toasted, sliced thick and cubed
  2. 1/2 cup dried Currants (don't use these if you are going to freeze the dish prior to baking as they will get hard as a rock, they add a slight sweetness but optional in the stuffing for sure.)
  3. 1 1/2 cup Vegetable Stock
  4. 1 cup rinsed, chopped Baby Bella Mushrooms
  5. 1 medium Onion, diced
  6. 3 -4 Celery Stalks, washed, rough dice
  7. 2 Tbs. Vegan Butter
  8. 2 Tbs. Olive Oil
  9. 1 tsp Garlic powder
  10. 1/2 tsp dried Rosemary, minced well
  11. 1/2 - 1 tsp Black Pepper - to taste
  12. 1/2 tsp. Fennel Seeds, minced well (Optional)
  13. pinch of Sea Salt, more depending on your Vegetable Broth
Instructions
  1. Toast and cube bread slices.
  2. Add the dried Currants to the Vegetable stock to soak while you prepare the vegetables.
  3. In a large saute pan, heat butter and oil on medium low heat. Add in Onion, Celery and Mushrooms.
  4. Stir vegetables over low heat until the Onion has softened and begins to become translucent. Add in the dried Rosemary, Garlic, Black Pepper and Fennel. Stir to cook 5 minutes more then remove from heat.
  5. Pour in the Vegetable stock with soaked Currants to the pan and stir.
  6. Add in the toasted Bread cubes. Transfer the mixed stuffing to a medium size bake pan.
  7. Bake stuffing covered with foil wrap at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
  8. Remove foil and bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes at 375.
  9. Let stuffing stand for 10 to 15 minutes prior to serving. Makes about 6 - 7 servings.
Notes
  1. Optional add in(s): Cooked Sweet Potato cubes, Pumpkin Seeds, diced Granny Smith Apples, chopped Kale, 2 Tbs. Tamari Soy Sauce, fresh Peas, pinch of Red Pepper.
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Keeping the holiday meals as simple and stress free is just as important to me as enjoying great tasting, traditional foods.  Making some of these Holiday basics into your family’s new favorites could be your ticket to a stress free, cruety-free meal this season.  Can’t wait to hear what you think and how you made some of these your own.  Take care.  Have a safe week out there ♥ 

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #18

In honor of Halloween week, I proudly present Carrot-Ginger Quinoa Pepper-Jacks!

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My favorite from VVLP #17 last week.  Thanks so much Kristina @Spabettie for sharing with us last week! 

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My Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce, Dressing, Dip or Spread

 

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 I need the best ingredients now days, fresh, colorful, organic hopefully, and most of all tasty in my dishes to enjoy eating them.  I’m not sure if my snobbery started the night my husband and I stared from our table at the restaurant hostess nibbling away at the salad bar with her fingers picking away at the fruit, the day I saw a grocery worker take a wedge of watermelon from the salad bar and gobble it down right then and there, or I’ve just grown to be very particular what goes into my body in the last 5 years.  Salads and salad dressings are the quintessential ‘fresh’ food in my mind.  Either way, doesn’t matter,

 I am an admitted fresh vegetable snob  aficionado.

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The first essential ingredient in a fresh salad are or course, the greens.  Not so much a snob on what kind, but just how fresh they are.  Like these beauties I used in an Orange Fennel Salad massaged with my Thai Peanut Dressing.  Tatsoi leaves are little suitcases of vitamin C, A and Calcium.  These particular stalks I used were so deep, dark green you could almost taste the Cancer fighting cells in each delicious leaf.  Thanks Farmivore.

 Tatsoi Greens from Farmivore 

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I’m also a fruit lover when it comes to my salad.  I love the mix of tangy flavors with a vinaigrette.  

This particular salad has a   POW   “I got ya” dressing that blends the traditional soy and spice of Thai, peanut butter for creaminess, and a touch of sweet maple syrup to compliment the mild, juicy flavors of orange and pear.  Make certain you’re using well-ripened Pears BTW.  Another snobbery of mine, but that’s already been discussed at nauseum.

greens bowl

This thick, rich dressing will help break down the tough stalks of most hearty greens and allow you to eat a much larger amount without seeming to be a monstrously large salad.  The greens will reduce by half, at least, once the dressing is massaged into them. 

I usually just put the dressing onto the greens and then let them marinate in them for an hour or so.  I’ve used this technique for salads made up for the next day or to take with in the car for work even.  The greens hold up if you have a sturdy vegetable like kale or collards.  The flavors just get even better much like a slaw.   You’ll never have an iceberg lettuce salad again after trying these babies.  Add in whichever toppings make you happy but make sure you use the massage on your base greens first.  Then you’ll have a real meal!

The first time I tried this technique I was absolutely amazed at eating 1 large bunch of dinosaur kale, with toppings, in one meal.

 It’s a bit of a messy process, but that is part of the fun.  You’re definitely connecting with your food on this one.  

Clean hands please!

massage

 

 Besides being a delicious salad dressing, this stuff is spectacular with fruit, as a vegetable dip…I’ve used it as a delectable ‘glue’ to hold my wraps together.  I love the Asian flavors it adds.  One of my favorites is a pumpernickel tortila wrap, plenty of  spicy Thai Peanut  sauce, Apples, Red Peppers, a sprinkle of Black Sesame seeds and lettuce.  Make these up a day in advance.  Make sure to cover the finished wrap in plastic or some seal so the flavors just fall in love over night.  Next day, you’ve got the most spectacular blend of spicy, sweet, crunch and salty you’ll ever know.  Make two.  You’ll be glad you did when you’ve finished the first one up!

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 Another special characteristic of this sauce is it’s ability to transform.  One day it’s a dressing.  The next day it becomes a creamy vegetable dip.  Thin it down some with a touch more vinegar or water and you’ve made a pasta sauce to die for.  The ingredients just blend so well.  It’s up to you what you’d like to mix with it that day.  I make a base that’s somewhat thicker and then go from there.close up

Did I mention that this Thai Peanut stuff is just as delicious warmed up for veggies, pasta, rice?

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Yeah.  It’s pretty awesome stuff.  You should try it some time soon ♥

Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce, Dip, Dressing or Spread
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup unsweetened Peanut Butter - or Tahini, Almond or Walnut Butter
  2. 2 Tbs. Tamari Soy Sauce
  3. 1 - 2 Tbs. Maple Syrup
  4. 1/4 - 1/2 cup Rice Vinegar
  5. 1 tsp Garlic
  6. 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  7. 1 Tbs. Chia Seeds (optional but great when using as a spread)
  8. pinch of Turmeric (optional but....why not?)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in the bottom of a blender or food processor. Blend on high until a smooth consistency is obtained. Adjust to taste with small amounts of vinegar or maple syrup. Add small amounts of water to thin dressing if desired. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 month.
Notes
  1. For a heated sauce, heat smoothed in a small pan on low until smooth and warmed. Serve over pasta, rice or cooked vegetables. You may want to add a little pasta water to thin your sauce before serving.
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Lemon Meringue Chia Pudding from ‘The Lusty Vegan’

 

“Food, like love and sex, is important.  It’s nourishing, it’s uplifting, it’s emotional.  

And—like the relationship status of doom—it’s complicated”  – The Lusty Vegan

Lemon Meringue Chia Pudding from 'The Lusty Vegan' - a review and giveaway on Canned-Time.com

What a fun book!

With the plethora of Vegan cookbooks being launched this year, I can say that this one was really quite different.  But just as useful to me.  Maybe even more so.  It deals with great tasting food of course.  It also delves into what may or may not be a significant  problem in the lives of many Vegans today.  

That is, dealing with Omnivores, YIKES!!

Since I too have a mixed household when it comes to meat, I just loved how many great ideas this book reveals for dealing with just this fact: Not everyone eats a fruits and veggies all day, DUH!

It’s a tad bit risqué but deals with real life issues of non-vegan vs. vegan tastefully and extensively.  Including The Morning After, Holiday Meals, Cohabitation, Food for Sex :-0, and even Breakup Foods.  It has a little bit of help for every living situation.  And if not for all that, it would still be a marvelous collection of vegan basics and meals with beautiful pics and great descriptive recipe formats.

Plus some great advice for those still searching for a mate, Vegan or not.  It is really a manual for how to survive in modern society and still eat great tasting, easy to fix foods that won’t screw up your love life.  Oh, and if none of these issues interest you?  

You need a copy just for the Cranberry-Walnut Cinnamon Rolls recipe ♥

 The authors, Ayindé Howell and Zoë Eisenberg are offering one of my readers a chance to receive a copy for free, YAY!!

As well as giving you a sneak peek into one of their desserts, Lemon Meringue Chia Pudding.

 

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 Just a few highlights from the book you can look forward to:

Breakfast Andouille Sausage with Biscuits
Cloud 9 Pancakes
Hearts of Baltimore Crab Cakes
Cajun Tofu with Dirty Quinoa
Seitan Kebabs with Sangria Tomato Salad
Mexican Hot Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Lemon Meringue Chia Pudding
I discovered chia seeds in 2011. I was looking for a new dessert to add to one of my menus for my “Wildflower Weekend” pop-up. I wanted to take it step further and make a cross between a yogurt and pudding. What would you call that? A yodding? A pugurt? I think it’s all in how you say it. Just elongate the u sound and use a French accent. Puugurrrtt. See? Fancy. (From The Lusty Vegan © 2014 by Ayinde Howell and Zoe Eisenberg. Used with permission from Vegan Heritage Press.)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond milk
  2. 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight and drained
  3. 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  4. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  5. 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  6. Pinch of salt
  7. 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  8. 1 ripe melon (for plating, optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients except the chia seeds (and melon) in a blender. Blend the
  2. mixture on the high setting until smooth. Taste and adjust lemon or sweetener to your liking.
  3. Whisk the chia seeds into the mixture (make sure they don’t clump up).
  4. Pour the mixture into a glass jar. Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight, or at least 2 to 10
  5. hours to allow the chia to form the pudding.
Notes
  1. Pro-Tip: Remember we eat with our eyes first, so here is a plating trick to help your cause. To
  2. plate your pudding, take a ripe melon and cut it in half. Spoon out the seeds and scoop the
  3. pudding into the middle. Serve cold with a spoon.
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Ayinde Howell is an executive chef who lives and works in Los Angeles. His recipes have been published in the New York Times, Essence, VegNEws Magazine, and many others. He is the founder and publisher of the award-winning iEatGrass website, and owner and executive chef of his critically acclaimed culinary-event company, Wildflower.

