Peanut Butter Chopped Cherry Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Chopped Cherry Ice Cream

No Cows were harmed in the making of this delectable bowl of ♥  Behind the Myth:  Happy Cows from HumaneMyth.Org In order to maintain uninterrupted milk production, cows are forced year after year to go through an endless cycle of pregnancy and birth, only to have their calves immediately taken from them. Cows and calves cry out for each other as they are separated. All forms of dairy farming involve forcibly impregnating cows. This involves a person inserting his arm far into the cow’s rectum in order to position the uterus, and then forcing an instrument into her vagina. The restraining apparatus used is commonly called a “rape rack.” Half of all calves born are male. Of no use in milk production, they are sent to veal-producing operations or directly to auctions where they are sold and slaughtered when they are just a few days old. Male calves used for veal production suffer a crude castration process and are killed after 4 months spent in small crates or pens.     After just 4 to 6 years, dairy cows are “spent” from being forced to continuously produce milk. Often weak and ill, they endure transport to auction and slaughter, both…

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July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails and No-Bake Salted Chocolate Cherry Doughnuts

July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails and No-Bake Salted Chocolate Cherry Doughnuts

ALOHA! Today, just in time for the July 4th celebrations I have some Cool Summer fresh healthy treats for you! Having grown up in the Washington D. C. Metro area, I’ve seen my fair share of July 4th festivities.  My family would drive down to The Mall, early in the afternoon so we could get a spot on the grass near the Washington Monument with a good view of the fireworks and music most years.  Some years, were better than others as I remember.  Some years, the weather would be unbearably hot and humid.  In the late 60’s, there were Hippies, Police scuffles and things were a little less family friendly….  But they all had that swelling of patriotism,  family groups from all Nationalities, hot summer sun and plenty of food and drinks.   Now that I’m still in D. C. but have a little less tolerance for heat and crowds, I prefer to enjoy just as much food and fun but most likely it’s from right in our own back yard.  The music is traditional, the food… a lot more healthy, and the drinks are now less sugary and fresh from the farmer’s market.    “July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails” …

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Sunflower Sprout Pasta with Spiced Up Marinara – Raw Options

Sunflower Sprout Pasta with Spiced Up Marinara – Raw Options

I’ve had some luck in the kitchen this month and thought I’d pass on the tricks and tastes today.  First, I had some 3 year old Sunflower Seeds grow into beautiful, nutritious sprouts last week…without using any soil for the roots.   I love this merely because A: it’s less expensive and B: it’s less mess to deal with. So here’s how I did it in simplified steps:  Soak about a 1/2 cup of  black sunflower seeds in filtered water for at least 24 hours.  You’ll see the first sign of them growing with a tiny white tip showing at the pointed end of each seed.  Next, drain off the water (you can use it for your plants if you’d like) and spread out all your seeds in a shallow dish on top of wet paper towels.  I used a glass pie plate and they were slightly crowded but still grew up fine.  You’ll need to cover them with some kind of slight weight at this point.  The seeds need to think that they are underground.  I used a second pie plate, placed on top of the first so that it presses down on the seeds with some slight weight.…

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Pie In The Sky from “The Good Karma Diet” by Victoria Moran – A Review and Giveaway on Canned-Time.com

Pie In The Sky from “The Good Karma Diet” by Victoria Moran – A Review and Giveaway on Canned-Time.com

  I know that I’ve published an extraordinarily high number of Vegan cookbook reviews in the past year.  21 if you’ve been counting…. The Vegan lifestyle is growing by leaps and bounds and thus:  People love recipes and information on ‘How To’  And I’m honored to be selected by authors and publishers alike to take a preview of an upcoming publication. But this book stands out in the crowd.  First thing I thought…..No pictures!!  And to me that just ment boring!!  – I was WRONG. I got started reading Victoria’s book and just kept on going.  Couldn’t put it down.  I love the flow, the information.  Love the way she writes so plainly and realistically.  She’s writing this one to those less experienced in Veganism.  Those out there who just might try out the health benefits and kindness that come from being Vegan.  I really love ‘The Good Karma Diet’  Victoria gives you all a sneak peek at her book here with an excerpt, recipe and a giveaway to one lucky reader. Excerpt from “Liven Things Up” The Good Karma Diet By Victoria Moran When my daughter, Adair, was a tween and teen, we devoted two weeks every summer to…

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Cherry Almond ‘Bakewell’ Cheesecake – Raw and Oil Free from Poppy @BunnyKitchen.com – June’s Family Favorite Dessert entry!

