Don’t Forget Your Greens!!

Don’t Forget Your Greens!!

  With all of the sweet stuff around this time of year…… don’t forget to grow some greens!!   I’ve been messing around with growing sprouts and microgreens for years.   They are fun to watch grow.   Grow up in just days.   They’re especially easy and inexpensive.   And they just do a body good.   Add them to salads, on top of soups, in wraps, or do like I’ve been doing this Holiday season:   Juicing them!             Seems kind of sad when I stuff my juicer full of these little beauties but it’s the fastest way to keep up with fresh veggies all day long.     Juice up some sprouts and mix with a little fresh fruit juice and you’ve made a healthy and delicious drink to sip each morning instead of the usual sweet stimulant.         If you’ve never tried to grow sprouts yourself, you’ve probably avoided using them with any regularity.  They are particularly pricey in stores due to the problem of keeping them fresh for sale. Grow your own in just a few days, with just a little effort and you can splurge on as many…

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Salted Mexican Dark Chocolate Power Balls

Salted Mexican Dark Chocolate Power Balls

    The secret to keeping lost weight off?  Having plenty of delicious snacks around to get you through the mid-morning / afternoon cravings. I made up a big batch of these flavorful balls and keep them handy in the freezer now. The spice is nice.  The salt makes the sweet chocolate pop in your mouth. So many versions of this kind of snack out there. This is just my latest. Make some up and make them your own favorites. Your mouth will never know how good they are for your heart as well as your soul….          Hoping you have a wonderful weekend folks. I’m off to chilly Atlantic City, NJ with fingers crossed we don’t get too much of  Hurricane Matthew at the beach 🙁  I’ll have a bag (or two) of these yummy balls with me to snack on.  If you do whip up a batch of these little beauties, be sure to let me know how you liked them, changed them, put them to good use.      Time for me to make another bag full for work!  ♥  

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Oil Free Chipotle Chickpea Snackers

Oil Free Chipotle Chickpea Snackers

Going almost ‘Oil-Free’ is one of the best dietary changes I’ve made in my life, next to becoming Vegan of course.   In the past year, I’ve sworn off all buttery favorites and switched them out for a healthier, more flavorful version to satisfy my taste buds without packing on the pounds.  It’s not an easy switch to make.  I’ve ruined many attempts at re-vamping old favorites.  Like this Chickpea snack that used to bake up pretty quickly.  The Chickpeas were ultra good for me.  The greasy calorie filled coating I used to stir in to make them quick and easy to make?  Not so good. Imagine spending 20 to 30 minutes cleaning, chopping, mixing up healthy salad veggies for a kinder, super nutrient based meal.  Then image pouring 3 – 400 calories of artery clogging, hip enlarging olive oil all over your nice clean bowl of greens.     One innocent, miserable tablespoon of oil packs a whopping 120 calories of nothing but waste to your bloodstream.   Do we need a little fat in our lives?  Of course.  That’s why many greens and beans come with a modest natural fat % to get us what’s needed for our bodies.…

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“Peanutty Pad Thai Zoodles” from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen – September’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry!

“Peanutty Pad Thai Zoodles” from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen – September’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry!

  Woohoo! It’s another yummy entry in my Nut Butter Bash this year!! This month we have the pleasure of trying out a fabulously nutty, good-for-ya idea from the returning Dianne of Dianne’sVeganKitchen.com ♥ Dianne wowed us last year with a spectacular chocolate pie recipe in my event…read on for her dreamy- savory nut butter idea for this year:     Last year, Angela from Canned Time asked me to participate in her Veganized Family Favorites Dessertsseries. I created a Chocolate Cream Pie, and strangely, I won favorite dessert out of the 12 recipes that were in the series! When Angela asked if I wanted to participate in another series this year, this time creating a recipe usingnut butter, I jumped at the opportunity. I love cooking with nut butters, especially peanut butter, and I love Canned Time, so how could I say no? Spicy peanut sauce is my favorite way to cook with nut butter, so this Peanutty Pad Thai Zoodle recipe isn’t really a stretch for me. Canned Time’s Nut Butter Blast series was the perfect excuse for me to come up with a new recipe that uses it, though. Making zucchini noodles – or zoodles – is a fun way…

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Spectacularly Evil – ‘Cookie Butter Cupcakes’