Zoe Eisenberg is a writer and editor who focuses on food, dating, and sex. A certified holistic health counselor with a degree in creative writing, Zoe has been published in a variety of print and online sources, from Vegan Mainstream to XOJane.com. She writes about living, loving, and eating on her blog, SexyTofu.com, and is currently the Managing Editor of iEatGrass.com.

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Have a safe weekend everyone ♥


Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #17

My pick this week?

Pumpkin Banana Nut Muffins with Chocolate Chips from Jackie Sobon @VeganYackAttack

Pumpkin Banana Nut Muffins with Chocolate Chips from VeganYackAttack.com

I’ve been an unassuming FAN!  of Jackie for about 2 years now.  

When I first began paging through her posts atVegan Yack Attack, I thought, wow?  What a talent for her age.  

And now she’s gone to new heights since I first discovered her talents.  She’s even branching into the world of professional photographer.  And why not when her food pics are just over the top drool worthy?  I’m just blown away to be able to feature a recipe from her in the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck.  

Truly gratified and truly craving these muffins!!  Thanks Jackie ♥

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Vegan Life & ‘Warm You Up’ – Chia Buckwheat Granola Cereal


Chia Buckwheat Granola from Canned-Time.comSome unusual habits of Vegan life.

Bargaining this week with a store owner for his browned bananas – scored at $2.oo for 40 – well, 39 cause I ate one while bagging them up in the store.  Buying local is best.  Cheap local is fabulous!

 The more experience I get at buying Vegan lifestyle foods, the better I get at not going broke doing it.  Not so long ago I would spend hours each week making my own Soy and Almond milks.  I bought on-line many a month because seeds and healthy sweet ingredients just were not around in the stores.  It sometimes seems like overnight, Vegan dieting and nutrition gained recognition and acceptance.  I got to talk with the folks at This Is It D. C. last week about Canned Time and the whole Vegan trend now.  Check it out and thank them while you’re there for showing a bit of interest in Vegan ideas and cruelty-free living.

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It seems that the surge in Veganism in today’s World is creating a lot of drawbacks though since so many seem to think of it as just another diet plan.  Some good can come of it too though, like the market catching wind of a new food trend.  Stores in D. C. are really starting to catch on with Gluten-free and even Vegan products showing up every week now on local Grocery store shelves.  Some stores here have even designated entire isles to just non-dairy products.  This one above, Just MAYO, has gotten a lot of social media attention lately.  I found this jar at the Dollar Tree  Store for just a buck!!  I’ve seen it at Walmart and Target as well.  

Hey, Vegan friendly products at less than dairy product prices?  I’ll take that trend any day. 

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My Chia Buckwheat Granola Cereal is not just a trend though.  It’s here to stay.  The autumn air came to visit for the first time this week and I quickly felt the urge for a warm, cozy breakfast change after months of icy smoothies.

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 I’ve had the opportunity these past few months to try out an organic fruits and vegetables service called Farmivore.

They’ll schedule a delivery of beautiful all organic fruits with lots of carrots, celery, leafy greens.  They deliver when you want and it’s been a fantastic way to make us eat vegetables at every home cooked meal.  Actually, we’ve eaten at home more just to use up the fresh produce and not waste any.  Check out their site if you live in the North East U. S. and see if it would make sense to try it out.

 The service is actually designed to give you produce to juice regularly.  I just don’t get into it enough and I crave the veggies so much that I’ve just been using them as is.  The apples in my Chia Buckwheat Granola Cereal were a wonderful added sweetness and gave it that bit of chewy texture you’d expect from hot cereal.  

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Warm Chia Buckwheat Granola Cereal
A sweet, chunky cereal that's perfect for breakfast on the go. Add a little warmed dairy free milk to pour over your bowl and you've got a hearty meal that tastes like a dessert.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of Buckwheat Groats soaked over night in 2 Quarts of water. Washed and Drained.
  2. 2 to 2 1/2 cups Gluten-free Rolled Oats - I used Bob's Redmill brand
  3. 1 1/2 cups Organic Brown Sugar or Palm
  4. 2 Tbs. Coconut Oil
  5. 1/2 cup nuts or seeds of choice - I used Pumpkin seeds
  6. 1/2 cup Chia seeds
  7. 1/2 cup Flax seeds
  8. 1/2 cup Dried Fruit chopped
  9. 1 Fresh Apple cored and chopped
  10. 1 Tbs. ground Cinnamon
  11. 1 tsp coarse Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Spread granola onto a non-stick baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 300 for (3) 20 minute intervals. Stir granola each time to prevent burning.
  4. Remove pan from heat and allow to cool before storing in sealed containers.
  5. Serve with warmed non-dairy milk of choice.
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 A wonderful week to you all

 


Key Lime Oreo Cheesecake with Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer from Kathy Hester’s ‘OATrageous Oatmeals’ review & giveaway

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 Well, well well.  Kathy Hester has really done it this time.

Today, Kathy presents us with her ode to Oatmeal.

Kathy Hester’s 

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OATrageous Oatmeals: Delicious & Surprising Plant-Based Dishes From This Humble, Heart-Healthy Grain

” Just the word “oatmeal” can evoke strong memories. It takes me back to a childhood bowl of apple-cinnamon instant
oats. Warming and soothing, it fortified me enough to go out into the cold to school.
But oats can be so much more if you just explore and experiment a little bit. In this book, I will show you that you can
make a meal out of oats any time of the day or night. You’ll be amazed by oat recipes that go way beyond adding hot
water to a brown packet of instant oats.”  – Kathy Hester

 

 One of many favorite recipes, I have many as you’ll see in this post from July, is Kathy’s ‘Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer’

I’ve been using it mostly in the mornings with a tasty new granola mix with buckwheat groats, chia seeds, dried fruit.  I warm the Coconut Oat Creamer slightly and pour it onto my granola.  It mixes with the sweet fruit and sugars in the cereal and makes the most delectable warm syrup for the crunchy bits to swim in.  Really fantastic.

Chia Buckwheat Granola from Canned-Time.com

 

Of course this Coconut Oat Creamer is fabulously delicious for mixing in with your hot drinks.  Cocoa, Lattés etc.  

I went a step further and created the most delectable chocolate ganash for an Oreo® Key Lime Cheesecake.  The creamer added that extra special depth to the chocolate and made it easy to work with, really smooth and ridiculously delicious. 

 

Key Lime Cheese Cake with Chocolate Glaze

For the Key Lime Cheesecake, I used my Key Lime Raspberry Cheesecake recipe, without the berries.

Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer from Kathy Hester's "OATrageious Oatmeals"

 I  used Kathy’s ‘Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer’ mixed with dark chocolate and coconut oil for the ganash.  The Oreo® crust is simply crushed cookies and some coconut oil to bind them.

Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer from Kathy Hester's "OATrageious Oatmeals"

 Just like all of Kathy’s books, OATrageous Oatmeals is a true treasure for your kitchen.  Things you’d never dream of being able to add in some oats with are not only delicious but the flavors and textures Kathy has mixed in just love Oats.  They love the smooth texture that oats give, the nutrition of course, but oats have a natural thickening quality that Kathy just really has mastered.  

The book gives you a full range of ways to incorporate oats into so many different meals, savory and sweet.  Then Kathy extends their qualities into fabulous recipe ideas like Vegan Sausage, Pet treats, Soups & Stews, Burgers, Cream Cheese, Breakfasts ideas of course….then Kathy has a whole section on Oat drinks.  You really can’t believe all that she has come up with until you see this fabulous collection of healthy, fun and delicious recipes for yourself.

She’s allowing me to share a sneak peek into the book with her Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer recipe.

Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer
gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free Makes 1 cup (237 ml) This creamer gives you the same fun flavor without all the fillers. You can play with the extracts you use to change flavors.
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Ingredients
  1. gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free
  2. Makes 1 cup (237 ml)
  3. 1/4 cup (24 g) rolled oats
  4. 1/4 cup (24 g) finely shredded coconut
  5. 1 cup (237 ml) water
  6. 1 tablespoon (15 ml) agave nectar (or sweetener of choice, to taste)
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, to taste
Instructions
  1. Break the oats and coconut into tiny pieces with your blender. Add the water and let soak for
  2. 10 minutes.
  3. Blend again for about 3 minutes or until smooth, then run the creamer through a fine mesh
  4. strainer over a small bowl to strain out the oat pieces.
  5. Put the liquid, sweetener and extracts back in the blender and blend until the sweetener is incorporated and dissolved.
  6. Per 1/4 cup (60 ml) serving with no pulp removed: Calories 83.8, protein 1.1 g, total fat 5.4 g,
  7. carbohydrates 9.4 g, sodium 2.5 mg, fiber 1.5 g
Notes
  1. From OATrageous Oatmeals by Kathy Hester printed with permission of Page Street Publishing
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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #16

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Heads up Canned-Time readers.  This Friday, October 17th, I’ll have a new giveaway contest for Kathy Hester’s new book

OATrageous Oatmeals

My blog readers who’ve signed up for email updates will receive a special code today that allows them 70 extra bonus points towards the entries.  To get your code, sign up in the box above and within 24 hours, you’ll receive a special email from me with the code.

Now on to this week’s Potluck!

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 Last week, I fell in love with Jaime’s Arugula Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash & Red Onion.  

