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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Maple Candied Oat Pecan Crumble with Maple Cinnamon Baked Pears with fresh tangy Currants

Maple Candied Oat Pecan Crumble with Maple Cinnamon Baked Pears with fresh tangy Currants

   A few months back now, I received a very special package from a good friend in Oklahoma.  Fresh Oklahoma pecans.  My favorite nut.  A few weeks later….another package.  And this one had a lovely jug of Ohio made, maple syrup, from that same good friend.  Most people know her by just Annie.  I thanked her for such a thoughtful gift to me, and my stomach!  Particularly when she has been up to her eyeballs in new projects, not the least of which is a new cookbook now available for pre-order.  I had to make these precious gifts into the most special dessert ever.  I think I did it too. Maple Candied Oat Pecan Crumble with Maple Cinnamon Baked Pears with fresh tangy Currants  I’ve never seen fresh currants in the grocery before that I know of.  When I saw them at Whole Foods, I knew they’d be a perfect complement to the maple flavors in this dish.  I hesitated to add them to the recipe because they would be hard to find.  Cranberry might be a substitute, unsweetened.  Or cherries?  Something with a little tang.  The currants were definitely a hit and I’ve used them as salad toppings as well.…

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Wild Raspberry Jam

Wild Raspberry Jam

This post is featured in the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck week 4 Last weekend, we went up to Gettysburg Pennsylvania for the day.  Thank goodness we happened to be in the town Arts Building because one of their volunteers just happened to have picked 4 quarts of wild raspberries that morning from a field near their farm.  Totally organic, naturally growing gorgeous raspberries!  When I saw her coming in the doorway with them all, she was looking for a place to set them out to sell.  I immediately asked how much?  $1.50 per Pint.  I said, “Excuse Me?”  I knew very well that any major grocery store right now was selling 1/2 pints of non-organic raspberries for twice that price. “I’ll take 2!” I told her and grabbed my husband, who loves raspberries almost as much as I, and got a $5 bill.  I told her to keep the change and walked away grinning from ear to ear to show him my fabulous find!   At the end of the event, the woman hadn’t sold the other Pints and asked me if we’d take them for free?  UH, Duh ?  So we came home with a boat load of the most…

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Vegan Blueberry ‘Pit’ Pie – gluten-free

Vegan Blueberry ‘Pit’ Pie – gluten-free

     Some days I get lucky and mix together just the right amount of this and add just the right pinch of that I it all works.  Last month, late one night actually, the recipe gods blessed me with just such an event in creating this ‘Pit’ pie.  The pit was created in a need to top the pie with a luscious blueberry jam I made up.  Not knowing how this whole mixture was going to cook up, I used a rather small 8″ foil pie pan for the bottom and when it baked, the whole baby was filled to the top and then some, yikes!   I had nothing else to do but start spooning out a section of the center of the baked pie so I could add my topping on.  The topping was the whole reason I wanted the pie to begin with.  Fresh, plump blueberries, just waiting to be sugared up into a smooth, gooey spread.  I actually could have just eaten the jam by itself but that would have been unfair to my rather plain and needy baked pie.  And it really would have looked a little suspicious standing in the kitchen on a Saturday…

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Raw Fruit Cereal with Fresh “Banana” Milk

Raw Fruit Cereal with Fresh “Banana” Milk

You know those mornings when you’d love to have a great big breakfast?  You don’t have time.   You don’t want to spend a lot.   And you don’t need to add hundreds of calories to your day?  Well, when I saw another fabulous video from Fully Raw Kristina I knew this idea would rock my breakfast world. As far from Captain Crunch as you could be……   Thanks for visiting!  For more Canned-Time.com,  follow me on Facebook,  Twitter,  or Pinterest, subscribe via Email below.

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Asian Pear Pie – Gluten and Sugar Free Options

Asian Pear Pie – Gluten and Sugar Free Options

   About 2 months ago, I picked out 10 Asian pears that were on sale here, a dollar a piece.  They’ve been moved around from one place to the next since then in the kitchen.  I was waiting for them to ripen up some.  Then I was waiting for a nice day off to bake up a delicious pie for myself.  Finally my day came today and it was worth the waiting.  This one isn’t a sweet as an apple pie might be.  It has all the spices a flavor without the added sugars.   It’s almost like a cinnamon scone flavor; mildly sweet but lots of spice.  If you’re not so much the ‘pie maker’ than this one would be a great one to try out as well.  I used a nice nutritious Spelt crust that I picked up at Whole Foods.  No animal products and Spelt flour is almost as good as gluten-free.  I also added in some dried currents that I had in the fridge.  I cooked the pears for about 10 minutes and then let them cool off before filling the pie crust.  Asian pears are such a dense fruit, I wanted to make sure that…

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5 Favorite Vegan Fruity Dessert Recipes

