Vegan Labor Day Party Fresh Spicy Cucumber Nectarine Salsa

Vegan Labor Day Party Fresh Spicy Cucumber Nectarine Salsa

Collard Green Tacos with @BeyondMeat Fiesta flavor crumbles and Cucumber Carrot Nectarine Salsa.  A few years ago, Bob and I wondered into a Mexican restaurant in the old town section of  Frederick MD.  For once, we didn’t have a coupon which is normally our habit for trying out new places.  But we’re glad we found this spot.  The most memorable part of the meal was a simple, spicy salsa on each table that used cucumbers for the base.  It also had tomato and onion but the cucumbers were definitely the dominant flavor and texture.  It took a few chip scoops to get used to that background but we ended up loving the difference they made.  A few bowls later, I told myself I’d have to try making this one at home soon.    Well, it’s been at least 2 years now but I’m finally getting around to making my own version of the cucumber salsa from that day. I love the flavor contrast you find in ‘peach’ salsas.  This version today uses fresh, summer nectarines for a similar fruity sweet background for the spices in the dip.  I like the mildness of the sweet and how it blends with the…

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Sunflower Sprout Pasta with Spiced Up Marinara – Raw Options

Sunflower Sprout Pasta with Spiced Up Marinara – Raw Options

I’ve had some luck in the kitchen this month and thought I’d pass on the tricks and tastes today.  First, I had some 3 year old Sunflower Seeds grow into beautiful, nutritious sprouts last week…without using any soil for the roots.   I love this merely because A: it’s less expensive and B: it’s less mess to deal with. So here’s how I did it in simplified steps:  Soak about a 1/2 cup of  black sunflower seeds in filtered water for at least 24 hours.  You’ll see the first sign of them growing with a tiny white tip showing at the pointed end of each seed.  Next, drain off the water (you can use it for your plants if you’d like) and spread out all your seeds in a shallow dish on top of wet paper towels.  I used a glass pie plate and they were slightly crowded but still grew up fine.  You’ll need to cover them with some kind of slight weight at this point.  The seeds need to think that they are underground.  I used a second pie plate, placed on top of the first so that it presses down on the seeds with some slight weight.…

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Gluten-Free Spicy ‘Shroomin’ Eggplant Ravioli

Gluten-Free Spicy ‘Shroomin’ Eggplant Ravioli

  About 5 years ago now, when I started researching all about food allergies and inflammation, I quickly came across numerous articles on gluten-free diets that help reduce swelling, abdominal pains and so many other ailments so common today.  Now, 5 years later, I forget sometimes that not all my readers may know the details of gluten restrictive or free diets.  The recipe and information here is a little refresher for some, maybe new information for others on how the gluten in foods we eat can drastically affect how we feel after a meal.  The ravioli I made turned out so nicely, I’d love it whether gluten-free or not.  But the rice flour wrappers I used instead of a gluten pasta certainly adds to the healthy aspect of the dish.  I’ve always loved ravioli, particularly fried but have usually avoided it until now.  My gluten-free, simple mushroom and eggplant filling version has all the taste you remember from higher fat, processed carbohydrate ravioli but this one wont leave you feeling like you’re 7 or 8 months pregnant after with bloating, stomach pressure and pains.  Just a delicious plate full of yummy pasta-like Italian flavors.   If you suffer from gluten intolerance,…

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Southern Style Grits & “BOWLS” by Becky Striepe – Review and Giveaway!

Southern Style Grits & “BOWLS” by Becky Striepe – Review and Giveaway!

