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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Spicy Grilled Pineapple Tahini Slaw, Smoothies, Toast, Tacos & More – Oriya Organics Raw Green Protein Powders Giveaway & Review

Spicy Grilled Pineapple Tahini Slaw, Smoothies, Toast, Tacos & More  – Oriya Organics Raw Green Protein Powders Giveaway & Review

      Boy, I kinda went a little crazy this month when the folks at Oriya Organics asked me to work up a recipe using their products.  Crazy good though.  Their ingredients are just superbly nutritious. The first time I tried their Super Green Medley, which contains live enzymes, phytonutrients, antioxidants, wheatgrass, barley grass, chlorella, and sprulina,  I sliced lemon, fresh pineapple, cucumber and a tsp. of Super Green Medley powder into a jar of filtered water and let it chill in the fridge over night.  What a wonderful way to start my morning drinking this delicious powerhouse of nutrition the next day.  I’ve been enjoying the same drink, different fruits each morning now and I can feel the energy boost it’s been giving me already. The SuperFood Protein Medley has no processed sweeteners of any kind. It contains a full serving of spirulina and chlorella. On top of a protein, it is a multi-functional cleanser and detoxifier. You can be very creative with recipes including using the protein powder as a flour substitute as opposed to only in smoothies. The SuperGreen Medley is a blend of the most nutrient dense greens on the planet. There are no fillers,…

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Chopped Broccoli & Spinach Salad with Creamy Tahini Vinaigrette

Chopped Broccoli & Spinach Salad with Creamy Tahini Vinaigrette

 I had a good response last week with this salad on Instagram so I’m sharing a quick recipe for the dressing….which many of you have seen before since it’s a favorite.  And a new way to get more greens into your salads.  Some of you may have a Trader Joe’s store near by and are already familiar with packages of pre-chopped brussels sprouts.  They’re a bit pricey and I haven’t seen them organically grown either.  I made my own in two minutes.  For this salad, I used a head of organic Broccoli to boost my greens.  They are chopped just the same as the brussels and are so tasty mixed in with spinach or baby kale and a great dressing.  Simply pulse two or three cups of cut broccoli or halved brussels sprouts in a food processor and there you go…  Wonderfully simple and easy to eat ‘raw’ greens added to your salads.            Bob and I are big salad eaters and always have a balancing game going on in our fridge to use up the salad greens before they wilt or get mushy.  These chopped sturdier veggies last twice as long and really hold on…

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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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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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Choosing Raw’s ‘Spicy Peanut Kale Salad’ & “Salad Massaging 101”

So, I’m off on my Alaska adventure still but I scheduled this to share while I’m away.  Its my ode to the Salad Massage created by Gena Hampshaw of ‘ChoosingRaw.com. This kale salad process has changed my salad life for good.  I can now eat an entire bowl, huge bowl, of kale in one salad instead of buying softer, more perishable greens and hope to use them up before they look like wet noodles in the fridge.  It really is a wonderful way of dressing a salad and maximizing your greens.     I’m not sure what initially drew me to this recipe of Gena’s first.  Was it the great flavor combinations?  The “made for me” dressing? Of course I know now.  It was to learn all about how to eat an entire bowl full of raw Kale with a technique Gena calls “Salad Massaging” The first time I made this beautifully raw and colorful salad, yes – I’ve made it so many times since that first experience, now I’ve lost count – but the first time: I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a full stock of about 30 fresh Kale leaves work down into two lovely bowls of…

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Crazy Cabbage & Cauliflower Slaw

Crazy Cabbage & Cauliflower Slaw

Slaw, slaw, slaw.  All summer long eh?  Here’s another colorful, flavorful version to try:   Fun Fact:  So here in Alaska right now, the sun sets at 10:30 PM and rises again at 2:30 AM…….kinda crazy?   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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Spiced Up Tomato-Potato Salad

Spiced Up Tomato-Potato Salad

 I’m beginning to hide Kale in all kinds of places.  This tangy spiced up version of a healthier potato salad has all the great flavors of what I remember Mom’s Miracle Whip version.  It uses a little jalapeno to give it some bite and vegan mayo for the sauce.  I like keeping my potatoes fairly large when I make a salad like this.  Of course, I could probably eat a bowl of potatoes with just salt and pepper on them, but this is much better than just that of course.  I mixed in cherry tomatoes which give the salad it’s sour tangy hint and also add the slight liquid of the tomato juice to keep it from being too heavy in the summer heat.  I also liked how the crunchy celery blends with the wilted kale for a variety of textures apart from just big chunks of potato.  You can adjust the mustard up or down.  I’m somewhere in between on this recipe with mustard.  I want that vinegar background but I also want some heat and some saltiness.  I think the proportions a well-balanced but of course, test the sauce before mixing it in with the vegetables so that…

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Red Quinoa Beet Salad with Cucumber Blossoms and ‘Bacon’ – plus a giveaway!

