Don’t Forget Your Greens!!

Don’t Forget Your Greens!!

  With all of the sweet stuff around this time of year…… don’t forget to grow some greens!!   I’ve been messing around with growing sprouts and microgreens for years.   They are fun to watch grow.   Grow up in just days.   They’re especially easy and inexpensive.   And they just do a body good.   Add them to salads, on top of soups, in wraps, or do like I’ve been doing this Holiday season:   Juicing them!             Seems kind of sad when I stuff my juicer full of these little beauties but it’s the fastest way to keep up with fresh veggies all day long.     Juice up some sprouts and mix with a little fresh fruit juice and you’ve made a healthy and delicious drink to sip each morning instead of the usual sweet stimulant.         If you’ve never tried to grow sprouts yourself, you’ve probably avoided using them with any regularity.  They are particularly pricey in stores due to the problem of keeping them fresh for sale. Grow your own in just a few days, with just a little effort and you can splurge on as many…

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Oil Free Holiday Options – Green Bean Quinoa Celery Salad

Oil Free Holiday Options – Green Bean Quinoa Celery Salad

No need to bloat and ache after your Holiday meals these days.       I’m hoping that each of you can enjoy a few days off for your family celebrations this Season.  After years of working full blast through the holiday season, I relish the time off that I enjoy these days.  I still usually wake up before dawn on Black Friday.  These days, it’s to enjoy a peaceful walk through the woods or a Wintery field instead of lining up and/or fighting crowds.  I hope to help out with a healthier Holiday meal that is so quick and easy on Canned Time by sharing my favorite, fat-free, Vegan menu ideas in the next few weeks. First off, I’m sharing a spectacularly healthy side salad, bright enough for anyone’s Holiday table setting.  Serve this delicious hearty salad to your carnivore friends and family and they will absolutely NOT know it’s packed with nutrition.  I added in some dried cranberries to balance out the light, oil-free dressing that holds it all together.  The crispy beans and celery balance out the savory side of the pecans and quinoa.  I love this salad any time of year.  It travels well and tastes better…

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Creepy Bats and Cats Chocolate Graham Crackers

Creepy Bats and Cats Chocolate Graham Crackers

Still looking for last-minute Halloween ideas for Monday?  Kathy Hester has it ALL in her newest eCookBook. The Ghoulish Gourmet: A Bewitching Collection of Vegan Halloween Recipes. I do mean everything.  Kathy has thrown an elaborate Halloween party each year for over a decade and now you can kinda share in all the fun with her recipes and ideas captured in her new book.  Everything you’ll need for your own bash including decorating ideas and of course lots of spooky ideas from Kathy’s kitchen:  25 VEGAN Halloween themed recipes in one place.  Plus you can download her e-book instantly for last-minute ways to freak out and stuff your family and friends.   Find details on downloading your own copy of her book ‘The Ghoulish Gourmet’  HERE.   Then check out a sampling of her goodies below with Kathy’s beautiful pics and a sneak peek recipe for   Bats and Cats Chocolate Graham Crackers Be sure to check out other news on Kathy’s e-book out this around the web with the links below and then hop on over to Amazon on download a copy for yourself. Vegan Pecan Pumpkin Shake @OhMyVeggies.com Forbidden Rice Chocolate Mousse @GoDairyFree.com Swamp Monster Slow Cooker Jackfruit Gumbo…

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Salted Mexican Dark Chocolate Power Balls

Salted Mexican Dark Chocolate Power Balls

    The secret to keeping lost weight off?  Having plenty of delicious snacks around to get you through the mid-morning / afternoon cravings. I made up a big batch of these flavorful balls and keep them handy in the freezer now. The spice is nice.  The salt makes the sweet chocolate pop in your mouth. So many versions of this kind of snack out there. This is just my latest. Make some up and make them your own favorites. Your mouth will never know how good they are for your heart as well as your soul….          Hoping you have a wonderful weekend folks. I’m off to chilly Atlantic City, NJ with fingers crossed we don’t get too much of  Hurricane Matthew at the beach 🙁  I’ll have a bag (or two) of these yummy balls with me to snack on.  If you do whip up a batch of these little beauties, be sure to let me know how you liked them, changed them, put them to good use.      Time for me to make another bag full for work!  ♥  