Cherry Almond ‘Bakewell’ Cheesecake – Raw and Oil Free from Poppy @BunnyKitchen.com – June’s Family Favorite Dessert entry!

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized My sweet friend Poppy has blessed us with a wonderful treat for June’s entry today.   Poppy “from across the pond” as I refer to her around my house has to be one of the kindest, most gentle and caring people I’ve come to know through blogging.  A real asset to the Vegan cause and she’s pretty funny too ♥ After you’ve taken in her lovely story and recipe here, be sure to check out Poppy’s other places around the web: BunnyKitchen.com     Facebook    Instagram    Twitter     Today I have the pleasure of sharing a recipe on Canned Time, written by my wonderful friend Angela as part of her “Family Favorite Dessert” series for 2015 where each month a different blogger sends a recreated and veganized version of a nostalgic dessert recipe. I knew instantly that I wanted to explore the flavours of my favourite childhood treat – the Bakewell Tart. I could have made a veganized version of the tart itself – a pastry base and jam layer followed by a…

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Summer Fresh Fruit Hibiscus Tarts

Summer Fresh Fruit Hibiscus Tarts

  Welcoming Summer time and Summer fruits and vegetables today on Canned Time. In June, I’ll be taking part in a Raw foods challenge to get my system back on track after those heavier comfort foods of a long Winter. For details on participating or just getting some well-informed nutritional motivation, be sure and check out the event for yourself. This simple fruit tart dish evolved from an abundance of fresh, ripe fruits on the table and my attempt to ease into my RAW challenge coming up. The ingredients are almost all raw. The exception being the Maple Syrup which doesn’t bother me in the least when it comes to limiting food groups or processing. Maple Syrup is a delicious addition to desserts and can even add nutrition when used in moderation. The variety of fruits here are obviously exchangeable . Use which ever you like. The creamy Hibiscus base for the tart is optional of course. But this is the way I made it up so do what you’d like with it to make it your own folks. It’s all good with this one. Fresh fruit, a touch of coconut in the base and the tiniest touch of chocolate…

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Spicy Grilled Pineapple Tahini Slaw, Smoothies, Toast, Tacos & More – Oriya Organics Raw Green Protein Powders Giveaway & Review

Spicy Grilled Pineapple Tahini Slaw, Smoothies, Toast, Tacos & More  – Oriya Organics Raw Green Protein Powders Giveaway & Review

      Boy, I kinda went a little crazy this month when the folks at Oriya Organics asked me to work up a recipe using their products.  Crazy good though.  Their ingredients are just superbly nutritious. The first time I tried their Super Green Medley, which contains live enzymes, phytonutrients, antioxidants, wheatgrass, barley grass, chlorella, and sprulina,  I sliced lemon, fresh pineapple, cucumber and a tsp. of Super Green Medley powder into a jar of filtered water and let it chill in the fridge over night.  What a wonderful way to start my morning drinking this delicious powerhouse of nutrition the next day.  I’ve been enjoying the same drink, different fruits each morning now and I can feel the energy boost it’s been giving me already. The SuperFood Protein Medley has no processed sweeteners of any kind. It contains a full serving of spirulina and chlorella. On top of a protein, it is a multi-functional cleanser and detoxifier. You can be very creative with recipes including using the protein powder as a flour substitute as opposed to only in smoothies. The SuperGreen Medley is a blend of the most nutrient dense greens on the planet. There are no fillers,…

