Don’t Forget Your Greens!!

Don’t Forget Your Greens!!

  With all of the sweet stuff around this time of year…… don’t forget to grow some greens!!   I’ve been messing around with growing sprouts and microgreens for years.   They are fun to watch grow.   Grow up in just days.   They’re especially easy and inexpensive.   And they just do a body good.   Add them to salads, on top of soups, in wraps, or do like I’ve been doing this Holiday season:   Juicing them!             Seems kind of sad when I stuff my juicer full of these little beauties but it’s the fastest way to keep up with fresh veggies all day long.     Juice up some sprouts and mix with a little fresh fruit juice and you’ve made a healthy and delicious drink to sip each morning instead of the usual sweet stimulant.         If you’ve never tried to grow sprouts yourself, you’ve probably avoided using them with any regularity.  They are particularly pricey in stores due to the problem of keeping them fresh for sale. Grow your own in just a few days, with just a little effort and you can splurge on as many…

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Oil Free Holiday Options – Green Bean Quinoa Celery Salad

Oil Free Holiday Options – Green Bean Quinoa Celery Salad

No need to bloat and ache after your Holiday meals these days.       I’m hoping that each of you can enjoy a few days off for your family celebrations this Season.  After years of working full blast through the holiday season, I relish the time off that I enjoy these days.  I still usually wake up before dawn on Black Friday.  These days, it’s to enjoy a peaceful walk through the woods or a Wintery field instead of lining up and/or fighting crowds.  I hope to help out with a healthier Holiday meal that is so quick and easy on Canned Time by sharing my favorite, fat-free, Vegan menu ideas in the next few weeks. First off, I’m sharing a spectacularly healthy side salad, bright enough for anyone’s Holiday table setting.  Serve this delicious hearty salad to your carnivore friends and family and they will absolutely NOT know it’s packed with nutrition.  I added in some dried cranberries to balance out the light, oil-free dressing that holds it all together.  The crispy beans and celery balance out the savory side of the pecans and quinoa.  I love this salad any time of year.  It travels well and tastes better…

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Mom’s Homemade Red Hot Applesauce with Annie’s Whole Wheat Lemon-Date Rolls

Mom’s Homemade Red Hot Applesauce with Annie’s Whole Wheat Lemon-Date Rolls

Some food memories we have relate directly back to one person.  Mom’s warm, chunky homemade applesauce is one of those foods for me.  Something I know my Mom also loved but rarely got to enjoy, is now a favorite in my own home.  I can remember times in the kitchen as a young girl, peeling apples, eating peels till I was stuffed, and that smell of apples and cinnamon cooking up on the stove.  My mom’s simple little secret for a spiced, warm applesauce? She throws in a handful of Red Hot cinnamon candies at the very end.  Maybe we had a few candies on the side as well…..thanks Mom ♥ And what goes perfectly with hot, creamy, sweet applesauce?  Hot freshly baked breads of course! My friend Annie,  who was my original inspiration to go full Vegan 4 years back now, has always had a way with bread. Pancakes, Waffles, Loaves, anything earthy, hearty and warm.  She shared her recipe for a scrumptiously healthy Whole Wheat Lemon-Date Loaf a few months back was crying out to me and my Mom’s sweet, warm apple sauce.  I’ve always fallen weak-in-the-knees for hearty, crusty breads and biscuits and Annie’s lightly sweet, lightly lemony loaf…

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5 Ingredient Crock Pot Cozy Cranberry Apple Granola Crumble

5 Ingredient Crock Pot Cozy Cranberry Apple Granola Crumble

Really wanted to share this before the Easter Holiday weekend but my work got away from me and I didn’t have time.     It’s a wonderfully easy way to make something special without any effort other than layering ingredients in a crock pot and then waking up to the smell of cinnamon and  tasty apple crumble.       A busy morning brunch, family visiting?  This one pot breakfast or dessert makes everyone’s stomach growl without weighing you down or packing on the pounds.  I used raw cranberries in this version and was surprised at how sweet they became after cooking in with the apples and granola.  They are perfectly sour but not so much that you’ll squint with the tartness.   Add in your own fresh fruit to change-up the flavors like blackberries, currents, raisins, dried pineapple?     The possibilities are endless ♥     I’m off from work for a few days and plan on doing a few upgrades to the blog…  wish me luck with the tech ;( If you’re not signed up to receive my posts directly to your email, please sign up below.  I have some great giveaway posts coming up and I’d…