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Oil Free Chipotle Chickpea Snackers

Oil Free Chipotle Chickpea Snackers

Going almost ‘Oil-Free’ is one of the best dietary changes I’ve made in my life, next to becoming Vegan of course.   In the past year, I’ve sworn off all buttery favorites and switched them out for a healthier, more flavorful version to satisfy my taste buds without packing on the pounds.  It’s not an easy switch to make.  I’ve ruined many attempts at re-vamping old favorites.  Like this Chickpea snack that used to bake up pretty quickly.  The Chickpeas were ultra good for me.  The greasy calorie filled coating I used to stir in to make them quick and easy to make?  Not so good. Imagine spending 20 to 30 minutes cleaning, chopping, mixing up healthy salad veggies for a kinder, super nutrient based meal.  Then image pouring 3 – 400 calories of artery clogging, hip enlarging olive oil all over your nice clean bowl of greens.     One innocent, miserable tablespoon of oil packs a whopping 120 calories of nothing but waste to your bloodstream.   Do we need a little fat in our lives?  Of course.  That’s why many greens and beans come with a modest natural fat % to get us what’s needed for our bodies.…

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“Peanutty Pad Thai Zoodles” from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen – September’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry!

“Peanutty Pad Thai Zoodles” from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen – September’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry!

  Woohoo! It’s another yummy entry in my Nut Butter Bash this year!! This month we have the pleasure of trying out a fabulously nutty, good-for-ya idea from the returning Dianne of Dianne’sVeganKitchen.com ♥ Dianne wowed us last year with a spectacular chocolate pie recipe in my event…read on for her dreamy- savory nut butter idea for this year:     Last year, Angela from Canned Time asked me to participate in her Veganized Family Favorites Dessertsseries. I created a Chocolate Cream Pie, and strangely, I won favorite dessert out of the 12 recipes that were in the series! When Angela asked if I wanted to participate in another series this year, this time creating a recipe usingnut butter, I jumped at the opportunity. I love cooking with nut butters, especially peanut butter, and I love Canned Time, so how could I say no? Spicy peanut sauce is my favorite way to cook with nut butter, so this Peanutty Pad Thai Zoodle recipe isn’t really a stretch for me. Canned Time’s Nut Butter Blast series was the perfect excuse for me to come up with a new recipe that uses it, though. Making zucchini noodles – or zoodles – is a fun way…

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Spectacularly Evil – ‘Cookie Butter Cupcakes’

Spectacularly Evil  – ‘Cookie Butter Cupcakes’

  “Spectacularly Evil”  I say that only because for the last year and a half, I’ve lived a mostly ‘fat-free’ lifestyle which has allowed me to turn my less-than-healthy vegan diet around and shed all the weight I’d gained in my efforts to go ‘cruelty-free’ 4 years ago.  One hidden food jar, waaaaay back in the bottom caverns of my freezer I have a hidden jar of Trader Joe’s ‘Cookie Butter’ though.  Kind of like ‘Break Glass in case of Emergency’ Although I’m keeping it for some kind of natural disaster as my last bit of happiness before the world perishes, just knowing that I’ll die with a big spoonful of creamy, caramel cookie dough leaves me at peace with my demise.  Cookie Dough, or Speculoos for those outside of a Trader Joe’s realm, is more than just a snack.  It’s in my top 3 loved foods of all time.  Even just a spoonful is too much for me to indulge in these days, only because I could never stop at 1 heaping scoop of this stuff.  I would more likely end up in a corner, smiling like an idiot in a sugar coma if I ever did give into it’s…

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Downhome Sweet Chili Cornbread

Downhome Sweet Chili Cornbread

Seems like a century ago now, but I spent four long years of my life studying and taking in the quirks and traditions of South Eastern, North Carolina.   My college years were filled with turmoil, stress, unforgettable fun, and most memorably, a constant lack of finances. My Dad, who graciously paid my tuition despite my having had no real direction or ambition to make my schooling matter, was raised off the coast of Eastern North Carolina.  I was well aware of how different and secluded things were in the Eastern part of the state having visited scores of relatives each summer, trying to understand their unique dialect and always leaving to go back to D. C. a few pounds heavier than when I’d arrived it seemed.  My Grandparents would always serve us all my Dad’s favorites each visit and then there was the finally each trip;  I’d gorge on Dr. Pepper, hushpuppies and cornbread at “The Sanitary Fish Market” in Morehead City till I’d pop!  Back to school days, I lived off campus in a rather small, 4 room house, sans refrigerator, sans stove…. I got a hot plate at some point.  And cooked up a mean iron skillet full…

