Becky’s Loaded Vegan Mac n Cheesy Cashew Butter Carrot Sauce – Entry #1 in the 2016 Nut Butter Bash

Becky’s Loaded Vegan Mac n Cheesy Cashew Butter Carrot Sauce – Entry #1 in the 2016 Nut Butter Bash

Happy New Year and hello again after a much needed break from blogging and social media….. My husband and I just returned from a wonderful trip through the Caribean and I’ll share more about that soon but today I’m welcoming Becky Striepe of ‘Glue & Glitter’  fame back for her third year participating in another monthly themed guest blogger event on Canned-Time.com. This year the recipes from featured bloggers will include either nut butter or seed butter and could be sweet or savory.  I can’t wait to share each month again some of the best recipe talents out there and here’s the first: Loaded Vegan Mac in Cheesy Cashew Butter Carrot Sauce I’m super thrilled that my cashew carrot mac recipe is kicking off the Canned Time Nut Butter Bash! Each month this year, Angela is going to feature awesome nut- and seed-butter recipes. It’s an honor to be the first blog on this adventure. I know: the pasta in the picture isn’t mac, but let’s be real, you guys. The shape of the pasta is not the important thing when you’re making this dish. What’s important is that it’s covered in a creamy, cheesy sauce and loaded with bacon, broccoli,…

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Mandy’s Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies – from BeSolefulLiving.com, December’s ‘Family Favorite Dessert’ entry

Mandy’s Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies – from BeSolefulLiving.com, December’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 final entry for 2015 comes from the sweet Mandy over at BeSolfulliving.com.  Today Mandy is sharing: “Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies” When my friend Angela, over at Canned Time, invited me to be a part of the Family Favorites Dessert series, I was over the moon and excited for my chance to try NuNaturals Stevia products. So, thank you, Angela, for the opportunity and challenge. I knew that my dessert had to be something super chocolate-y because I swear chocolate runs in my family’s blood. My mom used to have to hide the bags of chocolate chips when I was growing up because my dad would eat them straight out of the bag…I’d be lying if I didn’t say I used to do the same. When I think back to my childhood, I’m reminded of my mom’s delicious chocolate chip cookies and brownies – we’d devour them right off the baking sheet, melted chocolate all over our fingers. Since I’m fairly comfortable with creating cookies, I wanted to move outside my comfort zone and attempt brownies…but not…

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Win $100 In International Shipping Across the Globe – plus Roasted Chestnut Orange Maple Butter

Win $100 In International Shipping Across the Globe – plus Roasted Chestnut Orange Maple Butter

So why is a food blog offering a package shipping giveaway?  Here’s why –  All my readers can receive 74% cheaper than standard DHL shipping when using TransWorthy’s shipping! You don’t have to wait in line at the post office.  This time of year that’s well worth its weight in gold! You just scheduled your pick up from home or office and your package is picked up right at your door…awesome! Who is TransWorthy? TransWorthy is a worldwide shipping advisor that receives DHL discounted pricing which they then pass on to you. We’re talking 74% of savings on your shipping costs! TransWorthy’s system offers the following benefits: Ability to track your shipment on the DHL website Convenient payment on their site No waiting in lines (such a drag around the Holidays in particular!) One of my readers will win $100 in shipping credits from TransWorthy.   Yes, this is an odd mix for me but the thoughts of being able to award some lucky winner with a big help for the holidays was too much to pass by.  The credit never expires and does not need to be used in one shipment.  Just use it up as needed for shipping gifts…

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Kathy Hester’s ‘The Easy Vegan Cookbook’ + a Giveaway!

Kathy Hester’s ‘The Easy Vegan Cookbook’ + a Giveaway!

