Pressure Cooker Collard Greens and Ham

Pressure Cooker Collard Greens and Ham

Pressure Cooker Collard Greens and Ham is one of those simple southern style suppers that, when served alongside some corn bread, makes a delicious meal. This recipe is one of my leftover makeover recipes. The leftover that was being turned into something new was the bone leftover from our Easter Ham. I have to confess. I didn’t trim the bone very closely before I threw it into the freezer, so when I transformed the ham bone into ham broth, I ended up with 8 cups of broth and 3 cups of small ham pieces. I had to come up with […]

Vegetable Kabobs

Vegetable Kabobs (Or is it Kebabs?)

Vegetable kabobs are something that I’ve made before, but it wasn’t something I ever really considered as an entrée prior to beginning our 30 days of vegan.  I’ve made veggie kabobs before, but usually as an accompaniment to a meat entree.   As the month progressed, and we had some warmer days, I longed to make dinner on the grill.  The only problem was that I wasn’t  quite sure where to begin.  One obvious choice was to just grill a bunch of vegetables, but I wasn’t sure that Sue Chef,  Bus Boy, and Food Critic would be on board unless […]

Vegan Desserts

Vegan Desserts

It seems only fitting that as our month of vegan comes to a close, that I begin to think about vegan desserts.  When I began this challenge, I thought that my only dessert for 30 days would be pieces of fruit, and while that might have been the most healthy choice, I wanted a real dessert.    Don’t get me wrong.  A beautiful fruit plate is a delicious work of art, but I have a serious sweet tooth, and I love chocolate, so I needed some other options.    I was glad to discover that being vegan didn’t require me to abstain […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vegan Easy Blueberry Apple Crisp (Gluten Free)

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

Vegan Salads

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 […]