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Poppy’s ‘Cheesy Corn Sauce’ from BunnyKitchen.com – July’s ‘Nut Butter Blast’ entry

Poppy’s ‘Cheesy Corn Sauce’ from BunnyKitchen.com – July’s ‘Nut Butter Blast’ entry

My sweet, newly married friend Poppy is sharing her delectable ‘Cheesy Corn Sauce’ with you today as part of my 2016 Nut Butter Bash! Dear Poppy has been a friend to Canned Time for a good while now and I’m so happy that she could be with us again for this year’s event. Such a delicious dish she’s sharing! Let’s get to it… Following on from last year’s annual blogger event on Canned Time, I am thrilled to be joining again in this year’s Nut Butter Bash extravaganza. There are few things quite as crave-worthy to me than creamy and crunchy peanut butter and jam sandwiches. I grew up with them and thank my mother for making them such a norm in our household while so many of my peers looked on in horror as I munched my way through a very American PB&J that they thought was utterly gross. Fast forward twenty years and PB&J sandwiches are one of my ultimate comfort foods. Though, now I’m not a an energy ball 5 year old or a growing teen, I can’t get away with eating them in my lunchbox every day unless I want to by a new size up…

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Chocolate Bailey’s No Bake Vegan Cheesecake

Chocolate Bailey’s No Bake Vegan Cheesecake

  Back in March of this year I posted a giveaway and recipe for a Devilishly Healthy Cocoa Blueberry Cake.  I asked each Giveaway entry reader to tell me about their own favorite dessert and promised to share my version of one of those recipes in a future posting.   Well, good things come to those who wait.  Jennifer Huva’s Bailey’s Cream Cheesecake tradition at St. Patrick’s Day sounded too good to be true.  But, here it is, ‘Veganized’, for each of you to try out as soon as possible.   It’s spectacular and much thanks to Jennifer who had to make up the cake to be able to write down the recipe to send out to me ♥ I reconstructed the tastes and textures of her recipe to make up one heck of a yummy, memorable cheesecake …and I’ve had plenty since going Vegan.  This one is definitely a new favorite.  To keep my waistline in tact as it is quite rich, I cut up the cake and froze each well wrapped slice.  Each week, I knew there was some little piece of heaven waiting for me to savor and share with my husband.   The Oreo cookie crust…

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Kathleen Henry’s ‘Pure & Beautiful Vegan Cooking’ – Review and Giveaway

Kathleen Henry’s ‘Pure & Beautiful Vegan Cooking’ – Review and Giveaway

  A few years ago, my husband and I fulfilled a lifetime goal of spending time in Alaska.  It was expensive.  We’d put a bit here and there away for years for this adventure and luckily it was worth every penny we’d saved up.  Knowing that the trip was earned and paid for made it even more relaxing for us.  Someday, I’ll get around to posting more about the different sites and activities we enjoyed.  Today, I’m bringing to you a lovely new book by Kathleen Henry who happens to live in Alaska!  Lucky girl. Kathleen knows all the beauty and peacefulness of her state and she’s translated that natural, plant-based life into a wonderful array of tasty dishes and desserts for us.  She’s giving a copy of her new book, “Pure & Beautiful Vegan Cooking” to one of my readers so be sure to get in on that chance at the end here! Alaska was literally like looking at a different planet for a week of our lives.  Stunning.  Nature at her finest.  When I flipped through Kathleen’s new book, so full of hearty, nourishing, inspiring ingredients, I was taken back to our week in Alaska and all my amazement and environmental…

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88 Handbags – Vegan Bags with a conscience and style!

