Seafood Salad

Simple Seafood Salad

Simple Seafood salad is something that I love.  It’s one of my favorite things to buy at the store, but I don’t do it often because it’s what I consider a luxury item.  I have been making crab salad at home for years, so I decided to try my hand at making a copycat of the seafood salad that’s available in the deli at my local grocer.  Making simple seafood salad is, as the name implies, very simple, and I get much more for less money by making it myself. I’ve received several complaints from my friends regarding the need […]

Portabello Mushroom Burgers

Portabello Burgers

Portabello Burgers were something that seemed logical to try during our 30 days of vegan.  People always describe portabello mushrooms as being very “meaty”, so it wasn’t a big leap to plan to marinate and season the mushrooms and put them on the grill.  They even almost look like burgers when they’re on the buns.  The most important part of this is that these portabello burgers are delicious.  Everyone in our family really enjoyed them, and since I made extra, I took them to work and shared with my coworker who also gave the recipe a thumbs up. Turning a […]

Vegan Tuna Salad

Fishless Tuna Salad (Vegan)

Fishless Tuna Salad tastes just like the real thing.  In fact, one of my friends argued with me and insisted that this recipe wasn’t vegan. She was adamant that I was cheating, and she didn’t relent until I showed her the empty can.  We love tuna around here, so figuring out how to make a good tasting vegan version of fishless tuna salad was very important. For this recipe, I used a can of Loma Linda Blue Fishless Tuna that I picked up at the vegetarian market in preparation for our 30 days of vegan adventure.  I was impressed by […]

Creamy Tomato Sauce

Creamy Tomato Sauce (Vegan)

This Creamy Tomato Sauce is one of my new favorites, and I’m looking forward to making this more often during the summer months when I have an abundance of fresh tomatoes available to me.  Unlike most of my tomato sauce recipes, this one starts with fresh cherry tomatoes as the base for the sauce.  This recipe is something that I have made before, but I’ve never made a vegan version of it until today.  I was worried that I would miss the cream and the cheese in the recipe, but these concerns were unwarranted.  This version of Creamy Tomato Sauce […]

Pineapple Coconut Milk Cobbler

Pineapple Coconut Milk Cobbler (Vegan)

Pineapple Coconut Milk Cobbler is a simple and delicious dessert that goes together quickly, and bakes perfectly in the oven while you make the rest of your vegan meal on the stove top.  The inspiration for this cobbler is our easy nectarine cobbler and our canned fruit cobbler.  Neither of those recipes were vegan, so I decided to adapt the recipe to see how it would work without any animal products.  When I realized that I would be using coconut milk, I immediately thought of a pina colada, so I  chose a can of pineapple for my fruit. What will […]

Vegan garlic and herb butter

Vegan Garlic and Herb Butter

Vegan Garlic and Herb Butter was a necessity.  We love garlic, and we couldn’t enjoy pasta dishes or certain soups without a piece of garlic bread.  Technically, we could have eaten them, but we really like having garlic bread with our pasta dishes.  I mentioned in my previous post about vegan butter that once I had mastered vegan butter, it would be possible to make a compound garlic and herb butter that I could then use to make the garlic bread that all of us here at Patty Cake’s Pantry love. I had linked to my garlic Parmesan butter recipe, […]

Southwestern Couscous Salad

Southwestern Couscous Salad

Southwestern Couscous Salad was born out the the necessity to create a vegan salad to take to work for lunch.  I realize that traditional southwestern cuisine doesn’t contain couscous, but I made use of what I had on hand.  I had wanted to make a more traditional couscous salad that contained garbanzo beans, and a lemon dressing, but the only recipe that I knew contained feta cheese which is definitely not a vegan food option.  I considered what I could use as a vegan substitute for the cheese, but I couldn’t find anything in the house that would be an […]

Vegan Sloppy Joes

Vegan Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are a family favorite around here, so I couldn’t let a month of vegan meals pass without creating a vegan version of my homemade Sloppy Joe recipe.  The funny thing about Sloppy Joes is that even most of the canned sauces are already vegan, so technically, this could be a two ingredient recipe, but since we’re trying to challenge ourselves this month, I decided that we would make our own sauce. 

Vegan Steak Chili

Vegan Steak Chili

Vegan Steak Chili is another one of those improbable vegan recipes, yet here we are in the midst of our 30 day of vegan, and I’m writing this recipe.  I love chili, and today was a very cold day.  The weather can’t seem to make up its mind around here.  Chili is one of the hearty soup type recipes that my family can agree on, so we decided to make a vegan chili, and because we had the meat substitute, we made a vegan chili with “steak” pieces.  

Carrot Hot Dogs (Pressure Cooker and Grill)

Carrot Hot Dogs

Carrot Hot Dogs are something that our friends have repeatedly asked if we have tried during our 30 days of vegan.  To be honest, we had never heard of the carrot hot dog, so it wasn’t something we had planned to prepare.  We had planned to grill some portabello mushrooms to use in place of burgers, but carrot hot dogs weren’t on our radar.  After the fifth or sixth time that someone asked, we decided we needed to plan a weekend barbecue and serve carrot hot dogs. There was just one problem.  I had no idea what spices were used […]