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Win $100 In International Shipping Across the Globe – plus Roasted Chestnut Orange Maple Butter

Win $100 In International Shipping Across the Globe – plus Roasted Chestnut Orange Maple Butter

So why is a food blog offering a package shipping giveaway?  Here’s why –  All my readers can receive 74% cheaper than standard DHL shipping when using TransWorthy’s shipping! You don’t have to wait in line at the post office.  This time of year that’s well worth its weight in gold! You just scheduled your pick up from home or office and your package is picked up right at your door…awesome! Who is TransWorthy? TransWorthy is a worldwide shipping advisor that receives DHL discounted pricing which they then pass on to you. We’re talking 74% of savings on your shipping costs! TransWorthy’s system offers the following benefits: Ability to track your shipment on the DHL website Convenient payment on their site No waiting in lines (such a drag around the Holidays in particular!) One of my readers will win $100 in shipping credits from TransWorthy.   Yes, this is an odd mix for me but the thoughts of being able to award some lucky winner with a big help for the holidays was too much to pass by.  The credit never expires and does not need to be used in one shipment.  Just use it up as needed for shipping gifts…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse from Laura Theodore’s ‘vegan-ease’

Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse from Laura Theodore’s ‘vegan-ease’

I’ll admit that I wasn’t familiar with Laura’s work until my friend @AnUnrefinedVegan was asked to do some of the photos for her newest book, ‘vegan-ease‘  Better late than never I guess.  With the volume of Vegan cookbooks out these days, sometimes it’s hard to stay up with all the good news.  Annie has a wonderful posting as well about her own history with this book if you’d like to catch up with her experiences with Laura. Some of you may also know Laura as ‘The Jazzy Vegetarian’  And you may have seen Laura on her show of the same name which airs on Public Television, now in it’s 5th season.  Whoohoooo!!  Check it out: The Jazzy Vegetarian Laura’s newest book, ‘vegan-ease‘ is a compilation of her life’s experiences with yummy, cruelty-free creations and now she shares them with us all in an easy to read, colorful book full of every type of healthy creation imaginable. Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you all Laura’s recipe for a delicious Peanut Butter-Chocolate Mousse and… Laura’s Top Five Tips for Vegan-Ease Cuisine: If you are new to vegan eating, start by serving one non-meat, plant-based meal each week for dinner. Try…

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Warming Apple Cider Spice Cake + A Stevia Giveaway from NuNaturals

Warming Apple Cider Spice Cake + A Stevia Giveaway from NuNaturals

  So here’s the ‘drama’ of this humble little cake: The delectable chopped apple pecan topping? It gets ladled on to your slice of cake, piping hot, just as you’re being served your cake. Yup. DRAMA…. Okay, so you could also pour some topping on prior to cutting the cake but why not let each person feel like their piece is just specialized for them by letting them spoon on the topping themselves? Either way, it’s the tastiest apple cake I’ve ever had in 50 some years folks. Sorry Mom. And the healthiest by way of ingredients to be sure. Some of that ‘healthy’ aspect comes from using Stevia along side of some natural sweetening like Maple Syrup and Apple.  This time I used my all time favorite NuNaturals Vanilla Liquid and some NuStevia Simple Syrup. The stevia adds sweetness without adding additional calories or carbs here. We like that. And NuNaturals Stevia never fails me in my desserts. I even tried out a newer product they have in this little cake that provides   Oat fiber without adding any additional carbohydrates or sugars. Check it out.        Then go out and get some Organic Cider and make this…

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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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Healthy Holiday – Oil-Free “Kick Ass” Cheezy Cabbage Rolls

Healthy Holiday – Oil-Free “Kick Ass” Cheezy Cabbage Rolls

Once I discovered that I could drizzle fresh, even raw veggies with a luscious, gooey non-dairy cheeze sauce without wondering which thigh it would show up on first?  I was happy with life. This sauce is that good.  Okay, maybe not life shattering but it is just that healthy and  versatile.  You’ll never go back to Velveeta once you’ve whipped up a quick batch of cheeze sauce like this one.  My version is adapted from Jill McKeever’s version which is based on a friend’s version who got it from a friend.  Yeah, it’s been around some and now I’m sharing my tweaked version with you all so you can share it with a friend and amaze your family in a few weeks at your holiday meal. You’ll be pouring copious amounts of gooey cheeze on your families veggies with a smile on your face this year. Regular Velveeta cheese contains milk, water, milk fat, whey, whey protein concentrate and milk protein concentrate. These ingredients make up the bulk of the product. Enzymes and cheese culture are included to aid in the manufacture of the cheese — these ingredients are bacterial agents that determine the taste, texture and appearance of cheese products.…