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‘Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake’ from Kathy @HealthySlowCooking.com – May’s “Family Favorite Dessert” entry

‘Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake’ from Kathy @HealthySlowCooking.com – May’s “Family Favorite Dessert” entry

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized May’s entry is from one of Veganisms most prolific authors, Kathy Hester.  Her latest genius is a quick and easy Vegan recipe collection, ‘The Easy Vegan Cookbook’ now available for preorder HERE. Kathy’s recipe follows but for all the details on why this one is one of Kathy’s family favorites, check out her full post over at HealthySlowCooking.com. Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake for Family Favorite Desserts   This is the healthy version of my most favorite childhood dessert. I’m using something called aquafaba. It’s just a fancy word for bean water. The starches mimic eggs and can be used in cookies, cakes and more. Just drain the liquid from a can or carton of cooked chickpeas or use some from homemade chickpeas.That’s the aquafaba or bean water. Easy, right? Get more info on aquafaba on the official site.     Wet ingredients: 1/2 cup vegan yogurt (unsweetened or plain) 1/2 cup unsweetened nondairy milk 1/4 cup applesauce 1/4 cup avocado or olive oil (make oil free by using an additional 1/4 cup applesauce instead) 3 tablespoons…

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Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein Powder Review & Giveaway + Brandi’s New York Style Cheesecake

Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein Powder Review & Giveaway + Brandi’s New York Style Cheesecake

    In the last few months I’ve had the pleasure of trying out a new product line from Sunwarrior. They’d like to offer you each a 1 in 20 chance to win some of their best stuff along with a swanky Sunwarrior blender bottle.  Cool!! Just click here to enter to win now through May 31st. “Organic Certified Classic Plus builds on Sunwarrior’s original rice protein by adding in the amino acid balancing effects of peas, chia seeds, quinoa, and amaranth. This superfood combination still relies heavily on the gentle nature of whole-grain brown rice, but with a hefty dose of the strength that has made Warrior Blend so popular. Raw, plant-based, and powerful, Classic Plus gives you that little extra you want and need. You’ll love the way it tastes, but how it makes you feel is really why we call it Plus. “   I’ve used both the Vanilla and Chocolate flavors now in 10 – 12 different flavors of smoothies and I really love the taste.  It blends smoothly, has great sweetness without a lot of sugar and really makes a great start to my day, my workout and even my desserts as you’ll see here.…

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Zesty, Dairy & Oil-free Creamy Cucumber Dill Dressing

Zesty, Dairy & Oil-free Creamy Cucumber Dill Dressing

  More and more lately, I’ve tried to stay away from processed meals, condiments, snacks.   I’ve found the fresher my foods are, the less bogged down I feel at bedtime.  And the less tired I feel during the day.  I have an exceptionally busy month in May for my job and the extra energy I’m feeling from fresh foods is a needed bonus.  I’ve spent some time in the last year studying up on the skills and experience of a favorite Raw specialist, Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram of FullyRaw.com fame.  Even without noticing Kristina’s spectacular inner and outer beauty, anyone would hopefully acknowledge that she’s been extraordinarily successful in her young Raw life.  With such an example to us all, I admit I’ve been seduced by Kristina’s enthusiasm and love of all things fresh and edible.  She brings life to her meals with the rarest of talents, sincere joy in living.  You can read up on her decade of bringing raw food to the nation, including running the largest, non-profit organic food cooperative in the U. S. (sans salary BTW) by clicking her ‘About’ page HERE. Kristina is one of the very few publicly Vegan figures to speak to the fact that…

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Is it Vegan? – A Vegan Food Checker App

