Black-eyed Pea Habanero Mango Salsa + Our Family Favorites Winner!

Black-eyed Pea Habanero Mango Salsa + Our Family Favorites Winner!

How much spicy Mexican food can one Welsh-Irish, D. C. girl eat in a week?  Lots. My Mom is from Arizona.  Growing up, she always made us a gigantic Mexican flavored meal a couple of times a year that was just to die for.  Literally…. Greasy tamales.  Fried tortillas that dripped with fat as you picked up a pile.  Cheese drenched enchiladas. You get the picture.  Wonderful flavors.  Not so wonderful for your body.  And as I got out on my own, I surely did learn quickly how to mix up a big pan full of taco meat, drenched in grease, fried chips and of course, lots of cheese. Ahhh, those were the carefree days of not giving  a s___ about my body, my health or my World.   I’ve changed. And this lovely bowl of spicy salsa is what I crave these days.  No guilt.  No grease.  But it still packs on the heat folks! Pile it on top of a guacamole taco.  Use it as a side or on top of salads.  Or just scoop it with your favorite chip or vegetables. I only used 1 Habanero pepper in this batch.  The heat was minimal by our standards…

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Super Simple Super Bowl Cucumber Avocado Jalapeño Gazpacho from ‘FullyRaw.com’

Super Simple Super Bowl Cucumber Avocado Jalapeño Gazpacho from ‘FullyRaw.com’

5 minutes …tops, to mix up this fresh, healthy, spicy dip from Kristina @FullyRaw.com for your Super Bowl Party. Everything gets dropped into a blender or food processor so there’s no dicing or shredding…just chop, chop, chop, eat! Check it out!   I’ve been a huge fan of Kristina’s for years now.  Her life is an inspiration to all those who care about their bodies.  Who care about animals.  Who care about the earth.  She gets my juices for healthy living flowing each and every time I see one of her fabulous videos or scroll through her fabulously healthy and delicious recipes.  I’m sharing today her latest in a long list of my favorites. Whether you’re a football fan or not be sure to click HERE to check out Kristina’s Super Bowl Party Snacks today! Thanks Kristina for all the hope and inspiration you share.  

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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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Zesty, Dairy & Oil-free Creamy Cucumber Dill Dressing

Zesty, Dairy & Oil-free Creamy Cucumber Dill Dressing

  More and more lately, I’ve tried to stay away from processed meals, condiments, snacks.   I’ve found the fresher my foods are, the less bogged down I feel at bedtime.  And the less tired I feel during the day.  I have an exceptionally busy month in May for my job and the extra energy I’m feeling from fresh foods is a needed bonus.  I’ve spent some time in the last year studying up on the skills and experience of a favorite Raw specialist, Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram of FullyRaw.com fame.  Even without noticing Kristina’s spectacular inner and outer beauty, anyone would hopefully acknowledge that she’s been extraordinarily successful in her young Raw life.  With such an example to us all, I admit I’ve been seduced by Kristina’s enthusiasm and love of all things fresh and edible.  She brings life to her meals with the rarest of talents, sincere joy in living.  You can read up on her decade of bringing raw food to the nation, including running the largest, non-profit organic food cooperative in the U. S. (sans salary BTW) by clicking her ‘About’ page HERE. Kristina is one of the very few publicly Vegan figures to speak to the fact that…

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“The Vegiterranean Diet” by Julieanna Hever, MS, RD – a review, recipe & book giveaway

“The Vegiterranean Diet” by Julieanna Hever, MS, RD – a review,  recipe & book giveaway