It’s just one of many scrumptious recipes over at Seasonal Veg Head

I’ve always been a big fan of making salads into a meal.  A great way to do that is adding cooked veggies to the salad that compliment the dressing and greens.  This salad has everything you’ll need to fill up and feel good about being stuffed when you’re done.  I love any vinaigrette that combines brown mustard, maple syrup and vinegar.  90 % of my dressings start there as a base.  Thanks Jaime for sharing such a wonderfully delicious healthy recipe in the Potluck ♥ Read more


Spiced Carrot Cookies

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I’ve been juice, juice juicing this month.  What do you get when you juice?  Pulp!  And more pulp.

I can’t handle buying beautiful, organic fruits and veggies and throwing away any little part of them.  So saving my pulp has produced a lovely little Spiced Carrot Cookie.  

They’re Vegan, Gluten-free, with Refined Sugar Free options.

Read on!  Read on!

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 Carrots and Orange is a nice, simple combination for juicing.  Mildly sweet.  Very healthy.  Relatively inexpensive.  Very quick!

Just 3 or 4 carrots is plenty for a large juice glass.  And an Orange or two will round out the flavors.  The carrots will yield a cup or more of pulp for your cookies.  I don’t have a ‘juicer’ so I just blend the chopped carrots in a high speed blender and then strain the juice out through a fine mesh strainer.  Try to leave your pulp for an hour or so to remove as much liquid as possible.  I put my stainer over a deep bowl.  I squeeze a lot of the juices out with the back of a large spoon and then leave the bowl in the fridge so the pulp can drip through the strainer for a while without wasting my time watching it.  Make your carrot juice by adding a little fresh orange, a bit of Stevia, maybe even a sprinkle of cinnamon and lots of ice.  Delicious.

Now on to the pulp……..

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 It is slightly impossible…no, not impossible, but difficult to write a recipe using pulp.

First, I can’t tell how much pulp you’ll get from your juicing.  Next, I can’t say how much dry ingredients it will take to soak up the pulp enough to form a dough for dehydtrating.  Also, if you use an oven instead, I can’t tell you how long to cook the pulp to get it firm or what temperature to bake it at.  Sounds like I’m really stretching even posting this right?  Well, you can do it.

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I didn’t know any of those elements when I first tried this out and I worked with it until the batter was right.  The cookies were so good I felt it worth while to help you along with your own batch of pulp cookies.  They really do taste like the best soft cookie and there’s nothing but ‘good’ in them so munch away.  You’ll be glad you took the time to save your pulp and made up the cookies.

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Spiced Carrot Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup fruit jam
  2. 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  3. 2 cups carrot and orange pulp
  4. 1 - 1 1/2 cups almond meal
  5. 1 banana, mashed
  6. 1/2 tsp liquid Stevia ( I used NuNaturals Vanilla)
  7. 1/3 - 1/2 cup maple syrup
Make your candied carrot shreds
  1. In a small pan, warm the fruit jam combined with the carrot shreds over low heat for 15 minutes until the carrots have softened some. Set aside to cool.
Make your cookie dough
  1. In a large bowl, combine carrot pulp, 1 cup of almond meal, mashed banana, Stevia and maple syrup. Stir until smooth. You could also do this step in a food processor but I just stirred mine. You need a batter / dough that will stay on a spoon. Add more almond meal as needed to form a dough.
Form your cookies
  1. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto dehydrator sheets or a greased cookie sheet. Spoon small amounts of the cooled fruit jam onto the center of each cookie. Top with a few softened, candied carrot shreds. Dehydrate your cookies at 145 degrees for 30 minutes and then reduce heat to 110 and dry for an additional 8 hours. Check cookies for firmness and add more time if needed.
  2. Your cookies should be soft but solid. They won't be fragile if they're done. The jam topping will also be solid, not dripping.
  3. Store cookies in a sealed container. They freeze well for single snacks for up to 6 months.
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Sprouted Buckwheat Porridge with Maple Syrup & Berries

 Anyone remember the tale of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears?

Sprouted Buckwheat Porridge with Maple Syrup & Berries from Canned-Time.com #Vegan #Gluten-free #RefinedSugarFree 

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks.

She went for a walk in the forest. Pretty soon, she came upon a house.

She knocked and, when no one answered, she walked right in.

At the table in the kitchen, there were three bowls of porridge. Goldilocks was hungry. She tasted the porridge from the first bowl.

“This porridge is too hot!” she exclaimed.

So, she tasted the porridge from the second bowl.

“This porridge is too cold,” she said

So, she tasted the last bowl of porridge.

“Ahhh, this porridge is just right,” she said happily and she ate it all up.

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 Well old Goldi should have just had a bowl of this Buckwheat porridge.  She would have loved it no matter what the temperature.  It works steamy hot, room temperature, or even chilled with the added fruit.  I love how simple and fast it is to cook as well.  Just a few minutes simmer and you’re ready to enjoy a seriously good-for-you treat.  Even the sprouting process is so easy there’s no excuse to skip it.   Soak your raw Buckwheat groats in filtered water over night.  Drain and let them sit out for the day.  Rinse and then repeat until they have those cute little tails on them packed full of nutrients.  They’re ready to cook! 

 

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 I like these groats even better than oatmeal.  Not just because they cook up so quickly after sprouting.  They also retain a little more texture than oats which I love.  I’m a stew Girl, not a Broth Girl.  Give me chunks, not pureé most times.  The buckwheat and the nuts are just enough contrast with the syrup and fruit.  It even gets better with age.  Heat up some in the morning and pack it to go with.

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The fruit combinations to compliment your porridge are up to you of course.  I’m thinking that fresh peaches would be a winner.  Apples.  Even Grapes.  The porridge is not super sweet.  Adjust the taste by how much Maple syrup you add and  the fruit.  Plain is good too.  I wouldn’t leave out the nuts though.  Walnuts would be dreamy.  

I had the pepitas on hand so that was what I used in this one.  Always use what you like and what saves you money without sacrificing nutrition.

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 Porridge seems like an ‘old time’ dish.  I think this one gives it a new kick and will leave you smiling with a warm tummy and a healthy fiber boost.  The sprouts will store in the fridge for at least a week if you’ve dried them well and keep them in a sealed container.  

Hope you like this one.  Please share your luck with it if you do.  Or if you’d like a little more detail on the sprouting process, just ask in the comments here.  

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Have a great weekend.  ♥

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #15

Eggplant Sriracha BBQ Zu Dever 3

 

I first discovered Zsu’s magic when I reviewed her lovely Vegan encyclopedia

“Everyday Vegan Eats”  this summer.  

What a fabulous resource for Vegans of all cooking skill levels.  Be sure to stop by Zsu’s site to see how talented she really is.  This Eggplant Sriracha Burger is just one of a whole bunch of tasty burgers that Zsu put together for her link up this week.  Pizza Burger, Chinese Burger, Thanksgiving Burger, and much more.  Yup!  They’re all fabulous and all worth your time checking out at

Zsu’s Vegan Pantry.

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Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup with Fresh Thyme

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup from Canned-Time.com

   Growing up, you couldn’t pay me enough to eat anything that I knew had mushrooms in it.  Seriously.  

I didn’t even like the way that they smelled.  If you are the same way when it comes to mushrooms today, please read on.  You’ll be glad to discover that they aren’t detestable like I’ve always assumed.  

This soup may even bring you around to, well, love them!

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Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, and very low in sodium.  They provide so many important nutrients including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin D.

 Mushrooms are the leading source of the essential antioxidant selenium in the produce aisle. Antioxidants, like selenium, protect body cells from damage that might lead to chronic diseases. They help to strengthen the immune system, as well2. In addition, mushrooms provide ergothioneine, a naturally occurring antioxidant that may help protect the body’s cells. – See more at: http://mushroominfo.com/benefits/#sthash.nCCmONw6.dpuf

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 I’ve used this soup to create so many other healthy dishes since changing to a Non-Dairy diet.  It can blend with so many other flavors in soups and casseroles, be used as a savory gravy over roasted vegetables or combined with pasta or rice as a main dish.  Keep some on hand in the freezer for quick and nutritious meals just as you would the more expensive canned versions.

I bet you’ll come around to mushroom love as I have ♥

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A little freshly cut Thyme will bring an extra earthy touch to your soup.  It’s easy to grow and so fragrant and fresh.

 Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup from Canned-Time.com

Creamy Mushroom Soup with Fresh Thyme
A healthier non-dairy version of the traditional mushroom soup base. This deliciously spiced vegetable soup has a rich creamy texture and light background flavors from fresh thyme and black pepper. Use it for a casserole cream base, stroganoff gravy or just a simple lovely soup on a cold night. Freezes well. Adjust the spices for your own preferences.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lbs. fresh Mushrooms, rinsed gently
  2. 2 cups roasted Cauliflower (see directions below)
  3. 1 - 2 Tbs. BBQ rub of choice
  4. 3 Tbs. Olive Oil
  5. 1 1/2 cups Nut Milk Creamer ( I used Coconut - unsweetened)
  6. 1 quart vegetable stock - adjust amount for desired creaminess when soup is done
  7. 1/4 cup Fresh Thyme leaves or 2 Tbs. dried
  8. 1 Tbs. Black Pepper
  9. 1 tsp Sea Salt
  10. 1 Garlic Clove minced or 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  11. Pinch of Nutmeg (optional)
Prepare your Cauliflower
  1. Wash & chop 1 small head of Cauliflower, stems included. Drizzle with 2 - 3 tsp. of Olive Oil. Sprinkle your oil coated cauliflower with seasoning ( I used a favorite BBQ rub blend) Rub the seasoning onto the pieces to coat. Place the seasoned pieces in a foil pouch and seal. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Transfer cooked Cauliflower to a blender. Add in the nut creamer and blend until completely smooth / about 1 minutes. Transfer the creamed mixture to a stock pot.
For the soup
  1. Blend mushrooms and vegetable stock in the blender until smooth. Add the mushroom blend in with the creamed cauliflower and heat to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and add in all other ingredients.
  2. Adjust the texture adding small amounts of water if needed. Cook on low for 30 minutes, covered.
  3. Serve with crusty bread and garnish with a little fresh thyme and more black pepper.
Notes
  1. Makes about 2 1/2 quarts of soup. The salt amounts in the recipe are minimal so that the soup can be used in other recipes as a base. If you're using this as a simple (delectable) soup alone, you should adjust the salt amount to your own taste.
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 Have a wonderful week.  I’ll be enjoying the crisp autumn air and working on a buckwheat porridge dish for you by week’s end.