Red Quinoa Beet Salad with Cucumber Blossoms and ‘Bacon’ – plus a giveaway!

Any time that you can sneak flowers into your food – go for it. Cucumber Blossoms from my pot on my rooftop.  I have a new best friend, Terry Hope Romero’s new book – “Salad Samurai”.  I’ve literally been carrying this book around the house with me for days.  Looking at all the fantastic ideas for salads, salad toppings, salad stuff!  Terry knows what a great salad needs.  Her new book is now available at Amazon  and she’s allowed me to sneak a peak at her fabulous book and share a bit of it with you.  Plus two lucky readers will be able to grab a copy of  “Salad Samurai” for free!!   Yikes, I love this book  ♥  The first thing that I noticed when looking through all the gorgeous pics and recipes in Terry’s book was that she and I share a love of salads that make a meal.  Salads that have a whole lot going on to satisfy your taste buds as well as your appetite.  I’ve been enjoying a salad for most of my dinner meals since the beginning of March.  I appreciate all the topping ideas and dressing recipes that I can get my hands…

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Sesame Bok Choy Apple Slaw with Baby Bella Dressing

Sesame Bok Choy Apple Slaw with Baby Bella Dressing

   When you don’t have exactly what you think you need for a new dish…sometimes what you do have will surprise you.      I needed to use up a small bag of Baby Bella Mushrooms from my last produce order from From the Farmer.  But I was making a slaw dish with the last of my Bok Choy from the same lot.  Why not?  I made up some delicious slaw dressing using the pureed mushrooms mixed in with traditional slaw seasonings.  No compliant about the nutrition and taste in this side dish.  The Baby Bellas creamed up in the food processor to make a deliciously lite and tangy sauce for my slaw. The color was a tad bit untraditional for slaw.  But I got over that when I took my first fork full.  A new way to make mayo for us here.   If mushrooms in your slaw just doesn’t do it for you, I have several other summer slaws that may light up your grilled corn or veggie burgers.  My idea here is to use your fresh vegetables when they’re ripe and ready.  And if you come up with a new way to encorporate those flavors to your…

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Thai Sesame Veggie Dip & Dressing

Thai Sesame Veggie Dip & Dressing

 This is a simple dip for raw veggies, crackers or even a spread for wraps.  When thinned some, it makes a marvelously creamy dressing for salads.  The asian flavors are a perfect way to give great ‘pow’ to plain vegetables.  A traditional Thai background of peanut butter and rice vinegar blends with your fresh veggies perfectly.  Or if you’ve got the need for a delectable spread for a fresh veggie wrap, this one brings out the raw flavors of veggies with a creamy texture and healthy ingredients to boot! A perfect spread for zesting up your veggie wraps! This collard green wrap, spread thick with Thai spread, with red pepper, green apple and quinoa is spectacularly delicious.   If you have a favorite homemade dressing, please share in the comments.  I’m eating so many salads these days, I need a constant variety to keep my veggies fresh and flavorful.  Thanks for stopping by Canned Time.  There’s always more Canned-Time.com on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or on my newest love – Instagram.    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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Creamy Non-Dairy Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette

Creamy Non-Dairy Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette

    Sharing my all time favorite salad dressing today.     A light and creamy healthy addition to any type of salad.   This post was supposed to be about some delicious spiced carrot cookies.  Obviously, it’s not.  That’s what happens when you scribble recipes on the backs of junk mail envelopes month after month, and then try to match them up with photos weeks later.  The cookie post was, is….all ready to go except I have no idea how much of what I put into them was.  Yikes!  Now it’s back to a new batch and experimentation to get them right again.  They were delicious and I’m anxious to share them with you.  For now, a simple vinaigrette.  This rich, creamy vinaigrette is highly adaptable to different tastes as well.  Add a little more sweet, some red pepper, more vinegar for a sharp tangy background.  It’s up to you but the basic for a great creamy dressing is right here in this version.            Thanks for visiting!  For more Canned-Time.com,  follow me on Facebook,  Twitter,  or Pinterest, subscribe via Email.

