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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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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“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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Footloose and Dairy-Free – a guest posting from Karen Page, author of “The Vegetarian Flavor Bible”

Footloose and Dairy-Free – a guest posting from Karen Page, author of “The Vegetarian Flavor Bible”

   When I first received a copy of Karen Page’s ‘The Vegetarian Flavor Bible’ last year, I was truly amazed at how much information she packed into this gigantic 7 lbs. book.   New to cooking?  New to Veganism? This book is the perfect companion for you.  It is  page after page of foods, by category – cheese, greens, legumes, citrus etc.,  all organized to get you the most information about those foods in the most complete package. A few recipes, but fabulous details on which foods go with what, the best ways to prepare, where to find them in restaurants and so much more.  After delving into the ‘Cheese’ section of Karen’s book, I had to try out the Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast sprinkles she suggests.  Cheeses are my most missed dairy food, far more so than any meats I used to eat.   I know this ‘Cheezey’ treat is a tried and true snack in the Vegan world but somehow, I’d never tried it out.  I’m hooked!  Cheese never tasted so good.  If you’ve never tried this tasty treat be sure not to wait too long cause it’s simply a rare gift to non-dairy eaters. Karen has kindly…

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Emily Von Euw’s “Blueberrylicious” Smoothie from ‘100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks’

Emily Von Euw’s “Blueberrylicious” Smoothie from ‘100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks’

 Why talk about ice-cold, frosty smoothies in November?  Well, cause they’re just Berrylicious!   Emily Von Euw’s newest book, “100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks” is just what you need this winter to keep your taste buds and your waistline happy through the cold days ahead.  She’s sharing her recipe for a delicious, creamy blueberry filled smoothie with us today plus a chance to win a copy of her new book for yourself.   First the smoothie:   Fortunately for all of us,  perfect little blueberries in smoothies are great frozen or fresh.  No reason at all why you can’t keep up the nutritional benefits of these deep blue antioxidant gems all year round.  Wintertime stresses on our bodies just cry out for the goodness of berries where ever and when ever.   Emily’s got you covered on that one with her ‘Blueberrylicious’ smoothie from the book. This delectable smoothie is quick and easy, yes.  Full of fabulous nutrition, yes.  But why not make it the hit of your Holiday party as well?  Smoothie bowls are all the rage these days and I say, instead of serving that big bowl of processed sugar filled punch at your event, make it…

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Key Lime Oreo Cheesecake with Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer from Kathy Hester’s ‘OATrageous Oatmeals’ review & giveaway

Key Lime Oreo Cheesecake with Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer from Kathy Hester’s ‘OATrageous Oatmeals’ review & giveaway

This Giveaway is now closed.  Well, well well.  Kathy Hester has really done it this time. Today, Kathy presents us with her ode to Oatmeal. Kathy Hester’s  OATrageous Oatmeals: Delicious & Surprising Plant-Based Dishes From This Humble, Heart-Healthy Grain ” Just the word “oatmeal” can evoke strong memories. It takes me back to a childhood bowl of apple-cinnamon instant oats. Warming and soothing, it fortified me enough to go out into the cold to school. But oats can be so much more if you just explore and experiment a little bit. In this book, I will show you that you can make a meal out of oats any time of the day or night. You’ll be amazed by oat recipes that go way beyond adding hot water to a brown packet of instant oats.”  – Kathy Hester    One of many favorite recipes, I have many as you’ll see in this post from July, is Kathy’s ‘Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer’ I’ve been using it mostly in the mornings with a tasty new granola mix with buckwheat groats, chia seeds, dried fruit.  I warm the Coconut Oat Creamer slightly and pour it onto my granola.  It mixes with the sweet…

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Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’ – A Review + A Giveaway

Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’ – A Review + A Giveaway

  I had the excruciating task of trying out a few recipes last month from Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’  It was tough.  I managed to get through the book, several times in fact.  And now I can share some of my experience with you.  Fran will share a free copy of her book with one lucky reader as well.  Details on that at the end of the post.  Fran Costigan is an internationally recognized culinary instructor, recipe developer, and innovative vegan pastry chef, and author of 3 cookbooks.  A graduate of the New York Restaurant School and the Natural Gourmet Institute, Fran was a pastry chef in both traditional and vegan restaurant kitchens.  Today Fran teaches her distinctive courses (including her Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®) in her hometown of New York City at the Institute of Culinary Education.   This woman knows her chocolate! You can almost taste the pages……..   Fran is generously sharing one of her recipes from the book with my readers as well. ‘Very Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownies’  Once you’ve tried this brownie version, it will be hard to go back to any other.  The fudgy brownie contrasts with chewy nuts and the deep, rich…

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Kathy Hester’s “OATrageous Oatmeals” – Review and a Crazy Cool Giveaway!!

Kathy Hester’s “OATrageous Oatmeals” – Review and a Crazy Cool Giveaway!!