Emily’s Breakfast Berry Smoothie with Cacao Drizzle and Chia Pudding – ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry #10

 Emily von Euw' Breakfast Berry Smoothie with Cacao Drizzle and Chia Pudding -  'Breakfast In Bed-Fest' entry #10

 

My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the recipes and news about my Breakfast In Bed-Fest and it’s participants.  

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This month, I’m welcoming Emily

from

This Rawsome Vegan Life

Her Breakfast Berry Smoothie with Cacao Drizzle and Chia Pudding

is Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #10

 

 

Yo. This recipe is part of a Breakfast In Bed-Fest series hosted by Canned Time!

I am keeping it simple with a delicious fruit smoothie paired with raw chocolate sauce and chia seed pudding. This is not as big as my normal breakfast smoothies usually are but the chia seeds make you feel really full, so I was more than satisfied after drinking it up. Chia seeds are super sexy and super good for you; they help keep your hair and skin glowing, and your digestion system happily humming. The smoothie tastes more like a vegan milkshake than anything else, especially when you drizzle it with wholesome dark chocolate! This recipe is a winner. Try it out for breakfast or anything time of day!100 BEST JUICES, SMOOTHIES AND HEALTHY SNACKS from Emily Von Euw

 

Also, if you like this recipe and want more easy, healthy, vegan smoothies and other drinks – be sure to check out my brand-new cookbook! It’s called 100 Best Juices, Smoothies & Healthy Snacks and features page after page of colour photos and fool-proof recipes for everything from green juices to fruit smoothies to soups to nut milks to wholesome snacks like energy bars and kale chips! See more info by clicking here.  

Emily von Euw' Breakfast Berry Smoothie with Cacao Drizzle and Chia Pudding - 'Breakfast In Bed-Fest' entry #10

BREAKFAST BERRY SMOOTHIE with CACAO DRIZZLE + CHIA PUDDING


Chia pudding:

1/4 cup walnut milk

1 tablespoon chia seeds


Smoothie:

1 1/2 cups walnut milk

1 banana

1 cup frozen mango

1/4 cup strawberries


Cacao drizzle:

1 tablespoon cacao powder

1 teaspoon maple syrup

Water, if needed


To make the chia pudding: stir together the chia seeds and walnut milk, then let it sit for 10 minutes. The chia seeds will double in size and soak up the milk so it becomes like rice pudding!


To make the smoothie: blend everything until smooth. 


To make the cacao drizzle: stir together the ingredients until combined. If it’s not drizzly enough, add a tiny bit of water. Layer the pudding, smoothie and cacao drizzle as desired in a glass, then enjoy! I put the chia pudding in the bottom of the glass, drizzled the chocolate sauce inside the glass, then poured in the smoothie. 

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #14

First off, anyone who’ll store Hummus in a Ball jar is a serious Hummus-seur……

Janet over at The Taste Space knows her hummus and this one from last week’s VVLP is a winner.   Raw Zucchini Hummus from 'The Taste Space'

 A delicious blend of zucchini, garlic, miso, cashews, YUM!

Check it out and then check out last week’s other top link ups.

 

What’s a ‘Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck? 

The Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck is now a way to have a potluck each week and that bloggers can share their plant-based/vegan/cruelty-free dishes in the following categories: appetizers, beverages, sides, soups, salads, breads, main dishes, desserts. Each Potluck will last 1 week and we will all announce the most popular (most clicks) from the previous week’s link ups on the same day as the NEXT linky party begins. Please link back to your blog in your entry. You will need to include something like: “I entered this recipe in the Virtual Vegan LINKY Potluck” in YOUR blog post. Virtual Vegan “Linky” Potluck.

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Salted Cinnamon Pear Tart – Gluten-free, Vegan with Raw Options

This post was shared on the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #14

Salted Cinnamon Pear Tart - Gluten-free, Vegan with Raw Options 

I really have grown to love pears in the last few years.  The only pears that I remember growing up were the little square mushy pears in the cans of fruit cocktail my Mom bought from Del Monte.  We always had plenty of fruit, fresh usually, but not pears for some reason.  We’d even drive up to Pennsylvania each fall to get fresh from the tree apples or get pick your own peaches from an orchard.   We just didn’t do pears and so many things or tastes that you do or don’t grow up with become your little scope on what you like.  Well, I’ve learned to love pears.  They just take so darn long to ripen up.  These pears for my tart sat on a window sill for 10 days.  But then, suddenly, they were perfect!

No bake - Vegan - Cinnamon Pear - Gluten-free Tart from Canned-Time.com

 Perfectly colored, perfectly sweet, perfectly soft.

 No bake - Vegan - Cinnamon Pear - Gluten-free Tart from Canned-Time.com

 The only problem with that is…they don’t last when they’ve finally reached that perfect peak!  I had to use them up quick.  

So a tart.

No bake - Vegan - Cinnamon Pear - Gluten-free Tart from Canned-Time.com

 Pies, tarts, I love anything with the opposites of sweet fruit and slightly salty crust.  

Salty?  

Yes, this tart is sprinkled with a tiny dose of coarse sea salt and it really works.  

Salted Cinnamon Pear Tart - Gluten-free, Vegan with Raw Options

It works because the pears, with a little help from some cinnamon and cloves, are a great contrast.

No bake - Vegan - Cinnamon Pear - Gluten-free Tart from Canned-Time.com

Salted Cinnamon Pear Tart - Gluten-free, Vegan with Raw Options

Salted Cinnamon Pear Tart - Gluten-free, Vegan with Raw Options
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For the Crust
  1. 1 cup Gluten-Free Oats
  2. 1 cup Almond Flour or meal
  3. 1 cup Medjool Dates, Soaked and drained
  4. 1 Tbs. Cinnamon
  5. 1 tsp. Ground Ginger
  6. 1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves
  7. 1 Tbs. Vanilla Extract
  8. 4 Tbs. Coconut Oil melted
For the Filling
  1. 3 large ripe Pears, ( I used Bartlet) cored and cubed
  2. 1/3 cup Organic Sugar mixed with 2 Tbs. Ground Cinnamon
  3. 2 Tbs. Almond Flour for thickening
  4. Sea Salt for topping
Instructions
  1. Blend all the crust ingredients in a food processor, pulsing until a sticky crumble is formed. If you're not using Medjool dates, you may need a little more Coconut Oil to get the 'stick' to form a good crust.
  2. Transfer your crust dough to a tart pan. I used an '8 X 12' inch to give you an idea of how much the dough amount here will cover. Using your fingers, push and flatten the dough to cover the bottom of your pan and up the sides slightly. You should be able to have a crust about 1/3 inch thick.
  3. Freeze your crust in the pan while putting together your filling.
  4. Stir together pears and the other filling ingredients gently so as not to 'mush' your pears too much. Just stir to coat. Pour your filling into your chilled crust. Spread the filling to the edges and sprinkle with about 1 Tbs. of coarse Sea Salt.
  5. Store uncovered at room temperature until serving. Or freeze. See notes below.
Notes
  1. This tart is just delicious prepared 'Raw' If you'd rather serve it the next day, or throughout the week, I'd suggest baking it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes prior to serving. The crust is designed to be as healthful as possible but does absorb much of the fruit juices after standing at room temperature for a while. Serve it raw immediately or cut into squares in the pan, cover and freeze. Then thaw out squares as needed. Or just bake your tart and store, covered on the counter.
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Salted Cinnamon Pear Tart - Gluten-free, Vegan with Raw Options

 Wishing you a peaceful week.  As peaceful as Mr. Floyde’s will be.  What a putz!!

Mr. Floyde wishing you well.


It all happened a couple of years ago now. On being Vegan.

Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Black Bean Pasta

 It all happened about 2 years ago now.  I changed my diet, my habits, my lifestyle for the sake of animals on this Earth.  No one asked me to do it.   I didn’t anticipate the problems for my family my changes would eventually cause (and still cause)  I did it because I’d been awakened to all the nasty hidden lies about how our meats and dairy are produced.   I could no longer justify their pain.  

The Animal’s pain.  

The taste of all those meats and cheeses I’d enjoyed my whole life was a pin prick in comparison to the  unspeakable pain that thousands of animals were going through.  I did it for them, not me.  Not for my health even which is immeasurably improved since going to a plant-based diet.  I saw the suffering and I couldn’t swallow another bite without seeing their pain.  What was I thinking all those years, 49 years of enjoying cheeses and steaks, cozy furs and honey drizzled Sopapillas?  Boy, the advertizing agencies sure work their magic on us all don’t they?

Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Black Bean Pasta

 

 “The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but rather, ‘Can they suffer?’

- Jeremy Bentham

 

Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Black Bean Pasta 

Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Black Bean Pasta

I’ve been putting my thoughts together about all this for an article about Canned Time at This Is It DC coming up.  I really had to search and put reason behind some of the habits I now have.  Some things that years ago would never have occurred to me in a million years.  Chickens live utterly disgusting lives so I can have scrambled eggs in the morning?  My beloved cheddar cheese is making some forsaken cow stand hours and hours at a time with udders that should never – ever be forced that large, day after day after day?  I quit eating dairy products 4 years ago in September but never considered at the time any concern for cows, goats…… never crossed my mind.  

In another life, 10 years ago now, I was pushing meat sales.  I oversaw retail stores in the North East U. S. that sold premium meats.       4 years of bragging about the freshness, the cleanliness of the meat.  Never ocurred to me what a cow strung up by its ankle, shot in the head and then having its throat slit to drain the blood had to do with my sales?  Sales were money.  Income!

