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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7 Layer Root Vegetable Roundup

7 Layer Root Vegetable Roundup

    One of my childhood Sunday dinner memories is watching Mom carry a big, rectangular Pyrex glass pan, choke full of love, over to the center of our table.  She’d hold tight on either side with oven mitts to keep from scorching her fingers.  What was in that steaming hot pan? Sliced potatoes, layered with onion, a little salt and pepper and margarine,  baked to a tender deliciousness with a crispy, browned top. Such a great dish.  And my new Veganized version is ideal for a meal full of comfort, memories and the flavors of earthy, rich root vegetables.    I’ve been perfecting this childhood memory quite a bit lately in its plain potato with onion version.  I’ve tried caramelizing the onion before spreading them throughout the layers.  Adding a little red pepper flakes (no not me?)  Each time I’ve made this in the past few months, I’ve given an old classic a new twist.  This month, I found a fabulous service that delivers fresh veggies to my doorstep each week.  (Thanks again Gena for the heads up on From The Farmer DC) With these deliveries comes a need to make good with, and appreciate what you’ve been blest…

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Yet Another Tomato Soup…. & Crispy Veggie Jerky

Yet Another Tomato Soup…. & Crispy Veggie Jerky

Oh no………..it’s warmer outside now and she’s still making Soup…….what the ….?  But wait!!  This one has a twist.   So here’s the real story on my crispy spicy veggie jerky discovery.  Last week, I bought a bunch of salad veggies.  Saturday, I had some time and used the salad veggies to make a soup so they wouldn’t spoil in the fridge.  And Monday, I blended all the remaining soup up, added some more tomato paste, and spread the whole mess onto 3 trays to dehydrate.  Oh wait.  I may have added a little more red pepper flakes to the spread too.  Dehydrated for a few hours and then flipped the hardening spread over to get them nice and crispy.  After about 10 hours, I had the most deliciously crispy, spicy, crunchy snack.  And all from a bunch of old raggity spoiling veggies last week.   Life is good sometimes!   You must try this.  Don’t have a dehydrator?  Just use your oven on it’s lowest temp and keep an eye on it that it doesn’t burn.  Oh, did I mention that your whole house will smell like the Pizza Guy just showed up with a pippin’ hot crusty Italian…

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BBQ Cauliflower ‘Sausage’ Bites with Creamy Dill Dip

BBQ Cauliflower ‘Sausage’ Bites with Creamy Dill Dip

A few weeks ago, we fired up the grill in anticipation of warmer weather coming and fixed up a couple homemade pizzas for dinner.  That recipe will be coming up in April but I couldn’t wait to try out another way to use the cauliflower ‘sausage’ I came up with as a pizza topping that night.  Cauliflower, when spiced up a bit, has a remarkable similarity to the texture of crumbled sausage I’ve found.  And it is especially complimentary to similar tastes and recipes as pork sausage.   Some dried fennel, a little red pepper, some Italian herbs help those little cauliflower sprigs come alive with tomato sauce or even by themselves.  Today I’ve used those sausage-like tastes to make a non-traditional ‘sausage’ ball with a cheeze background that’s just fantastic with dips and sauces. Served up on a scure, they make a perfect party platter for any occasion. Gluten Free – Fat Free – and best of all – Cruelty Free.  Who’d have thought that a bland cauliflower could evolve into a spicy, zesty ‘sausage’ like snack?  These ‘cheezy’ bites bake up in under 30 minutes.  Bake ahead of time if you’re strapped for time and then just warm…

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Broccoli & Brussels Sprouts in Spiced Orange Sauce and Wild Rice

Broccoli & Brussels Sprouts in Spiced Orange Sauce and Wild Rice

  A guy walks into the doctor’s office. A banana stuck in one of his ears, a Brussels sprout in the other ear, and a carrot stuck in one nostril. The man says, “Doc, this is terrible. What’s wrong with me?” The doctor says, “Well, first of all, you need to eat more sensibly.”    All kidding aside….beautiful little Brussels sprouts are King when it comes to vitamin ‘K’  About 250 % of your daily needs in just 1 serving of my recipe here.  So who needs vitamin ‘K’ ?  Everyone. Low levels of vitamin K are a potential risk factor for osteoporosis, particularly in people with bowl disease.