 Southern Style Grits from Becky Striepe’s book ‘BOWLS’     Becky Striepe, creator of the fabulously creative blog Glue & Glitter  has another book out.  YEA! Just a few days ago, Becky ‘Wow’ed us with her Cherry Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes recipe as April’s ‘Family Favorite Desserts-Veganized’ entry for April here on Canned.  She also graciously created a delicious smoothie recipe back in January of 2014 for my Breakfast In Bed Fest event. Now Becky introduces us to her latest project, a deliciously healthy and practical collection of recipes for busy Moms, health driven families, food lovers, okay….everyone needs a copy of Becky’s e-book BOWLS.     Today Becky is sharing with us a fantastic Southern Style Grits recipe and some thoughts with me about her life, the book, cute as a button son Darrol and life in a mixed, Vegan home in Georgia.     Me:  This book has such convenient ideas in it.  You’ve got your hands full with your website and a little one running around.  Do we owe your home life to your fabulous “BOWLS” meals? Becky: I definitely draw from my own life when I’m developing recipes, and BOWLS is aimed at folks who want to eat vegan…

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Vegan Cruelty Free Holiday – Asian Orange Butternut Squash

Vegan Cruelty Free Holiday – Asian Orange Butternut Squash

Another Holiday side idea for you this week.  A flavorful way to get veggies on the table at holiday time without the traditional sugary marshmallow topping.  If you’re in a hurry, or just get annoyed cutting up squash, you can usually find butternut pre-cut in the grocery store.  Certain this sauce would work equally well with cubed sweet potato in place of squash.  Increase your boiling time if you use potatoes though.  You want to make sure that your squash are completely done through or no one will enjoy your dish.  For added flavor, mix up the syrup / sauce in advance and let the squash sit in the juices overnight in the fridge.  You can adjust the spiciness by adding more red pepper.  I  left out any salt due to the soy sauce but you may want to add a little after the squash are cooked.  You could also cook this dish up in advance and keep it covered in the fridge until serving it for your holiday dinner. Congratulations to Karen G. for winning a copy of Nava Atlas’s ‘Plant Power’ this week.   Her winning entry used her bonus code she received from being an email follower…

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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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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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Southwestern BBQ Vegetable Hash with @BeyondMeat Crumbles

Southwestern BBQ Vegetable Hash with @BeyondMeat Crumbles

    My first attempt at using Beyond Meat products went so well yesterday.  I can’t wait now to try out all their other non-meat products in my recipes.  It was kinda weird using ‘meat’ again?  The taste in this hash was spot on.  I originally planned on mixing up just a simple vegetable spicy hash with potatoes, onion and some yellow squash I needed to use.  This turned out much more tasty with red beets, celery, Southwestern seasonings, a tiny touch of liquid smoke, and of course, the Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles.  I purchased this 11 oz. bag at Whole Foods Grocery.  They were on sale for $4.99 which made them comparable to what a package of lean ground beef would have been for the recipe anyway.  11 grams of protein per serving.  The product’s main component is pea protein.  Who’d a thought?  A very tasty alternative to meat I’d say.  I can’t wait to use this ‘Feisty’ Beyond Meat in chili and Sloppy Joes.  And if I had known the southwestern flavors would be so good, I most likely would have picked up some chips to scoop up my hash with.  It really is a perfect Mexican dish as…

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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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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 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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‘Cheezy’ Broccoli Squash Soup

‘Cheezy’ Broccoli Squash Soup

   You got it……….soup time again in Washington D.C. This month I’m featuring one of my favorite winter veggies ‘squashes’.  For this flavorful creamy soup, I combined a mellow Zucchini along with its sister squash, Butternut to re-create the cheezy texture of a broccoli soup. This version is healthy enough to eat up all you’d like and then some.  Each bowl is packed with Vitamin A for starters, Vitamin C for sure and a big dose of B-6 and Magnesium ♥      The Red Pepper Sauce is so versatile you’ll use it with chips, as a bread dip or on top of grilled veggies as well as with this soup.  It’s mildly spicy and really kicks up the tang in contrast to the mellow creamy broccoli.  Make up a large batch and freeze a portion in a sealed container or plastic bag so you can thaw some out anytime you want a healthy dip or garnish. If you don’t have access to vegan non-dairy cheeses, here are a few links to great recipes for making up your own: Tofu Farmer Cheez,  Mozzarella, Meltable Mozzarella, Chickpea Cheez Sauce Any of these recipes will work with the soup just fine.  You’re…