Spectacularly Evil  – ‘Cookie Butter Cupcakes’

  “Spectacularly Evil”  I say that only because for the last year and a half, I’ve lived a mostly ‘fat-free’ lifestyle which has allowed me to turn my less-than-healthy vegan diet around and shed all the weight I’d gained in my efforts to go ‘cruelty-free’ 4 years ago.  One hidden food jar, waaaaay back in the bottom caverns of my freezer I have a hidden jar of Trader Joe’s ‘Cookie Butter’ though.  Kind of like ‘Break Glass in case of Emergency’ Although I’m keeping it for some kind of natural disaster as my last bit of happiness before the world perishes, just knowing that I’ll die with a big spoonful of creamy, caramel cookie dough leaves me at peace with my demise.  Cookie Dough, or Speculoos for those outside of a Trader Joe’s realm, is more than just a snack.  It’s in my top 3 loved foods of all time.  Even just a spoonful is too much for me to indulge in these days, only because I could never stop at 1 heaping scoop of this stuff.  I would more likely end up in a corner, smiling like an idiot in a sugar coma if I ever did give into it’s…

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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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Chocolate Bailey’s No Bake Vegan Cheesecake

Chocolate Bailey’s No Bake Vegan Cheesecake

  Back in March of this year I posted a giveaway and recipe for a Devilishly Healthy Cocoa Blueberry Cake.  I asked each Giveaway entry reader to tell me about their own favorite dessert and promised to share my version of one of those recipes in a future posting.   Well, good things come to those who wait.  Jennifer Huva’s Bailey’s Cream Cheesecake tradition at St. Patrick’s Day sounded too good to be true.  But, here it is, ‘Veganized’, for each of you to try out as soon as possible.   It’s spectacular and much thanks to Jennifer who had to make up the cake to be able to write down the recipe to send out to me ♥ I reconstructed the tastes and textures of her recipe to make up one heck of a yummy, memorable cheesecake …and I’ve had plenty since going Vegan.  This one is definitely a new favorite.  To keep my waistline in tact as it is quite rich, I cut up the cake and froze each well wrapped slice.  Each week, I knew there was some little piece of heaven waiting for me to savor and share with my husband.   The Oreo cookie crust…

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88 Handbags – Vegan Bags with a conscience and style!

88 Handbags – Vegan Bags with a conscience and style!

What’s with the whole ’88’ thing you say?   88 is a vegan brand and no animal products are used. The founder of 88 is a life-long vegetarian and believes that the environment would benefit from the reduction of factory farming.   “Various vegan leathers are used in production. The scientific names are PU (polyurethane) and PVC (polyvinylchloride) PU is better for the environment and so although more expensive 88 only uses PU in our bags.” “All of our suppliers are certified compliant for human rights and good working conditions. We are proud of our relationships with our suppliers, most of whom we have worked with for years and whom we consider part of the 88 family.” 88 Handbags is a collection of bags that are on trend, that look great, and that just work. Their new summer collection is filled with bright colors and unique styles. Their goal was to create a collection of bags that enhance their customer’s life by helping them look good while working hard to carry all the things they need. Their bags are designed to help express individual style, and most importantly, to be useful during the daily adventures of life. It is obvious…

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Mom’s Homemade Red Hot Applesauce with Annie’s Whole Wheat Lemon-Date Rolls

Mom’s Homemade Red Hot Applesauce with Annie’s Whole Wheat Lemon-Date Rolls

Some food memories we have relate directly back to one person.  Mom’s warm, chunky homemade applesauce is one of those foods for me.  Something I know my Mom also loved but rarely got to enjoy, is now a favorite in my own home.  I can remember times in the kitchen as a young girl, peeling apples, eating peels till I was stuffed, and that smell of apples and cinnamon cooking up on the stove.  My mom’s simple little secret for a spiced, warm applesauce? She throws in a handful of Red Hot cinnamon candies at the very end.  Maybe we had a few candies on the side as well…..thanks Mom ♥ And what goes perfectly with hot, creamy, sweet applesauce?  Hot freshly baked breads of course! My friend Annie,  who was my original inspiration to go full Vegan 4 years back now, has always had a way with bread. Pancakes, Waffles, Loaves, anything earthy, hearty and warm.  She shared her recipe for a scrumptiously healthy Whole Wheat Lemon-Date Loaf a few months back was crying out to me and my Mom’s sweet, warm apple sauce.  I’ve always fallen weak-in-the-knees for hearty, crusty breads and biscuits and Annie’s lightly sweet, lightly lemony loaf…

