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 […]
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.
Cinnamon “Honey Butter” was another necessity to ensure that our 30 days of vegan were tolerable. Sometimes, you just want some sweet honey butter to put on your cornbread or biscuits. The problem is that honey is an animal product, butter is, too. Once again, I was forced to come up with a solution to this problem. Fortunately, I’m becoming more skilled at creating vegan alternatives as the “vegan experiment,” as Baker’s Man calls it, progresses. This Cinnamon “Honey Butter” is a great addition to our vegan condiments, and it makes some delicious cinnamon toast in the morning. To make […]
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 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 […]
Fajita potatoes weren’t something I intended to make, but in a moment of desperation as I tried to figure out what to make for our vegan dinner, I realized I had everything it took to make fajitas. Instead of using meat, I would use russet potatoes, and since I’m in love with sheet pan dinners, I decided to make my potato fajitas in the oven. This recipe was inspired by two recipes that I recently read. One was for sweet potato fajitas and the other was for oven baked easy chicken fajitas. I didn’t have any sweet potatoes, and we […]
This Vegan Easy Blueberry Apple Crisp is a re-make of one of my oldest dessert recipes. I love to make my Easy Apple Crisp because it’s simple to prepare, and it’s a family favorite. This recipe is very easy to modify, too. I’ve already created a gluten free version of this apple crisp for a friend with gluten intolerance. That version also happens to be vegan. Having this recipe By using different fruits, or mixing different fruits together, you can create an entirely different dessert using this same recipe. I’ve used this recipe to create a Blueberry Pear Crumble […]
Vegan Salads seem like a no brainer, right? Unfortunately, many salads feature cheese, mayonnaise, dressings, or other ingredients that aren’t friendly for those on a vegan diet. As I was making a taco salad for my lunch this week and switching out ingredients to make this recipe vegan friendly, I wondered how many of the salads on my site were already vegan. Here’s a list of vegan salads that were already on the Patty Cake’s Pantry website. As is my usual practice, these vegan salads are listed in the order in which they were published. Salads Lemony Celery Salad This […]
The hummus sandwich is another vegan sandwich idea that’s come to the rescue on more than one occasion while I was packing lunch. I still find my self wanting to reach for cold cuts and cheese when it’s time to make lunch. The only problem is that there aren’t any of them lying around. Before beginning my 30 days of vegan challenge, I decided that aside from a few meat substitutes to have with dinner, and some vegan tuna, I didn’t want to purchase any of the vegan “coldcuts” that are available in most markets. I also didn’t want to […]
A recipe for vegan banana bread was a necessity. You know that I hate when any food goes to waste, and I love to make banana bread, right? I find it extremely satisfying to turn browning bananas into something my family will eat instead of tossing them into the trash. My favorite way to make banana bread is with my 1-2-3 method. I wondered if it would be possible to create a vegan banana bread using the same technique replacing the egg with something that’s vegan friendly, so I began to search the internet for vegan friendly egg substitutes.