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

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

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

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Potato Salad Chixen Pot Pie – featuring @BeyondMeat + Food for Thought

Potato Salad Chixen Pot Pie – featuring @BeyondMeat + Food for Thought

This post is linked to the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck event. Have you ever heard of the idea that fruits and vegetables can resemble the human organs that their nutrients benefit the most? Here’s a quick look if you’ve missed it along the way.  In reality, there are just so many different health benefits that come from eating Brussels Sprouts (remembered the ‘s’ Rika! ) that it really does throw the whole “fresh foods vs. body part benefit theory” right out the window.  But, it’s still a nice thought, if only for a few seconds of your day, that fruits and veggies are somehow color coded for ease of use for us. I, for one, have much better things to do with my time than to contemplate it much longer.  But wouldn’t that be pretty cool if it were true?  I’m wondering now which body part looks like a big chunk of dark chocolate?     I am sure that a variety of different fresh foods are the best way to go.   I think that was my thought when I made up this ‘Potato Salad Pot Pie’.  I think I was trying to get all of them into one dish…

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Southwestern BBQ Vegetable Hash with @BeyondMeat Crumbles

Southwestern BBQ Vegetable Hash with @BeyondMeat Crumbles

    My first attempt at using Beyond Meat products went so well yesterday.  I can’t wait now to try out all their other non-meat products in my recipes.  It was kinda weird using ‘meat’ again?  The taste in this hash was spot on.  I originally planned on mixing up just a simple vegetable spicy hash with potatoes, onion and some yellow squash I needed to use.  This turned out much more tasty with red beets, celery, Southwestern seasonings, a tiny touch of liquid smoke, and of course, the Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles.  I purchased this 11 oz. bag at Whole Foods Grocery.  They were on sale for $4.99 which made them comparable to what a package of lean ground beef would have been for the recipe anyway.  11 grams of protein per serving.  The product’s main component is pea protein.  Who’d a thought?  A very tasty alternative to meat I’d say.  I can’t wait to use this ‘Feisty’ Beyond Meat in chili and Sloppy Joes.  And if I had known the southwestern flavors would be so good, I most likely would have picked up some chips to scoop up my hash with.  It really is a perfect Mexican dish as…

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7 Layer Root Vegetable Roundup

7 Layer Root Vegetable Roundup

    One of my childhood Sunday dinner memories is watching Mom carry a big, rectangular Pyrex glass pan, choke full of love, over to the center of our table.  She’d hold tight on either side with oven mitts to keep from scorching her fingers.  What was in that steaming hot pan? Sliced potatoes, layered with onion, a little salt and pepper and margarine,  baked to a tender deliciousness with a crispy, browned top. Such a great dish.  And my new Veganized version is ideal for a meal full of comfort, memories and the flavors of earthy, rich root vegetables.    I’ve been perfecting this childhood memory quite a bit lately in its plain potato with onion version.  I’ve tried caramelizing the onion before spreading them throughout the layers.  Adding a little red pepper flakes (no not me?)  Each time I’ve made this in the past few months, I’ve given an old classic a new twist.  This month, I found a fabulous service that delivers fresh veggies to my doorstep each week.  (Thanks again Gena for the heads up on From The Farmer DC) With these deliveries comes a need to make good with, and appreciate what you’ve been blest…

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Vegan ‘Cheezy’ Potato Casserole

Vegan ‘Cheezy’ Potato Casserole

    This potato casserole has been handed down from my husband’s family now to my family for decades of holiday meals.  Unfortunately, there is almost Nothing nutritious about the original recipe.  I felt the need to finally come up with a Vegan version that I could enjoy for the holidays.  My new version is admittedly still very processed with store bought Vegan cheeses but with my work schedule this month and my close proximity to no less than 5 health food grocery stores, I’ve splurged on convenience and taste for this recipe re-do. So before you start wincing about the store bought ingredients in my version, I’ll share just how ‘un-healthful’ the traditional family recipe is: 2 pounds diced potatoes, 2 cups sour cream, 3 cups of cheddar cheese, 1 can cream of chix soup, 1/2  pound of butter and some cornflakes.   Yea.  Delicious and heart-horrible to say the least. My version came out slightly less tasty.  But you can eat half the pan if you’d like without much guilt at all!  

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