cucmber jicama and mango salad

Cucumber, Jicama, and Mango Salad

What’s better than cucumber and jicama salad?  Cucumber and jicama salad with mango.  This simple and refreshing salad is easy to make and tastes fantastic.  It can even be layered into 3 pint sized mason jars for a pretty and portable salad for a summer picnic, or it can be assembled in a bowl.  One of the things that makes this salad  so easy to prepare is that it contains only 5 ingredients.  The combination is figure friendly, too.  Cucumber, jicama, and mango are cut into bite-sized pieces and drizzled with lime juice before being sprinkled liberally with Tajin or […]

Cottage Cheese Stuffed Cantaloupe Salad with Blueberries

Cantaloupe and Cottage Cheese Salad

This has to be the easiest recipe I have ever shared.  A half of a small cantaloupe is filled with cottage cheese and topped with blueberries.  This is a simple and delicious summer lunch that’s figure friendly and very easy to put together.  All you need to do is cut the cantaloupe in half, scoop out the seeds, and fill the hollow with cottage cheese.  The sprinkling of blueberries is optional, but very delicious. This post was born one morning while I was desperately trying to figure out what I could take to lunch for myself and one of my […]

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Coconut Water and Berry Popsicles

These Healthy and delicious popsicles are simple to eat and loaded with nutrition.  These were another creation that was made with input from Sue Chef.  Cool and refreshing, these frozen treats are perfect for a hot summer day, and there’s no guilt involved because they are made with fresh fruit, lemon juice, and coconut water.  If you want, you can add a little sugar, but if your berries are sweet enough, it’s completely unnecessary.  You begin by slicing your strawberries and mixing them, along with the blueberries with lemon juice and sugar or honey.  The addition of sugar or honey […]

fruit smoothie popsicle

Berry Swirl Popsicles

These popsicles are easy to make, delicious, and they’re good for you, too.   All you need is your favorite fresh fruit, some yogurt, and  you’re ready to go.  Whip all of the ingredients together in your blender, pour it into popsicle molds,  and freeze.  Actually, there’s an extra step in there to get the swirl, but it’s not important right now. In a few short hours, you will have popsicles that are healthy enough to eat for breakfast.  You’d be okay feeding your children fruit and yogurt for breakfast, wouldn’t you?  Imagine their faces if you were to hand them […]

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Papaya Mango Salad in a Jar

As a food blogger, I often feel compelled to try new things, so  I can share my discoveries with you.  Sometimes, I really like the things that I taste.  Other times, I’m less than enthusiastic about it.  This is a story about a food that received both reactions; it’s about a papaya. According to National Day Calendar, June is National Papaya Month, so this recipe is very timely.  Unfortunately, according to Wikipedia, National Papaya Month is not until September, so this post is three months early.   For the sake of my post, let’s all pretend that National Day Calendar is […]

beet greens

Beet Greens

I promise to get to today’s post, but first I would like to ask my readers to  Follow my blog with Bloglovin.  It’s a great way to get the latest feed from all of your favorite blogs all in one place. Today’s post is all about beets.  Actually, it’s about the stuff on top of your beets–the beet greens. I’ve talked about how I enjoy going to our local farmer’s market and the fresh produce that I purchase.  I had intended to post several follow up recipes using the produce that I purchased, and I prepared everything.  The problem was […]

Chicken Tortilla Soup topped with melted cheese and tortill chips top the soup.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my favorites.  It’s a very easy recipe and is delicious.  My favorite part is the layer of chips and melted cheese on top of the bowl of soup, but the whole thing is a special treat. This recipe for chicken tortilla soup  begins with ground or chopped chicken that is sautéed with onions, garlic, carrots, and celery.  The mixture is combined with tomatoes with green chilies, beans, corn, broth, and spices before being simmered until the flavors are fully combined. The soup is ladled into oven safe bowls and topped with tortilla chips and […]

Garden Vegetable Soup and a couple of jars for lunch

Garden Vegetable Soup

You may be asking yourself why I have a vegetable soup listed during my 30 days of beans.  If you’ve looked at the photo, you’re probably thinking that you don’t see any beans in the soup, and you’re right.  There are no beans added to the soup, but the broth it is made from is that quart of ham and bean broth I saved from the pressure cooker pinto beans and ham.  Bean broth is, after all, a vegetable broth, isn’t it.   In this case, it’s a vegetable (bean) and bone broth.  You know that I don’t like things […]

Jicama and cucumber salad in a jar

Cucumber Jicama Salad in a Jar

I realize that I keep sticking food in a jar and publishing it here on Patty Cake’s Pantry.  The reality is that I have begun to use mason jars more than I use my plastic food storage containers.   Seriously, you have no idea how often I use them.  I even take leftover soup to work in mason jars.  I store fresh berries and cut fruit in mason jars.  I don’t publish all of these ideas here, but every once in a while, I have another idea that I believe warrants publication.  This is one of those. I never ate a […]

Berries picked the night before and transported to my local farmers market

A Trip to the Farmers Market

In my community, there is a weekly farmers market, and I love to go there whenever  I can.  Unfortunately, my work schedule keeps me away far too often.  For me, a trip to the farmers market is an adventure.  I will concede that I may be  a bit strange, but I love to look at different fruits and vegetables. I have been introduced to several vegetables and fruits that I had never heard of while shopping there. One of my favorite discoveries is Lamb’s Quarters, or Quelites in Spanish, which is a mild and wild spinach.   The vendor explained how […]