Is it Vegan? – A Vegan Food Checker App

A couple of decades ago, people would have to sift through actual hardback books to find out facts about food that are safe for vegans to eat. Thanks to the dawn of smartphones, however, searching for information about what’s acceptable for vegans to consume has never been easier. Smartphones are getting handier every day, with thousands of apps providing not only entertainment but also programs that can aid a certain lifestyle or diet.  It’s not at all surprising, really, as mobile is now the device of choice by the majority of internet users, (as asserted by the company that manages the gaming site Pocket Fruity) that Vegan foods have come to the ease of our palms. If you’ve always wanted to have a tool that can quickly and accurately assess the food labels that you scan at the grocery stores, here’s an app that you may want to try. Is it Vegan?   Sometimes, reading and understanding labels can be difficult, particularly for those of us with less than perfect eyesight.  After all, not everyone is a scientist who understands what xylitol, benzoate acid, or potassium benzoates are. With Is it Vegan? you’re be able to determine what these chemicals are made from…

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Crave Eat Heal by Annie Oliverio plus Butternut Squash Queso Mac & Cheeze

Crave Eat Heal by Annie Oliverio plus Butternut Squash Queso Mac & Cheeze

Food cravings usually come in categories, for me anyway.  I want salt or I want sweet, or both, spicy or warm. This new book, written and photographed by my old friend Annie, has something for everyone.  It manages magically and deliciously to keep two feet on the ‘healthy’ mat while using the freshest, most organic of ingredients.  Just don’t think about why it’s healthy, just make these recipes out of a uncontrollable desire to satisfy your own cravings.  Annie has done all the work to keep these cravings healthy, cruelty free and fun all in one book.  Pretty cool, huh? Whether it’s Carbs you’re craving, chocolate (duh!), icy cool stuff, creamy, crunchy, salty or just plain ole junk – this book has it all.  Big beautiful pictures with clean, easy to follow instructions.  It has recipes that everyone, everyone will love and enjoy while at the same time, help to keep their bodies strong and healthy.   My first reading of Crave Eat Heal I thought… ‘I could just make the things in this book alone for about a year and never get bored‘  Love it ♥  I had a chance to ask Annie about her book, life and the…

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Gluten-Free Spicy ‘Shroomin’ Eggplant Ravioli

Gluten-Free Spicy ‘Shroomin’ Eggplant Ravioli

  About 5 years ago now, when I started researching all about food allergies and inflammation, I quickly came across numerous articles on gluten-free diets that help reduce swelling, abdominal pains and so many other ailments so common today.  Now, 5 years later, I forget sometimes that not all my readers may know the details of gluten restrictive or free diets.  The recipe and information here is a little refresher for some, maybe new information for others on how the gluten in foods we eat can drastically affect how we feel after a meal.  The ravioli I made turned out so nicely, I’d love it whether gluten-free or not.  But the rice flour wrappers I used instead of a gluten pasta certainly adds to the healthy aspect of the dish.  I’ve always loved ravioli, particularly fried but have usually avoided it until now.  My gluten-free, simple mushroom and eggplant filling version has all the taste you remember from higher fat, processed carbohydrate ravioli but this one wont leave you feeling like you’re 7 or 8 months pregnant after with bloating, stomach pressure and pains.  Just a delicious plate full of yummy pasta-like Italian flavors.   If you suffer from gluten intolerance,…

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Peanut Butter and Strawberry Chia Jam Cookies with Sugar Free & Raw Options

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Chia Jam Cookies with Sugar Free & Raw Options

 What’s better than a chewy peanut butter cookie? Let’s see… Whether you choose a ‘Raw’ cookie …  Or Baked and Toasted….      These are a tasty, healthy way to get your sweet in without all the fat, sugars or gluten of most cookies. Have a great week everyone! Thinkin’ Jack had one too many cookies…………Shhhhhh !

