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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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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A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

 What would the holiday season be like without our favorite family traditional foods?  That’s what it’s really all about isn’t it?  Finding time with our loved ones to talk and enjoy the foods we grew up loving and savoring for the fall?  My Mom has the most beautiful set of China that only sees the light of day on 2 days each year.  Thanksgiving and Christmas need to have a special menu for those times together.  Special for all.  These basic dishes I’ve put together have all the flavors of fall without the cruelty and expense of slaughter.  Baked, buttery potatoes.  Creamy Slaw salads.  Flakey crusts dripping with piping hot berries in syrup.  Why bring animals into that mix when the food is so fine without them?    Take a look:   Sliced Red and Sweet Potatoes with a touch of Sweet Peppers.   Adapted from a family tradition from both my husband and mine’s youth, it bakes up in minutes, has endless variations for veggies and will last the week while you rest your feet and enjoy your guests.  Christmas Rice – Wild Rice with Spinach and Pomegranates    Brussels Sprouts with Radicchio in a Brown Mustard Orange Glaze  …

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What’s for lunch? – Fresh Fruit Bowl and Mango Avocado Toast

What’s for lunch? – Fresh Fruit Bowl and Mango Avocado Toast

Yes, I’m back home to boring old D. C. again……….but wait!  I can dig into one of my favorite lunches again, yes!     I hope that you were able to catch Nancy’s Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry this week.  She really was pleased to be joining so many fabulous Vegan bloggers, a bit nervous maybe too?  Probably not, but grateful anyway to be included in the bunch.  She’s got a wonderful breakfast spread for her entry.  Be sure to check it out if you haven’t already. My Alaska trip is done.   And who isn’t tired of hearing about all my stressful days leading up to the trip?  I’m back to reality and fresh fruits from my own kitchen!  It’s good to be home.  Not so good to be back to work, but good to be home.  I’ll share some of the trip when I can catch my breath in the next few weeks.  Unfortunately, my job just gets put off if I’m not here to work so it’s going to be a tough few weeks making up for lost days from the trip.  Still, it’s good to be home and Mr. Floyde lived through the drama of having my husband’s…

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Skinny Juices: 101 Juice Recipes for Detox and Weight Loss by Danielle Omar

Skinny Juices: 101 Juice Recipes for Detox and Weight Loss by Danielle Omar

With 101 Juice recipes and ideas, Danielle Omar’s ‘Skinny Juices’ is a must for anyone concerned for their health. Danielle Omar knows Juicing.  She’s written a reference guide for those who’ve never juiced, want to juice more or even those who’ve juiced for years and want to perk up their regular recipes for juicing.  She know’s her fruits and veggies. Danielle’s writing style isn’t flamboyant.  She writes for the health concerns of others and includes all the science and techniques to back up her instructions and concerns.  She has a clear and uncluttered way of getting her information to us without being boring or repetative as well.  Her recipes are simple, easy to make and fun to drink most of all.  She explains the how’s and why’s of juicing, the differences between juicing and just blending, and how each combination will help and effect your body. ‘Skinny Juices’ is a fabulous reference to start any Detoxification program as well.  Danielle goes through step-by-step instructions for detox.  She explains benefits, concerns and methods for your plan.  And she does it all with simplicity and common sense instructions to get you started.  I made several of her drink combinations on the first…

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Vegan Blueberry ‘Pit’ Pie – gluten-free

Vegan Blueberry ‘Pit’ Pie – gluten-free

     Some days I get lucky and mix together just the right amount of this and add just the right pinch of that I it all works.  Last month, late one night actually, the recipe gods blessed me with just such an event in creating this ‘Pit’ pie.  The pit was created in a need to top the pie with a luscious blueberry jam I made up.  Not knowing how this whole mixture was going to cook up, I used a rather small 8″ foil pie pan for the bottom and when it baked, the whole baby was filled to the top and then some, yikes!   I had nothing else to do but start spooning out a section of the center of the baked pie so I could add my topping on.  The topping was the whole reason I wanted the pie to begin with.  Fresh, plump blueberries, just waiting to be sugared up into a smooth, gooey spread.  I actually could have just eaten the jam by itself but that would have been unfair to my rather plain and needy baked pie.  And it really would have looked a little suspicious standing in the kitchen on a Saturday…

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Vegan Toasted Coconut Ice Cream with fresh Blueberries