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Tangerine Radish Sprout Salad

Tangerine Radish Sprout Salad

 For about 4 weeks now, for the most part, I’ve been eating a big salad for my dinners.  It really has been a nice change not thinking too hard what, how or where I’ll have my dinner so that’s good.  I’ve been sleeping better as well without the ‘stuffed’ feeling at bed time.  I’m thinking that my salads need a little pick me up at this point though just to keep things interesting.  So I’ve been sprouting my way to salad heaven for a few weeks.   They are probably the least expensive ‘greens’ you can use in a salad.  Not to mention growing them on a kitchen counter, with no dirt, in November, in the city………..awesome! These Radish sprouts are some of my favorites.  They have a slight heat to their taste, not much, but similar to full grown radishes.  They’re pretty.  They grow very quickly and last for up to a week in the fridge if you wash them well, dry them well and then store them in a sealed container.  I use a glass Mason jar to store mine and it works great.  I’ve posted this web site for more sprouting info several times before and here it…

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Simple Asian Cucumber Zucchini Salad

Simple Asian Cucumber Zucchini Salad

1 year ago – Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix with Pumpkin Puree Our local markets and orchards are closing up for the season here with the colder weather.  They will be missed until spring! Crunchy, tangy, sweet, sour….. Fresh! A fabulous, light and healthy side salad.  Keep some of this dressing on hand in the fridge for a quick marinade or salad dressing. Print Simple Asian Cucumber Zucchini Salad Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Side Salad   Ingredients fresh sliced cucumber diced zucchini sliced radish shredded red cabbage 2 Tbs tamari soy sauce 4 oz. rice wine vinegar 2 Tbs organic olive oil 1 heaping tsp white miso paste ⅛ tsp powdered stevia or sweetener of choice ½ tsp garlic powder salt and pepper to taste pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne Instructions Blend the dressing ingredients and pour over prepared vegetables. Soak the veggies for a few hours in the fridge in the dressing. Drain and serve. 3.2.1255 ♥

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Strawberry Sunflower Sprout Salad

Strawberry Sunflower Sprout Salad

A favorite salad of mine, strawberries, a little lettuce, some balsamic vinegar and a drizzle of agave nector.  This time I’ve added in some homegrown Sun Flower Seed Sprouts and now, it is perfection to me. MMMmmmmm…. This salad is almost too simple (yet delicious) to write up a real recipe for it but for MoFo sake: Strawberry Sunflower Sprout Salad 1 handful of fresh Spinach Greens 3 ripe Stawberries sliced 1 handful of fresh Sunflower Sprouts sliced Cucumber chopped red cabbage drizzle of agave nector drizzle of balsamic vinegar ground black pepper And people say that a Vegan diet is too boring?  Not so! For a salad ‘on the go’ just prepare the same ingredients and fold them up inside your favorite tortilla or flat bread wrap for a tasty transportable version of this luscious combination.  Keep chilled until serving. For more information about sprouting your own sunflower seeds at home, click here.

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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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Pear & Broccoli Sprout Salad with Balsamic Caramelized Sweet Potato Cubes

 I’d like to thank Somer, Jason and Annie for including my blog in today’s Virtual Vegan Potluck.  It’s always a good thing when healthier food ingredients and preparation is publicized and I’m proud to be one of MANY incredible food sites highlighted to day.  I know it’s been lots of work for many and hats off and thanks to all involved 🙂  When I first began thinking of the ingredients for this salad, I presumed that the pears and sprouts would be the stars.  Then came my lunch.  I began to prepare a sweet potato for lunch and the preparation options began to flow………..since I was preparing to do my photos for the Broccoli Sprout Salad,  I think I just got sidetracked and came up with a wonderful topping.  The caramelized sweet potatoes really make this simple salad into a meal.  The flavors all meld and make for some great eats!  Vinegar, sugars, spice and fresh veggies rarely disappoint. These taste combinations are lovely by themselves.  I’ve used versions of this citrus vinaigrette more often than not for my salads in the past few years.  I love the way the mild tangy orange blends with the spicy and sharp vinegar and…

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Rainbow Fruit Salad with Spouted Buckwheat

Rainbow Fruit Salad with Spouted Buckwheat

Yes, it’s the Sprouting Queen here again…..another new sprout for me in this recipe: Buckwheat Seed Sprouts. These beautiful little sprouts are gluten free and chock full of iron.  Simple to sprout with a about 3-5 minutes of care per day, they’ll be ready to nibble on in just 4-5 days.   This colorful, sweet and tangy salad is simple to mix up.  Combining fruits and vegetables in a salad is always a great combination and then the buckwheat sprouts kind of give each bite a chewy hearty texture that makes this salad much more like a meal than a side dish.  I started with some simple greens, topped them with a handful of colorful shredded carrots and added in slices of pear, apples and strawberries.  Sprinkled on the sprouts, a few black sesame seeds and then drizzled the top with my favorite lite vinaigrette – Spicy Orange .  A tangy tart combination of flavors, full of nutrients that wont leave you feeling like you just finished Thanksgiving dinner but will definitely be a perfect tasty lite meal for family or just a special treat for yourself anytime.  I love how the fruit flavors compliment the tangy       vinegar in…