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Enlightened Nutrition -My Meal Replacement Week with “Illumin8” from Sunwarrior

Enlightened Nutrition -My Meal Replacement Week with “Illumin8” from Sunwarrior

I’m sooooo excited to share this past week’s diet log with you all today.  With a lot of help from Sunwarrior’s new meal replacement line, Illumin8, I’ve met and surpassed my weight loss goal and two weeks early to boot!  Today I’m sharing how this line of protein powders can help build your health while still trimming your waist.  Of course, it can also be just a healthy addition to a busy day.  I made so many different drinks and snacks with this stuff in the last week!  Some of these will be staples in my diet from now on.  I tested the Mocha and Vanilla Bean flavors for one week and documented my daily calories and final weight loss.  It was just one week but since I was just 1.5 away from my weight goal I’d set back in April, 2015, my Sunwarrior challenge was perfect timing for me to knock out those last couple pounds by May 1st.  Here’s how things went for me this week: On Friday, I had a short work day but still started out before 5 AM so I kept my first Sunwarrior meal replacement meal as simple as 1 scoop of Mocha Illumin8…

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Annie’s Almond Butter Chocolate Oat & Seed Squares from An Unrefined Vegan – April’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry

Annie’s Almond Butter Chocolate Oat & Seed Squares from An Unrefined Vegan – April’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry

April’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry comes from my long time Virtual buddy Annie; Creator of An Unrefined Vegan. She never fails to disappoint after 3 years of my monthly blogger entries.  These squares are no exception.   Check ’em out: When Angela invited me to participate in her annual blogger/foodie event (this year’s is called Nut Butter Bash), I hesitated. For about 30 seconds. This gave me an opportunity to just go (with my sincere apologies) a little nuts with ingredients that were verboten in our household. The recipe below is just about everything we no longer eat. And it is one decadent, devilishly delicious dessert. Coconut oil, chocolate chips, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and of course – the star of the show: almond butter. Creamy, luscious, rich, chocolatey. I ate one purely for testing purposes, you understand, and then quickly wrapped them up and gave them to a neighbor. I couldn’t be trusted with the whole batch. The (bitter) irony is not lost on me. The woman who devoted a whole month to peanut butter-themed recipesis no longer eating nut butters of any kind. It is not an allergy that stopped me in my nutty tracks, but the health and well-being of my…

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Power Packed Creamy Black-eyed Pea Corn Chowder

Power Packed Creamy Black-eyed Pea Corn Chowder

I’ve had a bag of dried black-eyed peas on a shelf in my food pantry for over 5 years; leftovers from a bag that I used one New Years way back when…well, it’s finally gone.  And what a delicious bag of beans it turned out to finally be! Serve this hearty soup up with some simple crunchy crackers like these flax and some raw veggies for a deliciously easy, heart-healthy meal.  The soup is packed with so many good things it’s a meal on its own for me.  A bit of cheezy background from the Nutritional Yeast takes the flavors up a notch to ‘guest friendly’ status.  It looks fancy but tastes like Grandma’s home cooking.    A half a cup of black-eyed peas has about 140 fat-free calories. Since the ‘creamy’ texture of this soup comes mainly from pureeing the beans after cooking them down, you get twice as much goodness from the base of the soup.  Black-eyed peas are especially high in potassium, iron and vitamin C. Just 1 cup of this soup will get you  13 grams of protein along with 11 grams of dietary fiber.  Again, creaming the beans to create the soup’s consistency is soooo…

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“Protein Ninja” by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies

“Protein Ninja” by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies

Last year, I had the pleasure of reviewing Terry Hope Romero’s “Salad Samurai” which was simply,  deliciously, outstanding! No one’s ever done so much with salads, slaws and sides in one book to strike at my personal veggie cravings as Terry did.  So when they sent out a copy of her newest vegan book, “Protein Ninja”, I was confident I’d be more than happy with the her ‘protein packed’ recipes and tips.  I made my first recipe from the book the very first day the book arrived and I’ve been experimenting and delighting in the results from her book for weeks now. Thanks to Da Capo Lifelong Publishing, you’ll be able to enter to win a copy of Terry’s new book at the end of my review here.   First a quick look at some of the many recipes I’ve whipped up from Terry’s new book already: “Protein Ninja” starts out aptly, guiding readers to easy, economical sources of protein in a plant based diet.  What to keep in your panty.  Best techniques for storing protein packed foods.  On the go foods.   After the Ninja basics, she gets into some hard core creative ways to boost your protein intake without…