Never once considered it.  Why?

Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Black Bean Pasta

It’s not like I was a bad person after all.

I had plenty of good, caring qualities about me.  So what clicked that September and told me – enough?  Enough contributing to the suffering.  Enough causing pain so I can eat.  Enough rubbing my fingers though my deliciously soft, favorite rabbit coat.  Enough.

Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Black Bean Pasta

Spicy Orange Mustard Vegetable Sauce - from Canned-Time.com 

 

If you change your life, substantially that is, make sure that you believe in the facts behind that change.  

Make sure that it’s not just a trend.  Not something to do that weekend out of boredom.  Make sure that what you’re doing is worth that change.  Make sure that it’s what you want.  No one else.

The changes I made in my diet in these last 2 years are minuscule in comparison to the difficulty those around me have had accepting my changes.  That’s been the hard part.  The food?  Don’t miss it.  The fur?  Never.  

The way my Mom looks at me when I ask her not to put butter on mine please?  That’s the hard part.  That’s what will  tear at your heart.  But then I see a short video of a turkey, thrown into a tiny cage like a baseball, kicked, strangled.  That stops my pain and brings it back to the animals.  The pain that they suffer, every day, all day makes what I feel crystal clear.  And whatever disappointment I’ve caused to family and friends just fades away.  I want to live a life without causing pain to animals as much as humanly possible.

I am a Vegan.

Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Black Bean Pasta

For more information on how you can help with Animal welfare causes, I’d start with FarmUSA and go on from there. 

Spicy Orange Mustard Veggie Sauce
A deliciously easy sauce that compliments so many different vegetables. Artichokes, broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, potatoes...you get the picture.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup spicy brown mustard
  2. Juice of 1 to 2 fresh oranges - juiciness varies so start with 1, add more if needed after blending
  3. 1/2 tsp garlic powder or 1 clove minced
  4. 1 Tbs. of melted Vegan butter or oil
  5. pinch of salt
  6. pinch of red or black pepper
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender. Serve warmed over veggies, pasta, even goes well with salty chips.
Notes
  1. The dish shown in the post is broiled Brussels Sprouts, blanched and then ice bathed, marinated in the orange-mustard sauce for 1 hour and then broiled for about 20 minutes. Served here on top of Black Bean pasta.
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 Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Black Bean Pasta

I’ll be in the kitchen this weekend.  Working on a special pear tart. Hope it’s special anyway.

 Any big changes you’ve made in your life lately you’d like to share?  Have a favorite vegetable sauce?  Share!  And enjoy!


Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #13

I saw these homemade OREOs and fell in love last week.  Faith had me at,

“Does anyone else find it strange that OREOs are dairy free?”

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 OREOs are one of those funky Vegan foods that, Yes, are animal free, but full of nasty ole empty ingredients that no one really needs to eat.  That hasn’t stopped me from doing it in a pinch on the road.  When I’m starved and run into 7-11 to grab a 5 minute meal to eat while I drive, I’ll admit, there have been those days when I grab a pack of OREOs, Nutter Butters, etc.  

Faith’s version is a MUCH more preferable version of a delicious combination of chocolate and cream filling.  Be sure to check out her post at The Conscientious Eater soon.  They’re fun, fancy and quick to make.  No excuses for the real thing when you can make these.

Thanks so much Faith for sharing them in the Potluck last week!!

 

What’s a ‘Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck? 

The Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck is now a way to have a potluck each week and that bloggers can share their plant-based/vegan/cruelty-free dishes in the following categories: appetizers, beverages, sides, soups, salads, breads, main dishes, desserts. Each Potluck will last 1 week and we will all announce the most popular (most clicks) from the previous week’s link ups on the same day as the NEXT linky party begins. Please link back to your blog in your entry. You will need to include something like: “I entered this recipe in the Virtual Vegan LINKY Potluck” in YOUR blog post. Virtual Vegan “Linky” Potluck.

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Kristy’s ”Spiced Orange Cacao Nib Waffles with Fig Compote” from Keepin’ It Kind is ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry #9

Kristy's ''Spiced Orange Cacao Nib Waffles with Fig Compote" from Keepin' It Kind is 'Breakfast In Bed-Fest' entry #9 

My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the recipes and news about my Breakfast In Bed-Fest and it’s participants.  

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This month, I’m welcoming  Kristy

from

Keepin’ It Kind

Her ”Spiced Orange Cacao Nib Waffles with Fig Compote”

 is Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #9.

Kristy's ''Spiced Orange Cacao Nib Waffles with Fig Compote" from Keepin' It Kind is 'Breakfast In Bed-Fest' entry #9

Brunch can truly make or break your Sunday.

Kristy's ''Spiced Orange Cacao Nib Waffles with Fig Compote" from Keepin' It Kind is 'Breakfast In Bed-Fest' entry #9

If you start off Sunday with a boring brunch (I’m looking at you, cold toast!), you’re gearing yourself up for a boring day. If you treat yourself to something really magical on Sunday morning, it gets your day started on the right foot. You’re ready to fill your day with even more awesomeness. Sunday brunch is important.

Kristy's ''Spiced Orange Cacao Nib Waffles with Fig Compote" from Keepin' It Kind is 'Breakfast In Bed-Fest' entry #9

Take these spiced orange cacao nib waffles for instance. I got up a few minutes earlier (like, at 9:45 instead of 10 am)(sleeping in is my favorite sport) to make a warm fig compote to top the waffles and I put in a little extra effort to zest and juice a couple oranges because fresh OJ and orange zest just makes these waffles. Add some fall spices like cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg and some cacao nibs to scatter throughout the batter, and you’re in business. With the base being made of oat flour, buckwheat flour, and a bit of cornmeal, you’ll have waffles you can share with your gluten-free friends. As soon as you smell these babies cooking in the waffle iron, you’ll know you’re right on track to an amazing brunch. And day.

Kristy's ''Spiced Orange Cacao Nib Waffles with Fig Compote" from Keepin' It Kind is 'Breakfast In Bed-Fest' entry #9

The pairing of orange with a touch of bitter chocolate (via the cacao nibs) is absolutely dreamy. The only thing better is the way these subtly spiced waffles taste with the warm, gingery fig compote and a few fresh orange slices. It’s totally decadent Brunch Bliss.

Kristy's ''Spiced Orange Cacao Nib Waffles with Fig Compote" from Keepin' It Kind is 'Breakfast In Bed-Fest' entry #9

After digging into these wonderful waffles, I can honestly tell you that I had one of the best Sundays I’ve had in awhile. I didn’t turn on my computer once to do any work and I didn’t have to run any errands. It was too hot to do anything physical outside, so I just stayed in and had the laziest day I’ve had probably since I was in my teens. I cuddled on the couch with my pooch and binge-watched some terribly sappy sitcoms I hadn’t seen in a long while (I’m looking at you, final season of How I Met Your Mother!). It may not be that exciting but a good brunch and day of indulging in absolute laziness was heaven. Sweet, delicious heaven.

Kristy's ''Spiced Orange Cacao Nib Waffles with Fig Compote" from Keepin' It Kind is 'Breakfast In Bed-Fest' entry #9

Spiced Orange Cacao Nib Waffles with Fig Compote

by Kristy Turner

 

Spiced Orange Cacao Nib Waffles with Fig Compote
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Ingredients
  1. fig compote
  2. 1 1/2 cups chopped dried Mission figs
  3. 1 cup fresh orange juice
  4. 1/2 cup water
  5. 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  6. 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. a pinch of sea salt
  9. spiced orange cacao nib waffles
  10. 1 1/2 cups + 1/3 cup oat flour
  11. 1 cup buckwheat flour
  12. 1/3 cup fine grain cornmeal
  13. 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  14. 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
  15. 1 tablespoon flaxmeal
  16. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  17. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  18. 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  19. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  20. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  21. 1 1/3 cup non-dairy milk
  22. 1 cup fresh orange juice
  23. 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  24. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  25. 1 tablespoon orange zest
  26. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  27. 1/2 cup cacao nibs, plus more for garnish if desired
  28. fresh chopped figs for garnish, optional
  29. fresh orange slices for garnish, optional
  30. maple syrup, optional
Instructions
  1. fig compote
  2. Combine the dried figs, orange juice, water, maple syrup, and ginger in a small pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat, cover, and set aside until ready to use.
  3. spiced orange cacao nib waffles
  4. Combine the oat flour, buckwheat flour, cornmeal, baking powder, arrowroot powder, flaxmeal, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together until combined.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the non-dairy milk, orange juice, coconut oil, maple syrup, orange zest, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined. Stir in the cacao nibs. Let the batter rest for about 10 minutes while the waffle iron heats up.
  6. Cook the batter in your waffle iron according to machine instructions. To keep waffles warm before serving, place on a cooling rack and cover with a clean kitchen towel.
  7. Serve each waffle topped with fig compote, chopped figs (if using), orange slices (if using), and cacao nibs (if using), or you can just serve all of the elements and let people top their own waffles. For a little extra moisture, drizzle with maple syrup. Enjoy!
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Kristy's ''Spiced Orange Cacao Nib Waffles with Fig Compote" from Keepin' It Kind is 'Breakfast In Bed-Fest' entry #9

Thank you so much, Angela, for letting me participate in this awesome series and

thank you to all you wonderful readers for stopping by.

Happy brunching!

Kristy TurnerBut I Could Never Go Vegan - by Kristy Turner available @Amazon.com 

 

 

 Kristy Turner is the writer, recipe developer, and food stylist behind the blog,       Keepin’ It Kind. Former fromagier and mutterer of the words “I could never be vegan,” Kristy now loves her compassionate lifestyle and works with her photographer husband, Chris, to make veganism accessible, fun, and delicious for everyone. Her first book, But I Could Never Go Vegan, will be out in December 2014.

You can find Kristy at www.keepinitkind.com, as well as facebook, twitter, and instagram.

 


Mango Salsa from Jason Wyrick – ‘Vegan Tacos’ & a Giveaway!