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Coconut “bacon” – just in case you missed it…

Coconut “bacon” – just in case you missed it…

Just in case you missed it last spring… This posting had the highest number of viewings for 2013 on Canned Time and I thought it would be good to revisit the jist of ‘Coconut Bacon’……….   Coconut Flakes and Bacon?  What the……….  Well I saw this on someone’s site and had to give it a try.  My absolute favorite sandwich from what seems like ages ago now, reborn!! When I first tested this last weekend, well, things got busy, we had a bit of a snow storm and then there’s always my work schedule.  I forgot about it being in the fridge marinating actually. So after 6 days of soaking, I really thought it would just be rancid.  Not so!

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Vegan ‘Cheezy’ Potato Casserole

Vegan ‘Cheezy’ Potato Casserole

    This potato casserole has been handed down from my husband’s family now to my family for decades of holiday meals.  Unfortunately, there is almost Nothing nutritious about the original recipe.  I felt the need to finally come up with a Vegan version that I could enjoy for the holidays.  My new version is admittedly still very processed with store bought Vegan cheeses but with my work schedule this month and my close proximity to no less than 5 health food grocery stores, I’ve splurged on convenience and taste for this recipe re-do. So before you start wincing about the store bought ingredients in my version, I’ll share just how ‘un-healthful’ the traditional family recipe is: 2 pounds diced potatoes, 2 cups sour cream, 3 cups of cheddar cheese, 1 can cream of chix soup, 1/2  pound of butter and some cornflakes.   Yea.  Delicious and heart-horrible to say the least. My version came out slightly less tasty.  But you can eat half the pan if you’d like without much guilt at all!  

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Baby Bok Choy with Black Bean Sauce

Baby Bok Choy with Black Bean Sauce

 A favorite quick meal.  Add in some wild rice and a few spring rolls and you’re set for dinner.   This dish will cook up in less than 10 minutes.  That’s shorter time than it takes to decide what to order from the local carry-out.  you can keep the tip for yourself… Print Bok Choy with Black Bean Sauce Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Veggies and Side Dishes   Ingredients 1 head of fresh Baby Bok Choy – roughly chopped ½ cup shredded carrots 1 cup rough chopped celery ½ cup red cabbage sliced ¼ cup sesame seeds (optional) 12 oz. of black bean sauce ⅓ cup tamari soy sauce big pinch of red pepper flakes splash of rice wine vinegar ½ tsp cane sugar 3 Tbs. peanut oil or Vegan butter Instructions Blend the black bean sause, soy, vinegar, red pepper and sugar together until mixed. In a sauce pan, heat the oil and add in the veggies. Stir over medium heat until the Bok Choy is slightly wilted. Pour in the black bean mixture. Stir for another 1 minute until the veggies are coated and the sauce is warmed. Remove from heat and serve immediately. 3.2.1255    one year…

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Spicy Tomato BLT Bites with Broccoli Sprouts and Shitaki ‘Bacon’

Spicy Tomato BLT Bites with Broccoli Sprouts and Shitaki ‘Bacon’

One year ago we survived hurricane Sandy and I was enjoying my 1st Virtual Vegan Potluck with this: Mushroom Stroganoff with Zucchini Curl Pasta Love Broccoli Spouts.  Find out how to grow some in your kitchen.  HERE This summer I attended a Vegan cooking class in the city.  The first recipe we cooked up that night were little BLT tomatoes full of that wonderful ‘bacony’ flavor mixed with a spicy mayo and the sweet of the tomato.   I’ve made some changes to make them my own but the concept is pretty much the same:  Making a Vegan BLT inside your cherry tomatoes! Print Spicy Tomato BLT Bites with Shitaki ‘bacon’ Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com   Ingredients For the Marinated Mushroom ‘Bacon’: 1 cup dehydrated Shitake Mushrooms 1 cup water 1 Tbs Olive Oil ¼ tsp liquid smoke ½ tsp smoked paprika ¼ tsp sea salt ½ tsp black pepper 1 tsp tamari soy sauce Hot Sauce Mayo: ½ Cup Vegan Mayo 1 tsp Hot Sauce like Sriracha For the Bites: 7 – 8 Campari Tomatoes, top off ½ cup Broccoli Sprouts (or other greens) 15 pieces of Marinated Mushrooms ½ cup Hot Mayo Instructions Stir together the Mushroom marinade and…

