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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Vegan Life & ‘Warm You Up’ – Chia Buckwheat Granola Cereal

Vegan Life & ‘Warm You Up’ – Chia Buckwheat Granola Cereal

Some unusual habits of Vegan life. Bargaining this week with a store owner for his browned bananas – scored at $2.oo for 40 – well, 39 cause I ate one while bagging them up in the store.  Buying local is best.  Cheap local is fabulous!  The more experience I get at buying Vegan lifestyle foods, the better I get at not going broke doing it.  Not so long ago I would spend hours each week making my own Soy and Almond milks.  I bought on-line many a month because seeds and healthy sweet ingredients just were not around in the stores.  It sometimes seems like overnight, Vegan dieting and nutrition gained recognition and acceptance.  I got to talk with the folks at This Is It D. C. last week about Canned Time and the whole Vegan trend now.  Check it out and thank them while you’re there for showing a bit of interest in Vegan ideas and cruelty-free living. It seems that the surge in Veganism in today’s World is creating a lot of drawbacks though since so many seem to think of it as just another diet plan.  Some good can come of it too though, like the market…

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Spiced Carrot Cookies

Spiced Carrot Cookies

I’ve been juice, juice juicing this month.  What do you get when you juice?  Pulp!  And more pulp. I can’t handle buying beautiful, organic fruits and veggies and throwing away any little part of them.  So saving my pulp has produced a lovely little Spiced Carrot Cookie.   They’re Vegan, Gluten-free, with Refined Sugar Free options. Read on!  Read on!  Carrots and Orange is a nice, simple combination for juicing.  Mildly sweet.  Very healthy.  Relatively inexpensive.  Very quick! Just 3 or 4 carrots is plenty for a large juice glass.  And an Orange or two will round out the flavors.  The carrots will yield a cup or more of pulp for your cookies.  I don’t have a ‘juicer’ so I just blend the chopped carrots in a high speed blender and then strain the juice out through a fine mesh strainer.  Try to leave your pulp for an hour or so to remove as much liquid as possible.  I put my stainer over a deep bowl.  I squeeze a lot of the juices out with the back of a large spoon and then leave the bowl in the fridge so the pulp can drip through the strainer for a while without wasting…

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Cara’s Quick Pickled Veggies

Cara’s Quick Pickled Veggies

  Cara of ‘Forks and Beans’ fame has a wonderfully quick pickling process that anyone can follow and preserve some of this summer’s fresh veggies.  It’s simple ingredients and flavors go perfectly with summer meals, picnics or just for plain snacking on hot days. Thanks Cara.  Find Cara’s new book out this month HERE.     Have a great weekend everyone.  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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My perfect ‘lunch-on-the-go’ = Raw – Kale Mango Pepitas Seed Tacos

My perfect ‘lunch-on-the-go’ = Raw – Kale Mango Pepitas Seed Tacos

 This past month I’ve been concentrating much more on finding unprocessed foods to take on my workday.  It’s challenging to say the least being in a car, sometimes a hot car, all day and trying to eat a healthy fresh meal that will keep me going as well as satisfy my taste buds.  I’ve had a lot of success with homemade bars and balls.  A new favorite is a Chocolate Peanut Protein ball.    They’re so quick and inexpensive…and tasty.  This week, I discovered what will seem like much to simple a meal to share in a post to most.  A kale leaf wrap that I fill with fresh mango, pepitas seeds, a little Justin’s Almond butter (yum) and a couple dates.  This one packs well if nothing else.  And the flavor combination was so delicious I just had to mention my find.    Speaking of finding, on Tuesday I found myself and about 40 other fans of Choosing Raw at a juice bar in D. C. celebrating Gena Hamshaw’s new book, “Choosing Raw, making raw foods part of the way you eat”  If you missed my review of Gena’s book Friday,  please be sure to click back to it…