88 Handbags – Vegan Bags with a conscience and style!

What’s with the whole ’88’ thing you say?   88 is a vegan brand and no animal products are used. The founder of 88 is a life-long vegetarian and believes that the environment would benefit from the reduction of factory farming.   “Various vegan leathers are used in production. The scientific names are PU (polyurethane) and PVC (polyvinylchloride) PU is better for the environment and so although more expensive 88 only uses PU in our bags.” “All of our suppliers are certified compliant for human rights and good working conditions. We are proud of our relationships with our suppliers, most of whom we have worked with for years and whom we consider part of the 88 family.” 88 Handbags is a collection of bags that are on trend, that look great, and that just work. Their new summer collection is filled with bright colors and unique styles. Their goal was to create a collection of bags that enhance their customer’s life by helping them look good while working hard to carry all the things they need. Their bags are designed to help express individual style, and most importantly, to be useful during the daily adventures of life. It is obvious…

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April’s “Smoky Cashew Butter Sauce” from The Balanced Vegan – May’s Nut Butter Blast entry

April’s “Smoky Cashew Butter Sauce” from The Balanced Vegan – May’s Nut Butter Blast entry

April is the creator of the fabulously healthy blog – The Balanced Vegan!  She lives life to its fullest and eats the best of healthy foods that England has to offer.  Be sure to hop over and check out her full site after you devour her delicious Smoky Cashew Butter Sauce:   When Angela asked me to join her ‘Nut Butter Bash’, I immediately thought of doing a dessert, nut butters lend themselves so well to sweet treats. But they’re also really excellent to use in savoury recipes that require a creamy smooth texture. I am so pleased with the result, a versatile recipe you can use in so many ways. I have served this with Baked Sweet Potato and a simple tofu scramble, but I also intend to use it for salads like I do with a tahini based sauce, or simply with baked potato fries but with a thicker consistency.    This sauce can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator, you’ll need to add more milk to it just before use as it turns quite solid and firm after refrigeration.     Quantity of sauce using this recipe varies depending on liquid added, which again depends on desired consistency and proposed use,…

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Mom’s Homemade Red Hot Applesauce with Annie’s Whole Wheat Lemon-Date Rolls

Mom’s Homemade Red Hot Applesauce with Annie’s Whole Wheat Lemon-Date Rolls

Some food memories we have relate directly back to one person.  Mom’s warm, chunky homemade applesauce is one of those foods for me.  Something I know my Mom also loved but rarely got to enjoy, is now a favorite in my own home.  I can remember times in the kitchen as a young girl, peeling apples, eating peels till I was stuffed, and that smell of apples and cinnamon cooking up on the stove.  My mom’s simple little secret for a spiced, warm applesauce? She throws in a handful of Red Hot cinnamon candies at the very end.  Maybe we had a few candies on the side as well…..thanks Mom ♥ And what goes perfectly with hot, creamy, sweet applesauce?  Hot freshly baked breads of course! My friend Annie,  who was my original inspiration to go full Vegan 4 years back now, has always had a way with bread. Pancakes, Waffles, Loaves, anything earthy, hearty and warm.  She shared her recipe for a scrumptiously healthy Whole Wheat Lemon-Date Loaf a few months back was crying out to me and my Mom’s sweet, warm apple sauce.  I’ve always fallen weak-in-the-knees for hearty, crusty breads and biscuits and Annie’s lightly sweet, lightly lemony loaf…

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Enlightened Nutrition -My Meal Replacement Week with “Illumin8” from Sunwarrior

Enlightened Nutrition -My Meal Replacement Week with “Illumin8” from Sunwarrior

I’m sooooo excited to share this past week’s diet log with you all today.  With a lot of help from Sunwarrior’s new meal replacement line, Illumin8, I’ve met and surpassed my weight loss goal and two weeks early to boot!  Today I’m sharing how this line of protein powders can help build your health while still trimming your waist.  Of course, it can also be just a healthy addition to a busy day.  I made so many different drinks and snacks with this stuff in the last week!  Some of these will be staples in my diet from now on.  I tested the Mocha and Vanilla Bean flavors for one week and documented my daily calories and final weight loss.  It was just one week but since I was just 1.5 away from my weight goal I’d set back in April, 2015, my Sunwarrior challenge was perfect timing for me to knock out those last couple pounds by May 1st.  Here’s how things went for me this week: On Friday, I had a short work day but still started out before 5 AM so I kept my first Sunwarrior meal replacement meal as simple as 1 scoop of Mocha Illumin8…

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Lemon Lavender Sugar Scrub

Lemon Lavender Sugar Scrub

Since last Friday, I’ve been testing a new line of protein powders from Sunwarrior and it’s really been a great experience to concentrate so diligently on everything that I put in my mouth each day.  I guess it’s put me into a self-centered spot and today I’m sharing another find for taking good care of yourself.  My detailed record of the meal replacement adventures will come next week but for now….some simple skin care to  make up at home for pennies.                