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5 Ingredient Crock Pot Cozy Cranberry Apple Granola Crumble

5 Ingredient Crock Pot Cozy Cranberry Apple Granola Crumble

Really wanted to share this before the Easter Holiday weekend but my work got away from me and I didn’t have time.     It’s a wonderfully easy way to make something special without any effort other than layering ingredients in a crock pot and then waking up to the smell of cinnamon and  tasty apple crumble.       A busy morning brunch, family visiting?  This one pot breakfast or dessert makes everyone’s stomach growl without weighing you down or packing on the pounds.  I used raw cranberries in this version and was surprised at how sweet they became after cooking in with the apples and granola.  They are perfectly sour but not so much that you’ll squint with the tartness.   Add in your own fresh fruit to change-up the flavors like blackberries, currents, raisins, dried pineapple?     The possibilities are endless ♥     I’m off from work for a few days and plan on doing a few upgrades to the blog…  wish me luck with the tech ;( If you’re not signed up to receive my posts directly to your email, please sign up below.  I have some great giveaway posts coming up and I’d…

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Sarah’s ‘Chocolate Crunch Granola’ from FriedDandelions.com – March’s 2016 Nut Butter Blast entry!

Sarah’s ‘Chocolate Crunch Granola’ from FriedDandelions.com – March’s 2016 Nut Butter Blast entry!

  So many of you already know Sarah from Fried Dandelions.com but today she’s posting here on Canned Time as the March entry for my 2016 Nut Butter Bash.   This Chocolate Granola makes my heart sing. Check it out: Chocolate Crunch Granola I’m so excited to be participating in Angela’s Nut and Seed Butter Bash! Each year she hosts a series of guest posts over on her blog Canned Time about a given topic/ingredient/subject, and this year the theme is recipes that use nut or seed butters. I chose to use tahini—one of my regular go to “butters” now that we are nut free. To see more of this year’s Nut and Seed Butter Bash click HERE (this list will be updated all year long!) I love cereal.  I just really love it.  Especially sweet cereal.  As a kid I lived for the weekends when my parents would surprise us with a pack of the mini boxes of cereals, and always fought (successfully—oldest kid here) for the Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Frosted Flakes, or Apple Jacks.  I’m pretty sure we always left the Raisin Bran for my mom and dad. Then for a year in my early 20s I…

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Devilishly Healthy Cocoa Blueberry Cake + Some Fun Free Stuff

Devilishly Healthy Cocoa Blueberry Cake + Some Fun Free Stuff

I can tell you without hesitation that this cake is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten…so there’s that…. It’s safe to say that after nearly a half decade of using products made by NuNaturals brand that I not only trust their quality, but I rely on them for my kitchen.  I am truly addicted to their Vanilla Liquid Stevia.  I have been since I won a few bottles way back when in a Giveaway.  I remember being blown away at the difference in NuNaturals and other brands of stevia I’d tried.  A good difference.  And if you’ve spent any time here at Canned Time, you’ll recognize not only the brand name in so many of my recipes but you know the wonderful variety of new products that they keep developing to help out with a low sugar, low-calorie diet plan.  If you’re new to NuNaturals products, here’s a quick list of what they offer to help keep us healthier and dessert driven: Alcohol Free Stevia, Vanilla Stevia, Clear Stevia CalmMind, Daily Energy, Daily Soy, Extra Energy, JointWell, LevelRight, Mental Energy Formula, NuStevia NoCarbs Blend, Sweet Health, Sweet-X, Throat Control Spray, NuStevia White Stevia, MoreFiber Stevia Baking Blend, PreSweet, NuGrain…

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Spiral Spring’s Spirulina Maxima Powder & Delectable Choco-Spring Cranberry Bites

Spiral Spring’s Spirulina Maxima Powder & Delectable Choco-Spring Cranberry Bites