I recently received a copy of Julieanna Hever’s book “The Vegiterranean Diet“ for review.   It’s a very special book indeed. “The Mediterranean diet has been the gold standard dietary regimen for decades, and with good reason: it has been linked to lowered risks of chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Julieanna Hever , MS, RD takes the Mediterranean diet concept to a whole new level! By focusing on whole-plant foods that promote long-term wellness and ideal weight management, we can reap the benefits of the most researched and beloved diet, made even healthier.  This is the best of the best for plant based diets in my view.  It’s a healthy, easy way to maximize your physical abilities, be kind to our animal friends and don’t forget, eat fabulous foods.  Julieanna has it all in this book.”  The Vegiterranean Diet, which includes a foreword by Dr. Neal D. Barnard  and blurbs by John Robbins, Kathy Freston, and T. Colin Campbell offers: ·         Comprehensive nutrition info ·         Shopping lists with everyday ingredients ·         More than 60 delicious, budget-friendly recipes ·         Flexible meal plans (great for families, too!) ·         Strategies for overall health Julieanna presents the facts and figures in…

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Thai Sesame Veggie Dip & Dressing

Thai Sesame Veggie Dip & Dressing

 This is a simple dip for raw veggies, crackers or even a spread for wraps.  When thinned some, it makes a marvelously creamy dressing for salads.  The asian flavors are a perfect way to give great ‘pow’ to plain vegetables.  A traditional Thai background of peanut butter and rice vinegar blends with your fresh veggies perfectly.  Or if you’ve got the need for a delectable spread for a fresh veggie wrap, this one brings out the raw flavors of veggies with a creamy texture and healthy ingredients to boot! A perfect spread for zesting up your veggie wraps! This collard green wrap, spread thick with Thai spread, with red pepper, green apple and quinoa is spectacularly delicious.   If you have a favorite homemade dressing, please share in the comments.  I’m eating so many salads these days, I need a constant variety to keep my veggies fresh and flavorful.  Thanks for stopping by Canned Time.  There’s always more Canned-Time.com on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or on my newest love – Instagram.    Enter your email address below to receive all the fun filled recipes, life stories and free food ideas Delivered by FeedBurner

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Creamy Non-Dairy Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette

Creamy Non-Dairy Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette

    Sharing my all time favorite salad dressing today.     A light and creamy healthy addition to any type of salad.   This post was supposed to be about some delicious spiced carrot cookies.  Obviously, it’s not.  That’s what happens when you scribble recipes on the backs of junk mail envelopes month after month, and then try to match them up with photos weeks later.  The cookie post was, is….all ready to go except I have no idea how much of what I put into them was.  Yikes!  Now it’s back to a new batch and experimentation to get them right again.  They were delicious and I’m anxious to share them with you.  For now, a simple vinaigrette.  This rich, creamy vinaigrette is highly adaptable to different tastes as well.  Add a little more sweet, some red pepper, more vinegar for a sharp tangy background.  It’s up to you but the basic for a great creamy dressing is right here in this version.            Thanks for visiting!  For more Canned-Time.com,  follow me on Facebook,  Twitter,  or Pinterest, subscribe via Email.

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BBQ Cauliflower ‘Sausage’ Bites with Creamy Dill Dip

BBQ Cauliflower ‘Sausage’ Bites with Creamy Dill Dip

A few weeks ago, we fired up the grill in anticipation of warmer weather coming and fixed up a couple homemade pizzas for dinner.  That recipe will be coming up in April but I couldn’t wait to try out another way to use the cauliflower ‘sausage’ I came up with as a pizza topping that night.  Cauliflower, when spiced up a bit, has a remarkable similarity to the texture of crumbled sausage I’ve found.  And it is especially complimentary to similar tastes and recipes as pork sausage.   Some dried fennel, a little red pepper, some Italian herbs help those little cauliflower sprigs come alive with tomato sauce or even by themselves.  Today I’ve used those sausage-like tastes to make a non-traditional ‘sausage’ ball with a cheeze background that’s just fantastic with dips and sauces. Served up on a scure, they make a perfect party platter for any occasion. Gluten Free – Fat Free – and best of all – Cruelty Free.  Who’d have thought that a bland cauliflower could evolve into a spicy, zesty ‘sausage’ like snack?  These ‘cheezy’ bites bake up in under 30 minutes.  Bake ahead of time if you’re strapped for time and then just warm…