Vegan Toasted Coconut Ice Cream with fresh Blueberries

Coconut milk is so similar to a full cream, it’s hard to tell the two textures apart.  The flavors of the fresh fruit with the sugary coconut works well and the bite of the coconut shreds make for a tasty bowl of a healthy creamy goodness. Love fresh blueberries.  Love coconut.  Perfect marriage. Print Vegan Toasted Coconut Ice Cream with fresh blueberries! Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Dessert Ice Cream   Ingredients 11 oz. Silken Tofu 2 13 oz. cans Coconut Milk – full fat, chilled overnight 1¼ Cup Coconut Palm Sugar or other 1 tsp. Vanilla pinch of sea salt 1 tsp. Cinnamon 1 Tbs. Vanilla Protein Powder (optional) 1½ Cup shredded coconut – pan or oven toasted 1 frozen banana sliced 2 Cups Fresh Blueberries Instructions Combine all ingredients except blueberries in a blender. Pulse until smooth. Transfer to an ice cream maker. Process per manufacturer’s instructions for up to 30 minutes until soft serve consistency is formed. Transfer the ice cream to a plastic container and stir in the blueberries. Freeze until firm. Store in a closed container. Makes about 1 Quart. 3.2.1255 Other fruit to try with this one would be strawberries, peach, blackberry, grapes….anything you like.…

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Cashew Crusted Blueberry Plum Mini Pies

Cashew Crusted Blueberry Plum Mini Pies

 With just two of us eating at my house, I’m always looking for quick treats that will freeze and store well so I can pop up a fancy dessert any evening without struggling to use up a whole cake, pie, pudding within the next few days.  These mini pies are a perfect lite ending to a meal or can fill in for breakfast on the go if packaged correctly.  I baked mine in a Mini Pie maker but my recipe adjusts for oven cooking as well.  The filling here is just what I like and had on hand.  It can easily be changed to other fruits as long as they are prepared in small pieces to fit into the smaller pie crusts.  Frozen Blueberries worked well.  I’d like to try it out with Mango, Peaches, Strawberry.  Even Pecan will be good although the filling preparation listed in this recipe would have to be adjusted for Pecans. I’m a big fan of Plums and I usually let them almost over ripen to ensure that they don’t upset my stomach and also maximize their sweetness.  It’s hard to find ready ripe plums in the grocery here so I almost always wash them…

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“Chocolate Bliss” Cocoa Lemon Berry Tart

“Chocolate Bliss” Cocoa Lemon Berry Tart

   Featuring Dark Cocoa Powder from Penzey’s Spices. My husband and I have recently become addicted to a wonderful spice shop that offers a wide array of unusual varieties of your standard kitchen spices.  The one I snatched up to try this last visit was a “Natural High Fat Cocoa” “Strong Dark Chocolate Flavor/ The Richest Grade of Cocoa available in the world today” as the label describes this luscious rich powder.  It s not too much to say that I wouldn’t mind being buried in this stuff…rubbing it between your fingers, it feels like the silkiest baby talc and even completely unsweetened, it’s not too bitter to be sprinkled on top of the fanciest desserts.  I’m impressed with the Penzey’s Spices quality to say the least. To honor this “Chocolate Bliss” Cocoa, I paired it up with some equally delicious fresh ingredients to compliment the sweet tones in the dark cocoa:  Walnuts, Dates, Blueberries, Blood Oranges, Vanilla & of course, my favorite with chocolate = sour lemons. I didn’t want the creamy filling to be “hurt your jaws” sour, but definitely TART against the Cocoa.  The vanilla background flavor in the cream combined with the sweetness of a little…

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Coconut Blueberry Dark Chocolate Bark

Coconut Blueberry Dark Chocolate Bark

It was time to clean out some ‘just about used up’ bags from my freezer and what better way than to combine all the good ingredients inside some chocolate? There’s no real recipe here since I was just kind of piling things into a bowl, stirring it up and then freezing it.  But here is a good example of some Coconut Blueberry Chocolate Bark:  (and a great site as well)  http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/paleo-coconut-blueberry-bark/ For mine, I used a bag of Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips that I got at Whole Foods, melted together with some Coconut Oil.  And then 1/3 of a Cup of each: Fresh Blueberries, Sunflower Seeds Coconut Flakes Chopped Macadamia Nuts, Raisins I love chocolate bark because it allows you to be so creative and make something specific to your personal likes.  And if you’re careful, you can make it pretty healthy as snacks go………. Chocolatey, chewy, fruity, nutty, and a touch of salt…..yum! Have you ever made some chocolate bark? I love to see how different people can use the same ingredients in so many different ways.  What’s your favorite combination? Enjoy!

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