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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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Oats with Homemade Hemp Mylk

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Oats with Homemade Hemp Mylk

If you’ve been with me for a while now, you’ll now all too well that I have a problem getting a good, healthy, inexpensive breakfast in me most mornings.  I’ve commissioned my favorite bloggers for help even in my quest for easy, delicious ideas to make up.  I thought I’d share some sucessess I’ve had lately with some of my favorite healthy ingredients and ‘take with’ options to carry with me while I drive mornings.  Some Chia Seeds, some Hemp seeds, maple syrup, pepitas, peanut butter…………you get the idea.  Follow along here for more details.  At the end I’d appreciate if you take a second and vote for your favorite ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry from last year’s event on Canned Time.  I know you’ll love your 12 options but pick one so I can feature that recipe as the cover to my new E-book for the gang.  Details below and thanks in advance.   I know lots of time and caring went into their recipes so choose wisely 😉  I’ve gone Chia and Hemp Seed crazy since last fall.  Not such a ‘bad’ habit.  I’ve had worse over the years.    This version I went all out with, “Chocolate Chunk…

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Vegan Cruelty Free Holiday – Asian Orange Butternut Squash

Vegan Cruelty Free Holiday – Asian Orange Butternut Squash

Another Holiday side idea for you this week.  A flavorful way to get veggies on the table at holiday time without the traditional sugary marshmallow topping.  If you’re in a hurry, or just get annoyed cutting up squash, you can usually find butternut pre-cut in the grocery store.  Certain this sauce would work equally well with cubed sweet potato in place of squash.  Increase your boiling time if you use potatoes though.  You want to make sure that your squash are completely done through or no one will enjoy your dish.  For added flavor, mix up the syrup / sauce in advance and let the squash sit in the juices overnight in the fridge.  You can adjust the spiciness by adding more red pepper.  I  left out any salt due to the soy sauce but you may want to add a little after the squash are cooked.  You could also cook this dish up in advance and keep it covered in the fridge until serving it for your holiday dinner. Congratulations to Karen G. for winning a copy of Nava Atlas’s ‘Plant Power’ this week.   Her winning entry used her bonus code she received from being an email follower…

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Cara Reed’s ‘Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking’ – an Interview, a Recipe & a Giveaway! Closed

Cara Reed’s ‘Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking’ – an Interview, a Recipe & a Giveaway!  Closed

 Giveaway is now CLOSED.  I recently had a chance to talk with Cara Reed, author, blogger and Gluten-Free goddess.  She has a new book out that takes Gluten-Free baking to a new level.  She’s already made headlines on her blog, Forks & Beans, with her famous gluten-free flour blend and mock ups of the world’s favorite candy bars and baked goods.  If you’re not familiar with her site you’ll love it.  I try not to read Cara’s posts on an empty stomach though….too frustating looking at all my childhood sweets so beautifully re-created into healthier treats.  Cara is a real sweetheart herself.  I had a chance to ask her about the book, life and her health changes recently. ‘Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking’   Me:  Cara, congratulations on the book.  Is it your life’s ambition?  Or a total surprise to be a published author now? Cara: The moment I began blogging I could have never dreamt that I would be where I am today. Every step has been some of the most delightful surprises I have experienced, with this cookbook being not an exception. Me:  Can we all look forward to your writing another soon? Cara: I already have an entire list…

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#Easter Veggie Pot Pie with crispy Sweet Potato Crust – V, GF

#Easter Veggie Pot Pie with crispy Sweet Potato Crust – V, GF

  Easter Holiday Veggie Pot Pie.  Full of flavor and the colors of Spring.  I sprinkled my crust with a pinch of brown sugar before baking.  It gives the crust very little sweet but helps to harden the bottom.  The sugars caramelize and crispen.  Don’t worry about ‘cooking’ the sweet potatoes in the initial baking either.  The pie will cook for an additional 45 minutes or so after it’s filled and they’ll have plenty of time to cook through by the time its all done.  The crust is pretty simple, the sweet potato grating will burn some calories.  You can use a food processor to shred them if you have a good one.  Mine just makes the shreds too short and mushy so I did mine by hand.  I used one Very large sweet potato to make the 3 cups and had a little left over.  You’ll need to bake the crust prior to pouring in the filling to make it firm.  This isn’t a Quiche though.  It will be more firm if you let the pie cool some, like a lasagna, it holds up better on a plate if it’s had time to sit 30 minutes or so prior…

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Slow Cooker Breads and Rolls

Slow Cooker Breads and Rolls

Slow cooking breads and rolls is awesome! It really has been a wonderful way to bake up some healthy homemade breads without heating up my kitchen.  You can get the wonderful smell of fresh baked bread throughout the house without the heat! I started thinking of slow cooker baking in anticipation of the latest Kathy Hester new book, Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You. I’m always looking for better ways to do things in the kitchen and this slow cooker idea is spreading fast through my recipes.  So far I’ve slow baked 2 Artisan loaves and 2 rolls recipes.  Each new recipe I’ve learned a little more.  Tweaked my timing.  Increased the yeast, etc.  The bread baking is really based on a simple rule of thumb that bread dough should normally be a 3 to 1 ratio of flour to liquid and they are done baking at an internal temperature of 160 degrees. The rest is up to your own creativity!! To bake in a slow cooker, you’ll need a good meat thermometer.  This will help you know when your breads are cooked through without letting out all the heat from the cooker or relying on a set time…

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Homemade Brown Sugar – 2 ingredients – 5 minutes

Homemade Brown Sugar – 2 ingredients – 5 minutes

I don’t use a lot of Brown Sugar and I’ve always had trouble keeping it from getting rock hard. So this homemade version will really work out nicely for me. I can make it up fresh for a recipe even! Ready for the big recipe?  It’s a tough one…….. 1 cup of Sugar mixed with 1 Tbs. of Molasses. Once you’ve poured in your Molasses just stir the sugar with a fork (or your hands to speed things up) until the molasses has blended into the sugar and the texture begins to resemble the brown sugar you’ve always used.  With one big exception:  this sugar will be light and fluffy and moist – not a big hard block that is hard to measure and even more difficult to eat!   If you’d like an even stronger taste, darker brown sugar, add in a little more molasses.  If you’re not used to making brown sugar at home I would suggest you wait until you’ve made the first batch before adding in more molasses though so you don’t make it up too strong and then ruin your batch. The brown sugar will store just like store bought in a tight container.  I…

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