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Chunky, Chocolatey Burdock Brownie Bread and Ice Cream

Chunky, Chocolatey Burdock Brownie Bread and Ice Cream

 Chocolate Cake.  Evil right?  Only for those special occasions when you don’t give a hoot about your waistline, nutrition or any number of other vices we constantly attempt to control.  Well, maybe not.  My quest continues today, attempting to add iron rich ingredients in any way that I can to my diet.   Re-enter my good friend from last week:   Burdock Root Flour.    I swear if you’ve ever seen this plant in the wild you’d never in your wildest dreams put it with my new friend, Chewy, Chocolatey Burdock Brownie Bread.   Read on:   If you do know a bit about the benefits of adding a little (or a lot) of Burdock into your life, you’re probably thinking Hot Tea, Dandelion & Burdock soda, potassium or folic acid even.  If you’re really up on your Burdock, it’s about blood purification, diuretics, skin conditions or throat and chest ailments.  Furthermore, it also contains a decent amount of good minerals like Iron, as I mentioned, manganese, magnesium; and small amounts of zinc, calcium, selenium and phosphorus.   All hidden in a chewy chocolatey slice of delicious sweet bread.   You say you can’t do chocolate without a scoop of…

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Oatmeal Burdock Buns

Oatmeal Burdock Buns

  Way, way back in 2010, prior to becoming Vegan, I stopped using dairy products in my diet.  This drastically improved my life and changed the way I look at foods and my health.  It changed what and how I ate and, along that path, I began looking at natural foods found in natural places, like the woods, fields, creek sides.  I went through about a 2 year phase of researching and tempting my fate at food foraging.  That’s a longer story that would take us places and down eating paths too numerous for this recipe today.  But needless to say, I made some pretty interesting food and plant options along that path.  One of these discoveries was Burdock Root. Burdock Root Flour What the heck is it?  Read on after a cat break…. First day for the twins, Jules and Jack, to experience the house with windows open….squirrel watching rules!!  The burdock is a plant found in the continents of Europe and Asia. It is easy to find and identify, as it generally grows along fences and roads. In Asia, the taproot of young burdock plant is harvested and eaten as a root vegetable. It has a gummy consistency…

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Simply Cheezy Asian Dumpling Soup

Simply Cheezy Asian Dumpling Soup

I discovered just how ‘creamy’ a non-dairy soup can be a few weeks back when I added some Nutritional Yeast and bit of left over Vegan Cream Cheese to an otherwise plain old lentil soup I made up from leftover for dinner. The Nutritional Yeast was just fabulously flavorful and the cream cheese just made everything that much more thick and delicious.  I’m thinking that you could use these 2 flavors in a whole lot of other soups and I definitely will be using it again and again.  I also added in some store-bought, leek dumplings which were just over the top along with the Asian base flavors of the broth.  A very rich and memorable supper I thought I’d pass along to you today ♥ Have a great weekend everyone.

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Southern Style Grits & “BOWLS” by Becky Striepe – Review and Giveaway!

Southern Style Grits & “BOWLS” by Becky Striepe – Review and Giveaway!

 Southern Style Grits from Becky Striepe’s book ‘BOWLS’     Becky Striepe, creator of the fabulously creative blog Glue & Glitter  has another book out.  YEA! Just a few days ago, Becky ‘Wow’ed us with her Cherry Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes recipe as April’s ‘Family Favorite Desserts-Veganized’ entry for April here on Canned.  She also graciously created a delicious smoothie recipe back in January of 2014 for my Breakfast In Bed Fest event. Now Becky introduces us to her latest project, a deliciously healthy and practical collection of recipes for busy Moms, health driven families, food lovers, okay….everyone needs a copy of Becky’s e-book BOWLS.     Today Becky is sharing with us a fantastic Southern Style Grits recipe and some thoughts with me about her life, the book, cute as a button son Darrol and life in a mixed, Vegan home in Georgia.     Me:  This book has such convenient ideas in it.  You’ve got your hands full with your website and a little one running around.  Do we owe your home life to your fabulous “BOWLS” meals? Becky: I definitely draw from my own life when I’m developing recipes, and BOWLS is aimed at folks who want to eat vegan…

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Cherry Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes – from Becky @Glue & Glitter.com – April’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry

Cherry Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes – from Becky @Glue & Glitter.com – April’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry

