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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Annie’s Almond Butter Chocolate Oat & Seed Squares from An Unrefined Vegan – April’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry

Annie’s Almond Butter Chocolate Oat & Seed Squares from An Unrefined Vegan – April’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry

April’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry comes from my long time Virtual buddy Annie; Creator of An Unrefined Vegan. She never fails to disappoint after 3 years of my monthly blogger entries.  These squares are no exception.   Check ’em out: When Angela invited me to participate in her annual blogger/foodie event (this year’s is called Nut Butter Bash), I hesitated. For about 30 seconds. This gave me an opportunity to just go (with my sincere apologies) a little nuts with ingredients that were verboten in our household. The recipe below is just about everything we no longer eat. And it is one decadent, devilishly delicious dessert. Coconut oil, chocolate chips, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and of course – the star of the show: almond butter. Creamy, luscious, rich, chocolatey. I ate one purely for testing purposes, you understand, and then quickly wrapped them up and gave them to a neighbor. I couldn’t be trusted with the whole batch. The (bitter) irony is not lost on me. The woman who devoted a whole month to peanut butter-themed recipesis no longer eating nut butters of any kind. It is not an allergy that stopped me in my nutty tracks, but the health and well-being of my…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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