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Fresh Summer Mango Salsa

Fresh Summer Mango Salsa

  Chop.  Stir.  Dip.   Eat…… My first attempt at cooking with Garlic Scapes.  Nice and mild in comparison with their sister Cloves.   Garlic scapes are the “flower stalks” of hardneck garlic plants, although they do not produce flowers. These stalks start to appear a month or so after the first leaves. They are usually cut off of the plant, since leaving them on only diverts the plants strength away from forming a plump bulb. If left on, they eventually form small bulbils that can be planted to grow more garlic, but it takes 2–3 years for them to form large bulbs. Many gardeners simply toss their scapes in the compost, but garlic scapes are both edible and delicious, as are the bulbils. Difficult to chop though with all the turns and curves! Have a safe weekend everyone.     Be sure that you’ve entered to win a copy of ‘Salad Samurai’.  Contest ends June 25th. 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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Fresh Fruit Fast is on!

Fresh Fruit Fast is on!

  So, we’re off to Alaska in August and I have just a few winter comfort meals left on my hips right now.  I’ve started a fresh fruit and vegetable fast of sorts in the past weeks to get myself into tip top shape for our trip at the end of the summer.  This winter’s sub-zero temperatures were anything but comfortable working outside.  And now I’m paying the price of warming my belly with hot baked goods to keep out the cold.   I’ve already dropped 20 but I’d love to fit into some summer favorites for the trip.  Another 15 to go I’m afraid.   My ‘Raw Foods’ mentors:  Gena, Julie and Kristina have all got me convinced that fresh foods are the way to go for maximum nutrition while dropping this extra weight.  I’ve always known the fresh, local produce tastes the best.  But for now, it’s helping to trim down the fat as well as giving me full flavored meals.   I try not to eat much after 2pm.  A salad or bowl of soup is enough to fill me up before bed.  And all the fiber from fresh fruits and veggies is actually making me feel more…

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Yet Another Tomato Soup…. & Crispy Veggie Jerky

Yet Another Tomato Soup…. & Crispy Veggie Jerky

Oh no………..it’s warmer outside now and she’s still making Soup…….what the ….?  But wait!!  This one has a twist.   So here’s the real story on my crispy spicy veggie jerky discovery.  Last week, I bought a bunch of salad veggies.  Saturday, I had some time and used the salad veggies to make a soup so they wouldn’t spoil in the fridge.  And Monday, I blended all the remaining soup up, added some more tomato paste, and spread the whole mess onto 3 trays to dehydrate.  Oh wait.  I may have added a little more red pepper flakes to the spread too.  Dehydrated for a few hours and then flipped the hardening spread over to get them nice and crispy.  After about 10 hours, I had the most deliciously crispy, spicy, crunchy snack.  And all from a bunch of old raggity spoiling veggies last week.   Life is good sometimes!   You must try this.  Don’t have a dehydrator?  Just use your oven on it’s lowest temp and keep an eye on it that it doesn’t burn.  Oh, did I mention that your whole house will smell like the Pizza Guy just showed up with a pippin’ hot crusty Italian…

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Straight from the Vegan Easter Bunny – Raw Cacao Nib Truffles

Straight from the Vegan Easter Bunny – Raw Cacao Nib Truffles

   From Julie’s Lifestyle.com Easter treats can be fun and healthy with these quick, kid-friendly balls of chocolate flavors.  You’ll want to make them year round too but they sure can make a perfect substitute for popular Easter, sugar laden candies and eggs.  These Cacao Nib coated treats will give kids and adults the healthiest option for a sweet and chocolate treat this Easter.  Plus, once you’ve got this recipe down, the sky’s the limit for new versions, flavors and shapes.   Raw Cacao Nibs are just so yummy on their own.  But when you add them to these healthy truffles, they’re just heavenly. If you can’t find cacao nibs in your area, these are certainly delicious treats with cocoa powder coating instead.  But I urge you to give the nibs a try when you can.  I used NuNaturals Orange and Peppermint Liquid Stevia to make up two different flavor backgrounds for these little balls of fun.  The Cacao nibs rolled on top at the end just add to their chocolate background and make them positively super good for you. Have you ever eaten a whole plate full of candy and not been sinking with guilt and a stomach ache? Okay,…

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“Deli Dirt Mustard” Flax Crackers with Guacamole – Vegan & Gluten-free – plus a giveaway!