Last year, each month, I was happy to bring you 12 blogger recipes for fabulous breakfast ideas in my Breakfast In Bed Fest  In 2015, something new………. In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again.  This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized April’s entry comes from Glue and Glitter’s  very creative, Becky Striepe, author of the smoothie book: 40 Days of Green Smoothies and the newly released Bowls.   You can find Becky around the web at   Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google Plus. This recipe is a healthier spin on the marmalade-filled vegan cupcakes I made a few years ago. This recipe is also part of a cool event that NuNaturals is hosting along with Angela from the super amazing vegan food blog Canned Time. They sent me a ton of NuNaturals products to test, and the thing that intrigued me most wasn’t the stevia syrups. It was a humble bag of Oat Fiber. The directions say that you can use three tablespoons of Oat Fiber for every eight servings in a recipe. It cuts out some of the refined flour and adds fiber and nutrients. After making so much meringue, the idea of…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #7

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #7

 “Guilt Free Fruit and Nut Chocolate” from EatingWellDiary.com     What you need to do to join the party: Click on the link at the bottom of this post to enter the party. Enter the requested info: the link to the recipe you are contributing; name of the recipe; blog name; your name and email address; and select an image. Add a link back to the linky party within the text of your blog post that has the recipe in it (i.e., “I submitted this recipe to the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck.”) You can then submit more recipes if you wish. Share the linky party with your blogging friends via social media or through a post on your own blog.  Add the Virtual Vegan Linky Party button to your blog and 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. This includes honey. Entry per person, per Linky is unlimited. The MOST CLICKED from the last VVLP were: Beverages A Mad Men Cocktail Made Modern: The New Fangled from Glue & Glitter  …

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5 Ingredient: Dairy Free Avocado Chocolate Easter Eggs

5 Ingredient:  Dairy Free Avocado Chocolate Easter Eggs

   This dessert is so fun.  If you don’t make it as an Easter treat, be sure to just try out the chocolate pudding recipe.  It is fabulous.  We have it at least once a month and don’t feel one bit guilty about it either.   Avocado, cacao powder, maple syrup, almond milk and a pinch of salt. It’s perfect in every way. I first discovered the idea of avocado chocolate pudding from Gena @Choosing Raw.  I couldn’t believe just how creamy, luscious and similar it was to my memories of dairy filled, stove top back aching cooked puddings.  If you don’t tell anyone that the base is made from avocados, I think its safe to say…they’ll never know.      In this version, I’ve used the avocado shells themselves to make a dessert presentation for Easter.  The shells fit together after filling them with the prepared pudding and then freezing each half until it’s solid.  Then simply fit the two shells back together and secure them with ribbon for an Easter-Egg-Like presentation for your family.  The shells will thaw in about an hour for serving.  The ones shown here were frozen for over 2 weeks prior to the pics and…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge from Kristy @Keepin’ItKind.com – March’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge from Kristy @Keepin’ItKind.com – March’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry

So last year I was happy to bring you 12 blogger recipes for fabulous breakfast ideas in my Breakfast In Bed Fest Out with the old, in with the new………. In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again.  This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized March’s entry comes from Kristy Turner who has a brand  new book out, But I Could Never Go Vegan!.  Here’s Kristy’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge: My mom is not a cook. All childhood memories of watching my parent in the kitchen, making a meal, are of my father. There were a couple dishes my mom would make, maybe once or twice a year. She could make a good egg salad sandwich and sometimes she would make some cookies using a roll of Pillsbury cookie dough or bake some cupcakes using a boxed cake mix, but other than that, the kitchen was not a place I could often find my mother. Every year, however, around the holidays, my mother would make a batch of fudge. I never knew the recipe, but I know there was marshmallow fluff, loads of powdered sugar, and some form of chocolate. And…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #6