Why all the hype about Spirulina? Here’s a refresher for you: A cyanobacterium (blue-green algae) consumed for thousands of years for its nutritional properties One of the most potent nutrient sources available Benefits include: Strengthens immune system, improves eye health, improves digestive system, lowers cholesterol, and helps detox the body Spiral Spring’s Maxima Powders and Tablets are Gluten-Free, Certified Kosher, USDA Organic, non-GMO. As far as green powders go, and I’m getting to be an expert at their quality and values these days, Spiral Springs is the best I’ve had the opportunity to try yet.  I wish I could send each of you a sample to try this stuff out.   It’s powerful stuff, maybe the healthiest thing you could do for your health. SPIRULINA HAS NO CHOLESTEROL CALCIUM 1.26 times more calcium than cheese.4.15 times more calcium than soy. 8.4 times more calcium than fresh milk. IRON 22 times more iron than beef liver. 32 times more iron than black beans. 34 times more iron than spinach. 83 times more iron than beef. BETA-CAROTENE 1.6 times more beta-carotene than beef liver. 15.2 times more beta-carotene than peaches. 21 times more beta-carotene than carrots. 76 times more beta-carotene than cheese.…

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Sweet Corn Chowder from Emily Von Euw’s “The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook”

Sweet Corn Chowder from Emily Von Euw’s “The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook”

There’s a new book out from Author, Blogger Emily Von Euw that I’ve been delving into this month.  It’s called aptly: The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook Some thoughts on her book and then, a chance to win a copy for yourself! My husband and I have some kind of an Asian inspired meal at least once a week it seems;  Sometimes twice even. Emily’s new book is perfect for Asian food lovers specifically in my mind.  It celebrates the beauty of fresh food, namely vegetables and that’s just how I feel about home cooked, easy Asian dishes.  You always have a great deal of whole food ingredients with Asian and that makes me feel like even if the dish is cooked some, it’s not too far from the vine.  Whether it’s a special Sushi, spiced up Bok Choy, Daikon Salad (my new fav.) or simply a 1 or 2 ingredient meal that dressed up with spices, Emily knows fresh food.   Starting her blogging days with an almost exclusively Raw diet, this new book blends two lifestyles together to appreciate both cold and warmed meals to bring out the best in fresh ingredients.  Many of the recipes are similar to things…

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“2015 Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized” Final Vote!

“2015 Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized” Final Vote!

Each month in 2015,  I had the honor of sharing some super fantastically healthy recipes from some favorite blogger friends! Well now it’s time to vote for your favorite recipe(s) from the group:   Let’s Review!   Cara’s “V-Day Raw Pops from ForkandBeans.com                                 Julie’s Vanilla Almond Macaroon Nests with Chocolate Eggs from JuliesLifestyle.com                       Kristy’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge from KeepinItKind.com                                 Becky’s Cherry Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes from GlueAndGlitter.com                                 Kathy’s Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake from HealthySlowCooking.com                 Poppy’s Cherry Almond ‘Bakewell’ Cheesecake from BunnyKitchen.com                   Brandi’s Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding from TheVegan8.com                                 Annie’s Apricot Tartlettes from AnUnrefinedVegan.com                        …

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A Dandy Little Chocolate Marshmallow Valentine’s Day Pie

A Dandy Little Chocolate Marshmallow Valentine’s Day Pie

The sweetie-pie folks over at Dandies All Natural Marshmallows asked me to take a crack at a vegan Valentine’s Day dessert using their tasty little marshmallow gems in the mix.  Glad to right? Of course I’d like to share that recipe with you all but even more so….I got to enjoy this creamy, chocolate cloud of a pie for myself…hard work folks!      Dandies Marshmallows are made with all natural ingredients, contain no high fructose corn syrup or gelatin (they’re 100% vegan!), and are the first ever marshmallow to be Non-GMO Project Verified. Oh, and kosher too!  The first Non-GMO Project Verified marshmallows.  Made by long-time vegans and longtime friends Ryan Howard and Dan Ziegler, Dandies are air puffed, which gives them a traditional texture and flavor that melts and tastes just like the marshmallows we grew up with. Produced in the company’s dedicated facility, which is free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree-nuts, these vegan marshmallows are also free of wheat, gluten and corn, and certified kosher by the Chicago Rabbinical Council.            For my Valentine’s Day pie, I melted dark Vegan Chocolate Chips, Almond Milk, a bit of Coconut Oil and 1 bag of Dandies Mini…

