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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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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Chopped Broccoli & Spinach Salad with Creamy Tahini Vinaigrette

Chopped Broccoli & Spinach Salad with Creamy Tahini Vinaigrette

 I had a good response last week with this salad on Instagram so I’m sharing a quick recipe for the dressing….which many of you have seen before since it’s a favorite.  And a new way to get more greens into your salads.  Some of you may have a Trader Joe’s store near by and are already familiar with packages of pre-chopped brussels sprouts.  They’re a bit pricey and I haven’t seen them organically grown either.  I made my own in two minutes.  For this salad, I used a head of organic Broccoli to boost my greens.  They are chopped just the same as the brussels and are so tasty mixed in with spinach or baby kale and a great dressing.  Simply pulse two or three cups of cut broccoli or halved brussels sprouts in a food processor and there you go…  Wonderfully simple and easy to eat ‘raw’ greens added to your salads.            Bob and I are big salad eaters and always have a balancing game going on in our fridge to use up the salad greens before they wilt or get mushy.  These chopped sturdier veggies last twice as long and really hold on…

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My Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce, Dressing, Dip or Spread

My Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce, Dressing, Dip or Spread

     I need the best ingredients now days, fresh, colorful, organic hopefully, and most of all tasty in my dishes to enjoy eating them.  I’m not sure if my snobbery started the night my husband and I stared from our table at the restaurant hostess nibbling away at the salad bar with her fingers picking away at the fruit, the day I saw a grocery worker take a wedge of watermelon from the salad bar and gobble it down right then and there, or I’ve just grown to be very particular what goes into my body in the last 5 years.  Salads and salad dressings are the quintessential ‘fresh’ food in my mind.  Either way, doesn’t matter,  I am an admitted fresh vegetable snob  aficionado. The first essential ingredient in a fresh salad are or course, the greens.  Not so much a snob on what kind, but just how fresh they are.  Like these beauties I used in an Orange Fennel Salad massaged with my Thai Peanut Dressing.  Tatsoi leaves are little suitcases of vitamin C, A and Calcium.  These particular stalks I used were so deep, dark green you could almost taste the Cancer fighting cells in each delicious…

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Choosing Raw’s ‘Spicy Peanut Kale Salad’ & “Salad Massaging 101”

So, I’m off on my Alaska adventure still but I scheduled this to share while I’m away.  Its my ode to the Salad Massage created by Gena Hampshaw of ‘ChoosingRaw.com. This kale salad process has changed my salad life for good.  I can now eat an entire bowl, huge bowl, of kale in one salad instead of buying softer, more perishable greens and hope to use them up before they look like wet noodles in the fridge.  It really is a wonderful way of dressing a salad and maximizing your greens.     I’m not sure what initially drew me to this recipe of Gena’s first.  Was it the great flavor combinations?  The “made for me” dressing? Of course I know now.  It was to learn all about how to eat an entire bowl full of raw Kale with a technique Gena calls “Salad Massaging” The first time I made this beautifully raw and colorful salad, yes – I’ve made it so many times since that first experience, now I’ve lost count – but the first time: I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a full stock of about 30 fresh Kale leaves work down into two lovely bowls of…

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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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Sesame Bok Choy Apple Slaw with Baby Bella Dressing

Sesame Bok Choy Apple Slaw with Baby Bella Dressing

   When you don’t have exactly what you think you need for a new dish…sometimes what you do have will surprise you.      I needed to use up a small bag of Baby Bella Mushrooms from my last produce order from From the Farmer.  But I was making a slaw dish with the last of my Bok Choy from the same lot.  Why not?  I made up some delicious slaw dressing using the pureed mushrooms mixed in with traditional slaw seasonings.  No compliant about the nutrition and taste in this side dish.  The Baby Bellas creamed up in the food processor to make a deliciously lite and tangy sauce for my slaw. The color was a tad bit untraditional for slaw.  But I got over that when I took my first fork full.  A new way to make mayo for us here.   If mushrooms in your slaw just doesn’t do it for you, I have several other summer slaws that may light up your grilled corn or veggie burgers.  My idea here is to use your fresh vegetables when they’re ripe and ready.  And if you come up with a new way to encorporate those flavors to your…

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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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Tangerine Radish Sprout Salad

Tangerine Radish Sprout Salad

 For about 4 weeks now, for the most part, I’ve been eating a big salad for my dinners.  It really has been a nice change not thinking too hard what, how or where I’ll have my dinner so that’s good.  I’ve been sleeping better as well without the ‘stuffed’ feeling at bed time.  I’m thinking that my salads need a little pick me up at this point though just to keep things interesting.  So I’ve been sprouting my way to salad heaven for a few weeks.   They are probably the least expensive ‘greens’ you can use in a salad.  Not to mention growing them on a kitchen counter, with no dirt, in November, in the city………..awesome! These Radish sprouts are some of my favorites.  They have a slight heat to their taste, not much, but similar to full grown radishes.  They’re pretty.  They grow very quickly and last for up to a week in the fridge if you wash them well, dry them well and then store them in a sealed container.  I use a glass Mason jar to store mine and it works great.  I’ve posted this web site for more sprouting info several times before and here it…