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #6

Ah ha!!  It’s time to look at some fabulousness from the past Linky Potlucks again:  There were so many of my favorites from this Potluck that made the top showing in their category.  I settled on a cheese from An Unrefined Vegan that I just must try as soon as possible.  It reminds me of pre-non-dairy days when I would load up an English Muffin with cream cheese and butter.  I love the simplicity of the recipe compared to so many Vegan cheeses.  They really are getting main stream lately and have such improvement in their methods…… there’s hope for us all I think.     Roasted Garlic & Fresh Herb Cream Cheese from “Crave, Eat, Heal” by Annie Oliverio       What you need to do to join the party: Click on the link at the bottom of this post to enter the party. Enter the requested info: the link to the recipe you are contributing; name of the recipe; blog name; your name and email address; and select an image. Add a link back to the linky party within the text of your blog post that has the recipe in it (i.e., “I submitted this recipe to the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck.”) You can then…

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Vegan Cinnamon Swirl Ice Cream

Vegan Cinnamon Swirl Ice Cream

 It’s been a cold winter.  Weeks of single digit temps in the North East and, well, we’re sick of it.  Yes, it will bring May flowers and bla, bla bla bla, bla….bring on spring! What better way to warm up a little from the inside than treating yourself to a gigantic bowl of creamy, spicy cinnamon-sugar swirled ice cream?   Last weekend’s 8″ snow was the 4th weekend in a row for frozen precipitation here in D. C.  Bob has shoveled our front walk and mercifully cleaned off my car more times than I can count since January.  The last thing I need at 4:30 leaving for work is having to clean off ice and snow from my car windows so we both do a lot of prepping when it snows or ices up.  This time we had barely gotten last week’s 10 inches pushed aside when here comes another 8.  Of course they’ve had it so much worse further north in New England.  But that doesn’t make us less grumpy here.  I love snow if I can sit by a warm fire, with lots to eat, a cat on my lap and no alarm waiting to go off the…

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Chopped Broccoli & Spinach Salad with Creamy Tahini Vinaigrette

Chopped Broccoli & Spinach Salad with Creamy Tahini Vinaigrette

 I had a good response last week with this salad on Instagram so I’m sharing a quick recipe for the dressing….which many of you have seen before since it’s a favorite.  And a new way to get more greens into your salads.  Some of you may have a Trader Joe’s store near by and are already familiar with packages of pre-chopped brussels sprouts.  They’re a bit pricey and I haven’t seen them organically grown either.  I made my own in two minutes.  For this salad, I used a head of organic Broccoli to boost my greens.  They are chopped just the same as the brussels and are so tasty mixed in with spinach or baby kale and a great dressing.  Simply pulse two or three cups of cut broccoli or halved brussels sprouts in a food processor and there you go…  Wonderfully simple and easy to eat ‘raw’ greens added to your salads.            Bob and I are big salad eaters and always have a balancing game going on in our fridge to use up the salad greens before they wilt or get mushy.  These chopped sturdier veggies last twice as long and really hold on…

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Maple Candied Oat Pecan Crumble with Maple Cinnamon Baked Pears with fresh tangy Currants

Maple Candied Oat Pecan Crumble with Maple Cinnamon Baked Pears with fresh tangy Currants

   A few months back now, I received a very special package from a good friend in Oklahoma.  Fresh Oklahoma pecans.  My favorite nut.  A few weeks later….another package.  And this one had a lovely jug of Ohio made, maple syrup, from that same good friend.  Most people know her by just Annie.  I thanked her for such a thoughtful gift to me, and my stomach!  Particularly when she has been up to her eyeballs in new projects, not the least of which is a new cookbook now available for pre-order.  I had to make these precious gifts into the most special dessert ever.  I think I did it too. Maple Candied Oat Pecan Crumble with Maple Cinnamon Baked Pears with fresh tangy Currants  I’ve never seen fresh currants in the grocery before that I know of.  When I saw them at Whole Foods, I knew they’d be a perfect complement to the maple flavors in this dish.  I hesitated to add them to the recipe because they would be hard to find.  Cranberry might be a substitute, unsweetened.  Or cherries?  Something with a little tang.  The currants were definitely a hit and I’ve used them as salad toppings as well.…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck

