Strawberry Candied Tomato Chia Jam

Strawberry Candied Tomato Chia Jam

For those of you who’ve had the opportunity to enjoy a big, fresh Strawberry Pecan Salad drenched in Raspberry or Strawberry Vinaigrette…this jam is for you.  Don’t wince.  Don’t turn away and close the page quite yet.  You’ll be making this jam for your own kitchen as soon as possible…I hope for your sake.      I myself just love a good contrast of flavors in my foods.  And this jam has something for everyone.  Sweet and smooth, when served warm on top of, well most baked goods that I can think of, it will compliment and wow you. The softest of background flavors from a dash of Balsamic Vinegar pumps up the acid in the Cherry Tomatoes…just in case the bite was swallowed up by your fresh, plump Strawberries.  If you’d like, you could even through in a pinch of Cayenne.  I wouldn’t mind at all but I thought I would present at least one recipe this year without ‘spicy’ in the recipe list.  But it would go well if I do say so softly here.   Tomatoes in jam? Yes. Doesn’t it taste like sweet Spaghetti sauce? No.   Sweet Cherry Tomatoes blend with the sugar and Strawberries…

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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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Cruelty-Free Maryland “Crab” Soup

Cruelty-Free Maryland “Crab” Soup

 If you’re not familiar with Maryland or the Chesapeake Bay, you’ve probably never heard of a traditional tomato based spiced soup that we have around the D. C. area.  Its light but full of a delicious blend of veggies and spices, and lump crab meat of course.  My version takes the crab out of Maryland and leaves all those luscious flavors for a full-bodied, easy to prepare soup great for the coldest of nights this winter.  The ‘must’ for this soup isn’t the bland crab meat in my mind, but the wonderful blend of spices from ‘Old Bay’ seasoning.  And if you can’t get a hold of any Old Bay, then I’ve got a mighty close substitute spice blend for you to mix up.  Let’s go……..  Traditionally, Maryland Crab Soup is always served with loads of these tiny Oyster Crackers.  No Oyster in them, just flour, baking soda, salt and water but they make the soup.  A crunchy topping as important as homemade croutons are for your salads.  You gotta have Oyster Crackers to float on top.  At least Saltines if you can’t find them.  Don’t mix this one up with ‘cream of crab’ soup.  This one is no relation.  Just…

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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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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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Vegan Spicy Tortilla Soup

Vegan Spicy Tortilla Soup

Well since Mother Nature is not letting go of winter quiet yet here in Washington, D. C.  Another 10 inches of the white stuff fell to start off our week so its time again for another cold weather yummy soup…..  This one is far from being ‘heavy’ and will warm you up without dragging you down afterward.  A nice blend of spice and fresh tomato flavors with the crunchy contrasting tortillas to top things off.  I love having leftover soups to store in the freezer like this one for just those occasions when you really need a quick healthy meal but don’t want to spend any time on it. You’ll never miss the chicken in this version……….. Enjoy!

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Tomato Basil Soup with Flax Cracker Croutons

Tomato Basil Soup with Flax Cracker Croutons

Yes, while everyone else is shopping and decorating…. it’s time for another Canned Time soup.     The delicious homemade croutons / crackers add a nice spice and texture to this creamy soup.   You can find the recipe for the flax crackers  HERE.    The flax crackers store easily in a sealed container and break up in soup for a crunchy background flavor.  They hold up to the soup and are also great for spreads and dips.  And the soup is so fresh with all those sweet cherry tomatoes.  I really didn’t want to over do the spices to keep that creamy tomato flavor in the forefront. 

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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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Sweet Potato Stuffed Swiss Chard Wraps with Spicy Tomato Soup

I am officially a ‘Soup-o-holic” this winter.  I can’t get enough of veggie or bean filled, hot steamy, full of flavor homemade soups. Last weekend, my husband wanted Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese                                                                                                                                        (an old favorite of mine that I still crave) So in order to satisfy both of us like a good wife married to wonderfully understanding man, I settled on this wonderfully fresh Tomato soup and teamed it up with a veggie wrap that I’d been wanting to try since I saw them on Pinterest.  I’ve never tried to make wraps with anything other than Iceberg Lettuce back in my Atkins days.  They were less than satisfying I remember and never held anything really well inside.  Not so with these Swiss Chard wraps.  I won’t be giving instructions here on them…

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Spicy Tomato Adzuki Bean Soup

Spicy Tomato Adzuki Bean Soup

All the Smoothies everyone is gulping down this week are wonderful.…but chilly!  At night, I was aching for a hot cup of homemade soup.  This spicy bean soup really fills you up on a cold night.  Team it up with a big salad and your done for a healthy hearty meal. ‘Sprouted’ Adzukis are like little bites of gold for your heart. These were sprouted in just 3 days.  Just rinse and drain. More information on healthy benefits of Adzuki Beans from Only Foods:  They are high in soluble fiber and thus azuki sprouts are excellent for health as they help in easy bowel movements. Fiber in the adzuki beans also helps the body get rid of cholesterol and toxins from the body, keeping it healthy. They are very popular therapeutic beans known for their healing powers curing a number of ailments. These beans help in keeping the kidneys fit and improve flow of urine. From iron, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamins to potassium, the beans are a storehouse of many minerals which help in the proper functioning of the body. Their consumption can lower blood pressure in a natural way since they have a high content of potassium and are low in sodium. They are storehouse of proteins hence these beans can be consumed by vegetarians fulfilling…

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