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Vegan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Vegan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Yesterday I stopped at a favorite local orchard on my way home from work and really hit the jackpot.  The biggest, most perfect looking head of yellow cauliflower I’ve ever seen.  It must have been more than 8 inches across.  What to make out of all that? I mean some people get excited going to Atlantic City?  I got dizzy just carrying this thing into the house I was so thrilled.  Okay, get a grip.  I was really just happy that I’d have a chance to play with the flavors and make up some creamy mashed spicy cauliflower for dinner this week.  Turns out a whole pot full still only used 1/2 the head….this thing is BIG!  I know I make too many spicy recipes.  We like it spicy.  But you can always just leave out the spice.  I wouldn’t.  But you can. Print Vegan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Veggies & Side Dishes   Ingredients 2 cups of cauliflower florets, washed, steamed until softened ¾ – 1 cup of non dairy creamer *not vanilla or sweetened 4 oz. vegan butter, melted 4 oz. vegan cream cheese, softened to room temp. 1 tsp sea salt ½ tsp black pepper…

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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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Fresh Basil Beet Pasta

Fresh Basil Beet Pasta

 Yaaaayyyyy…. betalains !!!    Who?  Betalains are the red pigments that give beets their color…and their nutrition. You thought that this red party pasta was just fun to look at?  Wait until you read what nutrients are hidden inside all that POW! “What’s most striking about beets is not the fact that they are rich in antioxidants; what’s striking is the unusual mix of antioxidants that they contain. We’re used to thinking about vegetables as rich in antioxidant carotenoids, and in particular, beta-carotene; among all well-studied carotenoids, none is more commonly occurring in vegetables than beta-carotene. When it comes to antioxidant phytonutrients that give most red vegetables their distinct color, we’ve become accustomed to thinking about anthocyanins. (Red cabbage, for example, gets it wonderful red color primarily from anthocyanins.) Beets demonstrate their antioxidant uniqueness by getting their red color primarily from betalain antioxidant pigments (and not primarily from anthocyanins). Coupled with their status as a very good source of the antioxidants vitamin C and manganese, the unique phytonutrients in beets provide antioxidant support in a different way than other antioxidant-rich vegetables. While research is largely in the early stage with respect to beet antioxidants and their special benefits for eye health…

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Spicy Red Cabbage Slaw Wraps

Spicy Red Cabbage Slaw Wraps

Last Friday night, my husband surprised me with a fantastic BBQ meal including a Vegan Faux Pulled ‘Pork’ he came up with and a wonderful Red Cabbage Slaw.  They were both wonderfully delicious and healthy.  Perfect for my Vegan MoFo theme.  Check it out:   Just mix a little of the ‘Pork’ mixture with a spoonful of slaw and you’ve got a fabulous sandwich or wrap like I did here. The spicy slaw mixed so well with the BBQ flavors and melded together for one fantastic wrap. We’ve had these 3 times now since Friday.  They are worth the all the chopping! Print Spicy Red Cabbage Slaw Wraps Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Meatfree Sandwich Wraps Prep time:  30 mins Total time:  30 mins Serves: 5 – 7   Ingredients 3 Cups Chopped Red Cabbage 1½ Cups Vegan Sandwich Spread or Mayo 1 Cup Carrot sliced thin and chopped ½ Cup Green Pepper, diced 2 Tbs. Tamari Soy Sauce 3 Tbs. Organic Sugar ¼ Cup Rice Vinegar 1 tsp. Celery Seed 1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes 1 tsp. Garlic Powder Salt & Pepper to taste Instructions Mix together cabbage, green pepper and carrots in a large bowl. Stir together all other ingredients…

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‘Raw’ Cucumber Sushi

‘Raw’ Cucumber Sushi

   I saw this veggie sushi on Pinterest this week and thought I’d give it a try. It’s probably a little easier than rolling your own sushi.  Not much easier, but it’s different and looks nice.  You don’t have to have a rolling mat but it takes a little time to scoop out your cucumbers.  I think next time I’ll add in some rice to help stick things together better.  The taste is very similar to a Nori Sushi when you dip the pieces in a good soy/rice vinegar mix.  Add in some Wasabi and I thought it was pretty right on for a sushi substitute. It’s different anyway.  And obviously can be made completely raw without the rice.    The picture I originally saw in Pinterest called for some lovely micro-sprouts as filler for each cucumber cup.  Unfortunately, I’m fresh out of homegrown sprouts right now and can never justify paying so much for the store bought ones.  I did without here.  But I did add in some Jalapeno strips.  They added a little bite but without the seeds, there wasn’t much heat.  I put plenty of red pepper flakes in with my tamari soy sauce / rice vinegar…

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Vegan Slow Cooker Onion Focaccia Bread with Peach & Plum Jam