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Mandy’s Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies – from BeSolefulLiving.com, December’s ‘Family Favorite Dessert’ entry

Mandy’s Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies – from BeSolefulLiving.com, December’s ‘Family Favorite Dessert’ entry

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized. My final entry for 2015 comes from the sweet Mandy over at BeSolfulliving.com.  Today Mandy is sharing: “Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies” When my friend Angela, over at Canned Time, invited me to be a part of the Family Favorites Dessert series, I was over the moon and excited for my chance to try NuNaturals Stevia products. So, thank you, Angela, for the opportunity and challenge. I knew that my dessert had to be something super chocolate-y because I swear chocolate runs in my family’s blood. My mom used to have to hide the bags of chocolate chips when I was growing up because my dad would eat them straight out of the bag…I’d be lying if I didn’t say I used to do the same. When I think back to my childhood, I’m reminded of my mom’s delicious chocolate chip cookies and brownies – we’d devour them right off the baking sheet, melted chocolate all over our fingers. Since I’m fairly comfortable with creating cookies, I wanted to move outside my comfort zone and attempt brownies…but not…

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Win $100 In International Shipping Across the Globe – plus Roasted Chestnut Orange Maple Butter

Win $100 In International Shipping Across the Globe – plus Roasted Chestnut Orange Maple Butter

So why is a food blog offering a package shipping giveaway?  Here’s why –  All my readers can receive 74% cheaper than standard DHL shipping when using TransWorthy’s shipping! You don’t have to wait in line at the post office.  This time of year that’s well worth its weight in gold! You just scheduled your pick up from home or office and your package is picked up right at your door…awesome! Who is TransWorthy? TransWorthy is a worldwide shipping advisor that receives DHL discounted pricing which they then pass on to you. We’re talking 74% of savings on your shipping costs! TransWorthy’s system offers the following benefits: Ability to track your shipment on the DHL website Convenient payment on their site No waiting in lines (such a drag around the Holidays in particular!) One of my readers will win $100 in shipping credits from TransWorthy.   Yes, this is an odd mix for me but the thoughts of being able to award some lucky winner with a big help for the holidays was too much to pass by.  The credit never expires and does not need to be used in one shipment.  Just use it up as needed for shipping gifts…

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Kathy Hester’s ‘The Easy Vegan Cookbook’ + a Giveaway!

Kathy Hester’s ‘The Easy Vegan Cookbook’ + a Giveaway!

How easy can it be to become ‘Cruelty Free’ and still love every bite of what you eat?  Pretty darn easy once you get the basics down.  The basics are especially easy now with help from Kathy Hester and her newest book: The Easy Vegan Cookbook  The first basic I absolutely fell in love with….I’ve made this one so many times this fall that I’ve actually memorized Kathy’s recipe for it…was her super simple, super moist and delicious Applesauce Spice Cake.  Oh my.  This one is so easy and so versatile, you’ll love having this basic, easy recipe in your head too.  Add in’s are perfect so adjust away to your own fruits and nut likes.  But keep this classic recipe base just as Kathy has created it for maximum spice tastes. I LOVE the trick Kathy shares in this cake for using apple vinegar with baking soda as a quick and easy leavening.  It works perfectly every time.  After 5 cakes, I’ve got this one down and it’s a absolutely perfect quick gift to bring a friend on a cold fall day.  Just the smell alone of those baked apples and warm spices are enough to make me smile.…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse from Laura Theodore’s ‘vegan-ease’

Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse from Laura Theodore’s ‘vegan-ease’

I’ll admit that I wasn’t familiar with Laura’s work until my friend @AnUnrefinedVegan was asked to do some of the photos for her newest book, ‘vegan-ease‘  Better late than never I guess.  With the volume of Vegan cookbooks out these days, sometimes it’s hard to stay up with all the good news.  Annie has a wonderful posting as well about her own history with this book if you’d like to catch up with her experiences with Laura. Some of you may also know Laura as ‘The Jazzy Vegetarian’  And you may have seen Laura on her show of the same name which airs on Public Television, now in it’s 5th season.  Whoohoooo!!  Check it out: The Jazzy Vegetarian Laura’s newest book, ‘vegan-ease‘ is a compilation of her life’s experiences with yummy, cruelty-free creations and now she shares them with us all in an easy to read, colorful book full of every type of healthy creation imaginable. Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you all Laura’s recipe for a delicious Peanut Butter-Chocolate Mousse and… Laura’s Top Five Tips for Vegan-Ease Cuisine: If you are new to vegan eating, start by serving one non-meat, plant-based meal each week for dinner. Try…