 

So who’s Jason Wyrick?  Chef Jason Wyrick is the executive chef of The Vegan Taste, a cooking instructor, caterer, a former diabetic, and founder of the world’s first vegan food magazine, The Vegan Culinary Experience.  Jason was the first vegan culinary instructor in the world-famous Le Cordon Bleu program through Scottsdale Culinary Institute, and has catered for many corporations.  Jason has taught hundreds of vegan cooking classes around the world.  His work as been featured in the New York Times, Vegetarian News, and on both local and national television.  Not to mention, he’s a darn good photographer, providing all the pictures in the book including those shown in this posting.   Check out Jason’s website too:  thevegantaste.com

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 I really love all the fresh ingredients that Jason’s recipes use.  Mexican food can be made a thousand different ways.  Some good, some not so good.  But Jason takes it to a new level of healthy deliciousness with such a wide range of ideas for meals.  He gives us the basics like salsas, tortillas and tacos of course.  Then you can venture into toppings, sides or drinks even, all with a vegan twist to keep them healthier than most traditional Mexican fare.

 I particularly learned so much from Jason here on making your own tortillas.  I’ve never ventured down that road despite enjoying homemade Mexican meals my whole life.  Jason has a full gamut of tortilla ideas;  black bean tortillas, chili-flavored, garlic, beer, lime.  With step by step instructions and lots of pics to show you the way.  Such a wonderful encyclopedia for any Mexican food lover.

Once you have his book full of all kinds of Mexican dish ideas you can start creating some of these delicious, healthy meals and throw a little fiesta!  Here’s a little help from Jason on that plan too:

Tacos Guisados

 

How to Host a Taco Party – from Jason Wyrick 

I love to entertain and tell stories. For me, food isn’t just a tasty bite, the food experience is a story waiting to be told and a good one always gets a smile. It’s fun making people happy and one of the best ways to make your friends and family happy is to host a taco party. That social experience is part of the story of food. These can be informal gatherings of just a few people on up to big events with music, lights, dancing, and more. These taco parties even have a name: taquiza.

Most taquizas are informal with just a few people standing around a grill or kitchen table with tortillas in hand, but some of them can get quite large. While it’s easy to put together a taquiza for four or five people, putting one together for thirty is a big production and requires logistical skills to pull off. Here are a few tips to pull off a large taquiza.

Serve Three Fillings and Three Salsas: I generally serve three fillings, three salsas, and a variety of toppings. With just three fillings and three salsas, you can create nine different tacos. Plus, if you reserve the number of fillings you make, you’ll have people asking you to do it again and you can create a completely different taquiza. My ideal choice for the three fillings is a bean filling, a taco de comal or cazuela filling, and a taco de asador so I can get my grill going.

Start a Day Ahead: Start cooking a day ahead of time. That’s when I usually make beans, pickled onions, condiments that will last a day, and the salsas. The day of the event, I make my other fillings, the guacamole, and the tortillas.

Enlist Help: I used to try and pull off large events by myself, but it meant I didn’t get to participate in the party as much as I would like and I denied other people the pleasure of giving back by helping out. If you have some friends that are willing to help you make a few ingredients or do some shopping, take them up on it! No one wants a stressed out host and cooking with your friends is fun. Even if they aren’t perfect cooks, a joyful experience is more important than perfect food.

Tacos

Ask People to Bring Drinks and Other Goodies: Cooking for a lot of people can get expensive. Don’t be shy about asking people to bring drinks, beer, tequila, salsas, chips, a salad, or anything else you think will go well with your tacos. Just tell them specifically what brands you want and where to get them so you don’t have something show up at your vegan taquiza that isn’t vegan.

Set Your Salsa and Condiment Bar away from Your Grill or Cooking Area: Don’t set up your taco “assembly” bar near your cooking area. You want to divert traffic away so you have some space to play. On a related note, you don’t want a lot of other stuff going on around your taco bar. It’s no fun trying to put together a taco while you’re getting bumped and jostled.

Don’t Use Your Best, Breakable Serving Vessels and Dinnerware: If you have a lot of people trying to make tacos, someone may accidentally drop something that you really don’t want broken. This is especially true if you are serving alcohol, so don’t set everything out in expensive bowls and plates.

Let People Make Their Own Tacos: It’s part of the experience! Let people assemble their own tacos. Not only do they get a personalized taco, they do all that work.

Work That Grill: If you have a grill, I encourage you to use it when you are hosting a taco party. The smoke and open flames are intoxicating and you look awesome when you are working it.

Find a Friend to Make Tortillas: If you are at the grill, you probably don’t have time to make fresh tortillas and there is nothing like a fresh tortilla just off the griddle to lift your taquiza to a state of soul-satisfying extravagance. Ask a knowledgeable friend to make the tortillas during the taquiza. If you need to make them ahead of time, make sure the tortillas stay moist and warm and try to make cooking the tortillas the last bit of cooking you do.

The Big Cheat: One of my local Mexican markets makes incredible salsa fresh every day. If I am going to be pressed for time, I purchase my salsa from them instead of making it. If you are in the same position, I highly encourage you to purchase your favorite salsa instead of making it.

Have fun!: As the taquiza host, your job isn’t just to serve good food, it’s to provide an enjoyable experience and you enjoying yourself is part of that. It rubs off on your guests, so relax, make some good food, eat some good food, and spend some time with your friends.

If you are hosting a small taquiza, many of these tips still apply. You probably won’t have to worry about traffic issues and crowding, but even if I am doing a taquiza for four, I still ask people to bring drinks and help out in the kitchen. And if they’re not willing to contribute? I become the Taco Nazi. No taco for you!

 Tacos Mananeros

The first recipe that caught my eye when I flipped through Jason’s book was a delicious version of my absolute favorite salsa.  I am a chips and salsa fool and Jason’s Mango Salsa is sweet and tangy citrus, and then the spices………….Oh, yeah!

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa
Mango salsa is a lively addition to Baja-style tacos and lighter flavored tacos. Its sweetness contrasts nicely with searing chile heat and it lends a nice peppy feel to tacos dorados and even on top of guacamole. This is one of those salsas that should only be made when mangoes are in season. Otherwise, it will taste very lackluster. Makes 1 1/4 Cups Heat Level: 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  2. 1 cup diced fresh mango
  3. 1 serrano chile, minced
  4. 3 tablespoons minced cilantro
  5. Juice of 2 limes
  6. Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Rinse the onion, then transfer it to a bowl. Add the mango, chili, cilantro, lime
  2. juice, and a pinch of salt and stir it all together. Let this rest for about 10 minutes
  3. before serving.
Notes
  1. From Vegan Tacos by Jason Wyrick. ©2014 Jason Wyrick. Used by permission
  2. from Vegan Heritage Press.
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Jason has graciously offered one of my readers a chance to win a copy of his new book, “Vegan Tacos”  

To enter the giveaway, click below and select as many entry options as you’d like.

 Contest ends September 30th.  U. S. residents only.

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I was given a copy of ‘Vegan Tacos’ for review although I was under no obligation to do so.


Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck Week 12

Another favorite this week from Vegan Richa.  

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Cookie Dough Brownies – No Bake and Gluten-Free.

Yeah, I’m sure these are just awful Richa ;)

 

What’s a ‘Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck? 

The Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck is now a way to have a potluck each week and that bloggers can share their plant-based/vegan/cruelty-free dishes in the following categories: appetizers, beverages, sides, soups, salads, breads, main dishes, desserts. Each Potluck will last 1 week and we will all announce the most popular (most clicks) from the previous week’s link ups on the same day as the NEXT linky party begins. Please link back to your blog in your entry. You will need to include something like: “I entered this recipe in the Virtual Vegan LINKY Potluck” in YOUR blog post. Virtual Vegan “Linky” Potluck.

Here’s how this weekly Potluck works:

Click on the link at the bottom of this post to enter the party.
Enter the requested info: the link to the recipe(s) you are contributing; name of the recipe; blog name; your name and email address; and select an image.
Submit a second recipe if, desired.
Spread the word! We encourage you to share this linky party with your blogging friends via social media or through a post on your own blog. The more (food) the merrier! If you would like to add a Virtual Vegan Linky Party button to your blog, you can find one here (please link the button back to that page so that people can find us).
A couple of things to keep in mind:

Bloggers submitting recipes need not be vegan, but recipes must be 100% vegan/plant-based. Recipes containing animal products will be removed from the Potluck.
Entry per person per week is limited to two.

Now here’s the most popular link ups from last week’s VVLP:

 

Beverages
White Peach Smoothie
from Fitful Focus

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Appetizers
Warm Spinach & Artichoke Dip
from Modern Day Missus

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Breads
Life-Changing Flourless Bread
from Yes! I Am Vegan

Flourless Bread

Soups/Stews
Chunky Gazpacho Soup
from Parsley in My Teeth

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Salads
Raw Taco Salad with Spicy Chipotle Aioli & Cashew Sour Cream
from VeggieGirl

Raw Taco Salad Veggie Girl

 

Sides
Chili Lime Corn on the Cob from A. Cook in the Making

Chili Lime Corn on the Cob

Main Courses
Pizza Burger
from Zsu’s Vegan Pantry

Pizza Burger Zsu Dever

Desserts
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The Fit Vegan Ginger – A Guest Posting


I had the pleasure of spending part of my weekend up in rural Pennsylvania.  Just sharing a gorgeous setting from a bridge over the Susquehanna River near Scranton, PA.  Nice to get away.
 The weather has just turned cooler here on the East Coast too which is always a welcome change after August.   
Bridge over the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania - from Canned-Time.com
 