How easy can it be to become ‘Cruelty Free’ and still love every bite of what you eat?  Pretty darn easy once you get the basics down.  The basics are especially easy now with help from Kathy Hester and her newest book: The Easy Vegan Cookbook  The first basic I absolutely fell in love with….I’ve made this one so many times this fall that I’ve actually memorized Kathy’s recipe for it…was her super simple, super moist and delicious Applesauce Spice Cake.  Oh my.  This one is so easy and so versatile, you’ll love having this basic, easy recipe in your head too.  Add in’s are perfect so adjust away to your own fruits and nut likes.  But keep this classic recipe base just as Kathy has created it for maximum spice tastes. I LOVE the trick Kathy shares in this cake for using apple vinegar with baking soda as a quick and easy leavening.  It works perfectly every time.  After 5 cakes, I’ve got this one down and it’s a absolutely perfect quick gift to bring a friend on a cold fall day.  Just the smell alone of those baked apples and warm spices are enough to make me smile.…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse from Laura Theodore’s ‘vegan-ease’

Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse from Laura Theodore’s ‘vegan-ease’

I’ll admit that I wasn’t familiar with Laura’s work until my friend @AnUnrefinedVegan was asked to do some of the photos for her newest book, ‘vegan-ease‘  Better late than never I guess.  With the volume of Vegan cookbooks out these days, sometimes it’s hard to stay up with all the good news.  Annie has a wonderful posting as well about her own history with this book if you’d like to catch up with her experiences with Laura. Some of you may also know Laura as ‘The Jazzy Vegetarian’  And you may have seen Laura on her show of the same name which airs on Public Television, now in it’s 5th season.  Whoohoooo!!  Check it out: The Jazzy Vegetarian Laura’s newest book, ‘vegan-ease‘ is a compilation of her life’s experiences with yummy, cruelty-free creations and now she shares them with us all in an easy to read, colorful book full of every type of healthy creation imaginable. Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you all Laura’s recipe for a delicious Peanut Butter-Chocolate Mousse and… Laura’s Top Five Tips for Vegan-Ease Cuisine: If you are new to vegan eating, start by serving one non-meat, plant-based meal each week for dinner. Try…

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Warming Apple Cider Spice Cake + A Stevia Giveaway from NuNaturals

Warming Apple Cider Spice Cake + A Stevia Giveaway from NuNaturals

  So here’s the ‘drama’ of this humble little cake: The delectable chopped apple pecan topping? It gets ladled on to your slice of cake, piping hot, just as you’re being served your cake. Yup. DRAMA…. Okay, so you could also pour some topping on prior to cutting the cake but why not let each person feel like their piece is just specialized for them by letting them spoon on the topping themselves? Either way, it’s the tastiest apple cake I’ve ever had in 50 some years folks. Sorry Mom. And the healthiest by way of ingredients to be sure. Some of that ‘healthy’ aspect comes from using Stevia along side of some natural sweetening like Maple Syrup and Apple.  This time I used my all time favorite NuNaturals Vanilla Liquid and some NuStevia Simple Syrup. The stevia adds sweetness without adding additional calories or carbs here. We like that. And NuNaturals Stevia never fails me in my desserts. I even tried out a newer product they have in this little cake that provides   Oat fiber without adding any additional carbohydrates or sugars. Check it out.        Then go out and get some Organic Cider and make this…

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Fifteen Minute Cranberry Christmas Jam

Fifteen Minute Cranberry Christmas Jam

  Who says the Holiday meal has to be an unhealthy splurge that packs on the pounds?   Scientific studies have shown that consumption of cranberries have potential health benefits against cancer, aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections. Fresh cranberries can be stored inside the refrigerator for several days. Sort out any discolored, soft, shriveled or sticky fruits before storing. They have a very short shelf life if kept at room temperature. Cranberries are also good source of many vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, ß-carotene, lutein, zea-xanthin, and folate and minerals like potassium, and manganese. What a wonderful gift a jar of this deliciously healthy jam would make, eh? ♥

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Healthy Holiday – Oil-Free “Kick Ass” Cheezy Cabbage Rolls

