Poppy’s ‘Cheesy Corn Sauce’ from BunnyKitchen.com – July’s ‘Nut Butter Blast’ entry

Poppy’s ‘Cheesy Corn Sauce’ from BunnyKitchen.com – July’s ‘Nut Butter Blast’ entry

My sweet, newly married friend Poppy is sharing her delectable ‘Cheesy Corn Sauce’ with you today as part of my 2016 Nut Butter Bash! Dear Poppy has been a friend to Canned Time for a good while now and I’m so happy that she could be with us again for this year’s event. Such a delicious dish she’s sharing! Let’s get to it… Following on from last year’s annual blogger event on Canned Time, I am thrilled to be joining again in this year’s Nut Butter Bash extravaganza. There are few things quite as crave-worthy to me than creamy and crunchy peanut butter and jam sandwiches. I grew up with them and thank my mother for making them such a norm in our household while so many of my peers looked on in horror as I munched my way through a very American PB&J that they thought was utterly gross. Fast forward twenty years and PB&J sandwiches are one of my ultimate comfort foods. Though, now I’m not a an energy ball 5 year old or a growing teen, I can’t get away with eating them in my lunchbox every day unless I want to by a new size up…

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April’s “Smoky Cashew Butter Sauce” from The Balanced Vegan – May’s Nut Butter Blast entry

April’s “Smoky Cashew Butter Sauce” from The Balanced Vegan – May’s Nut Butter Blast entry

April is the creator of the fabulously healthy blog – The Balanced Vegan!  She lives life to its fullest and eats the best of healthy foods that England has to offer.  Be sure to hop over and check out her full site after you devour her delicious Smoky Cashew Butter Sauce:   When Angela asked me to join her ‘Nut Butter Bash’, I immediately thought of doing a dessert, nut butters lend themselves so well to sweet treats. But they’re also really excellent to use in savoury recipes that require a creamy smooth texture. I am so pleased with the result, a versatile recipe you can use in so many ways. I have served this with Baked Sweet Potato and a simple tofu scramble, but I also intend to use it for salads like I do with a tahini based sauce, or simply with baked potato fries but with a thicker consistency.    This sauce can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator, you’ll need to add more milk to it just before use as it turns quite solid and firm after refrigeration.     Quantity of sauce using this recipe varies depending on liquid added, which again depends on desired consistency and proposed use,…

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Becky’s Loaded Vegan Mac n Cheesy Cashew Butter Carrot Sauce – Entry #1 in the 2016 Nut Butter Bash

Becky’s Loaded Vegan Mac n Cheesy Cashew Butter Carrot Sauce – Entry #1 in the 2016 Nut Butter Bash

Happy New Year and hello again after a much needed break from blogging and social media….. My husband and I just returned from a wonderful trip through the Caribean and I’ll share more about that soon but today I’m welcoming Becky Striepe of ‘Glue & Glitter’  fame back for her third year participating in another monthly themed guest blogger event on Canned-Time.com. This year the recipes from featured bloggers will include either nut butter or seed butter and could be sweet or savory.  I can’t wait to share each month again some of the best recipe talents out there and here’s the first: Loaded Vegan Mac in Cheesy Cashew Butter Carrot Sauce I’m super thrilled that my cashew carrot mac recipe is kicking off the Canned Time Nut Butter Bash! Each month this year, Angela is going to feature awesome nut- and seed-butter recipes. It’s an honor to be the first blog on this adventure. I know: the pasta in the picture isn’t mac, but let’s be real, you guys. The shape of the pasta is not the important thing when you’re making this dish. What’s important is that it’s covered in a creamy, cheesy sauce and loaded with bacon, broccoli,…

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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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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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It all happened a couple of years ago now. On being Vegan.

It all happened a couple of years ago now.  On being Vegan.