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Warming Apple Cider Spice Cake + A Stevia Giveaway from NuNaturals

Warming Apple Cider Spice Cake + A Stevia Giveaway from NuNaturals

  So here’s the ‘drama’ of this humble little cake: The delectable chopped apple pecan topping? It gets ladled on to your slice of cake, piping hot, just as you’re being served your cake. Yup. DRAMA…. Okay, so you could also pour some topping on prior to cutting the cake but why not let each person feel like their piece is just specialized for them by letting them spoon on the topping themselves? Either way, it’s the tastiest apple cake I’ve ever had in 50 some years folks. Sorry Mom. And the healthiest by way of ingredients to be sure. Some of that ‘healthy’ aspect comes from using Stevia along side of some natural sweetening like Maple Syrup and Apple.  This time I used my all time favorite NuNaturals Vanilla Liquid and some NuStevia Simple Syrup. The stevia adds sweetness without adding additional calories or carbs here. We like that. And NuNaturals Stevia never fails me in my desserts. I even tried out a newer product they have in this little cake that provides   Oat fiber without adding any additional carbohydrates or sugars. Check it out.        Then go out and get some Organic Cider and make this…

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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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‘The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook’ Giveaway, Emily’s Almond Cookies and a fabulous bonus from Gena Hamshaw @Choosing Raw

‘The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook’ Giveaway, Emily’s Almond Cookies and a fabulous bonus from Gena Hamshaw @Choosing Raw

    This recipe is part of a Family Favourites series hosted by Angela at Canned Time. The theme was to veganize a recipe that you used to love as a kid and/or that your fam would regularly enjoy together. Honestly, I had trouble thinking of sweet recipes that I hadn’t already veganized for my blog (like pumpkin pie, berries and whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate cake) and most of the savoury dishes I loved eating when I was little are just sooo not ideal to veganize (think Thai-style omelettes and baked salmon). There were a lot of savoury foods I ate growing up that I COULD made vegan now – pizza pops and chicken nuggets to name a couple – but they wouldn’t be that healthy or simple and I’m not into spending lots of time making recipes for dinner, especially if they have more refined ingredients.. I’d rather just bake eight potatoes, sprinkle on some salt and pepper and be done with it. Seriously, my dinners are pathetically easy when I’m not writing a savoury cookbook.  My point is I couldn’t think of any recipe that I wanted to make a healthy vegan version of. So I improvised. I planned…

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Mexican Lentil Soup with Spiced Chickpea Garnish

Mexican Lentil Soup with Spiced Chickpea Garnish

I’m on my own here for a few days and it’s just turned cold and rainy here in D. C. for the first time in months so… Soup’s on!!     I made this pot of soup after cooking up some lentils for my salads next week.  I already had some baked spicy Chickpeas for snacking along with some cooked quinoa so those got thrown into the pot as well.  Throw in what ever your favorites are but keep the spices and the lentils in for this scrumptious cold weather supper.  

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Quick & Easy Onion Barley Loaf

Quick & Easy Onion Barley Loaf

I’ll be the first to admit:  I don’t love onions. Not unlike Beets, I know they’re good for me, but I just can’t get over my dislike of their texture. Maybe that’s one of the reasons that I’m constantly coming up with new ways to use them in my recipes that will change my mind some day about the texture of one of the World’s most popular vegetables.  I love the smell, particularly around holiday time with butter and celery simmering away along side them in a pan.  I love onion rings. Unless the breading comes off and I get a mouthful of that slimy strip of thick onion.  Not my favorite.  I love toasted onion seasoning, onion soup (without the onion), and I even love onion bread as witnessed here in this lovely pan of Onion Barley Bread I have for you today.  If I can’t feel that onion texture in a bite, I’m in love with everything else about the old onion.   I hope this simple onion loaf will help to change anyone’s mind about using onions in your cooking.   If you love Onions, you’ll love this simple, hearty loaf already.  If you don’t love Onions,…

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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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