Healthy Holiday – Oil-Free “Kick Ass” Cheezy Cabbage Rolls

Once I discovered that I could drizzle fresh, even raw veggies with a luscious, gooey non-dairy cheeze sauce without wondering which thigh it would show up on first?  I was happy with life. This sauce is that good.  Okay, maybe not life shattering but it is just that healthy and  versatile.  You’ll never go back to Velveeta once you’ve whipped up a quick batch of cheeze sauce like this one.  My version is adapted from Jill McKeever’s version which is based on a friend’s version who got it from a friend.  Yeah, it’s been around some and now I’m sharing my tweaked version with you all so you can share it with a friend and amaze your family in a few weeks at your holiday meal. You’ll be pouring copious amounts of gooey cheeze on your families veggies with a smile on your face this year. Regular Velveeta cheese contains milk, water, milk fat, whey, whey protein concentrate and milk protein concentrate. These ingredients make up the bulk of the product. Enzymes and cheese culture are included to aid in the manufacture of the cheese — these ingredients are bacterial agents that determine the taste, texture and appearance of cheese products.…

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‘The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook’ Giveaway, Emily’s Almond Cookies and a fabulous bonus from Gena Hamshaw @Choosing Raw

‘The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook’ Giveaway, Emily’s Almond Cookies and a fabulous bonus from Gena Hamshaw @Choosing Raw

    This recipe is part of a Family Favourites series hosted by Angela at Canned Time. The theme was to veganize a recipe that you used to love as a kid and/or that your fam would regularly enjoy together. Honestly, I had trouble thinking of sweet recipes that I hadn’t already veganized for my blog (like pumpkin pie, berries and whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate cake) and most of the savoury dishes I loved eating when I was little are just sooo not ideal to veganize (think Thai-style omelettes and baked salmon). There were a lot of savoury foods I ate growing up that I COULD made vegan now – pizza pops and chicken nuggets to name a couple – but they wouldn’t be that healthy or simple and I’m not into spending lots of time making recipes for dinner, especially if they have more refined ingredients.. I’d rather just bake eight potatoes, sprinkle on some salt and pepper and be done with it. Seriously, my dinners are pathetically easy when I’m not writing a savoury cookbook.  My point is I couldn’t think of any recipe that I wanted to make a healthy vegan version of. So I improvised. I planned…

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Mexican Lentil Soup with Spiced Chickpea Garnish

Mexican Lentil Soup with Spiced Chickpea Garnish

I’m on my own here for a few days and it’s just turned cold and rainy here in D. C. for the first time in months so… Soup’s on!!     I made this pot of soup after cooking up some lentils for my salads next week.  I already had some baked spicy Chickpeas for snacking along with some cooked quinoa so those got thrown into the pot as well.  Throw in what ever your favorites are but keep the spices and the lentils in for this scrumptious cold weather supper.  

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From Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen – Dianne’s “Chocolate Cream Pie” – Family Favorite Desserts entry for September

From Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen – Dianne’s “Chocolate Cream Pie”  – Family Favorite Desserts entry for September

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized.    This month I’m proud to present a fellow cat lover, Dianne of Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen fame and her fabulous “Chocolate Cream Pie”   When Angela from Canned Time asked me to participate in the Family Favorites Desserts series, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Each month, Canned Time is featuring a different blogger who has veganized a favorite dessert from her childhood. NuNaturals is the unofficial sponsor of the series, so their stevia products are used in all of the recipes. It sounded like an easy enough task when Angela asked, but the more I thought about it, the more I had no idea what I was going to make. When I was growing up, desserts started out in a box – either premade by Entenmann’s or just-add-water by Betty Crocker. Neither of them seems very appealing to me now that I’m older. I briefly thought about trying to make a vegan version of slice-and-bake cookies, but that’s pretty much just a chocolate chip cookie, and chocolate chip cookies have already been perfectly veganized.  My thoughts then turned to my teen years, when I…