5 Favorite Vegan Fruity Dessert Recipes

Maybe if I can’t have Spring-like weather just yet, I can think about some of my fruity desserts to get me through these cold wintry days.  Here are a few favorites:  Cocoa-Pomegranate Freezer Fudge   Cocoa Lemon Berry Tart Watermelon Granita Strawberry Nectarine Tart   Gluten Free Apple Berry Upside Down Cake One year ago I was sipping up some of this delicious Tempeh Sweet & Sour Soup

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Cinnamon Red Pear Butter

One year ago: ‘Friday Morning Fog’  I’ve had this fruit ‘butter’ in my “to try” file for some time now and finally gave it a try.  Its really a wonderful texture and about as healthy a spread as you’re gonna get.  My version is adapted from ‘Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter’ from Good Life Eats.   I limited my spices to just Cinnamon.  I also used half the sugar, added some Vanilla Liquid Stevia from NuNaturals and left out the citrus juices.  I had 4 large red pears.  I also left on the peels which are full of nutrients.  Fruit jams are some what of a balancing act in recipes since no two fruits have just the same amount of juice so you’ll have to adjust your batch to your own ingredients.  I really love pears and sometimes have trouble not snacking on too many while trying to cut them up for recipes.  If you let them get just ripe enough they are just lovely for a fresh dessert.  Some times of the year, you’re doing good just to find them in the stores though.  And this fruit butter will get you through those colder months so you can enjoy spreading…

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Fresh & Fruity Watermelon Granita

Fresh & Fruity Watermelon Granita

So sorry to see those 90 degree summer humid as soup days go away………..NOT!! I will miss my fresh juicy watermelon though. I had to come up with a way to prolong that sweet fruity taste a little longer into the year. The recipe for for this lovely, lite summer treat couldn’t be more simpler.  Just 4 ingredients and a few hours in the freezer. Watermelon Granita 8 cups of Well Ripened Seedless Watermelon cut into large pieces 1 Cup of Organic Sugar 1/2 Cup of Vanilla flavored Nut Milk  ( I used Coconut) Juice of 1 Lime Combine all ingredients in a blender.  You may need to add the watermelon pieces in batches.  Blend until smooth. Pour the blended mixture onto a cookie sheet or large cake pan.  Cover and freeze for a few hours or overnight. Scrape the frozen watermelon with the tongs of a fork to loosen icy flakes of granita.  I’ve been scraping off just what I need for each serving and leaving the rest solid.  If you don’t have room for a big pan to sit flat in your freezer you can use a deeper pan.  Just freeze it for a longer time.  Keep covered…

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Annie’s ‘Loaded Muffins’

Annie’s ‘Loaded Muffins’

  I fell in love with this recipe the first time I saw Annie’s post last month for ‘Loaded Morning Muffins with Crumb Topping’. There are just so many luscious flavors, maple, ……nuts, spice and fruit, vanilla, cinnamon….oats, ginger….YUM. I’ve made up similar recipes when I’m trying to clean out the cupboard or fridge.  Sometimes they work out (sometimes not) But these big beauties work great, even if you have to switch out a few items to clean out your own supplies 🙂 I did make a few changes in mine and they worked out fine. I used fresh peaches in place of the apricots & carrots. Used Sweet Potato instead of Pumpkin. And crushed up some granola for the crumb topping. You can find Annie’s original recipe in it’s purely awesome state here. Whether you use fresh fruit or dried the nutrition and flavors of these ‘loaded’ little cakes will not disappoint.  I made up a double batch of batter and froze half of it to experiment soon to make some ‘Loaded’ waffles as well.  If they’re half as good as these muffins turned out, I’ll be loading up on those too. An Unrefined Vegan has so many wonderfully…

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Frozen Fruit Smoothie Breakfast Bar

Featured on: Brit + Co. The Best Uses for Frozen Berries You’ll Ever Find: 27 Brilliant Berry Recipes  For years I’ve been blending away all the delicious healthy ingredients for green smoothies, usually at lunch time since I leave for work before 5 am and no one wants to listen to ice crushing…including me at that time of day.  I’d love to have a delicious icy drink for my morning meal but it doesn’t work out for me time wise.  I also freeze left over smoothie in ball jars but it takes forever for them to thaw.  Sometimes they don’t soften up for hours when I take them for work and that doesn’t work either ;( So I’ve invented a freeze, grab and go version of a smoothie:  These little squares have all the good things in a green smoothie…and a little more.  Fruit, Nut Milk,  Flax, a little Vanilla Protein Mix… And are perfectly portable! Mix up a batch of these with your favorite smoothie flavor(s), pour it out in a lined pan, freeze and then cut into take-with squares.      Hope you will enjoy this smoothie in a bar with your own favorite flavors.  Be sure and…

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