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Vegan Labor Day Party Fresh Spicy Cucumber Nectarine Salsa

Vegan Labor Day Party Fresh Spicy Cucumber Nectarine Salsa

Collard Green Tacos with @BeyondMeat Fiesta flavor crumbles and Cucumber Carrot Nectarine Salsa.  A few years ago, Bob and I wondered into a Mexican restaurant in the old town section of  Frederick MD.  For once, we didn’t have a coupon which is normally our habit for trying out new places.  But we’re glad we found this spot.  The most memorable part of the meal was a simple, spicy salsa on each table that used cucumbers for the base.  It also had tomato and onion but the cucumbers were definitely the dominant flavor and texture.  It took a few chip scoops to get used to that background but we ended up loving the difference they made.  A few bowls later, I told myself I’d have to try making this one at home soon.    Well, it’s been at least 2 years now but I’m finally getting around to making my own version of the cucumber salsa from that day. I love the flavor contrast you find in ‘peach’ salsas.  This version today uses fresh, summer nectarines for a similar fruity sweet background for the spices in the dip.  I like the mildness of the sweet and how it blends with the…

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Sunwarrior Vanilla Goji Berry Granola Parfait & An Awesome Giveaway!!

Sunwarrior Vanilla Goji Berry Granola Parfait & An Awesome Giveaway!!

I just love having the opportunity to help someone try out these products for free this month! Sunwarrior made me very happy this summer! Here’s why.. If you’re new to Canned Time, you may have missed a scrumptious posting I brought you this spring which featured a few recipe ideas using a fabulous new ‘Classic Plus’ line from Sunwarrior products.  If so, please check it out after you’ve enter to win some Sunwarrior for yourself at the end of this posting.   Here’s the link to that earlier article. It has a complete listing of all the fabulously healthy ingredients that Sunwarrior uses in this new ‘Classic Plus’ line and shows you just how important the way they process their products can be to how beneficial they are to your body. Some protein powders leave you wondering why you didn’t spend a little more and get something truly beneficial and tasty?  I’ve been using Sunwarrior’s full line now for years and I really think the Classic Plus is their best product in the full line of options they offer.  The video here will get you some of the reasons I love this product so much and why you MUST enter…

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July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails and No-Bake Salted Chocolate Cherry Doughnuts

July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails and No-Bake Salted Chocolate Cherry Doughnuts

ALOHA! Today, just in time for the July 4th celebrations I have some Cool Summer fresh healthy treats for you! Having grown up in the Washington D. C. Metro area, I’ve seen my fair share of July 4th festivities.  My family would drive down to The Mall, early in the afternoon so we could get a spot on the grass near the Washington Monument with a good view of the fireworks and music most years.  Some years, were better than others as I remember.  Some years, the weather would be unbearably hot and humid.  In the late 60’s, there were Hippies, Police scuffles and things were a little less family friendly….  But they all had that swelling of patriotism,  family groups from all Nationalities, hot summer sun and plenty of food and drinks.   Now that I’m still in D. C. but have a little less tolerance for heat and crowds, I prefer to enjoy just as much food and fun but most likely it’s from right in our own back yard.  The music is traditional, the food… a lot more healthy, and the drinks are now less sugary and fresh from the farmer’s market.    “July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails” …

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5 Ingredient: Dairy Free Avocado Chocolate Easter Eggs