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Quick & Easy Onion Barley Loaf

Quick & Easy Onion Barley Loaf

I’ll be the first to admit:  I don’t love onions. Not unlike Beets, I know they’re good for me, but I just can’t get over my dislike of their texture. Maybe that’s one of the reasons that I’m constantly coming up with new ways to use them in my recipes that will change my mind some day about the texture of one of the World’s most popular vegetables.  I love the smell, particularly around holiday time with butter and celery simmering away along side them in a pan.  I love onion rings. Unless the breading comes off and I get a mouthful of that slimy strip of thick onion.  Not my favorite.  I love toasted onion seasoning, onion soup (without the onion), and I even love onion bread as witnessed here in this lovely pan of Onion Barley Bread I have for you today.  If I can’t feel that onion texture in a bite, I’m in love with everything else about the old onion.   I hope this simple onion loaf will help to change anyone’s mind about using onions in your cooking.   If you love Onions, you’ll love this simple, hearty loaf already.  If you don’t love Onions,…

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Strawberry Candied Tomato Chia Jam

Strawberry Candied Tomato Chia Jam

For those of you who’ve had the opportunity to enjoy a big, fresh Strawberry Pecan Salad drenched in Raspberry or Strawberry Vinaigrette…this jam is for you.  Don’t wince.  Don’t turn away and close the page quite yet.  You’ll be making this jam for your own kitchen as soon as possible…I hope for your sake.      I myself just love a good contrast of flavors in my foods.  And this jam has something for everyone.  Sweet and smooth, when served warm on top of, well most baked goods that I can think of, it will compliment and wow you. The softest of background flavors from a dash of Balsamic Vinegar pumps up the acid in the Cherry Tomatoes…just in case the bite was swallowed up by your fresh, plump Strawberries.  If you’d like, you could even through in a pinch of Cayenne.  I wouldn’t mind at all but I thought I would present at least one recipe this year without ‘spicy’ in the recipe list.  But it would go well if I do say so softly here.   Tomatoes in jam? Yes. Doesn’t it taste like sweet Spaghetti sauce? No.   Sweet Cherry Tomatoes blend with the sugar and Strawberries…

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Oil-Free ‘Clean Out The Fridge’ 3 Bean Vegan Chili

Oil-Free ‘Clean Out The Fridge’ 3 Bean Vegan Chili

  What’s better than using up a whole lotta fresh veggies from your refrigerator and coming up with a delicious, spicy pot of chunky chili?  Well in my case today, combining them with a few Pumpkin Rosemary Drop Biscuits from Kathy Hester’s new book, “The Easy Vegan Cookbook”.  Woah,  what a good combination ♥   I’ve been in such a ‘Fall Foods’ mood this week, I finally broke down and emptied out the veggies I had left in the fridge, put it all in a pot and called it ‘chili’.  Luckily for me…it tastes darn good too!! Not to let a good bowl of chili stand alone, I tried out a recipe from Kathy’s newest book to compliment the spice and tang of the my chili.  Kathy’s Pumpkin Rosemary Drop Biscuits are a play on the old Baking Mix boxed biscuits that we all used to know and love.  But these are whole lot tastier and a whole lot better for you.    I used a Gluten-Free flour for mine but Kathy gives lots of options and ideas in her recipe.  Sorry I can’t share that recipe here but get started on the chili, and then pick up a copy of…

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Vegan Labor Day Party Fresh Spicy Cucumber Nectarine Salsa

