Kathleen Henry’s ‘Pure & Beautiful Vegan Cooking’ – Review and Giveaway

Kathleen Henry’s ‘Pure & Beautiful Vegan Cooking’ – Review and Giveaway

  A few years ago, my husband and I fulfilled a lifetime goal of spending time in Alaska.  It was expensive.  We’d put a bit here and there away for years for this adventure and luckily it was worth every penny we’d saved up.  Knowing that the trip was earned and paid for made it even more relaxing for us.  Someday, I’ll get around to posting more about the different sites and activities we enjoyed.  Today, I’m bringing to you a lovely new book by Kathleen Henry who happens to live in Alaska!  Lucky girl. Kathleen knows all the beauty and peacefulness of her state and she’s translated that natural, plant-based life into a wonderful array of tasty dishes and desserts for us.  She’s giving a copy of her new book, “Pure & Beautiful Vegan Cooking” to one of my readers so be sure to get in on that chance at the end here! Alaska was literally like looking at a different planet for a week of our lives.  Stunning.  Nature at her finest.  When I flipped through Kathleen’s new book, so full of hearty, nourishing, inspiring ingredients, I was taken back to our week in Alaska and all my amazement and environmental…

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A. B. C. Smoothie Antioxidant Blast in a glass + my “virtual” friend Annie

A. B. C. Smoothie Antioxidant Blast in a glass + my “virtual” friend Annie

Vitamin A + Beta Carotene + Vitamin C = My A. B. C. Smoothie “Antioxidant Blast in a glass” I first saw this drink on Pinterest so I’m not pretending to be so clever as to have created this magnificent tribute to antioxidants and vitamins, but here it is for you now: 2 Carrots (roasted or steamed) + 1 medium size Sweet Potato (cooked) + 1/3 of a fresh Pineapple + 1 inch of fresh Ginger Chill + Blend + Drink = Power Surge! This kind of easy, fantastically healthy and delicious recipe is a great example of small changes I’ve made to my diet in the past 4 years.  Before eliminating  all dairy, and then all animal products in my diet, it was really just ‘what can I eat so I can continue to go’ and ‘how can I stay as thin as possible’  Today things have changed dramatically for me and my diet.  Living a Vegan Plant based lifestyle is such a great confidence builder for me.  I think more kindly about the world and I treat my body more kindly.  I don’t crave Bacon.  I don’t crave fat filled creamy shakes.  I do crave the energy boost and…

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Ginger Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Ginger Pumpkin Bread Pudding

 This year, I discovered and fell in love with Crystallized Ginger.  I discovered it is easily made at home with a dehydrator as well so I can justify eating making it all the time to nibble on….  For this pudding though,  I used Trader Joe’s brand which is just $1.50 per bag and much quicker when you’re having ginger withdrawals and need a quick fix. My homemade version of Ginger Candy is HERE. I tried bread pudding for the first time this year.  It was okay.  I thought I could ginger it up some and make it a tad more nutritious?  Maybe not.  But it does have some good-for-you ingredients in my version and it’s a holiday treat kind of reasoning.  Just don’t eat the whole pan in one day….  I also made the bread for the pudding myself so I could load it up with cinnamon and pumpkin friendly spices.  I won’t give the recipe for that now but it’s basically cinnamon-sugar-loaf on steroids.  Let your bread sit on the counter for at least 2 days to dry out some before cutting up the cubes for the pudding.  Mine actually sat for 5 days due to my work schedule…

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Crystallized Ginger Candy & Ginger Pear Tea

Crystallized Ginger Candy & Ginger Pear Tea

  A funny thing happened to me when I ventured into making my own homemade crystallized ginger candy this week. I discovered Ginger Pear Tea ♥   This candy is simple to make.  Just slice up some fresh ginger into thin strips, boil it for 30 minutes, add sugar, dehydrate, eat!  A wonderful thing happens  when you pour off the liquid you’ve been softening up the ginger in.  It makes a fantastic tea.  I had yet another overly ripened pear again so I added some juice from the pear  in with the ginger water.  Add a little stevia and BOOM! A spicy rich tea that is even good for you.  Between the candy and the tea I am loving my ginger this week!  I purchased a small 4 oz. jar of crystallized ginger last month from Pensey’s and nibbled away at a little each day.  At $4 I felt the need to conserve my cravings no matter how deliciously healthy the bits were.  But now its all mine at only pennies per cup.  Its ginger all around and as much as I’d like.  I love the spicy sweet and the chewy texture of the candy.  The tea gives it’s own…

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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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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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Vegan Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Vegan Sweet Potato Cheesecake

My husband and I both love pumpkin cheesecakes that are available at many restaurants  for fall. But ‘Healthy’, they aint! The sweet potato is one of the oldest known cultivated foods in the Americans, going back over 9,000 years, and is packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Its sweet flavor has been shown to satisfy the palette, while at the same time curbing ones appetite longer by stabilizing blood sugar levels. Sweet Potatoes are also rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.  Using Sweet Potatoes instead of Pumpkin, and by substituting the traditional cream cheese, white sugar and flour in a Pumpkin or Sweet Potato cheesecake, it can actually become a wonderfully nutritious, wonderfully delicious vegan sugar-free dessert that won’t make you feel guilty about having an extra slice or two around the holidays…. Plus Sweet Potatoes are a whole lot easier to cook than Pumpkin in my mind! My recipe here is not only Gluten free, but has VERY little sugar, in fact if you leave out the brown sugar and cookies in the crust and just use a nut/date type bottom for the cheesecake it’s SUGAR FREE! Vegan Sweet Potato Cheesecake w/ Sugar Free Options For the Crust:…

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