5 Ingredient:  Dairy Free Avocado Chocolate Easter Eggs

   This dessert is so fun.  If you don’t make it as an Easter treat, be sure to just try out the chocolate pudding recipe.  It is fabulous.  We have it at least once a month and don’t feel one bit guilty about it either.   Avocado, cacao powder, maple syrup, almond milk and a pinch of salt. It’s perfect in every way. I first discovered the idea of avocado chocolate pudding from Gena @Choosing Raw.  I couldn’t believe just how creamy, luscious and similar it was to my memories of dairy filled, stove top back aching cooked puddings.  If you don’t tell anyone that the base is made from avocados, I think its safe to say…they’ll never know.      In this version, I’ve used the avocado shells themselves to make a dessert presentation for Easter.  The shells fit together after filling them with the prepared pudding and then freezing each half until it’s solid.  Then simply fit the two shells back together and secure them with ribbon for an Easter-Egg-Like presentation for your family.  The shells will thaw in about an hour for serving.  The ones shown here were frozen for over 2 weeks prior to the pics and…

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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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Vegan Cruelty Free Holiday – Asian Orange Butternut Squash

Vegan Cruelty Free Holiday – Asian Orange Butternut Squash

Another Holiday side idea for you this week.  A flavorful way to get veggies on the table at holiday time without the traditional sugary marshmallow topping.  If you’re in a hurry, or just get annoyed cutting up squash, you can usually find butternut pre-cut in the grocery store.  Certain this sauce would work equally well with cubed sweet potato in place of squash.  Increase your boiling time if you use potatoes though.  You want to make sure that your squash are completely done through or no one will enjoy your dish.  For added flavor, mix up the syrup / sauce in advance and let the squash sit in the juices overnight in the fridge.  You can adjust the spiciness by adding more red pepper.  I  left out any salt due to the soy sauce but you may want to add a little after the squash are cooked.  You could also cook this dish up in advance and keep it covered in the fridge until serving it for your holiday dinner. Congratulations to Karen G. for winning a copy of Nava Atlas’s ‘Plant Power’ this week.   Her winning entry used her bonus code she received from being an email follower…

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A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

 What would the holiday season be like without our favorite family traditional foods?  That’s what it’s really all about isn’t it?  Finding time with our loved ones to talk and enjoy the foods we grew up loving and savoring for the fall?  My Mom has the most beautiful set of China that only sees the light of day on 2 days each year.  Thanksgiving and Christmas need to have a special menu for those times together.  Special for all.  These basic dishes I’ve put together have all the flavors of fall without the cruelty and expense of slaughter.  Baked, buttery potatoes.  Creamy Slaw salads.  Flakey crusts dripping with piping hot berries in syrup.  Why bring animals into that mix when the food is so fine without them?    Take a look:   Sliced Red and Sweet Potatoes with a touch of Sweet Peppers.   Adapted from a family tradition from both my husband and mine’s youth, it bakes up in minutes, has endless variations for veggies and will last the week while you rest your feet and enjoy your guests.  Christmas Rice – Wild Rice with Spinach and Pomegranates    Brussels Sprouts with Radicchio in a Brown Mustard Orange Glaze  …

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Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup with Fresh Thyme

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup with Fresh Thyme

   Growing up, you couldn’t pay me enough to eat anything that I knew had mushrooms in it.  Seriously.   I didn’t even like the way that they smelled.  If you are the same way when it comes to mushrooms today, please read on.  You’ll be glad to discover that they aren’t detestable like I’ve always assumed.   This soup may even bring you around to, well, love them!   Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, and very low in sodium.  They provide so many important nutrients including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin D.  Mushrooms are the leading source of the essential antioxidant selenium in the produce aisle. Antioxidants, like selenium, protect body cells from damage that might lead to chronic diseases. They help to strengthen the immune system, as well2. In addition, mushrooms provide ergothioneine, a naturally occurring antioxidant that may help protect the body’s cells. – See more at: http://mushroominfo.com/benefits/#sthash.nCCmONw6.dpuf  I’ve used this soup to create so many other healthy dishes since changing to a Non-Dairy diet.  It can blend with so many other flavors in soups and casseroles, be used as a savory gravy over roasted vegetables or combined with pasta or rice as…

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Potato Salad Chixen Pot Pie – featuring @BeyondMeat + Food for Thought