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Spicy Red Cabbage Slaw Wraps

Spicy Red Cabbage Slaw Wraps

Last Friday night, my husband surprised me with a fantastic BBQ meal including a Vegan Faux Pulled ‘Pork’ he came up with and a wonderful Red Cabbage Slaw.  They were both wonderfully delicious and healthy.  Perfect for my Vegan MoFo theme.  Check it out:   Just mix a little of the ‘Pork’ mixture with a spoonful of slaw and you’ve got a fabulous sandwich or wrap like I did here. The spicy slaw mixed so well with the BBQ flavors and melded together for one fantastic wrap. We’ve had these 3 times now since Friday.  They are worth the all the chopping! Print Spicy Red Cabbage Slaw Wraps Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Meatfree Sandwich Wraps Prep time:  30 mins Total time:  30 mins Serves: 5 – 7   Ingredients 3 Cups Chopped Red Cabbage 1½ Cups Vegan Sandwich Spread or Mayo 1 Cup Carrot sliced thin and chopped ½ Cup Green Pepper, diced 2 Tbs. Tamari Soy Sauce 3 Tbs. Organic Sugar ¼ Cup Rice Vinegar 1 tsp. Celery Seed 1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes 1 tsp. Garlic Powder Salt & Pepper to taste Instructions Mix together cabbage, green pepper and carrots in a large bowl. Stir together all other ingredients…

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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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Spicy Asian Slaw – and our winner!

Spicy Asian Slaw – and our winner!

A perfect mix of spicy, sweet and tang.  Spicy Asian Slaw. I needed a few side dishes to bring with for our July 4th celebration Thursday and this slaw will brighten up the party for sure.  The slaw is mildly sweet with a touch of ginger (barely a touch) and some healthy stuff like Miso, Broccoli and Red Pepper mixed in.  I made up a jar of Annie’s Oil and Nut-free Berry-Miso Salad Dressing this weekend, (which was just fabulous Annie).  It really got me in the mood for a slightly sweet and spicy dressing for my slaw today. It balanced the spice in the beans and with such low sugar, you can eat as much as you’d like. Whether or not you are celebrating Independence Day this week, the Canadian’s Birthday today or you just need a full flavored dinner to make tonight, this one’s a winner for summer meals. Print Spicy Asian Slaw Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Side or Salad Cuisine: Asian   Ingredients 1 10 oz. bag of shredded cabbage 1 12 oz. bag of broccoli slaw (or a slaw mix) Juice of 1 lime 1 Cup Vegan Salad Dressing ( I used Earth Balance ‘Mindful Mayo’) 1…

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Pear & Broccoli Sprout Salad with Balsamic Caramelized Sweet Potato Cubes

 I’d like to thank Somer, Jason and Annie for including my blog in today’s Virtual Vegan Potluck.  It’s always a good thing when healthier food ingredients and preparation is publicized and I’m proud to be one of MANY incredible food sites highlighted to day.  I know it’s been lots of work for many and hats off and thanks to all involved 🙂  When I first began thinking of the ingredients for this salad, I presumed that the pears and sprouts would be the stars.  Then came my lunch.  I began to prepare a sweet potato for lunch and the preparation options began to flow………..since I was preparing to do my photos for the Broccoli Sprout Salad,  I think I just got sidetracked and came up with a wonderful topping.  The caramelized sweet potatoes really make this simple salad into a meal.  The flavors all meld and make for some great eats!  Vinegar, sugars, spice and fresh veggies rarely disappoint. These taste combinations are lovely by themselves.  I’ve used versions of this citrus vinaigrette more often than not for my salads in the past few years.  I love the way the mild tangy orange blends with the spicy and sharp vinegar and…

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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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Spinach Mango Pepitas Salad w/ Maple Syrup & Lime Vinaigrette

With all the New Year’s Resolution(ing) going on this month…I wanted to share a scrumptious salad option that will keep your taste buds happy as well as your healthy eating goals.  It’s full of flavor, packed with nutrition and breaks up the monotony of romaine and carrot sticks 🙂 First of all, you’ll need a nice ‘RIPE’ Mango, a juicy lime or 2, and about a 1/2 cup of Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas) Pepitas (pronounced puh-pee-tuhs) are chock full of nutrients. Pumpkin seeds pack a variety of vitamins. They are particularly high in vitamin K, with 22 percent of your recommended daily value per serving. But they also provide good amounts of vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and folate. Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/263750-pepitas-nutrition-information/#ixzz2Gqkzevkv And if you’re one of those  people who only care about taste and good looks – vitamin K is particularly good at suppressing dark circles under your eyes. I love a salad that makes you forget that there’s greens in there some where…………this one definitely fits the bill! Spinach Mango & Pepitas Salad with Maple Syrup & Lime Vinaigrette For the Salad: Toss together Baby Spinach, Arugula Greens, sliced Cucumber, chopped Red Pepper, Pomegranate Seeds and Mango pieces. Sprinkle with…

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