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Sweet & Spicy Whole Grain Brown Mustard Sauce

Sweet & Spicy Whole Grain Brown Mustard Sauce

The first time I made my own homemade batch of spicy mustard I was kinda amazed; first I was amazed at how easy it was, secondly, I fell in love with the bold taste of the brown mustard seeds.  I’ve always been much more of a mustard girl than ketchup, whatever the dish.  When I found out that I could mix up a specialized blend of my own mustard for just pennies I was more than thrilled.  I’ve used the base for this dip over the past 2 years to make dressings, sauces, vinaigrettes.  If you don’t have an Asian grocery where you live where you can purchase inexpensive mustard seeds you can purchase brown mustard seeds on-line.  I’m sure the recipe would work fine with yellow mustard seeds as well, just wont be as strong.   ♥

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Creamy Vegan Maryland “Crab” Dip

Creamy Vegan Maryland “Crab” Dip

Mmmmmmm, my old favorite!  Come back better than ever ♥ “Old Bay Seasoning is a blend of herbs and spices that is marketed in the United States by McCormick & Company, and produced in Maryland. It is produced in the Chesapeake Bay area where it was developed by German immigrant Gustav Brunn in 1939 Old Bay Seasoning is named after the Old Bay Line, a passenger ship line that plied the waters of the Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia, in the early 1900s. Gustav Brunn’s company became the Old Bay Company in 1939, the year he fled  Nazi Germany, producing crab seasonings in the unique yellow can container until the company was purchased by McCormick & Co in 1990  McCormick continues to offer Old Bay in the classic yellow can.Ironically, according to Gustav Brunn, he had worked for McCormick for a week before starting his own spice business. He claimed that he was fired when McCormick learned that he was Jewish.” – source Wikipedia  If you can’t find ‘Old Bay‘ seasoning where you live you can try making up your own homemade version.  A good recipe is HERE.  Check the ‘seafood’ section of your store if you can’t find it in baking. The celery seed and heat from traditional Old Bay really is…

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Coconut Dulce de Leche Candies and Cream

Coconut Dulce de Leche Candies and Cream

This week I discovered what are likely the cutest and likely the most tasty cookies ever over at  Keepin’ It Kind.  Rika from Vegan Miam had created the cutest little purple cookies you’ll ever see.  And sandwiched between those gorgeous crispy layers was creamy decadent Coconut Dulce de Leche.      Oh my. My dreams of that creamy caramel taste without the dairy started swirling around and around in my head for the rest of the week.  Especially since now I know how simple and inexpensive the ingredients in this magical sauce are;  I just had to make some for myself.  But I also thought about how much I had to get done for the holidays, and how little I wanted to stand by the stove for 2 hours so as not to burn a single spoonful of this heavenly creation.  Of course!  I’d let my little 2 quart crock pot do all the work for me while I slept cleaned and wrapped and got all my work done.  The smell of the creamy caramelizing leche boiling away all day ( 7 hours in total) was a little difficult to ignore though.  I forced myself to do taste test after taste test…

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Fried Leek Dumplings with Red Pepper Sauce

Fried Leek Dumplings with Red Pepper Sauce

This summer, we learned how to roll up our own sushi. And now, we’ve tackled fried dumplings and they great! I love making up my own filling and getting the bottoms browned just the way i like.  These take about an hour from start to finish and are well worth it.  Hopefully you can find dumpling wrappers in your local store.  We’re spoiled in D.C. with health food and international markets all over the place but most groceries should have some size and shape that would work for you.  We were even able to find a ‘no gluten added’ wrap. I used sliced leeks are the base for my filling. Along with the veggies, I threw in a little red pepper sauce for flavor.  You’ll just use a small amount but it adds a wonderful creaminess to the dumplings with each bite.  For the red pepper sauce: blend together until smooth, in a food processor, 1 red bell pepper, 8 oz of silken tofu, splash of hot sauce, 1 tsp garlic powder. For the filling: 2 small or 1 large leek, sliced and chopped 1 cup of Napa cabbage sliced thin 1 cup shredded carrot 1/8 cup chopped fresh ginger…

