Oil-Free ‘Clean Out The Fridge’ 3 Bean Vegan Chili

Oil-Free ‘Clean Out The Fridge’ 3 Bean Vegan Chili

  What’s better than using up a whole lotta fresh veggies from your refrigerator and coming up with a delicious, spicy pot of chunky chili?  Well in my case today, combining them with a few Pumpkin Rosemary Drop Biscuits from Kathy Hester’s new book, “The Easy Vegan Cookbook”.  Woah,  what a good combination ♥   I’ve been in such a ‘Fall Foods’ mood this week, I finally broke down and emptied out the veggies I had left in the fridge, put it all in a pot and called it ‘chili’.  Luckily for me…it tastes darn good too!! Not to let a good bowl of chili stand alone, I tried out a recipe from Kathy’s newest book to compliment the spice and tang of the my chili.  Kathy’s Pumpkin Rosemary Drop Biscuits are a play on the old Baking Mix boxed biscuits that we all used to know and love.  But these are whole lot tastier and a whole lot better for you.    I used a Gluten-Free flour for mine but Kathy gives lots of options and ideas in her recipe.  Sorry I can’t share that recipe here but get started on the chili, and then pick up a copy of…

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Vegan Cruelty-Free Holidays – “Punkin’ Pie”

Vegan Cruelty-Free Holidays – “Punkin’ Pie”

    The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is “pepon.” “Pepon” was changed by the French into “pompon.”  The English termed it “pumpion” or “pompion.” 1621 – Early American settlers of Plimoth Plantation (1620-1692), the first permanent European settlement in southern New England, might have made pumpkin pies (of sorts) by making stewed pumpkins or by filling a hollowed out shell with milk, honey and spices, and then baking it in hot ashes. An actual present-day pumpkin pie with crust is a myth, as ovens to bake pies were not available in the colony at that stage. Northeastern Native American tribes grew squash and pumpkins. They roasted or boiled them for eating. Historians think that the settlers were not very impressed by the Indians’ squash and/or pumpkins until they had to survive their first harsh winter when about half of the settlers died from scurvy and exposure. The Native Americans brought pumpkins as gifts to the first settlers, and taught them the many used for the pumpkin. This is what developed into pumpkin pie about 50 years after the first Thanksgiving in America. The early settlers of Plimoth Plantation brought English cookery and possibly…

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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 Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream

One year ago:   Spicy Red Chili Sauce There is a wonderfully creative ice cream recipe on Keepin It Kind.  Its a blend of vanilla and fudge to die for.  Kristy’s  Super Fudgy Marble Fudge Ice Cream was my inspiration for this seasonal variation.  I took Kristy’s  version and switched it to a pumpkin theme.  But without the pumpkin.   All that your tongue really needs to remind it of that favorite autumn flavor is a little clove, some ginger and a lot of cinnamon! There are so many delicious desserts coming up with the holidays  in the next two months,  I wanted a dessert that would compliment  and add to most of them.  It can also stand on its own for a quick after dinner sugar fix. This Pumpkin Spice Latte ice cream foots the bill for me.  Cinnamon, Cloves and Ginger swirled through the vanilla like a flavor rainbow. Most people like vanilla ice cream and this really kicks the vanilla flavor up, and then some.  Whether you try Kristy’s  Super Fudgy Marble Fudge or this variation, you’ll love what a bowl can do for your mood this fall.   Print Vegan Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com…

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Annie’s ‘Loaded Muffins’

Annie’s ‘Loaded Muffins’

  I fell in love with this recipe the first time I saw Annie’s post last month for ‘Loaded Morning Muffins with Crumb Topping’. There are just so many luscious flavors, maple, ……nuts, spice and fruit, vanilla, cinnamon….oats, ginger….YUM. I’ve made up similar recipes when I’m trying to clean out the cupboard or fridge.  Sometimes they work out (sometimes not) But these big beauties work great, even if you have to switch out a few items to clean out your own supplies 🙂 I did make a few changes in mine and they worked out fine. I used fresh peaches in place of the apricots & carrots. Used Sweet Potato instead of Pumpkin. And crushed up some granola for the crumb topping. You can find Annie’s original recipe in it’s purely awesome state here. Whether you use fresh fruit or dried the nutrition and flavors of these ‘loaded’ little cakes will not disappoint.  I made up a double batch of batter and froze half of it to experiment soon to make some ‘Loaded’ waffles as well.  If they’re half as good as these muffins turned out, I’ll be loading up on those too. An Unrefined Vegan has so many wonderfully…