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Annie’s Almond Butter Chocolate Oat & Seed Squares from An Unrefined Vegan – April’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry

Annie’s Almond Butter Chocolate Oat & Seed Squares from An Unrefined Vegan – April’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry

April’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry comes from my long time Virtual buddy Annie; Creator of An Unrefined Vegan. She never fails to disappoint after 3 years of my monthly blogger entries.  These squares are no exception.   Check ’em out: When Angela invited me to participate in her annual blogger/foodie event (this year’s is called Nut Butter Bash), I hesitated. For about 30 seconds. This gave me an opportunity to just go (with my sincere apologies) a little nuts with ingredients that were verboten in our household. The recipe below is just about everything we no longer eat. And it is one decadent, devilishly delicious dessert. Coconut oil, chocolate chips, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and of course – the star of the show: almond butter. Creamy, luscious, rich, chocolatey. I ate one purely for testing purposes, you understand, and then quickly wrapped them up and gave them to a neighbor. I couldn’t be trusted with the whole batch. The (bitter) irony is not lost on me. The woman who devoted a whole month to peanut butter-themed recipesis no longer eating nut butters of any kind. It is not an allergy that stopped me in my nutty tracks, but the health and well-being of my…

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Power Packed Creamy Black-eyed Pea Corn Chowder

Power Packed Creamy Black-eyed Pea Corn Chowder

I’ve had a bag of dried black-eyed peas on a shelf in my food pantry for over 5 years; leftovers from a bag that I used one New Years way back when…well, it’s finally gone.  And what a delicious bag of beans it turned out to finally be! Serve this hearty soup up with some simple crunchy crackers like these flax and some raw veggies for a deliciously easy, heart-healthy meal.  The soup is packed with so many good things it’s a meal on its own for me.  A bit of cheezy background from the Nutritional Yeast takes the flavors up a notch to ‘guest friendly’ status.  It looks fancy but tastes like Grandma’s home cooking.    A half a cup of black-eyed peas has about 140 fat-free calories. Since the ‘creamy’ texture of this soup comes mainly from pureeing the beans after cooking them down, you get twice as much goodness from the base of the soup.  Black-eyed peas are especially high in potassium, iron and vitamin C. Just 1 cup of this soup will get you  13 grams of protein along with 11 grams of dietary fiber.  Again, creaming the beans to create the soup’s consistency is soooo…

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“Protein Ninja” by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies

“Protein Ninja” by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies

Last year, I had the pleasure of reviewing Terry Hope Romero’s “Salad Samurai” which was simply,  deliciously, outstanding! No one’s ever done so much with salads, slaws and sides in one book to strike at my personal veggie cravings as Terry did.  So when they sent out a copy of her newest vegan book, “Protein Ninja”, I was confident I’d be more than happy with the her ‘protein packed’ recipes and tips.  I made my first recipe from the book the very first day the book arrived and I’ve been experimenting and delighting in the results from her book for weeks now. Thanks to Da Capo Lifelong Publishing, you’ll be able to enter to win a copy of Terry’s new book at the end of my review here.   First a quick look at some of the many recipes I’ve whipped up from Terry’s new book already: “Protein Ninja” starts out aptly, guiding readers to easy, economical sources of protein in a plant based diet.  What to keep in your panty.  Best techniques for storing protein packed foods.  On the go foods.   After the Ninja basics, she gets into some hard core creative ways to boost your protein intake without…

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5 Ingredient Crock Pot Cozy Cranberry Apple Granola Crumble