So, I recently found a new blogger friend so full of bounce and energy for life, I had to ask her to share some love with my readers.  Anna has so much zest for life you’ll almost get out of breath just reading the things she does each day.  I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know her a bit today as she shares her passions and talents for all things Vegan.  Thanks so much Anna
 
the fit vegan ginger - a guest posting at Canned-Time.com 
HELLOOOOOOO TO MY NEW FRIENDS!!!! My name is Anna Johnson (a.k.a. “The Fit Vegan Ginger”!) and I am an 18 year old vegan recipe blogger! 
I was SO SO EXCITED when Angela graciously invited me to write a guest post on her amazing blog–she is such an awesome lady AND vegan food artist…I mean, wowza. Holy FLAVOR BOMBS! Just a little about me to introduce myself and get acquainted!
As I said, I’m 18 and I ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY LOVE my vegan lifestyle. I went vegan in July of 2013 and will never, ever go back! I have a bit of a story behind my decision to go vegan…I had been suffering from severe, daily migraine headaches for the past 3 years. And I’m not exaggerating when I say the words SEVERE and DAILY–it was unusual for me to go a day without screaming from the pain. These headaches were crippling….pain you’ve  never felt before (I hope!). After months and months of running to LITERALLY every single type of doctor that ever existed (again…not joking) with no answers, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I had read an article online that praised the SOS-free (salt-pi-sugar free) vegan lifestyle–not just for the obvious benefits, but for it’s power to HEAL people. That really got me thinking…I had tried everything. Nothing was working. I refused to go back on any more drugs (DEATH is not a side effect I was interested in…), and the docs couldn’t give me a solution OTHER than drugs. I figured, what did I have to lose? So I made the switch…I went vegan, not really expecting anything miraculous to happen, but boy was I in for a surprise! After about 4 months as an SOS-free vegan I began to notice my headaches were GOING AWAY! It wasn’t immediate at all, but little by little, they went away completely. I am now THRILLED to say I am officially 8 MONTHS MIGRAINE FREE!
Throughout my “experiment”, I started to acquire QUITE the eclectic collection of vegan recipes…my Mom kept convincing me to start a blog, and finally I gave in. I’m SO GLAD I did–I have found so much joy through sharing my creations…the ideas never stop! I am super excited for the COOKBOOK I’m writing (If you follow me on Instagram you will know ALL about this! I CANNOT WAIIIIITTT!!!)! I am so blessed to have found the vegan lifestyle–it has healed my headaches, strengthened my body for my activities (I’m a long-distance runner and competitive ice dancer-training for nationals!), and given me SO much energy to live life 110%–something I had  been missing for three years! 
With that said (I like talking, I’m sorry…), I chose this super-fun recipe because I think it will give you a pretty good idea of the kind of recipes I love developing (and EATING, of course!). I try to combine ingredients wisely to create quick and easy, high protein, VEGGIE LOADED, and creative vegan recipes that are not only nourishing but FUN to eat! I hope you enjoy my “Vanilla Cookie Veggie Sandwiches!”–I sure did…
 
Are you a new college student that just so happens to be vegan?! Or are you a newly graduated vegan on the hunt for quick and easy recipes you can throw together in five minutes?! Look no further, friends. I have created THE ULTIMATE STUDENT-FRIENDLY VEGAN SNACK! Prepare to be flabbergasted by how deliciously amazing these cookie veggie sandwiches are. And OH SO HEALTHY! Simple, quick, and super portable. What are you waiting for?! GET YOUR HANDS ON THESE BABIES! 
 
 
     Vanilla Cookie Veggie Sandwiches. 
 
 
 
 
  Oh, hello little fellas!
 
 
 
 
 Sink your teeth into healthy, delicious veggie goodness!
 
 
 
 
Vanilla Cookie Veggie Sandwiches; Vegan, Gluten-free. Serves one. 
 
 
Ingredients
 
1. One medium-large cucumber, sliced 
2. 2 T vegan protein powder of choice (I used brown rice protein–Jarrow Naturals brand)
3. One packet stevia (optional. Omit it your protein powder is already sweetened)
4. 2 T ground flaxseed
5. 2 T water (more if needed)
 
 
Method 
 
1. Place your cuke slices on a large plate and set aside while you make your cookie filling. 
2. In a small/medium size bowl, combine your protein powder, flax, and stevia. Mix well. Add water and stir well until thick and gooey. 
 
3. Scoop about 1 1/2 T of your filling onto one cucumber slice and place another cuke slice on top. Smoosh top slice down and EAT UP! Yummmmmmm!
 
Thanks so much Anna ♥ 
Find Anna at her special site ‘The Fit Vegan Ginger’
 


September 11, 2001 – Vegan Food Bloggers Remember



September 11, 2001 - Vegan Food Bloggers Remember

 Ann OliverioAn Unrefined Vegan

I’ll tell you one thing,

We ain’t gonna change much.

The sun still rises

Even with the pain. 

Can we go on like it once was?

 

-  from Another Story by The Head and The Heart

On September 11, 2001, I was living a peaceful life in Cambridge, MA, working as a faculty assistant to then Professor Elizabeth Warren at Harvard Law School.

Like It Once Was

No matter what one felt on the morning of September 11, 2001 – shock, sadness, fear, anger, disgust, disbelief – the reality was universal: the world as we knew it had changed. Not just the smaller world that some of us call home, the United States of America, but the whole world. It was evident in the gaping holes left by airliner-missiles in three of our most iconic buildings; in the deep gash gouged into a farmer’s field in rural Pennsylvania; in the thousands of poignantly irrelevant pieces of paper lazily fluttering down from the sky before coming to rest on drifts of thick gray ash; in the stunned faces; the hopeful, heart-breaking “missing person” posters taped to fences, walls, and utility poles; the fiery political rhetoric; and the removing of shoes in airport security lines.

My experiences on this day aren’t particularly interesting or unusual. I didn’t reside in New York or Washington, D.C.  I had no friends or relatives boarding planes that morning. I had no premonitions, no nagging feelings of trepidation, and in fact, for many hours following the collapse of the Twin Towers, the loss of Flight 93, and the crash into the Pentagon, I didn’t truly grasp what had happened. I imagine that my experience is much like the vast majority of Americans who began their day like any other: an alarm clock that woke them too early, a hurried breakfast followed by a commute to work and a head filled with everything that had to be accomplished before making the reverse trip back home, to family, to dinner, to a little mindless television before bed – and starting it all over again the next day.

It was only that evening as I sat down with my husband to watch the news reports that the magnitude of what had taken place a few hours before began to sink in. I wanted to turn away from the stream of sorrow and the endless loop of chaos, the talking heads and experts, and the harrowing stories of those who witnessed firsthand what had happened in New York, D.C., and Pennsylvania. What I knew was that I wanted to go back to the way our world was. Instead, the morning replayed over and over and over again: clear blue sky, speeding planes, flames, jumpers, first-responders rushing in and up, the domino of 110 stories collapsing one upon the other – and then another 110 stories disappearing into smoke and debris.

The next day, another beautiful September morning, as I once again walked to work my head was filled with images of carnage and firefighters and grieving. I could hear the fighter jets circling over Boston.

The events of September 11, 2001 affected me like no other disaster before it – man-made or otherwise.  Tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, far-away genocide, airplane crashes – sure, they were devastating, sad, and frightening and for brief moments I thought, “what was it like to have been in that plane/fire/storm? What if that had been me?” before moving on to the next event that overtook the headlines. They never really touched me. Never even got close. But this. There was no avoiding this. No turning the page of the newspaper to be distracted by something else, no way to wake up one fine September morning to the world the way that it was.

 

Thank you, Angela, for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts about that terrible day. In memory of those who died in the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001, in sympathy to those who lost loved ones, and in deep gratitude to those who serve our nation in times of war and peace.

 

September 11, 2001 - Vegan Food Bloggers Remember

 Anna JohnsonThe Fit Vegan Ginger

 Where was I?! I was sitting in the floor of my room…dressed up in a Snow White Disney costume, getting ready to leave for Chucky Cheese…I heard my mom start yelling for me and my older sister to come into the TV room where she was. She was on the phone with my dad and she was crying. I looked at the TV and saw…smoke. Fire and smoke. That’s all I remember…I was so little, but I remember that sight like it was yesterday. I’ll never ever forget seeing that. I started crying too and mom hugged me in close. After a few seconds, she looked at me and said “Chucky Cheese will have to wait.” Being a four year old at the time, I was heartbroken. What was more important than going to Chucky Cheese on MY FIFTH BIRTHDAY?! Little naive me…

My thoughts? Many were affected that day. Many people died. Many people are living with permanent scars–physical AND emotional. But many were affected that are unknown to most people. Myself included. That day now defines my birthday. Now every time I have to fill out paperwork, or answer someone’s innocent question of “when’s your birthday?!”, I get puppy dog eyes and “Oh–I’m SO sorry. That must ruin it.”

I’m not trying in ANY way at all say that my suffering was equally as painful as those who lost loved ones, or their own lives–all I’m saying is I think ALL of us were greatly affected by September 11 2001. All of us. Those people that the terrorists MEANT to harm, and those that they didn’t.

 

September 11, 2001 - Vegan Food Bloggers Remember

 

Fran PimblettThe Road To Serendipity

I live in Tasmania Australia but when the news broke I was living in Western Australia. I remember waking up and turning on the radio to hear that a plane had hit one of the twin towers. I raced to the television and watched in disbelief as the rest of what happened that day unfolded like a Stephen King novel. Everything that I had planned for the day, all of my normalcy was gone and in its place the numb feeling that the whole world had run off the rails and was in shock and reeling at the seemingly endless stream of tragedy that unfolded

The juxtaposition of abject fear and chaos with the bravery that occurred that day, some of it only seeing the light of day months after the events, was incredible. As these tragedies unfolded there were people, strangers, helping strangers, simple acts of human kindness, hearts opening and despite what happened and the unbelievable tragic loss of life, there was love.

The love was the salve that we all needed to heal. 9/11 was a lesson in how easy it is to compromise your humanity for the sake of a cause and yet those small acts of kindness, the bravery and ultimate selfless sacrifice that so many people made for each other, robbed that horrific series of acts of their ultimate sting.