 It all happened about 2 years ago now.  I changed my diet, my habits, my lifestyle for the sake of animals on this Earth.  No one asked me to do it.   I didn’t anticipate the problems for my family my changes would eventually cause (and still cause)  I did it because I’d been awakened to all the nasty hidden lies about how our meats and dairy are produced.   I could no longer justify their pain.   The Animal’s pain.   The taste of all those meats and cheeses I’d enjoyed my whole life was a pin prick in comparison to the  unspeakable pain that thousands of animals were going through.  I did it for them, not me.  Not for my health even which is immeasurably improved since going to a plant-based diet.  I saw the suffering and I couldn’t swallow another bite without seeing their pain.  What was I thinking all those years, 49 years of enjoying cheeses and steaks, cozy furs and honey drizzled Sopapillas?  Boy, the advertizing agencies sure work their magic on us all don’t they?    “The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but rather, ‘Can they suffer?’ – Jeremy…

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30 Minute, No Mess – Spicy Baked ‘Stir Fry’

30 Minute, No Mess –  Spicy Baked ‘Stir Fry’

  This dish is the easiest way I know to enjoy all the flavors and nutrition of a stir fried meal, without the Wok!   It’s also a wonderful way to use up some older veggies and give them new life for a quick, healthy super.  I used yellow squash and sweet pea pods for this one.  Obviously, a zillion different veggies would have worked just as well.  This one is all about the sauce. You can make the sauce up a couple of days in advance even if needed – Party food anyone?  And then just clean and cut up whichever veggies you choose.  Put your cut veggies in a deep baking dish.  Pour on the sauce.  Stir and bake.  That’s it.  So good.  So fast. And your house will have that heavenly smell of just delivered Chinese food, without the expense.  Without the big tip for a driver. Pour on your sauce and you’re ready to bake! The sauce has a hint of Thai.  It can be made thin or thick.  I suggest making enough though.  You’ll want some to pour over a little rice as well to make this a quick meal for any night.  30 minutes…

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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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Creamy Vegan Maryland “Crab” Dip

Creamy Vegan Maryland “Crab” Dip

Mmmmmmm, my old favorite!  Come back better than ever ♥ “Old Bay Seasoning is a blend of herbs and spices that is marketed in the United States by McCormick & Company, and produced in Maryland. It is produced in the Chesapeake Bay area where it was developed by German immigrant Gustav Brunn in 1939 Old Bay Seasoning is named after the Old Bay Line, a passenger ship line that plied the waters of the Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia, in the early 1900s. Gustav Brunn’s company became the Old Bay Company in 1939, the year he fled  Nazi Germany, producing crab seasonings in the unique yellow can container until the company was purchased by McCormick & Co in 1990  McCormick continues to offer Old Bay in the classic yellow can.Ironically, according to Gustav Brunn, he had worked for McCormick for a week before starting his own spice business. He claimed that he was fired when McCormick learned that he was Jewish.” – source Wikipedia  If you can’t find ‘Old Bay‘ seasoning where you live you can try making up your own homemade version.  A good recipe is HERE.  Check the ‘seafood’ section of your store if you can’t find it in baking. The celery seed and heat from traditional Old Bay really is…

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Coconut Dulce de Leche Candies and Cream

Coconut Dulce de Leche Candies and Cream

This week I discovered what are likely the cutest and likely the most tasty cookies ever over at  Keepin’ It Kind.  Rika from Vegan Miam had created the cutest little purple cookies you’ll ever see.  And sandwiched between those gorgeous crispy layers was creamy decadent Coconut Dulce de Leche.      Oh my. My dreams of that creamy caramel taste without the dairy started swirling around and around in my head for the rest of the week.  Especially since now I know how simple and inexpensive the ingredients in this magical sauce are;  I just had to make some for myself.  But I also thought about how much I had to get done for the holidays, and how little I wanted to stand by the stove for 2 hours so as not to burn a single spoonful of this heavenly creation.  Of course!  I’d let my little 2 quart crock pot do all the work for me while I slept cleaned and wrapped and got all my work done.  The smell of the creamy caramelizing leche boiling away all day ( 7 hours in total) was a little difficult to ignore though.  I forced myself to do taste test after taste test…

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Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce

Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce

The winner of the ‘Bake and Destroy’ Cookbook giveaway is…… Tanya Shields! Congrats to you Girl♥  I saw this wonderful caramel and thought it could become a proper coating for some big ripe red apples.  To fancy them up just a bit, I sprinkled each apple with some coarse sea salt while the caramel was still warm.  VERY nice.  The caramel sauce in itself will make a special gift.  Then bring along a basket of apples and make it a party!  The Vegan caramel wont take your teeth out and the salt, well it just makes thing a little refined, don’t you know.  A lot tasty.  You can find step by step instructions for this luscious sweet creamy sauce at Cara’s  Forks and Beans:  Microwavable Vegan Caramel Sauce from Forks and Beans I think I like Red Foods, with or without all those nutrients.  Thanks Cara for a great recipe! Have a safe weekend everyone.