5 Ingredient Crock Pot Cozy Cranberry Apple Granola Crumble

Really wanted to share this before the Easter Holiday weekend but my work got away from me and I didn’t have time.     It’s a wonderfully easy way to make something special without any effort other than layering ingredients in a crock pot and then waking up to the smell of cinnamon and  tasty apple crumble.       A busy morning brunch, family visiting?  This one pot breakfast or dessert makes everyone’s stomach growl without weighing you down or packing on the pounds.  I used raw cranberries in this version and was surprised at how sweet they became after cooking in with the apples and granola.  They are perfectly sour but not so much that you’ll squint with the tartness.   Add in your own fresh fruit to change-up the flavors like blackberries, currents, raisins, dried pineapple?     The possibilities are endless ♥     I’m off from work for a few days and plan on doing a few upgrades to the blog…  wish me luck with the tech ;( If you’re not signed up to receive my posts directly to your email, please sign up below.  I have some great giveaway posts coming up and I’d…

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Sarah’s ‘Chocolate Crunch Granola’ from FriedDandelions.com – March’s 2016 Nut Butter Blast entry!

Sarah’s ‘Chocolate Crunch Granola’ from FriedDandelions.com – March’s 2016 Nut Butter Blast entry!

  So many of you already know Sarah from Fried Dandelions.com but today she’s posting here on Canned Time as the March entry for my 2016 Nut Butter Bash.   This Chocolate Granola makes my heart sing. Check it out: Chocolate Crunch Granola I’m so excited to be participating in Angela’s Nut and Seed Butter Bash! Each year she hosts a series of guest posts over on her blog Canned Time about a given topic/ingredient/subject, and this year the theme is recipes that use nut or seed butters. I chose to use tahini—one of my regular go to “butters” now that we are nut free. To see more of this year’s Nut and Seed Butter Bash click HERE (this list will be updated all year long!) I love cereal.  I just really love it.  Especially sweet cereal.  As a kid I lived for the weekends when my parents would surprise us with a pack of the mini boxes of cereals, and always fought (successfully—oldest kid here) for the Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Frosted Flakes, or Apple Jacks.  I’m pretty sure we always left the Raisin Bran for my mom and dad. Then for a year in my early 20s I…

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Devilishly Healthy Cocoa Blueberry Cake + Some Fun Free Stuff

Devilishly Healthy Cocoa Blueberry Cake + Some Fun Free Stuff

I can tell you without hesitation that this cake is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten…so there’s that…. It’s safe to say that after nearly a half decade of using products made by NuNaturals brand that I not only trust their quality, but I rely on them for my kitchen.  I am truly addicted to their Vanilla Liquid Stevia.  I have been since I won a few bottles way back when in a Giveaway.  I remember being blown away at the difference in NuNaturals and other brands of stevia I’d tried.  A good difference.  And if you’ve spent any time here at Canned Time, you’ll recognize not only the brand name in so many of my recipes but you know the wonderful variety of new products that they keep developing to help out with a low sugar, low-calorie diet plan.  If you’re new to NuNaturals products, here’s a quick list of what they offer to help keep us healthier and dessert driven: Alcohol Free Stevia, Vanilla Stevia, Clear Stevia CalmMind, Daily Energy, Daily Soy, Extra Energy, JointWell, LevelRight, Mental Energy Formula, NuStevia NoCarbs Blend, Sweet Health, Sweet-X, Throat Control Spray, NuStevia White Stevia, MoreFiber Stevia Baking Blend, PreSweet, NuGrain…

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Black-eyed Pea Habanero Mango Salsa + Our Family Favorites Winner!

Black-eyed Pea Habanero Mango Salsa + Our Family Favorites Winner!

How much spicy Mexican food can one Welsh-Irish, D. C. girl eat in a week?  Lots. My Mom is from Arizona.  Growing up, she always made us a gigantic Mexican flavored meal a couple of times a year that was just to die for.  Literally…. Greasy tamales.  Fried tortillas that dripped with fat as you picked up a pile.  Cheese drenched enchiladas. You get the picture.  Wonderful flavors.  Not so wonderful for your body.  And as I got out on my own, I surely did learn quickly how to mix up a big pan full of taco meat, drenched in grease, fried chips and of course, lots of cheese. Ahhh, those were the carefree days of not giving  a s___ about my body, my health or my World.   I’ve changed. And this lovely bowl of spicy salsa is what I crave these days.  No guilt.  No grease.  But it still packs on the heat folks! Pile it on top of a guacamole taco.  Use it as a side or on top of salads.  Or just scoop it with your favorite chip or vegetables. I only used 1 Habanero pepper in this batch.  The heat was minimal by our standards…