 September 11, 2001 - Vegan Food Bloggers Remember

Nancy MOrdinary Vegan

On September 11, 2001, 5:50amI woke up to a ringing phone. On the other line was my mother-in-law who never calls so I was immediately on alert. She asked if her son was home and I said yes. She said “turn on the news, I was worried because you both travel so much.” So I turned on the television and there it was. I really couldn’t believe my eyes. As the events unfolded, I felt anger, shock, sadness, fear and confusion, but the worstreaction was the hate I experienced. Me, the pacifist, the Buddhist, the woman who didn’t believe in the death penalty. I let those terrorists make methink like a different person. I was full of revenge and malice. Fortunately, those feelings eventually went away but it frightened me to my core to know that I could think that way even for a moment and that is how terrorism wins. They want to make you into them.
 
Later that day, we heard more despairing news. A friend and co-worker’s wife was returning from Boston to Los Angeles after taking their children to college. She was on American Airlines flight 11 that crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. My husband and I and all his co-workers went to his home.  We congregated there for the next week, drifting in and out. All of us walking around like zombies. It was impossible to turn off the news because we felt fragile and thought something else could happen. So we kept seeing the same footage of that plane that killed his wife hitting the tower over and over again, but somehow we became numb to it. All we could focus on was a friend who lost his wife and the children who lost their mother.

 

Poppy VelosaBunny Kitchen

I was at school in London on the morning of the attacks in New York. I came home from school to find my father just inches from the television with a face of horror. I could see explosions on the screen and there was a feeling in the atmosphere that I just can’t explain and will never forget. It was unsettled and haunting. I soon learnt what had happened from the news and the few words my father could offer through his state of shock.

 
I was just ten years old, but I fully understood what had happened and what the implications were. It troubled my young mind that this was going on somewhere in the world so far from where I was. It was the first time I experienced this kind of overwhelming helplessness and utter disbelief. I learned that day that I must fight for peace throughout my life and as I grew, and of the importance of unity and cooperation at every level, between individuals and nations and all that’s in between.
 
I am sorry that such suffering must happen in our lifetime.

September 11, 2001 - Vegan Food Bloggers Remember

Brandi Shine Doming  –  The Vegan 8

I remember 9-11-2001 like it was just yesterday. It’s hard to believe it has been almost 13 years. I was working at an auto finance company at the time, sitting in my cubicle, when the attack happened.

As I was sitting there working, people started to leave the area to go watch the tv in the kitchen. I went in and watched the television and was shocked to my core watching the tower crumble to the ground. It was so surreal. Several of us just stood there watching in disbelief. Such a sad, scary and helpless moment.

I immediately went back to a private room and started to pray over the situation. I honestly didn’t know what else to do. It was and has been tough ever since that day to ever feel totally safe anymore. I think it has and will always leave people a little bit more guarded and distrusting to some degree. There has been so much evil and cruelty displayed in our country, that it is a frightening feeling sometimes knowing how, at any moment, things could go terribly wrong.

One thing that the attacks taught me was to embrace life more. Be realistic that life isn’t perfect, nowhere near it, and we must enjoy each moment. It breaks my heart when I look at the photos from that day and the fear in the people’s eyes and faces. Also knowing that parents lost children that day breaks my heart as a mother. I try my best to remember to cherish each day with my family, especially my daughter, and even on the frustrating days, I find myself stopping to relax and just hug her and tell her I love her.

 

September 11, 2001 - Vegan Food Bloggers Remember

 

Dianne WenzVeggie Girl

I live in New Jersey, just outside New York City, and in 2001 I lived in Nutley, a small town on Route 3, which is the highway that runs right into the city. You can see the Manhattan skyline if you’re on the east-bound side, and it almost looks magical in the distance.

At the time, I was the assistant art director at a small toy company. On September 11th, we had a consumer test panel scheduled to get feedback on the packaging of our new infant toy line. You know, the kind you see on tv, where the company sits behind a two-way mirror and potential buyers sit around a table to talk about the products they’re shown? That’s what we had planned for the day. That morning was getting myself ready for the day with the Today Show playing on the television in the living room. I was just about ready to leave when the local news interrupted the show to say that a plane had just flown into one of the Twin Towers. It seems pretty incomprehensible. How had a plane flown into one of the Twin Towers? I thought it might be one of those little charter planes that take off from Teteroboro airport. I didn’t fully comprehend what had happed yet – I don’t think anyone did. I continued on with my plans for the day.

On my way to the test panel facility, I had 1010WINS, a New York City news station, on in my car. There was word of another plane flying into the second tower, and the gravity of the situation started to hit. There seemed to be mass chaos in the city, as there were reports of explosions going off at the United Nations building and car bombs exploding throughout Manhattan. (All of which later turned out to be untrue.) I was driving westbound towards Paramus, and I wasn’t sure if I should turn around and go home, but I continued on.

As I entered the office where our test panel was supposed to take place, I saw that some of my coworkers were already there, and they were looking upward toward a wall-mounted television, some with tears streaming down their faces. The first tower had just fallen. It seemed impossible – how could one of those giant towers fall down so easily? That didn’t really just happen, did it? Unsure what to do, we all sat around in shock, exchanging stories of what we had heard on the news. The woman running the consumer panel said that no one was going to leave their homes to talk about toys, and she began making phone calls to cancel the day’s meeting.

Since it was still unclear exactly what was going on, I drove to my mother’s house, which was closer to Paramus, and not in the direction of Manhattan. As I got close to her home, news of the second tower’s collapse broke on the radio. My mom and I sat and watched the news, listening to sirens going off all around us, as the local emergency services were called in. It was all terrifying and surreal, and it seemed like something from an action movie – my least favorite type of film, by the way – not something happening just a few miles way.

After some time, I decided to go home, as there seemed to be something comforting about being in my own apartment with my cats. As I was driving eastward on Route 3, I realized there wasn’t another car around me on either side of the highway. I heard on the news later that the road had been closed to all traffic. I have no idea how I was able to get on it or why I wasn’t pulled over. The familiar site of the Twin Towers in the distance was gone, and was replaced by a giant black cloud engulfing the city.

For quite a while after the Twin Towers fell, there was a no-fly zone over the area, and I remember waking up bolt-upright when hearing a plane fly overhead for the first time several weeks later. Things were somber in the area for quite some time after the event, and it took quite a while for life to get back to normal. A few years after the attack, I was invited to party in the Financial District. (Several New Yorker friends had moved to the area, as rents were much cheaper there than they had been before September 11th.) I took the PATH train from Hoboken to Wall Street. The PATH station used to be underneath the World Trade Center, but now it stopped next to where the towers used to stand, which was a massive hole in the ground. I hadn’t been to the area since before the towers fell, and visiting the site was really difficult. It seemed so strange that it was right next to a train station, that people walked to and from every day. Did people stop and think about what had happened there, or did it become another one of those familiar sites that New Yorkers pass every day? The Freedom Tower now stands where the Twin Towers used to be, and we have all gotten on with our lives, but it’s something that lives on in our memories, and something that none of us will ever forget.

September 11, 2001 - Vegan Food Bloggers Remember

Pentagon 9-11 Memorial

 Angela McKee  – Canned Time

 Like millions of Americans, I was getting ready for work when the attacks began.  I was living just outside the Washington D. C. beltway then and was supposed to be opening a brand new retail store by the end of that week.  I was not thinking about terrorism.  I wasn’t thinking about living in the flight path of BWI airport with a constant flow of planes crossing over the house every hour.  I wasn’t thinking I’d be watching people just like me jumping hundreds of feet to their deaths on live T V that morning.  I wasn’t thinking that my life was about to change forever.

As I sat on the end of my bed and watched the second plane glide effortlessly into the second tower that morning, within minutes, my stomach began to churn.  Where would something happen next?  How would my husband get home from Baltimore?  Would they hit the bridges that cross millions of cars everyday in and out of Virginia and Maryland next.  Would I lose my job?  Nothing long term seemed to matter that morning, yet.  The long term effects would come months, even years later when my views of the Government, my understanding of the vulnerabilities of life,  how fragile our way of life, our freedoms really are here in the U. S.  I quickly developed a necessity of trying to ‘be prepared’ for the worst.  I wanted to know everything that was happening in the World, everyday after that and became a 24 hour News junky.  2 of the hijackers had been staying in a cheap hotel just a few miles from the house for the months leading up to 9-11.  How many times did I drive past the room they were in without knowing what their intentions were?  I really just wanted to know everything before it happened to me with an unhealthy obsession after that day.  How could we have just let it happen?  More importantly, what were we supposed to learn from such a horrific event in our lifetime?  Would it happen again and when?  Where?  The paranoia was very real here in the city for years with armed soldiers on the streets and highway signs alerting us to any hint of a new threat level.  Life changed for all of us here in Washington on 9-11.  Some for good, and many for the worse.

 The sky could not have been more blue that day.  As I heard some cursing God for allowing such a tragedy to occur, I remember thinking that Man did this.  God cleared the skies and gave us the will to react and grow from it all.   When all the planes were grounded, the silence of the clear sky was in stark contrast to the smoke and death in N. Y., Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon.  Even today, we refer to that kind of clear, cloudless sky as ‘A 9-11 day’  And when the planes returned to the skies over our house, they regularly woke me from a deep sleep as they descended down lower and lower as they landed at the airport.  The fighter jets overhead were all too regular in those first years after 9-11 as well.  My boss told me that everyone would move out of D. C. They didn’t.  I didn’t lose my job but did choose to make it my life’s goal to get out of the Retail industry once and for all and start enjoying my life.  My husband did get home from Baltimore and ended up changing his job for a computer geek position within the newly created Homeland Security Department downtown of all things.  Life changed.  For all the bad that happened that day, there is good.  And I just don’t want to get back to that place I was at as I first sat down on the bed to watch the towers fall back on 9-11-01.  

Let’s not forget who we were on the 10th, and what we became on the 11th.  

 

 

 My many heartfelt thanks to those who took time and emotion to share their feelings with us today.

 – Angela ♥

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