    Kathy Hester’s new book, OATrageous Oatmeals, and OXO make a very tasty partnership! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post to enter to win your own set of OXO goodies.     Pre-order Kathy Hester’s new book, OATrageous Oatmeals, for $15.06 and have the chance to get over $25’s worth of goodies. Just be one of the first 100 people to email your OATrageous purchase receipt to oatrageousoatmeals@gmail.com it should include your full name and mailing address (for delivery purposes only). Kathy has some other surprises for everyone who pre-orders including an OATragous newsletter with not-in-the-book oat recipes and special coupons.     Yes, I’ve been having lots of fun testing out some of Kathy’s recipe ideas from the book too!    Kathy’s Steel-Cut Oat Sausage Crumbles will take you to a new world of meat substitutes.  She’s been kind enough to share the recipe below for them with you as a sneak preview for you as well:  Steel Cut Sausage Crumbles Photo credit –  Kate Lewis ‘OATrageous Oatmeals’  OATrageous Oatmeals is just what you’d expect from Kathy Hester.  Fun. Useful. Delicious. You’ll just be amazed at how many ways she’s figured out to…

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Red Quinoa Beet Salad with Cucumber Blossoms and ‘Bacon’ – plus a giveaway!

Red Quinoa Beet Salad with Cucumber Blossoms and ‘Bacon’ – plus a giveaway!

Any time that you can sneak flowers into your food – go for it. Cucumber Blossoms from my pot on my rooftop.  I have a new best friend, Terry Hope Romero’s new book – “Salad Samurai”.  I’ve literally been carrying this book around the house with me for days.  Looking at all the fantastic ideas for salads, salad toppings, salad stuff!  Terry knows what a great salad needs.  Her new book is now available at Amazon  and she’s allowed me to sneak a peak at her fabulous book and share a bit of it with you.  Plus two lucky readers will be able to grab a copy of  “Salad Samurai” for free!!   Yikes, I love this book  ♥  The first thing that I noticed when looking through all the gorgeous pics and recipes in Terry’s book was that she and I share a love of salads that make a meal.  Salads that have a whole lot going on to satisfy your taste buds as well as your appetite.  I’ve been enjoying a salad for most of my dinner meals since the beginning of March.  I appreciate all the topping ideas and dressing recipes that I can get my hands…

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Emily von Euw’s ‘rawsome vegan baking’ – Banana Ice-Cream Tarts with Salted Nutmeg Caramel + a giveaway!!

Emily von Euw’s ‘rawsome vegan baking’ – Banana Ice-Cream Tarts with Salted Nutmeg Caramel + a giveaway!!

  Have you seen this yet?   Emily von Euw’s first compilation of  healthy desserts – all ‘Raw’ all ‘Vegan’ all simple and delicious. At first glance, you wont know what to make first.  Then, with a quick review of the fresh, organic ingredients, you’ll realize just how simple it would be to make them ALL!   I started off with a quick batch of dehydrated Peanut Butter Cookies……I was actually coveting them, hoping my Husband didn’t ask to try one out….they lasted less than 24 hours.  Then I tried chocolate nut butter cups – equally simple and tasty.  Today I have the pleasure of sharing one of Emily’s delectable recipes from ‘rawsome vegan baking’  Banana Ice-Cream Tarts with Salted Nutmeg Caramel!                                                            You’ll say, ‘those  aren’t tarts?’ But that’s the beauty of Raw recipes. You can adapt just about anything into just what you like.                 Same ingredients, different presentation.  Actually, this way you get a bigger serving………so, bowls or tarts, works for me!      …

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Kathy Hester’s ‘Chocolate Chip Cookies For Two’ – plus a giveaway!

Kathy Hester’s ‘Chocolate Chip Cookies For Two’ – plus a giveaway!

Closing out the end of Vegan MoFo with a bang folks: Have you had that evening yearning for just a touch of sweet but would never dream of dragging out everything you would need to make a couple dozen cookies up hot and fresh? Kathy Hester has a solution that will rock your dessert world…as well as your meal plans. Seriously.  Is this cookie big enough or what? The recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies in  ‘Vegan Slow Cooking For Two – or – Just For You’ has directions for one big beautiful (shareable) cookie.   I mixed up a quadruple batch of batter then separated  half into a long tube, wrapped it and stuck it in the freezer for another night’s cravings.  All I have to do is heat up the slow cooker and slice off a couple of  inches of batter from the freezer some night and I’m set in about an hour.  Okay, maybe I over did it a too much  little with the ‘extras’  for these cookies but they are chocked full of goodness.  Big dark chocolate chips, pecans, cranberries…… I also sprinkled each one with some coarse sea salt that cuts through the dark rich chocolate chips perfectly.…

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Sugar Free Apricot Jam ♥ & a Giveaway!

Sugar Free Apricot Jam ♥  & a Giveaway!