“Deli Dirt Mustard” Flax Crackers with Guacamole – Vegan & Gluten-free – plus a giveaway!

Green Mountain Mustard makes mustard differently.     They’re not your run of the mill yellow mustard in a squeeze bottle. In fact, they’re not even gourmet mustard. They make different mustard. Mustard that isn’t bright yellow. Mustard that isn’t boring. And mustard that belongs on way more than just your everyday office sandwich. Green Mountain Mustard started out as a “let’s just see if this stuff sells” mustard back in 2007. Several years later, it’s evolved into a brand known for wacky flavors that take you on a flavor journey far beyond national, squeeze-bottle counterparts. With flavors like Deli Dirt (the blend of toppings on an everything bagel), Atomic Rooster (made with homemade Sriracha sauce), and Clove Encounter (made with a whopping 10 cloves of garlic in every jar), we like to help you push the flavor boundaries of condiment creation.   ‘Deli Dirt’ deliciously healthy ingredients:    Did you know that there are 3 different types of mustard seeds?    Mustard plants produce three types of mustard seeds (arguably two): Yellow and brown. There are other varieties, like black mustard seeds and even white mustard seeds, but they are variations of yellow and brown.   You can enter to win 3 Green Mountain Mustard flavors for yourself:  …

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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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‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry #2 from Julie @Julieslifestyle.com “Berry Breakfast Parfait with Vanilla Cashew ‘Yoghurt’

‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry #2 from Julie @Julieslifestyle.com “Berry Breakfast Parfait with Vanilla Cashew ‘Yoghurt’

My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the recipes and news about my…

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Slow Cooker Granola with Spicy Molasses Glazed Nuts

Slow Cooker Granola with Spicy Molasses Glazed Nuts

What could be better than crunchy sweet and healthy homemade granola?   Homemade granola that you don’t have to watch every minute to make sure that it doesn’t burn.  Granola that stirs like a dream instead of spilling off of the cookie sheet while you’re trying not to burn your arms on the oven rack. That’s what, yea!! I had to fancy this super easy granola up a bit too by adding in some spicy candied molasses nuts with the mix.  My husband and I both agreed that these candied nuts, boiled up with molasses instead of plain maple syrup were much tastier and far better for your health as well.  Blackstrap molasses is chock full of B6, Potassium, Folic Acid and best of all IRON!!

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Beet Hummus & BBQ Flax Seed Crackers – GF with Raw options

Beet Hummus & BBQ Flax Seed Crackers – GF with Raw options

1 year ago I was dehydrating  Cabbage Leaf Chips This year I made 2 trays of dehydrated BBQ flavored Flax Seed Crackers.  So I needed some dip to go with right? You can find this delicious Beet Hummus recipe HERE. For mine, I added in a can of Chick Peas and a little more lemon to make it less thick.  I would add more seasonings if I had just been serving it with veggies but since the flax crackers are bursting with spice and a little heat, the subtle taste of the  hummus was just right. I love how absolutely CRUNCHY the crackers came out.  Gluten free.  Guilt free. Print BBQ Flax Seed Crackers Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com   Ingredients 2 cups whole flax seeds 1 cup almond meal (use raw almonds for raw options) 10 oz. Hemp seeds (ditto) 1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds (ditto ditto) 15 oz. can pizza sauce (10 cherry tomatoes crushed for raw) 1 tsp. powdered garlic or 2 cloves minced fine 1 Tbs powdered BBQ seasoning (omit for raw) ½ tsp sea salt Instructions Combine the flax seeds (unground) with the pizza sauce and set aside for 10 minutes. Stir together all other ingredients and…

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Spicy Tomato BLT Bites with Broccoli Sprouts and Shitaki ‘Bacon’

Spicy Tomato BLT Bites with Broccoli Sprouts and Shitaki ‘Bacon’