Potato Salad Chixen Pot Pie – featuring @BeyondMeat + Food for Thought

This post is linked to the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck event. Have you ever heard of the idea that fruits and vegetables can resemble the human organs that their nutrients benefit the most? Here’s a quick look if you’ve missed it along the way.  In reality, there are just so many different health benefits that come from eating Brussels Sprouts (remembered the ‘s’ Rika! ) that it really does throw the whole “fresh foods vs. body part benefit theory” right out the window.  But, it’s still a nice thought, if only for a few seconds of your day, that fruits and veggies are somehow color coded for ease of use for us. I, for one, have much better things to do with my time than to contemplate it much longer.  But wouldn’t that be pretty cool if it were true?  I’m wondering now which body part looks like a big chunk of dark chocolate?     I am sure that a variety of different fresh foods are the best way to go.   I think that was my thought when I made up this ‘Potato Salad Pot Pie’.  I think I was trying to get all of them into one dish…

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Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’ – A Review + A Giveaway

Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’ – A Review + A Giveaway

  I had the excruciating task of trying out a few recipes last month from Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’  It was tough.  I managed to get through the book, several times in fact.  And now I can share some of my experience with you.  Fran will share a free copy of her book with one lucky reader as well.  Details on that at the end of the post.  Fran Costigan is an internationally recognized culinary instructor, recipe developer, and innovative vegan pastry chef, and author of 3 cookbooks.  A graduate of the New York Restaurant School and the Natural Gourmet Institute, Fran was a pastry chef in both traditional and vegan restaurant kitchens.  Today Fran teaches her distinctive courses (including her Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®) in her hometown of New York City at the Institute of Culinary Education.   This woman knows her chocolate! You can almost taste the pages……..   Fran is generously sharing one of her recipes from the book with my readers as well. ‘Very Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownies’  Once you’ve tried this brownie version, it will be hard to go back to any other.  The fudgy brownie contrasts with chewy nuts and the deep, rich…

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July 4th Summer ‘Vegan’ Munchies

July 4th Summer ‘Vegan’ Munchies

Yes, you are seeing this again.  It’s a replay from Memorial Day.  Worth seeing again, and again…. Happy July 4th Weekend !!  What’s on the menu for your holiday cookouts July 4th weekend? May I suggest a few of these goodies……..starting off with a delectable creamy slaw, spiced up with a touch of horseradish. This slaw is simple: 3 cups shredded slaw mix + 6 Tbs Vegan Sour Cream + 4 Tbs Vegan Mayo 6 tsp sugar + 3 Tbs Prepared Horseradish + 1 Tbs Celery Seed +         1/2 tsp Sea Salt + 1/2 tsp Black Pepper +1/4 Cup Rice Vinegar + 1/2 Cup Diced Green Pepper + Sliced Cherry Tomatoes. Blend and chill for 1 hour.    Now on to the grilling…..Vegans don’t grill you say?  WAHHH, of course we do!!   These cucumber chili dogs will blow any mystery meat, red-dye-filled dog away at your cookout!    All the messy, bold flavors of a traditional spicy chili dog……without all the, well, yucky stuff.    Baby cucumbers will grill up in just 1 minute and bring you the most flavorful, crisp and tasty dogs you’ve ever put in your mouth.  I was actually surprised how similar the…

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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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Vegan ‘Cheezy’ Potato Casserole

Vegan ‘Cheezy’ Potato Casserole

    This potato casserole has been handed down from my husband’s family now to my family for decades of holiday meals.  Unfortunately, there is almost Nothing nutritious about the original recipe.  I felt the need to finally come up with a Vegan version that I could enjoy for the holidays.  My new version is admittedly still very processed with store bought Vegan cheeses but with my work schedule this month and my close proximity to no less than 5 health food grocery stores, I’ve splurged on convenience and taste for this recipe re-do. So before you start wincing about the store bought ingredients in my version, I’ll share just how ‘un-healthful’ the traditional family recipe is: 2 pounds diced potatoes, 2 cups sour cream, 3 cups of cheddar cheese, 1 can cream of chix soup, 1/2  pound of butter and some cornflakes.   Yea.  Delicious and heart-horrible to say the least. My version came out slightly less tasty.  But you can eat half the pan if you’d like without much guilt at all!  