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Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce

Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce

The winner of the ‘Bake and Destroy’ Cookbook giveaway is…… Tanya Shields! Congrats to you Girl♥  I saw this wonderful caramel and thought it could become a proper coating for some big ripe red apples.  To fancy them up just a bit, I sprinkled each apple with some coarse sea salt while the caramel was still warm.  VERY nice.  The caramel sauce in itself will make a special gift.  Then bring along a basket of apples and make it a party!  The Vegan caramel wont take your teeth out and the salt, well it just makes thing a little refined, don’t you know.  A lot tasty.  You can find step by step instructions for this luscious sweet creamy sauce at Cara’s  Forks and Beans:  Microwavable Vegan Caramel Sauce from Forks and Beans I think I like Red Foods, with or without all those nutrients.  Thanks Cara for a great recipe! Have a safe weekend everyone.

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Mango Sweet Pepper Dressing and Sandwich Spread

 So I found a gigantic bag of beautiful little sweet peppers last week, which was great, but then, what do I do with all these peppers?    Mango Sweet Pepper sandwich spread and salad dressing is what I did.  This recipe makes up 2 1/2 pints of spread.  I froze one, made two wraps with the 1/2 pint and I still have waiting to be gobbled up in the fridge right now ……..HHHMMMMMMM!  I used my first batch of this sweet and spicy spread to hold together some wonderful healthy sandwich wraps.  The spread adds a subtle spicy compliment to the veggies.  I used some apples, romaine, more sweet peppers, cucs, fresh basil and avocado for fillings.  Healthy?  YUP!  Easy?  YUP!  Tasty?  Absolutely…… Print Mango Sweet Pepper Dressing with Raw Options Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Condiment   Ingredients 3 Ripe Mangos, fresh, pitted, sliced 2 Cups of Sweet Peppers, d-stemmed, some seeds removed ⅓ cup diced Onion ⅓ cup Rice Vinegar or Apple ⅓ cup Vegan Mayo (I used Earth Balance) ¼ cup Agave or Maple Syrup 1 tsp Sea Salt 1 tsp Black Pepper 1 tsp Garlic Powder or 2 fresh cloves diced 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes Instructions…

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Carrot Salsa

Carrot Salsa

grind… dip… enjoy. drink! Print Carrot Salsa Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Condiments Cuisine: Mexican   Ingredients 1 ripe Mango, diced 6 Scallions, diced 1 cup Cilantro, chopped 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes 2 cups baby carrots, small diced in food processor 2 garlic cloves, chopped ⅓ cup fresh lime juice ⅓ cup pickled jalepenos or fresh for more heat hot sauce to taste salt and pepper to taste (about ½ tsp. each) Instructions Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Taste for seasoning. Refrigerate in a sealed container at least 1 hour – overnight preferred. Serve with chips or veggies. 3.2.1284 Have a safe weekend everyone ♥

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Watermelon Jam – repost

Watermelon Jam – repost

Last year I experimented with some unusual canning ingredients and this is one of my favorites. It’s been getting a lot of Pinterest time so I thought I’d repost it again this summer. I saw this recipe on line and had to give it a try. My favorite fruit is Watermelon!   And being able to enjoy those juicy flavors in the chill of winter as well……… sounded like a perfect idea.     The recipe is included here: http://blondiescakes.blogspot.com/2010/09/watermelon-jam.html With most canning processes, it’s just easier to put out a tested recipe since canning is more science than a lot of food we enjoy.   And I didn’t puree the fruit in advance. I used an immersion blender to smooth while cooking the fruit for a while to save some time and mess. The rest was the same process. My $3.99 Watermelon made up much more jam than I expected.  This works out to about .75 per jar!       Can’t wait to spread a little on a biscuit!