The Contest is now closed. I’ve been using NuNaturals healthy natural sweeteners in my recipes for years now.   I recently received a new sweetening product from NuNaturals called Lo Han made from fruit and thought it would be perfect to replace the sugar in some Apricot Jam I cooked up last week.  The Lo Han worked beautifully and the jam is just wonderfully fresh and delicious ♥ NuNaturals is now offering a giveaway on 4 different blogs for 2 Lo Han products to 16 winners and then will enter the 16 into a Grand Prize drawing for over $125 worth of NuNatural’s products…awesome!  The giveaway is now live on Canned-Time, An Unrefined Vegan, Keepin’ It Kind and Gazing In.  4 winners for each blog!! Plus you can enter to win on all 4 blogs to increase your odds of winning… WHOO HOOO!!  For my apricot jam, I cooked 2 cups of apricots with 2 Tbs. of powdered NuNatural’s Lo Han over medium heat for about 20 minutes until the fruit was cooked down and beginning to turn syrupy.  Then I added in 1 tsp. of Agar flakes and stirred the fruit for another 5 minutes.  I transferred the jam to…

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Canned Time’s Valentines “Repin to Win” Contest

Let the repinning begin………… All you have to do for this contest is ‘repin’ all kinds of Valentine’s Ideas and Recipes from the Canned Time’s Pinterest Contest Board. Don’t have a Pinterest Board of your own yet?  Sign up here for free and Pinterest will walk you through a 2 minute process. Once you have  some Pinterest Boards of your own, click on the Canned-Time.com boards and the Valentines ‘Repin To Win’ Contest Board will be the first board at the top left of your screen, can’t miss it………… So what can all this ‘repinning’ win you? How about a fabulous E-Book from Becky Striepe – ’40 Days of Green Smoothies’ “Kickstart your mornings with this 40 day program designed to develop your green smoothie habit! The ingredients aren’t always what you’d expect – discover how avocado can help make a smoothie creamy and how chocolate can turn it into a decadent yet healthy treat. Becky Striepe of Glue & Glitter breaks the 40 days down week by week, with each week offering its own set of tips and shopping list.” Or you could win a copy of another fabulous book from Kathy Hester, “The Vegan Slow Cooker” “Author and…

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Giving “Thanks” for Liquid Stevia – NuNaturals Peppermint and Chocolate Stevia Giveaway!

Giving “Thanks” for Liquid Stevia – NuNaturals Peppermint and Chocolate Stevia Giveaway!

This contest is now closed I recently received a couple new liquid stevia flavors from NuNaturals to try out….they are both wonderful. Just in time for holiday favorites with a healthier twist……….Chocolate and Peppermint!  YES!  If you follow Canned Time at all, you’ll notice I use stevia in quite a few of my recipes to convert them to be sugar free.  And from my experience, NuNaturals liquid stevia is that best I can buy. I’ve tried mixing the Chocolate with liquid Orange Stevia to make orange chocolate bars.  I’ve dropped a few drops into warmed Almond milk………..oh, my! And my latest experiment with NuNatural’s liquid stevia was one of my favorites: Vegan Sugar Free Whipped Cream with a touch of Peppermint This stuff is good enough to BE dessert as well as top your desserts! Check out the recipe for the Coconut Whipped Cream at “Oh She Glows“ and then enter to win your own Peppermint & Chocolate NuNaturals Liquid Stevia! You can also check out the full line of NuNaturals products here:  www.nunaturals.com and at the check out page use the DISCOUNT CODE OF  BLG1212 to receive -15% discount on their orders effective until December 31, 2012. 4 lucky readers will…

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September Omnium-Gatherum

A very busy month with lots of fun things going on………..and a lot of work  (ARGGGHHH) I was very fortunate to win a ‘Milk Frother’ from Capresso in a blog giveaway.  I’ve been heating my Soy or Nut Milks for some years now and this has been a real time saver in the mornings and adds a little fancy foam as well.  Very easy to clean and works great! I’ve been experimenting with different flavors and even used it this morning to make apple cider spiced up with a Pumpkin Latte Syrup…..recipe coming up this week! It was so delicious and the frother really made mixing and heating so quick. Love it! I also took some time to de-stress one cool September morning while working out in the farm areas of Maryland to stop and take in the beauty of a morning fog just lifting off the fields: It was an early September humid but cool morning that just was perfect weather after such a hot summer. This year’s corn crop is about done.  We had pretty regular rain this summer so it wasn’t as dried out as in some recent years.  I’ll miss the taste of an ear of…

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Healthy Fun Food Recipe Contest

Healthy Fun Food Recipe Contest

The September Healthy Fun Food Recipe Contest is finally here! Here’s how is works: To enter the contest just e-mail Canned Time a picture of your healthy food & the recipe (or a blog posting showing it) and I will post the picture / recipe & and blog post link on this posting and on Contest Specific Pinterest Boards for each category of the contest 1 Sweet board and 1 Savory board. The 2 winners will have the highest number of comments, repins and likes out of all the recipes submitted during September. Example:  Susie submits a recipe and picture for her grandmom’s banana bread. In September, her recipe receives 12 Pinterest ‘likes’ on the contest board, 25 ‘repins’ and 4 comments.  So Susie’s total for her recipe would be = 41 total.   The 2 recipes with the highest total in each category will be the winner. So what will the winner win? Silpat will be awarding the winner of the Savory category 1 half sheet And the Sweet category winner will win a gift box of Vegan and Chocolate Cookies from Nana’s Cookies! Plus there will be surprise winners along the way throughout September for different achievements from Canned Time……………   You must…

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