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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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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Gluten-Free Vegan Veggie Lasagna

Gluten-Free Vegan Veggie Lasagna

  Somedays I really miss my old ooey- gooey cheesy pasta favorites. Since going dairy free and moving to a plant based diet, I’ve had to come up with some significant substitutions for meals.  This Squash Lasagna is a great substitute for cheese laden traditional lasagna.  It has all the texture and flavors you need to fill you up without leaving your body aching and bloated.   I love all the varieties available in winter squash and decided they would make a wonderful creamy filling for the layers of pasta instead of ricotta or mozzarella.     Thanks for visiting!  For more Canned-Time.com,  follow me on Facebook,  Twitter,  or Pinterest, subscribe via Email.  

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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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Spinach Italian Bread

Crusty, soft centered and wonderfully full of seasoned flavors with a touch of cheese.This bread goes great with Italian dishes, fruit spreads or just with a healthy spread of butter.I used quick rise yeast today with my bread maker so it was ready to eat in just over an hour. Ingredients 1 cup water 1 tablespoon Olive Oil 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained  1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups Spelt flour 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon Sea Salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon dried Italian Seasonings 1 tablespoon white sugar 1/2 teaspoon red pepper                   2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast or rapid rise Optional 2 Tbs. sesame seeds    Place all ingredients except spinach in bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select white bread cycle. After about a minute of kneading, sprinkle in crumbled squeeze dried spinach over dough as it mixes.  I used rapid rise yeast with this and it worked fine. Kumquat Pomegranate Marmalade This bread has a nice background of Spinach and herbs but it still pares well with fruit.  Like my Kumquat Pomegranate Marmalade:  Is bread one of your favorite things?  Any kinds in particular you crave? 

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