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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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Carrot Salsa

Carrot Salsa

grind… dip… enjoy. drink! Print Carrot Salsa Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Condiments Cuisine: Mexican   Ingredients 1 ripe Mango, diced 6 Scallions, diced 1 cup Cilantro, chopped 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes 2 cups baby carrots, small diced in food processor 2 garlic cloves, chopped ⅓ cup fresh lime juice ⅓ cup pickled jalepenos or fresh for more heat hot sauce to taste salt and pepper to taste (about ½ tsp. each) Instructions Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Taste for seasoning. Refrigerate in a sealed container at least 1 hour – overnight preferred. Serve with chips or veggies. 3.2.1284 Have a safe weekend everyone ♥

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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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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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Brussels Sprouts & Radicchio with Brown Mustard Orange Glaze

Brussels Sprouts & Radicchio with Brown Mustard Orange Glaze

  I Hate Brussels Sprouts. Well, I’ve only had them 1 time prior to this recipe so I was really hoping it would work out well cause last time, they didn’t taste so great…. I added in the Radicchio really just for color and nutrition but it tasted great along with the Brussels Sprouts.  I have heard of ‘honey mustard’ to dress up Sprouts for the high percentage of us who aren’t so found of them.  And I LOVE spicy mustard, so I gave them one more try thinking that I could always drowned them in sauce if the Brussels Sprouts turned out less than desirable like my first attempt at making them years ago. Why eat Brussels Sprouts? “Brussel’s sprouts can help us avoid chronic, excessive inflammation through a variety of nutrient benefits. First is their rich glucosinolate content. In addition to the detox-supportive properties mentioned earlier, glucosinolates found in Brussels sprouts help to regulate the body’s inflammatory/anti-inflammatory system and prevent unwanted inflammation. Particularly well-studied in this context is the glucosinolate called glucobrassicin. The glucobrassicin found in Brussels sprouts can get converted into an isothiocyanate molecule called ITC, or indole-3-carbinol. I3C is an anti-inflammatory compound that can actually operate…

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Homemade Vegetable Stock Powder + Very Veggie Chili

Homemade Vegetable Stock Powder + Very Veggie Chili

How many times have you wanted to make up a good vegetable based soup and haven’t had the stock.  Or you’ve spent $3-4 on vegetable bullion cubes? Now you can easily make up your own vegetable stock powder that is full of fresh nutrients like Nutritional Yeast and caters to your own tastes. Click here for the stock  recipe:   Homemade Vegetable Stock Powder I used my first batch of this wonderful powder to make a base for the Very Veggie Chili below.  It was flavorful and healthy. Adjust the sodium, flavors and heat to your own liking.  No more lugging home boxes of vegetable stock.  You’re paying for the water in them. And they’re heavy!  🙂 This little jar takes up a tiny space in my kitchen now compared with boxed stock or frozen homemade stock.  And then there’s the fantastic benefits of the Nutritional Yeast!!! Very Veggie Chili 1 Can Black Beans, rinsed 1 Can White Kidney Beans 2 cups of chopped Cucumber (English preferred) 1 can Tomato Paste 1 small can Diced Tomatoes + 10 fresh ripe Cherry Tomatoes halved 2 Cups of Squash Cubes ( I used 1 Kabosha cooked to fork tender) 2 Cups of Button…

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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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Tsahob Soup – Yellow Veggies with Black Beans