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5 Layer Lime Brûlée Bar Cookies for Keepin’ It Kind’s Cookie Swap Party

5 Layer Lime Brûlée Bar Cookies for Keepin’ It Kind’s Cookie Swap Party

I’m so pleased to be a part of Kristy’s Cookie Swap Party!  I’ve been a fan of Keepin’ It Kind for about a year and always look forward to Kristy’s recipes.  She has a unique way of bringing serious issues to us without being preachy, self-serving or unkind to those of us who are struggling to do the right thing when it comes to eating and respecting animals.  She’s just a true sweetie!  Thanks Kristy ♥ So I’m sharing a new recipe that combines so many of my favorite dessert flavors; chocolate, almond, caramel, vanilla, citrus just to name a few. These bars have of a little of everything in each bite.   The contrasting crisp and creamy, the sour vs. crunchy caramel in the bruleed lime topping all combine for one great cookie treat.  Oh, and don’t forget the chocolate drizzle hiding in between everything else.  Yes, they would be just as tasty without the candied Limes on top of each bar but heck, it’s the holiday season and I’m going all out these days to jazz up my recipes.  I love lime with chocolate and I love that hint of crunchy caramelized Turbinado sugar topping with these bars.  Yea,…

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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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Vegan Richa and Vegan Diwali Sweets

Just because you may have missed out on Diwali celebrations last week doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy some of the wonderful sweet Diwali traditional recipes. Beautifully “Veganized” for you by Vegan Richa herself…. Print Vegan Richa’s Coconut Burfi Author: Richa @ “http://www.veganricha.com Recipe type: Traditional Diwali Treat Cuisine: Indian   Makes 8-10 balls. Easily doubled. Allergy Information: Dairy, Egg, Corn, Soy, Yeast free, Vegan. Can be made nut, gluten free Ingredients ½ cup Semolina flour (or Brown rice flour for Glutenfree) ½ cup dry Coconut flakes 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil (optional. Omit to make Oil-free) 2 Tablespoons chopped cashew pieces (optional. Omit to make nut-free) a pinch of salt Sugar Syrup: ½ cup ground raw sugar 3 Tablespoons water ⅛-1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder Instructions In a large pan, dry roast the semolina on medium-low heat for 6-8 minutes until the color changes and it gets fragrant. Using a blender/processor, blend the coconut flakes to make coarse coconut flour. Add coconut flour, coconut oil, salt and cashew pieces to the pan. Mix well and roast for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, in another pan, make the sugar syrup. Add all syrup ingredients and bring to a boil on medium heat. Continue to heat at…

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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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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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Strawberry Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Butter

 These waffles begin and end with a nice bunch of fresh, just ripe strawberries. Without them, don’t bother…. The waffle batter is not overly sweet, not overly tart.  It’s a light batter and you get bits of sour when your tongue finds one of the fresh strawberries mixed in with the batter.  The Maple Cinnamon Butter is not too sweet either and adds a smooth alternative to the crispness of the waffle edges.   The strongest flavors here are strawberry puree and the cinnamon.  Both combine and swirl around in your mouth to balance out the plain waffle flavor.  Add in a little cocoa powder to the batter for a more dessert like waffle. Please check out the Waffle Queen (Annie at An Unrefined Vegan) for the real encyclopedia of waffle making.  I’m just a beginner here and have a lot to learn. My first attempt at waffle making.  Definitely not my last. PrintStrawberry Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Butter Yield: 3 Belgian or 5 smaller Waffles What you will need for this recipe:For Maple Cinnamon Butter: Combine 1/2 Cup Vegetable Butter with 1/4 Cup Maple or Agave Syrup and 1 tsp. Cinnnamon For the Strawberry Puree: 1 1/2 Cups Sliced…

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Valentine’s Day Tiramisu – Classic Meets Healthy

Valentine’s Day Tiramisu – Classic Meets Healthy

Tiramisu was and still is my favorite dessert.     Unfortunately, the recipe for this Italian classic is full of things that are no longer my favorite. So last year, I re-vamped Tiramisu so that I could enjoy every spoonful again and actually feel good about the taste and the nutrition.   For the cake I used store bought Sugar Free Vegan Shortbread Cookies from Whole Foods.  There are several brands of Sugar Free available.  I used these because I’m without an oven at the moment and I thought that the shortbread would be absorbent like the sponge cake.  Plus they were easier than making my own Sponge Cake but below is another recipe for homemade Sponge Cake or just buy the traditional Ladyfingers. If you don’t use a store bought cookie, here is a great vegan version of a short bread you could use.  Sponge Cake: (Based on recipe I found online by Candace Naomi Sakuda) 2 cups all purpose flour  1 cup sugar or Truvia sugar substitute 3 teaspoons baking powder  1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon vanilla  1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons canola oil  1 1/3 cups water  Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until…

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