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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Sugar-Free Thai Pepper Kumquat Conserve

Sugar-Free Thai Pepper Kumquat Conserve

 Nothing better than sweet and spicy in my mind.  I discovered Kumquats a few years ago and though they are delicious fresh, I also love a thick delicious preserve made up in minutes with these golden darlings.  Similar in taste to an orange but with the tart bite of a lime, they lend themselves to cooking quickly into a jam.  Cooking them, rind and all, allows for a healthier fruit spread as well.  The rinds will soften up much like citrus candies and is packed with flavor and nutrition.  The spice from the Thai Peppers makes the jam a little more adult and can be adjusted up or down to your tastes.  If you’ve never tasted these little gems, fresh or preserved, I’d highly recommend giving them a try.  This sugar-free version of a spicy Conserve is a perfect way to explore the world of Kumquats.   The seeds of the Kumquats have a natural ability to help thicken the fruit juices into a spreadable sauce.  They are larger than lemon seeds despite the small size of the Kumquats and easily removed after slicing them in half.  Some recipes suggest binding up the seeds in cheesecloth and submerging them in…

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Vegan Shoo Fly Cake with Pomegranates

Vegan Shoo Fly Cake with Pomegranates

1 year ago – Vegan Sweet Potato Cheesecake Featured in the Sunday, Sept. 23 round up for Vegan MoFo, thanks! Anyone who’s familiar with South Eastern Pennsylvania in the United States will most likely boast about the traditions of the Amish and Mennonites.  Home-baked cakes and pies have their roots in the hard working people of this area of the U.S.   ‘Shoo-Fly Pie’ is said to have originated from the pools of molasses which form in the top of the pie while baking. The sweet smells of caramelizing sugars attract insects as they do the rest of us. A sweet treat, made a little fancier here with a sprinkling of pomegranate berries mixed in with the batter in drizzled on top. I wanted to add the pomegranate berries to add a little more nutrition to this treat.  It is just that:  a treat, not to be eaten so regularly that you’ve added a few pounds on along with the benefits of the pomegranates….maybe for a special get together with friends or to cheer up a friend with a small slice of delicious, moist, sugary cake? Print Vegan Shoo Fly Cake with Pomegranates Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Dessert Cuisine: Amish   Based…

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Spinach Mango Pepitas Salad w/ Maple Syrup & Lime Vinaigrette

With all the New Year’s Resolution(ing) going on this month…I wanted to share a scrumptious salad option that will keep your taste buds happy as well as your healthy eating goals.  It’s full of flavor, packed with nutrition and breaks up the monotony of romaine and carrot sticks 🙂 First of all, you’ll need a nice ‘RIPE’ Mango, a juicy lime or 2, and about a 1/2 cup of Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas) Pepitas (pronounced puh-pee-tuhs) are chock full of nutrients. Pumpkin seeds pack a variety of vitamins. They are particularly high in vitamin K, with 22 percent of your recommended daily value per serving. But they also provide good amounts of vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and folate. Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/263750-pepitas-nutrition-information/#ixzz2Gqkzevkv And if you’re one of those  people who only care about taste and good looks – vitamin K is particularly good at suppressing dark circles under your eyes. I love a salad that makes you forget that there’s greens in there some where…………this one definitely fits the bill! Spinach Mango & Pepitas Salad with Maple Syrup & Lime Vinaigrette For the Salad: Toss together Baby Spinach, Arugula Greens, sliced Cucumber, chopped Red Pepper, Pomegranate Seeds and Mango pieces. Sprinkle with…

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“Christmas Rice” – Wild Rice with Spinach and Pomegranates

“Christmas Rice”  – Wild Rice with Spinach and Pomegranates

 I saw Somer’s post at Vedged Out about her Thanksgiving menu and her Dad’s Wild Rice, Cranberry and Pine Nut Stuffing and had to try something similar for my holiday menu.  The combination of  hearty Wild Rice and the tang of the Pomegranates really work here. Somer’s Dad used cranberries to add tang which I’m positive would work here although I might cut down the amount or slice them in half.  You want just a touch of the sweet in my mind anyway.  These Pomegranates are tart like the cranberries and don’t over power the rice and veggies at all.  You will not be tasting candy here in other words.                                                                                                                 Just a perfect blend of tart, sweet and tasty wild rice. If you’ve never used Pomegranates you’ll be surprised at how fresh and juicy they are…make sure you use them when they are very ripe…

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Vegan Cocoa-Pomegranate Freezer Fudge

Vegan Cocoa-Pomegranate Freezer Fudge

The flavors of chocolate, a touch of orange and a tangy sour bite of the Pomegranate make this ‘good for you’ fudge my new favorite. The contrasting textures of the Pomegranate and the Cocoa Powder leave your tongue wondering ‘Wow, what’s next?” Then you taste the creamy dates and chia seed filled fudge and the whole thing kind of melds together in your mouth…………. This fudge is not too sweet, not to sour, and definitely a healthy choice for snacking!      Click here for how to remove pomegranate seeds   The Cocoa & Pomegranate are a wonderful contrast of  flavors. First you taste the mildly sweet cocoa, then a burst of tart fresh Pomegranate. A perfect bite. Enjoy!

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