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Spiced Pumpkin Flatbreads with Lentil Sprouts – Vegan, GF

Spiced Pumpkin Flatbreads with Lentil Sprouts – Vegan, GF

When I first saw this recipe for Pumpkin Flat Bread over at An Unrefined Vegan I knew it wouldn’t be long before I was tasting them for myself.  These beautiful circles of chewy goodness are a perfect tray for so many toppings….or a great snack by themselves. They pair lightly sweet pumpkin, and savory spices combine to give lots of flavor but won’t over power whichever topping you choose. I topped mine with a handful of freshly grown lentil sprouts and then drizzled on my favorite homemade sprouted mustard seed spicy vinaigrette. In order to make this flat bread gluten free,  I substituted Corn Flour and Coconut Flour for the Whole Wheat in Ann’s version. And I used Olive Oil instead of Coconut.  Mine were much more dense and had more of a ‘corn cake’ texture. I also mixed the turmeric and paprika in with the flour instead of just adding it to the basting oil.  And I added a tsp. of cinnamon. This was a wonderfully light, flavorful meal with healthy ingredients and not much work!!  Thanks so much Ann for your inspiration 🙂 For more information on Sprouting your own seeds and beans, please check out the sprouting…

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Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix Review w/ Pumpkin Puree / Vegan Options

Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix Review w/ Pumpkin Puree / Vegan Options

I’ve seen so many pins for brownies made with just a can of pumpkin puree, no eggs, milk, oil….just a can of pumpkin.  I wanted to see how it would work.  So I picked up a box of brownie mix the other day at Trader Joe’s. I’ve heard you can substitute the egg and water in a cake for canned beans but I’ve never tried Pumpkin puree so this was a fun experiment for me.  It worked out great. Just replace  the Eggs, Oil and Water with 1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling, just puree.  Stir the pumpkin into the batter until all the dry ingredients are mixed.  Pour into an 8 X 8 pan and bake per the boxed brownie directions. This change in recipe also makes the dessert into a Vegan option. Never leaving good enough alone, I added Sugar Free Chocolate Chips onto the top of the brownies when they were still warm.  Then I sprinkled the melting chocolate chips with flaked coconut.  It turned out to be just too much sweet for me.  But, the pumpkin brownies worked out great.  Very moist, very spongy and fully cooked. If I made these…

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Pumpkin Spice Sugar-Free Drink & Dessert Syrup

Pumpkin Spice Sugar-Free Drink & Dessert Syrup

I haven’t ever tried the famous Starbuck’s Pumpkin Latte that everyone raves about each fall…but it sure sounds yummy! With 49 Grams of Sugar for the Starbuck’s  ‘Grande’ size……..and 380 calories for a 16oz. drink……….no thank you. But when I saw the picture on Pinterest from Savvy Eats for a ‘Coffee Shop Pumpkin Syrup‘, I knew that I had to try out a sugar-free version that I could use with Nut Milk or Cider.  After making this into my own version, sugar-free, I’m sure it will be perfect topping for ice cream or pies as well. Pumpkin Spice  Sugar-Free Drink and Dessert Syrup Recipe from SavvyEat.com Spoon in 1 – 2 Tbs. of syrup into hot drinks or drizzle over desserts. 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree 2 Tbs. Liquid Vanilla Stevia (I used NuNatural’s Brand) or 1/2 cup Agave 1 cup water or apple juice 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves Heat all ingredients in a non-stick saucepan over low heat.  Simmer until the Pumpkin has reduced down and the sweetner has thickened into a syrup.  If using Agave, you’ll need to stir more frequently. I used liquid Stevia and it reduced on low after…

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