A few years ago, I lost my American Eskimo Spitz, Sophie.  She’d been my work, play and walk companion for 12 years.  In fact, pretty much most places that I went each day, Sophie was with me.  She is missed to say the least.  Now we have a cat house pretty much, as you well know from previous posts, which is great.   But I so miss my Sophie. When I saw Kathy Hester’s Dog treat recipe last week I couldn’t help but want to make some for my own pup but the least I can do is highlight the recipe for you all again.  Be sure to check out Kathy’s post and share it with all who might be in need of a fabulous idea for doggy treats!  Thanks Kathy ♥ Healthy Slow Cooking’s “Make Your Own Banana Flax Vegan Dog Biscuits” What you need to do to join the party: Click on the link at the bottom of this post to enter the party. Enter the requested info: the link to the recipe you are contributing; name of the recipe; blog name; your name and email address; and select an image. Add a link back to the linky party within the…

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Creamy Vegan Avocado Cucumber Soup

Creamy Vegan Avocado Cucumber Soup

 Mmmmmmm.  Soups on!  Another icy, cold Winter day here in the North East but you can warm you soul with this creamy, flavorful cucumber soup.  The ‘creamy’ comes from rich, nutritious avocados, blended together with sautéed fresh vegetables, a pinch of dill and lots of black pepper to bring out the flavors.  I had peppers and celery to use up so that’s what went into this version but any root vegetable or winter squash, corn, carrots, even beans would compliment the avocado and cucumber base.    I love this soup with a crisp cracker or spicy crouton.   It has a fancy presentation but is just as welcoming for a weeknight family dinner.  Blend your cucs more for a smooth consistency or leave some small chunks as I did for texture.  Either way, this soup is hearty enough to be your main dish or use it aside a big fresh salad with lots of hot crusty bread.    

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Vanilla Almond Macaroon Nests with Chocolate Eggs from Julie @JuliesLifestyle.com – February’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry

Vanilla Almond Macaroon Nests with Chocolate Eggs from Julie @JuliesLifestyle.com – February’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry

So last year I was happy to bring you 12 blogger recipes for fabulous breakfast ideas in my Breakfast In Bed Fest Out with the old, in with the new………. In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again.  This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized February’s entry comes from a wonderfully talented Raw foods blogger across the way in Belgium.  Julie – from Julie’sLifestyle.com I’m sure this recipe would please again and again………….here’s Julie!   Hi there, Canned Time readers! I am Julie from Julie’s Lifestyle , a Belgian raw food chef trained at the Living Light Culinary Institute in California. Raw food helped me to conquer chronic fatigue and regain my energy – and now I would love to share my favorite raw vegan recipes and healthy lifestyle tips with you. Thanks again Angela for inviting me to take part in this fun contest!   When Angela asked me to participate in the NuNaturals Family Favorite Desserts Veganized Contest I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been experimenting with Stevia for several years and I’ve come to really love it, especially because it allows you to create super sweet desserts without having…

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Ricki Heller’s ‘Living Candida-Free’ and Grain-Free Apple Berry Crumble

Ricki Heller’s ‘Living Candida-Free’ and Grain-Free Apple Berry Crumble

 I didn’t know a whole lot about Candida until I read Ricki Heller’s book ‘Living Candida-Free’ but what little I did know, I think I learned from Ricki’s blog or recipes.  She’s an expert on helping your body keep candida free with the most delicious of foods, health habits and cooking techniques to prevent and / or rid you body of unhealthy yeast.  Her new book is available on Amazon and gives a full plan for dealing with and controlling candida.  Ricki was generous enough to share one of the delicious desserts from her book today, ‘Grain-Free Apple Berry Crumble’       She is also offering one of my readers a chance to win a copy of her book for themselves.   Ricki has a wonderful journey to tell about her long road down the Vegetarian, Vegan and Anti-Candida diet trails.  She give us an extensive diet plan for identifying Candida, eliminating it from your body by ‘rebalancing’ your body sour cream and onion kale chips, spreads – chocolate bean butter, sweets of course and then how to maintain ‘candida-free’ “Candida yeast is a normal part of a healthy digestive tract.  But once the body’s internal balance of ‘good’ bacteria and…

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