One year ago we survived hurricane Sandy and I was enjoying my 1st Virtual Vegan Potluck with this: Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Curl Pasta Love Broccoli Spouts.  Find out how to grow some in your kitchen.  HERE This summer I attended a Vegan cooking class in the city.  The first recipe we cooked up that night were little BLT tomatoes full of that wonderful ‘bacony’ flavor mixed with a spicy mayo and the sweet of the tomato.   I’ve made some changes to make them my own but the concept is pretty much the same:  Making a Vegan BLT inside your cherry tomatoes! Print Spicy Tomato BLT Bites with Shitaki ‘bacon’ Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com   Ingredients For the Marinated Mushroom ‘Bacon': 1 cup dehydrated Shitake Mushrooms 1 cup water 1 Tbs Olive Oil ¼ tsp liquid smoke ½ tsp smoked paprika ¼ tsp sea salt ½ tsp black pepper 1 tsp tamari soy sauce Hot Sauce Mayo: ½ Cup Vegan Mayo 1 tsp Hot Sauce like Sriracha For the Bites: 7 – 8 Campari Tomatoes, top off ½ cup Broccoli Sprouts (or other greens) 15 pieces of Marinated Mushrooms ½ cup Hot Mayo Instructions Stir together the Mushroom marinade and…

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“Frumpy” Pumpkin Spice Croissants

“Frumpy” Pumpkin Spice Croissants

1 year ago – Pomegranate Freezer Fudge My first attempt at mixing, rolling, rising, rolling, folding, freezing, rolling, cutting, rising, baking making homemade croissants. They do involve a little bit of a process to get the flaky dough we’re so accustomed to in store bought croissants. This turned into a 2 day, off and on project to complete.  And with all those steps in preparation, I won’t bore you with all the details. I will link you up with a superb step-by-step instruction that got me through it all…. Thank you so much Izy at Top With Cinnamon ♥ I did make some slight changes to Izy’s recipe. I added the pumpkin filling and pumpkin spread.  I used whole wheat flour.  And I added 1 Tbs of cinnamon and 3 Tbs of sugar to the dough.  I also made my croissants much smaller.  Next time I’ll make them larger though as a lot of the pumpkin filling oozed out the sides when baking.  Still very good but not so great in appearance ;( I also sprinkled each one with a cinnamon sugar mixture after they were cooked. The pumpkin pie spice dipping sauce or filling is like pie pudding.  It contrasts…

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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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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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‘Raw’ Cucumber Sushi

‘Raw’ Cucumber Sushi

   I saw this veggie sushi on Pinterest this week and thought I’d give it a try. It’s probably a little easier than rolling your own sushi.  Not much easier, but it’s different and looks nice.  You don’t have to have a rolling mat but it takes a little time to scoop out your cucumbers.  I think next time I’ll add in some rice to help stick things together better.  The taste is very similar to a Nori Sushi when you dip the pieces in a good soy/rice vinegar mix.  Add in some Wasabi and I thought it was pretty right on for a sushi substitute. It’s different anyway.  And obviously can be made completely raw without the rice.    The picture I originally saw in Pinterest called for some lovely micro-sprouts as filler for each cucumber cup.  Unfortunately, I’m fresh out of homegrown sprouts right now and can never justify paying so much for the store bought ones.  I did without here.  But I did add in some Jalapeno strips.  They added a little bite but without the seeds, there wasn’t much heat.  I put plenty of red pepper flakes in with my tamari soy sauce / rice vinegar…

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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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Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Blondies

  I’ve always wondered what the difference between ‘brownies’ and ‘blondies’ is.  Now I know, it’s just a little molasses.  Or Brown Sugar.     Creating a Vegan Blondie wasn’t too tricky, but this version is also Gluten Free so I was very pleased that it turned out moist and cakey.  Gluten free and I are not friends yet in the kitchen………..but we’re talking at least The flax ‘eggs’ worked well, I added both yeast and baking powder to make sure the batter had some lift.  And homemade brown sugar makes them as fresh as possible. I mixed up my first batch of brown sugar last year and am truly addicted to the difference from store bought.   If  you’ve never tried your own, here’s some details on how easy it really is to mix up and have fresh on hand anytime:         Homemade brown sugar makes up in about 5 minutes and only has two ingredients. You can make it dark or light, store it just like store bought and more importantly you’ll know what’s in it……….you can use the molasses of choice and sugar of choice for that matter.  Check here for more details.  It’s…