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10 Easy Vegan Spreads, Dips & Sauces

Creamy Chocolate Banana Cashew Butter Like pudding on your tongue….Chocolate Banana Cashew Butter.  Wonderful for a fruit dip or just spread it all over your toast. http://canned-time.com/chocolate-banana-cashew-butter/ Vegan Lemon Butter Picatta Cream Sauce Creamy, quick, Lemon butter pasta sauce.  Mixes up in minutes and makes a plain pasta meal really special. http://canned-time.com/soba-noodles-with-vegan-lemon-picatta-cream-sauce/   Orange Maple Lime Vinaigrette I make so many different vinaigrettes but this one is a favorite.  Fresh Lime and Maple syrup bring the vinegar alive. http://canned-time.com/spinach-mango-pepitas-salad-w-maple-syrup-lime-vinaigrette/ Sprouted Mustard Seed Blackberry Vinaigrette If you’d rather a creamy salad dressing, this vinaigrette has all the nutrients but mimics a creamy thick dressing. http://canned-time.com/sprouted-mustard-seed-blackberry-vinaigrette/ Sugar Free Coconut Milk Whipped Cream For a sweet treat that is guilt free:  Peppermint Whipped Cream.  Really special on top of so many things. http://canned-time.com/giving-thanks-for-liquid-stevia-nunaturals-peppermint-and-chocolate-stevia-giveaway/ Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Ribbons This healthier Vegan Stroganoff uses mushroom to create a creamy thick sauce to spoon over veggies or pasta.  I loved it so much, I used this for my Virtual Vegan Potluck post in October last year. http://canned-time.com/virtual-vegan-potluck-mushroom-stroganoff-with-zucchini-ribbons/ Spicy Red Chili Sauce I live for spicy foods and this one almost did me in (adjust the pepper seeds for a milder version)  So delicious with…

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Raw-Vegan Chocolate Sauce

A delicious, raw chocolate dessert sauce that can adapt itself from a creamy dipping sauce for fruits into a mildly sweet frosting for cakes or sweetbreads.  Mix in a handful of dried fruits and nuts and spoon onto wax paper to make Raw Nut Candies. A wonderfully versatile  sauce from Carmella Soleil at Carmella’s Sunny Raw Kitchen. Adapted from “Carmella’s Raw Sunny Kitchen” – Raw Vegan Chocolate Sauce Carmella’s original recipe called for Coconut Oil. I thought the coconut taste was too strong for me and prefer a milder Vegetable spread option for the fat. I also used powdered Coconut Palm Sugar mixed in with the water until it dissolved in place of the Agave in mine. It’s really amazing that this creamy, sweet sauce comes from a dry almost bitter tasting nut like pecans. I’d like to try a version with walnuts and see how that goes too. So glad Carmella’s got this basic for us though already. And I hope she is back on the road to recovery and getting some great care these days 🙂 PrintRaw-Vegan Chocolate Sauce What you will need for this recipe:3/4 cup raw cacao 1/2 cup pecans, soaked 1/2 cup raw liquid sweetener, or…

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Looking for Spring…….

I’m working on my Pistachio Ice Cream recipe so it’s an easy dinner tonight w/ the help of Trader Joe’s and some of the Spicy Plum Dipping Sauce I made up last month: <><><><><><><><><> Trader Joe’s Vegetable Spring Rolls w/ my Spicy Plum Dipping Sauce Spicy Asian Plum Dipping Sauce With the warmer temperatures this week, I was looking for signs of spring here……… We had a mild winter in the East, for sure And the first signs of spring I remember are always the fruit trees blooming and daffodils.  Well the apple trees are definitely ready for spring too…. Found these gorgeous tulips on sale at Whole Foods……….. Signs of spring at Whole Foods today, beautiful bunches of spring Tulips for sale I always appreciate the changes of new seasons here in the East.  What changes are you seeing in your area?  Do you like living in a cold or hot climate?   The Pistachio Ice Cream was a hit……………more details tomorrow!  Thanks for all the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway entry comments.

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