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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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Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette – Sugar Free

Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette – Sugar Free

Featured on: I’ve had an abundance of Red Wine Vinegar, like 10 bottles, for a year now and had to get them used up somehow.  I use it a lot to make my Spicy Brown Honey Mustard Dips.    But I needed something more….Ah, Ha! …….Raspberries! All the fresh fruit in the stores right now makes me crazy that I can’t buy it all up at once!  And when it see it spoiling, mostly because it’s over priced ….. It really makes me mad!!! Anyway, this recipe could not be any easier.  The basic combination is only 3 ingredients:  Raspberries, Vinegar  and sweetener. Fresh Raspberry Vinaigrette w/ Sugar Free Options Combine 2 Cups of Red Wine Vinegar or Balsamic Vinegar with 1 Cup of Fresh Raspberries in a glass container.  Seal and let it sit for 2 days at room temperature out of direct sunlight Puree the mixture and then add in any of the following: 1 Tbs. Stevia, 4 Tbs. Agave,  4 Tbs. Maple Syrup or other sweetener to taste. Plus 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil. Other add-ins could be:  Red Pepper flakes, salt & pepper, Italian Seasonings, Garlic Powder (about 1 tsp.) Store your Raspberry Vinaigrette in a sealed container in the…

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Creamy Vegan Green Bean Potato Salad

Creamy Vegan Green Bean Potato Salad

Sometimes a recipe comes together right as I’m trying to get something made up for dinner, I’m sure you all are the same some days. I got a real deal at the grocery store on some nice local green beans. I said to myself, I’ll make baked potatoes and then serve the green beans with a dip. Anyway, I ended up with Green Bean Potato Salad and it’s great.  Not too much starch and nice and light for hot summer meals.   Creamy Green Bean Potato Salad 2 large Yukon Gold Baking Potatoes – microwave to cook and then cooled 2 cups Raw Green Beans, washed, trimmed and cut into bite size pieces Dressing: 1/2 Cup Vegan Mayo 1/4 Cup Honey Mustard or Dijon 1 Tbs. Paprika 1 tsp. dried Dill Optional Red Pepper Flakes for color and spice Salt and Pepper to taste (about 1 tsp. each) Mix dressing together and chill while dicing up the veggies. Cut cooled potatoes into large bite size pieces, stir together with beans. Pour dressing over veggies and gently stir to coat.  Chill until serving.  Keep refrigerated. I used my homemade Brown Honey Mustard for the salad dressing.  Any good spicy mustard will…

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Quinoa Black Bean Corn Salad

Quinoa Black Bean Corn Salad

 Black Bean Quinoa Salad 1 (15) oz. Can of Black Beans, rinsed 2 Cups of cooked Quinoa (about 3/4 Cups raw) 1 Green Pepper or jalapeno Pepper –  diced 1 Can Corn 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning 1 Tbs. Olive Oil 3 Tbs. Red Wine Vinegar Salt and Pepper to taste  Mix all ingredients in a bowl, serve warmed or cool. The Cucumber Salad   1 – 2 Cucumbers sliced / 1 Onion sliced, salt, pepper, pinch of sugar and Apple Vinegar to cover all. Soak a few hours to flavor cucumbers.  Serve chilled. This one works well for a picnic side because there is nothing to worry about spoiling if it sits at room temperature for a while. The vinegar actually taste better after sitting out some.  Enjoy! Thanks for the Healthy Cookbooks Giveaway entries, contest ends Saturday!

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Sweet & Spicy Slaw w/ Stove Top BBQ Beans

Sweet & Spicy Slaw w/ Stove Top BBQ Beans

  What’s better on a hot 95 degree day than some cool slaw and some spicy beans?  This past weekend, my husband and I went to a BBQ that was serving Tennessee Tacos. I had one and promised myself I’d make a healthy version with less sugar and more spice. The soft tortilla is a great way to combine these two flavors.  You get a little of this and some of that in each bite.   When I went to the store to get the basics for this meal, I thought about how many types of beans there are available, but not many healthier brands.  I did get organic black and kidney beans but this meal could have a lot of extra sugar. So I decided to make the beans and slaw myself and control the sugar with Stevia. I have never made homemade baked beans before but in looking at a few of the cans, they didn’t seem that hard to cook up on my own. These definitely look a little different than store bought.  I thought that they were going to taste like pasta sauce when I first saw them cooking.  But they don’t at all. They have…

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