Vegan Labor Day Party Fresh Spicy Cucumber Nectarine Salsa

Collard Green Tacos with @BeyondMeat Fiesta flavor crumbles and Cucumber Carrot Nectarine Salsa.  A few years ago, Bob and I wondered into a Mexican restaurant in the old town section of  Frederick MD.  For once, we didn’t have a coupon which is normally our habit for trying out new places.  But we’re glad we found this spot.  The most memorable part of the meal was a simple, spicy salsa on each table that used cucumbers for the base.  It also had tomato and onion but the cucumbers were definitely the dominant flavor and texture.  It took a few chip scoops to get used to that background but we ended up loving the difference they made.  A few bowls later, I told myself I’d have to try making this one at home soon.    Well, it’s been at least 2 years now but I’m finally getting around to making my own version of the cucumber salsa from that day. I love the flavor contrast you find in ‘peach’ salsas.  This version today uses fresh, summer nectarines for a similar fruity sweet background for the spices in the dip.  I like the mildness of the sweet and how it blends with the…

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From ‘AnUnrefinedVegan.com’ Annie’s Apricot Tartlettes – Family Favorite Desserts entry for August

From ‘AnUnrefinedVegan.com’ Annie’s Apricot Tartlettes – Family Favorite Desserts entry for August

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized.    This month I’m proud to present an old Canned-Time.com friend, Annie and scrumptious  “Apricot Tartlettes” Fruit pie figured greatly into my childhood. Mom’s superb flaky crust graced slices of sweet apple, creamy pumpkin, and juicy raspberries or blueberries. Pies marked off the seasons, showcasing the produce that was available as well as deliciously capping off many a “regular” family meal or holiday celebration. While pie is still a “family favorite” here in my household, over the years I’ve made modifications to suit the way we now eat – ways to get me to fruit pie nirvana without feeling too guilty about the ingredients. I do this by reducing the size of the “slice,” using nut butters in place of butter, and (simply for shortcuts sake) using 100% fruit jam instead of whole fruit. For this recipe, I start with an easy, sugar-free homemade chia jam (and really, any fruit jam you like can be used here) and then I dollop it into small circles of crust. The result is not only a bevy of adorable…

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“The Homemade Vegan Pantry” by Miyoko Schinner / A Review & Giveaway plus ‘French Buttercream’

“The Homemade Vegan Pantry” by Miyoko Schinner / A Review & Giveaway plus ‘French Buttercream’

“A guide to creating vegan versions of staple ingredients to stock the fridge and pantry–from dairy and meat substitutes such as vegan yogurt, butter, mayo, bacon, and cheese, to mustards, dressings, pancake mix, crackers, pasta sauces, cookies, and more.”   –  The Homemade Vegan Pantry The first day I flipped through the pages of Miyoko Schinner’s new cookbook, ‘The Homemade Vegan Pantry’ I tagged this lavender fig jam recipe and knew it would be the first thing to try out from her book.  Being a homemade jam enthusiast and a canning “pro” of sorts, I appreciated the absolute simplicity of the recipe.  4 – 5 ingredients, minimal preparation and cook time, delicious taste.  All good things in my recipe requirements these days. And as I continued to flip through page after page, the book flowed and flowed through each category with an emphasis on just how much you can do in the kitchen once you’re stocked up with the healthy ingredients and ‘know-how’ to create fabulous Plant based recipes.  The jam is wonderful and compliment so many other recipes in Miyoko’s book.  That’s the beauty of it really.  You’ll want to learn the basics and then grow and grow with their…

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Isa’s ‘Vegan with a Vengeance- 10th Anniversary Edition’ – The Queen of Post Punk Kitchen strikes again!

Isa’s ‘Vegan with a Vengeance- 10th Anniversary Edition’ – The Queen of Post Punk Kitchen strikes again!