Yellow vegetables provide us with Beta-Carotene, zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, and vitamin C Yellow Veggies are Packed with Nutrients  Read more here:http://www.ahealthiermichigan.org/2011/03/29/10-reasons-to-eat-orange-and-yellow-fruits-and-veggie These bright-colored fruits and vegetables contain zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, vitamin C and beta-carotene, which is vitamin A. Tsahob Soup –  Yellow Veggies with Black Beans Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 3 Medium size Yellow Beets, washed, peeled, sliced 1 Medium Sweet Potato, peeled and diced 1  Potato, Cubed 3 Medium Yellow Squash 1 Can Low sodium Corn 1 Yellow Apple, Cored, Diced 2 Cups filtered water 3 Tbs. Olive Oil 1 tsp. Sea Salt 1 tsp. Black Pepper 1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes 1 tsp. ground Tumeric 1 Vegetable Bullion cubes 1/2  to 1 cup of  Non Dairy Milk to adjust desired thickness of the soup. 2 Cans Black Beans, rinsed well In a large pot, heat Olive Oil and add in all the fresh vegetables.   Stir to saute for about 15 minutes on medium high heat. Add in all other ingredients except the Black Beans and the Non Dairy Milk.  Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 hour. After the potatoes have softened, spoon the soup in batches to a blender or food processor and puree…

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Sweet Potato Red Pepper Soup

Sweet Potato Red Pepper Soup

Featured On: This soup is a new favorite of mine.  Easy, inexpensive, nutritious…………. and delicious!! This is definitely the most simple soup I’ve ever made.  I’m really a ‘chunky’ soup person but this one has enough texture to it that it really satisfies without being complicated.  And it’s a beautiful presentation to boot… The changes I made from my inspiration soup from Averie Cooks were: I used Soy Milk Creamer instead of Coconut Milk.  I added at least 1 tsp. of black pepper and a 1/2 tsp. of sea salt. Averie’s recipe instructions that it’s a 15 minute soup preparation is no exaggeration either.  Really simple. I made a double batch and will freeze the rest after dinner for a perfect side dish this fall, already to warm up and serve hot and creamy, yum! It even smells wonderful, just like autumn. Be sure to check out the full recipe and pics for this delicious soup at Averie Cooks. Enjoy!

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Spiced Up Pears

I had some help from Mr. Floydy this afternoon canning up some spiced pears.  I canned some pears 2 years ago to give as gifts (ate 2 jars myself though)  and everyone loved them. This batch, I decided to use a little more spice and to leave the skins on too. They turned out really nicely sweetened and with a tender but not mushy texture. I think leaving the skins on helped the slices to not break apart so much as my first batch did.  The first batch tasted fine but this one was more like fresh fruit.  Here’s the link for my first batch: http://cannedtime.blogspot.com/2010/12/spiced-pears.html Spiced Up Canned Pears                                    5 – 6  Pears Cored and Sliced (any type or a mix) 1 Cup of filtered warm water 1 tsp. Cinnamon 1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg 1/2 tsp. Allspice 3 Tbs. Coconut Palm Sugar (or other sweetener) 2 droppers full of lemon flavored liquid Stevia (or 1 tsp. of lemon juice + 1 tsp. Stevia Powder) Add in additional Stevia to taste and ripeness of the pears.  Heat water to a boil, add in pear slices and all other ingredients.Reduce heat to simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutesthen remove from…

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Vegan Southern Style Banana Pudding

Vegan Southern Style Banana Pudding

  This is a pretty good substitute for the real thing and much healthier than the average banana pudding.                                                                                                                                                         I picked up these gorgeous little bowls this weekend at a little Antique shop and had to come up with a special dessert to show them off.  The bananas (and the chocolate cookies) really brought out the golden glass. I did spice it up some today with the chocolate dipped cookies I used but other than that it’s awefully good for you, body and soul……….   I placed the extra bananas and cookies into bowls and then poured the cooked pudding right on top.       I think this dairy and processed sugar free version will make anyone crave a big spoonful!   It’s a childhood favorite and my Mom always made it so good………..  It was tempting to just make it the old fashioned way.                            But this one will definitely do for flavor and texture                              Make sure that your bananas are ripe to past ripe so they are sweet enough. Enjoy! Thanks for the Holiday LEDS Giveaway entries.  Winner will be announced Tuesday.

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