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Spiral Spring’s Spirulina Maxima Powder & Delectable Choco-Spring Cranberry Bites

Spiral Spring’s Spirulina Maxima Powder & Delectable Choco-Spring Cranberry Bites

Why all the hype about Spirulina? Here’s a refresher for you: A cyanobacterium (blue-green algae) consumed for thousands of years for its nutritional properties One of the most potent nutrient sources available Benefits include: Strengthens immune system, improves eye health, improves digestive system, lowers cholesterol, and helps detox the body Spiral Spring’s Maxima Powders and Tablets are Gluten-Free, Certified Kosher, USDA Organic, non-GMO. As far as green powders go, and I’m getting to be an expert at their quality and values these days, Spiral Springs is the best I’ve had the opportunity to try yet.  I wish I could send each of you a sample to try this stuff out.   It’s powerful stuff, maybe the healthiest thing you could do for your health. SPIRULINA HAS NO CHOLESTEROL CALCIUM 1.26 times more calcium than cheese.4.15 times more calcium than soy. 8.4 times more calcium than fresh milk. IRON 22 times more iron than beef liver. 32 times more iron than black beans. 34 times more iron than spinach. 83 times more iron than beef. BETA-CAROTENE 1.6 times more beta-carotene than beef liver. 15.2 times more beta-carotene than peaches. 21 times more beta-carotene than carrots. 76 times more beta-carotene than cheese.…

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Sweet Corn Chowder from Emily Von Euw’s “The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook”

Sweet Corn Chowder from Emily Von Euw’s “The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook”

There’s a new book out from Author, Blogger Emily Von Euw that I’ve been delving into this month.  It’s called aptly: The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook Some thoughts on her book and then, a chance to win a copy for yourself! My husband and I have some kind of an Asian inspired meal at least once a week it seems;  Sometimes twice even. Emily’s new book is perfect for Asian food lovers specifically in my mind.  It celebrates the beauty of fresh food, namely vegetables and that’s just how I feel about home cooked, easy Asian dishes.  You always have a great deal of whole food ingredients with Asian and that makes me feel like even if the dish is cooked some, it’s not too far from the vine.  Whether it’s a special Sushi, spiced up Bok Choy, Daikon Salad (my new fav.) or simply a 1 or 2 ingredient meal that dressed up with spices, Emily knows fresh food.   Starting her blogging days with an almost exclusively Raw diet, this new book blends two lifestyles together to appreciate both cold and warmed meals to bring out the best in fresh ingredients.  Many of the recipes are similar to things…

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Starr’s “Cashew Butter Ice Cream with Raspberry Ginger Coulis” from The Misfit Baker – Nut Butter Blast entry #2

Starr’s “Cashew Butter Ice Cream with Raspberry Ginger Coulis” from The Misfit Baker – Nut Butter Blast entry #2

This year, I’ll be featuring a different blogger each month with their favorite nut butter or seed butter recipe and could be sweet or savory.  From the lovely Starr over at The Misfit Baker today, I’m happy to share her creamy, rich vegan ice cream.  Just perfect for a Valentine’s Day dessert folks!  Check it out: ♥ Reading through the contributions to last year’s Canned Time event, “Favorite Family Desserts – Veganized“, I was blown away by the amazing array of treats featured, from cookies to cakes to pies, all crafted by some very talented food bloggers. So obviously I jumped at the chance, when Angela invited me to participate this year! For 2016, she chose the theme “Nut Butter Bash”… Doesn’t that sound fun?!… So all the recipes have to use some kind of nut or seed butter. Seemed easy enough at first, but since my recipe was going to be a February post, I decided that it should also have a Valentine’s Day sub theme. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that nut butters just aren’t very romantic or sexy. Sometimes inspiration can come from an unexpected source. In this case, it was an ice cream machine. You see, I got one…

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“2015 Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized” Final Vote!

“2015 Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized” Final Vote!