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Luscious Vegan Chocolate Mousse

This weekend I was trying to mix up a nice, simple chocolate sauce to drizzle over some fresh pears.  Something just went awry when I tried to thicken up the melted chocolate with a bit of ripe Avocado…. the end result was a wonderfully creamy chocolate mousse.  A luscious dessert.   Print Luscious Vegan Chocolate Mousse Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Healthy Dessert   Ingredients 1 Avocado 1 Cup Nut Milk of choice ½ Cup Melted Non Dairy Chocolate 1 dropper of Vanilla Liquid Stevia (I used NuNaturals brand) 1 dropper of Lo Han Liquid Sweetener (I used NuNaturals brand) 2 Tbs. Cocoa Powder pinch of salt Instructions Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pour mix into small bowls. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour to set up the mousse. Makes 2 – 3 servings. 3.2.1251  Just 2 days left to enter the NuNaturals Giveaway happening on 4 blogs with 16 winners….plus a $125 Grand Prize. Have you entered today?  Enter on all 4 blogs to increase your odds.  Contest ends July 11th at midnight.

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Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream with Macadamia Nuts

Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream with Macadamia Nuts

My favorite ice cream flavor has always been Pistachio. This recipe I got together last year for St. Patty’s Day really made a fabulous non-dairy version of an old favorite.  I spent a lot of time cracking the nuts open to soak them.  I would suggest trying to get some already shelled.  I sat at the table cracking away and started realizing how many things in my kitchen are ‘Pistachio’ color…………….I guess I like the spring green more than I realized? Soaking the pistachios helps to blend them in with the avocado and flavors the creamers. Doesn’t taste like Avocado, doesn’t even taste like Coconut. Just a big bang of Pistachio and Vanilla flavor which is what I wanted. The Macadamia nuts give it an extra crunch although any nut would be good or leave out the Macadamias and just reserve some of the Pistachio nuts to add in whole.  The texture of the Pistachios was still in the cream on mine too so it’s not purely smooth like regular ice cream would be. Boy, for someone who’s hated missing ice cream since going Vegan, this is like magic.   Love getting to taste my old favorite flavor or ice cream again…

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July 4th Bing Cherry Bombs

 I live in Washington D.C. and one thing we celebrate in grand fashion each year is Independence Day on July 4th. Although I rarely go down to the Mall for the biggest fireworks show anymore, crowds are not my favorite thing since 9-11, I do like to celebrate with family and some good foods. This time of year that usually includes some summer fresh fruit or veggies. And Bing Cherries are absolutely in my top 10 Summer snacks.  Who knew they were also pretty healthy for you? I can remember each summer growing up, my Mom bringing home the huge bag of cherries and we’d grab a handful, go outside and start gobbling them up and spitting out the pits over the deck. The bag never lasted very long ;( My fancier version here includes two more  favorite foods:  Dark Chocolate and some shredded Coconut flakes.  I also experimented with a Vegan Marshmallow spread I found that is super easy to use and tastes great with the Coconut and the sour of the Bing Cherries.  The Vegan Marshmallow Creme from Suzanne’s that  I used here made the cherries taste a lot like a fruit filled cake.  Not overly sweet but…

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Ginger Red Bean Popsicles – plus a Giveaway!

Ginger Red Bean Popsicles – plus a Giveaway!