 Everything in one bite. Some wives dream of great adventure when their husbands are away for the weekend and they’ve nothing but time on their hands.  Me?  I just want time in the kitchen to cook up some fresh fruits and veggies…..yea, I’m that kind of agoraphobic domestic  now days.  Only glitch was that it’s been horrifically hot here for over a week and after working outside all week, even I didn’t want to heat up the kitchen. So I didn’t. Enter Slow Cooker Onion Focaccia Bread with Fresh Peach & Plum Jam for my solo dinner….   Summer produce is so delicious eaten fresh and ripe. But sometimes you just have to help Mother Nature along a bit and kick things up a notch. When I saw these fresh fruits and veggies at an Orchard nearby yesterday….I could have bought twice as much and twice the varieties.  They really had some beautiful stuff.  You got to love the grocery store for giving us stuff year round….but there really is a huge difference buying locally grown produce that you trust and know has been picked just that day.  In fact, while I was at the Orchard, the workers were bringing in…

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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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Iron Skillet Potato Cake with Chives

 These potatoes, a very common recipe, will make even the most picky dinner guest behave well enough to be offered seconds……….. My husband and I were both raised with similar potato dishes from Moms who most likely found the recipe in Good Housekeeping magazine at  some point and made it into a family basic.  Often requested and definitely enjoyed by all.  I cooked these up in a skillet but they’ve been made more often than not stacked up in a glass Pyrex pan and baked in the oven until they are toasty brown on the edges and deliciously tender underneath.  They’re also perfectly acceptable with sliced onion layered between the potato.  Or any of a gazillion different variations thousands of families have developed over the last 100 years.  Here’s just one version I made up today: Iron Skillet Potato Cakes with Chives 10 – 12 Red Potatoes sliced thin, rinsed, chilled in ice water and dried 1/2 Cup Olive Oil Tbs. Fresh Rosemary Sprigs (optional) Toasted Onion Powder Salt & Pepper Fresh Chives for garnish Heat half of the Olive Oil in the bottom of an Iron Skillet pan on medium heat.  Arrange half of the potato slices in a spiral around the…

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“La-Dee-Da” Cornbread Waffles

I’m new to waffle making but these spicy cornbread waffles really rise to a level good enough for guests, parties or just dinner by yourself  on a comfort zone night ♥ I wanted a spicy batter but I love cornbread that is more like cake.  So I just put it all in one batter.  They are cake-like, especially when eaten fresh off the iron.  If you want to make up some in advance, I’d use a regular oil because the coconut oil that I used will harden some and give the waffles a drier taste….not what you want here.  The batter is pretty quick to mix up so if possible, make them right before your meal for the most moist inside and crispy crannies. There is a touch of sweet in the batter but I had to go all the way and douse mine with butter and warmed Agave. Heaven in a bite! “La-Dee-Da” Sweet & Spicy Cornbread Waffles 2 Cups Self Rising Flour 2 Cups Self Rising Cornmeal 1/4 Cup Sugar 1/2 tsp. Chili Powder 1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes (optional) 2 Flax Eggs (2 Tbs. Ground Flax mixed with 6 Tbs. water) or egg replacer 1/2  cup Oil…

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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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Himalayan “Red Pepper” Salt

So simple, quick and inexpensive.  Homemade Vegetable Sea Salts can add ‘zip’ and nutrition to your meals. With about 10 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of drying in the oven, almost any vegetable can be dehydrated and ground up to add to your favorite salt to enhance the nutrition, add a burst of flavor and plus:  they just look pretty sprinkled on foods. My latest variety is a dehydrated Red Bell Pepper, ground and mixed at a 50 X 50 ratio with some Himalayan Sea Salt. If you’re worried about your salt intake, this is a great way to stretch your salt use while adding in the flavors and nutrients found in which ever veggies you dry out and grind up with your salts.  Store them just like any other seasoning in a dry sealed container for months and months of uses. Other ideas I have on my list to try are Lemon Pepper, Orange Peel Pepper, Basil Sea Salt, Broccoli Salt….you get the idea. These homemade goodies can make a great, inexpensive gift for friends, family or someone you may not know what to give. Find a cool container     (this small jar was just a…

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Food Bloggers Against Hunger – The Vegan “Value Meal”

Food Bloggers Against Hunger – The Vegan “Value Meal”