Each month in 2015,  I had the honor of sharing some super fantastically healthy recipes from some favorite blogger friends! Well now it’s time to vote for your favorite recipe(s) from the group:   Let’s Review!   Cara’s “V-Day Raw Pops from ForkandBeans.com                                 Julie’s Vanilla Almond Macaroon Nests with Chocolate Eggs from JuliesLifestyle.com                       Kristy’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge from KeepinItKind.com                                 Becky’s Cherry Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes from GlueAndGlitter.com                                 Kathy’s Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake from HealthySlowCooking.com                 Poppy’s Cherry Almond ‘Bakewell’ Cheesecake from BunnyKitchen.com                   Brandi’s Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding from TheVegan8.com                                 Annie’s Apricot Tartlettes from AnUnrefinedVegan.com                        …

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Super Simple Super Bowl Cucumber Avocado Jalapeño Gazpacho from ‘FullyRaw.com’

Super Simple Super Bowl Cucumber Avocado Jalapeño Gazpacho from ‘FullyRaw.com’

5 minutes …tops, to mix up this fresh, healthy, spicy dip from Kristina @FullyRaw.com for your Super Bowl Party. Everything gets dropped into a blender or food processor so there’s no dicing or shredding…just chop, chop, chop, eat! Check it out!   I’ve been a huge fan of Kristina’s for years now.  Her life is an inspiration to all those who care about their bodies.  Who care about animals.  Who care about the earth.  She gets my juices for healthy living flowing each and every time I see one of her fabulous videos or scroll through her fabulously healthy and delicious recipes.  I’m sharing today her latest in a long list of my favorites. Whether you’re a football fan or not be sure to click HERE to check out Kristina’s Super Bowl Party Snacks today! Thanks Kristina for all the hope and inspiration you share.  

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A Dandy Little Chocolate Marshmallow Valentine’s Day Pie

A Dandy Little Chocolate Marshmallow Valentine’s Day Pie

The sweetie-pie folks over at Dandies All Natural Marshmallows asked me to take a crack at a vegan Valentine’s Day dessert using their tasty little marshmallow gems in the mix.  Glad to right? Of course I’d like to share that recipe with you all but even more so….I got to enjoy this creamy, chocolate cloud of a pie for myself…hard work folks!      Dandies Marshmallows are made with all natural ingredients, contain no high fructose corn syrup or gelatin (they’re 100% vegan!), and are the first ever marshmallow to be Non-GMO Project Verified. Oh, and kosher too!  The first Non-GMO Project Verified marshmallows.  Made by long-time vegans and longtime friends Ryan Howard and Dan Ziegler, Dandies are air puffed, which gives them a traditional texture and flavor that melts and tastes just like the marshmallows we grew up with. Produced in the company’s dedicated facility, which is free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree-nuts, these vegan marshmallows are also free of wheat, gluten and corn, and certified kosher by the Chicago Rabbinical Council.            For my Valentine’s Day pie, I melted dark Vegan Chocolate Chips, Almond Milk, a bit of Coconut Oil and 1 bag of Dandies Mini…

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Adding Powdered Greens to your diet, deliciously + a Giveaway!

Adding Powdered Greens to your diet, deliciously + a Giveaway!

I want to share some thoughts today on Vegan “Dieting” and healthy weight loss.   I’m absolutely NOT a ‘green smoothie’ gal – can’t stand the taste so I stopped trying to like them years ago.  But green powders, full of tons of nutrients like ‘Organic Spirulina’ Chlorella, Wheat Grass, Barley’ – that I can do everyday to add healthy, non-fat greens to my diet.  I’ve been hiding Oriya Organics green powders in my foods for over a year now and can really attest to the increased energy they can give an already healthy, plant based diet. The wonderful folks at Oriya want to share some goodies with one lucky reader now this week.  Don’t forget to enter to win a full size of their ‘Supergreen Medley’ a full size ‘Superfood Protein Medley‘ and a cool mixing cup – all up for grabs at the end of the post here. First a little background on me: I’m one of those Vegans who didn’t exactly lose weight when I stopped eating meat and animal products 3 years ago. When I stopped eating dairy products 5 years ago, I basically lived on meat and veggies for two years.  That brought me a…

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