   Have you ever just wanted to curl up next to a dessert and just snuggle?  That’s what Isa’s Macadamia Blondies did to me when I made a batch.  My first of what will be many batches, I’m certain.  These decadent Maple Syrup drenched Blondies are just one of so many recipes that I’ve tried in the past few months from her newest book ‘Vegan with a Vengeance’   from Da Capo Lifelong Books  Born and raised in Brooklyn, Isa Chandra Moskowitz began her vegan cooking journey over two decades ago. In 2003, she created the Post Punk Kitchen community access TV show to give vegans something to watch. In conjunction with the show, she also started the PPK website to support an online vegan cooking and baking community.  And having been quite the punk rocker in my day and now being a Vegan for the last 3 years myself – let’s just say I fell in love this summer with Isa and her newest, coolest recipe collection. ♥ This book is edgy, like Isa.  It’s delicious and looks at food with a cruelty free mindset while still being  ‘in your face’.  She loves food and she loves animals.  Her two…

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Sunwarrior Vanilla Goji Berry Granola Parfait & An Awesome Giveaway!!

Sunwarrior Vanilla Goji Berry Granola Parfait & An Awesome Giveaway!!

I just love having the opportunity to help someone try out these products for free this month! Sunwarrior made me very happy this summer! Here’s why.. If you’re new to Canned Time, you may have missed a scrumptious posting I brought you this spring which featured a few recipe ideas using a fabulous new ‘Classic Plus’ line from Sunwarrior products.  If so, please check it out after you’ve enter to win some Sunwarrior for yourself at the end of this posting.   Here’s the link to that earlier article. It has a complete listing of all the fabulously healthy ingredients that Sunwarrior uses in this new ‘Classic Plus’ line and shows you just how important the way they process their products can be to how beneficial they are to your body. Some protein powders leave you wondering why you didn’t spend a little more and get something truly beneficial and tasty?  I’ve been using Sunwarrior’s full line now for years and I really think the Classic Plus is their best product in the full line of options they offer.  The video here will get you some of the reasons I love this product so much and why you MUST enter…

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From TheVegan8.com – Brandi’s Vegan Mexican Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding – ‘Family Favorite Desserts’ entry for July

From TheVegan8.com – Brandi’s Vegan Mexican Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding  –  ‘Family Favorite Desserts’ entry for July

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 favorite ‘8 Ingredients’ friend Brandi has a fabulous healthy chocolate pudding for us for July’s entry today. The Vegan 8   Facebook   Instagram  Pinterest Twitter   Oh my goodness, when I say that this recipe was a labor of love, that would be the understatement of the year. I found like I won the lottery once I finally finished this. I have never created a dessert using stevia before. I lost count on how many different desserts and trials I did before finally deciding on creating this luscious Vegan Mexican Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding. Don’t worry, there is a sub if you don’t use stevia. I got y’alls back.    This recipe featuring stevia came about because my friend Angela over at Canned Time  asked if I would join in a special dessert event where several different bloggers each month share a new recipe in her Family Favorite Dessert series. She asked that we each choose a favorite dessert or recipe from our childhood, a nostalgic dessert, and veganize it usingNuNaturals stevia products. I…

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Cruelty-Free Coriander Nectarine Pear Ice Cream Pie

Cruelty-Free Coriander Nectarine Pear Ice Cream Pie

July is National Ice Cream month.  More specifically, July 19th is ‘Ice Cream Day‘ #NatlIceCreamDay So what better way to solute the popularity of the World’s best tasting, most refreshing cool dessert than to team it up with a touch of spice and a whole lot of fresh summer fruits?  The folks at PersonalCreations.com asked if I’d help them celebrate the occasion with a new recipe shown off in one of their kitchen items.  I picked a pie plate for mine because, well, next to ice cream, pie is my all time favorite dessert any time of year.  I just combined my two loves into one big, cruelty-free dish so you wont have to scoop on the ice cream to top your piece of pie.  It’s already inside your pie.  Completely versatile to your own fruit favorites, I simply spiced up my fruits and then blended them in with a good quality Almond Milk Vanilla Ice Cream and poured it all into a pie crust.  More fruit goes on top and a pinch of a new seasoning, for me anyway, Coriander. Exodus, chapter 16, verse 31: “And the house of Israel called the name there of Manna: and it was…

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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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