 Mc Donald’s Quarter Pounder has 750 Calories, 380 of those from fat, 19 grams saturated. Add a large fry and that’s another 500 calories and another 25 grams of fat…..convenience and low cost meals have a high price to pay for families on a budget.  My Vegan ‘Value Meal’ was ready in 15 minutes and came in at just under $4 in ingredients. It’s spicy Chipotle and corn flavors make a burger better than any fast food I’ve tasted and provide great fiber and nutrients without a lot of clean up.   With just 3 grams of fat, no saturated, and 5 grams of fiber per burger, it’s a healthy alternative. They taste just as luscious, messy and juicy as it’s fast food rivals.  Fried up in the same pan that I did the potatoes in, it took just 5 minutes to cook through. The 2 store-bought Black Bean Burgers came 4 to a pack for $2 and will keep in the freezer for months.   The fries came from a huge 5 lbs bag that I got from Sam’s Club for just $3.99.  I used a little olive oil drizzled over the fries and sprinkled them with a  homemade…

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Deliciously ‘Raw’ Cucumber Dill Soup

Deliciously ‘Raw’ Cucumber Dill Soup

  I’ve recently re-discovered the first food blog that I connected with enough to read for hours:          The Sunny Raw Kitchen The author, Carmella Soleil, is no stranger to the Raw food world.  She brings such grace and creativity to her recipes, you’ll want to make them ALL.  They are delicious works of nutritious art in my mind.  She does for vegetables what Katie does for Chocolate.  And you must check out Carmella’s new companion site as well: Carmellas Sunny Raw Kitchen.  Its new and fun and full of wonderful information about maximizing food nutrition and enzymes. Today I had the pleasure of making one of her Raw soup basics, “Cucumber Dill”   This soup is a swirl of flavors from Cucumber of course, to black pepper and the bitter background of celery.  Then onion, garlic and fresh dill, topped with a little salty Nori make it come alive like no other vegetable soup I’ve had before.  I sound like I’m exaggerating – I’m not.  It is simple and fresh beyond any soup I’ve made. Please check out Carmella’s video page for a wonderfully detailed way to make some of this creamy, flavorful soup for yourself…

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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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Guest Posting on ‘An Unrefined Vegan’ today!

Guest Posting on ‘An Unrefined Vegan’ today!

What a special treat!! I’m ‘guest posting’ over at An Unrefined Vegan today! Check out my Carrot Butter post and then be thrilled with all the wonderful ideas, recipes and writing from Annie, thanks so much Girl for sharing this ♥  Then be sure and sign up for the event of the season at….. Virtual Vegan Potluck:  Click for details.

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Soba Noodles with Vegan Lemon Picatta Cream Sauce

Soba Noodles with Vegan Lemon Picatta Cream Sauce

 Any time you need a delicious fancy dinner to serve or you just want to fill up on a great comfort food meal, try this lemon sauce with pasta.  All you’ll need is a few basics like Lemons, butter, Nut Milk and pasta…and you’re 30 minutes away from sitting down to a great healthy meal that won’t leave you sleepy from carbs.  The sauce is a healthy cousin to the traditional Italian Picatta sauce served with Chicken or Veal and pasta.  A meal I used to enjoy frequently before moving to a plant based Vegan diet.  This version is so much healthier, kinder and actually so much easier as well.  It’s all good!  Soba noodles are usually in with Asian foods in the grocery.  They have Buckwheat flour mixed with wheat usually and take only a few minutes to cook.  This sauce is slightly creamy but definitely not thick like a cheese sauce.  It lets the pasta be the texture of each bite, not the cream.  Very light and flavorful. This meal just cries out for a few slices of hot toasted homemade bread…uummmmmmmm PrintSoba Noodles with Lemon Cream Sauce 51 Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 30 minutes Yield: 2…

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Humpty Dumpty 6 Bean Soup & ‘Repin To Win’ Contest Winners!

This contest is now closed.       Okay, okay, okay!  Enough silliness……. And the winners are: Grand Prize winner, winning first choice of the 3 prizes for ‘repinning’ over 600 Valentine’s Day Pins is……… Laura Chassagne Laura, contact me at cannedtime11@gmail.com to claim your choice for 1st prize 🙂 And the 2nd place winner, with almost 300 ‘repins’ and winning 2nd choice of the prizes is….. Carol finally: Blake Cook  Is my 3rd place winner.  Nice job Blake!  You’ll get the 3rd prize in our contest 🙂 I want to thank Kathy Hester, Cocomama Foods and Becky Striepe for providing great prizes for the contest and a special thanks to Annie at anunrefinedvegan.com  for her help in getting things going for the event! And thanks to everyone who spent time repinning for the contest.  I hope you found some great Valentine’s Day ideas and recipes along the way.  Canned-Time gained over 800 new followers during the contest and I welcome each and every pinner to the site. Thanks and have a Healthy  day!!!  

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