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Virtual Vegan Potluck Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Ribbons

Virtual Vegan Potluck Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Ribbons

I’m so proud to be part of this project and it’s a fun way to meet so many other healthy food bloggers. Today’s special event deserves an extra special recipe:  Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff with beautiful Zucchini Ribbons! This dish is light, flavorful, nutritious and filling.  The flavor combination of dill and savory mushrooms make a perfect blend and mimic the classic tastes of Beef Stroganoff. And the pepper gives it a punch that wakes up the veggies, then diced pickles surprise your taste buds with a subtle sour background. All without a drop of dairy.  The pickles and dill give you the sour cream taste usually associated with Beef Stroganoff and the mushrooms simulate sliced beef. Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Ribbons Ingredients: Serves 2 -4 1 Cup of Baby Bella Mushrooms, stems removed,  cleaned and sliced thick 2 Cups of White Button Mushrooms sliced thick. 1/2 Cup Water or Unsweetened Non Dairy Milk 3 Tbs. Earth Balance Vegetable Spread 2 Tbs. Olive Oil 1 Cup of sliced Dill Pickles + 1/3 Cup of Pickle juice from the jar 1/2  to 1 Tbs. Black Pepper  (to taste) 1 tsp. Sea Salt 1 Tbs. dried Dill divided 2 Vegetable Bullion Cubes 1/4…

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Spicy Red Chili Sauce

Spicy Red Chili Sauce

This VERY hot sauce is a bounce off of Barefeet In The Kitchen’s version, New Mexico Red Chili Sauce. My version helped me use up some Sanaam Dried Chili Peppers that I purchased over the summer from Penzey’s. They are plenty hot and I was glad to incorporate them into a sauce that will mix with food and balance out the heat. Spicy Red Chili Sauce 20 Dried Red Pepper Pods 2 Cups of filtered Water 1/8th Cup Apple Cider Vinegar 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt 1 small packet of Powdered Stevia (optional) 1 tsp. Ground Cumin Break apart the dried chilies and dump out the seeds.  (discard the seeds) Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook peppers for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat, keeping covered, and let pot sit for 30 min. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and blend several minutes until the sauce is blended and smooth.  Store in a sealed container in the fridge for a week or more or freeze sauce in smaller batches to thaw out when needed.  Goes well with chips or Mexican dishes. I’m on…

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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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Looking for Spring…….

I’m working on my Pistachio Ice Cream recipe so it’s an easy dinner tonight w/ the help of Trader Joe’s and some of the Spicy Plum Dipping Sauce I made up last month: <><><><><><><><><> Trader Joe’s Vegetable Spring Rolls w/ my Spicy Plum Dipping Sauce Spicy Asian Plum Dipping Sauce With the warmer temperatures this week, I was looking for signs of spring here……… We had a mild winter in the East, for sure And the first signs of spring I remember are always the fruit trees blooming and daffodils.  Well the apple trees are definitely ready for spring too…. Found these gorgeous tulips on sale at Whole Foods……….. Signs of spring at Whole Foods today, beautiful bunches of spring Tulips for sale I always appreciate the changes of new seasons here in the East.  What changes are you seeing in your area?  Do you like living in a cold or hot climate?   The Pistachio Ice Cream was a hit……………more details tomorrow!  Thanks for all the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway entry comments.

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Apple Cider Syrup

I found several recipes for this project on line.  Probably the best, but not the one I used today would be at Food In Jars so I’ll leave the canning process up to the post there for all the details but it’s not much more than reducing down the cider and then canning the syrup left over with the water bath method. I used:1 gallon of locally produced Apple Cider (unpreserved)1 tsp. of cloves1 tsp. of allspice1 Tbs. of Cinnamondash of sea saltand you know me………I added in 1 dried red Thai pepper into the pot. Boil for up to 2 hours until the liquid is reduced by 1/2 or more until you get a concentrated liquid.Strain and then pour into jars for canning.  I got 1 quart and about a Pint and a half from my gallon.  When you want a hot cup of cider, you can open a can and add a few Tbs. to hot water and get a nice fresh cup of cider without getting a fresh gallon from the store.  The spiciness was great.  I can imagine it being perfect for a sore throat drink as well.  Great easy project that I would think could…

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