Giveaway is now closed  I’ve been drooling through Kathy Hester’s newest book, The Great Vegan Bean Book, for over a month now since it’s release and I can’t stop contemplating which recipe to try out next.  I’ve already made the wonderfully spicy Sloppy Buffalo Beans.  Twice actually.  That burger is so quick and simple to make up on a busy night.  I love it!  But today, I’m sharing the sweeter side of beans.  Ginger Red Bean Popsicles.  They are uniquely flavored for a dessert, especially a popsicle.  Leave it to Kathy to come up with unusual flavors and bean recipes.  The Bean paste is simple to cook up and stores well in the fridge or freezer so you can make up some of these pops in a flash.  In minutes really once you have the paste made.  Just a few simple ingredients to have on hand and you’ve got a lovely simple pallet cleanser after lunch, dinner, heck I’ve had two of them for breakfast already today.  Really fun getting your protein in each day from such a delicious frozen treat. You can see many more recipes from Kathy’s book on her website Healthy Slow Cooking as well. Kathy’s new…

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Cashew Crusted Blueberry Plum Mini Pies

Cashew Crusted Blueberry Plum Mini Pies

 With just two of us eating at my house, I’m always looking for quick treats that will freeze and store well so I can pop up a fancy dessert any evening without struggling to use up a whole cake, pie, pudding within the next few days.  These mini pies are a perfect lite ending to a meal or can fill in for breakfast on the go if packaged correctly.  I baked mine in a Mini Pie maker but my recipe adjusts for oven cooking as well.  The filling here is just what I like and had on hand.  It can easily be changed to other fruits as long as they are prepared in small pieces to fit into the smaller pie crusts.  Frozen Blueberries worked well.  I’d like to try it out with Mango, Peaches, Strawberry.  Even Pecan will be good although the filling preparation listed in this recipe would have to be adjusted for Pecans. I’m a big fan of Plums and I usually let them almost over ripen to ensure that they don’t upset my stomach and also maximize their sweetness.  It’s hard to find ready ripe plums in the grocery here so I almost always wash them…

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Ornament Cake Balls – Vegan, Gluten Free w/ Raw Options

I saw these adorable little ornaments while searching for some ‘cake pop’ ideas and had to give them a try.  I picked up some clearance ornaments at Michael’s Crafts for a $1, removed the top metal hooks from them and got to work making up a ‘raw’ batter for my pops. My quick and easy – delicious raw recipe came from Cara over at ‘Fork and Beans’.  Leave it to Cara to come up with a wonderfully nutritious version that tastes as good as it looks!  Check out her Raw Chocolate Cake Pops. After the dough balls firmed up in the freezer, I rolled a few in some sugar crystals and dipped others in melted chocolate. These cute little balls of sweet goodness would be perfect for a party tray or dessert centerpiece for holiday tables.  With all the sweet stuff around this month, you can pop one of these bites without much thought to it ending up on your hips. Store them in a sealed container in the freezer until you’re ready to decorate the tree! Definitely healthy fun food……… Enjoy

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Cocomama’s Peppermint Mocha Brownies

Sara and Maggie over at Cocomama Foods  show us the 5 B’s………. Awesome ladies!  Can’t wait to see what you’ll have for Canned Time in January? Have a safe weekend everyone!

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Spicy Candied Nut Brittle

Candied Nuts?  Spice? = YUM I’ve always loved contrasting flavors and textures in food and this snack has it all! The salty, spicy seasonings, the syrupy sweetness of the stevia and maple syrup, the crunch of the caramelized  nuts! I took half of this batch and saved it to break up on top of salads and the other half I pressed into a greased square container to make bars out of for breakfast.  Press down hard on the candied nuts, cover and freeze.  When they get cold, just cut into squares and wrap. Either way you enjoy these spicy gems……….you will enjoy them a lot! Spicy Candied Nut Brittle – Sugar Free options, Vegan & Gluten Free 4 Cups of Mixed Raw Nuts    ( I used slivered Almonds, Brazil, Pistachio and Peanuts in this batch) 1/3 Cup Black Sesame Seeds 1/3 Cup Vegan Vegetable Spread like Earth Balance 1/3 Cup NuNaturals brand  PreSweet™ Tagatose 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup or Agave Nectar 1 Tbs. Cinnamon 1 tsp. Sea Salt 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper 1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes Melt the Vegetable Spread in an iron skillet or fry pan over low heat  until it begins to simmer slightly. Add in all…

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