Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples is a twist on a traditional German side dish.   At least, hat’s what a German octogenarian told me.  This recipe is our attempt to recreate the dish for her.   We modified the recipe for Red Cabbage and Apples that she described by preparing it in a slow cooker to make it a bit less labor intensive. 

Beans and Leeks

Beans and Leeks

You know that we love beans here at Patty Cake’s Pantry, and we are always looking for new ways to prepare them.  This recipe is similar to beans and greens, but it uses leeks in place of greens, and Italian seasoning, and parsley, in place of the red pepper flakes.  The result is a simple and delicious vegetable side dish that is a perfect accompaniment to any meat entrée or is delicious on its own.

Beans for Burritos

Easy Beans for Burritos

Refried beans are delicious, but I like more texture in my burritos.  Of course, cooking dry beans gives you the most control over the final product, but it’s possible to make delicious beans with texture by using just a couple of cans and mixing them together.  I previously posted a recipe for easy refried beans that uses canned beans, some bacon grease, and a little cider vinegar.  That bean recipe was  easy and delicious, but sometimes, after a hard day at work,  I lack even the ambition for that.    This non-recipe is my solution for those days. 

Pearl's Cream Style Corn

Pearl’s Cream Style Corn

This is a very simple combination that creates a delicious cream style corn that doesn’t seem like it came from a can.  The best part is that it takes about 10 minutes from start to finish which means your vegetable side dish is ready without any of the usual muss and fuss.

Pineapple Sweet Potatoes

Pineapple Sweet Potatoes

Pineapple Sweet Potatoes are a simple and delicious side dish for poultry or pork.  This version, which starts with canned sweet potatoes is very simple to put together and have on the table in record time.  Sweet potatoes are a favorite in my family, ans Pineapple Sweet Potatoes are always a big hit. 

Southwest Style Hominy Casserole

Southwest Style Hominy Casserole

Hominy is something that I grew up eating.  My mother’s favorite way to serve it was with bacon.  This recipe, which gets flavor from diced green chilis, and creaminess from sour cream and shredded cheese is delicious.  It makes a great side dish to go with anything that pairs well with the flavors of the southwest.

Creamed Peas and Potatoes made from cnned vegetables

Creamed Peas and Potatoes

Creamed Peas and  Potatoes is a simple and delicious vegetable side dish that goes well with almost any meat entree.    This was always a spring side dish in my house when I was growing up.  Then, it was made with fresh new potatoes and sweet peas.  Back then, I particularly loved having creamed peas and potatoes as a side dish with chicken.

Green Beans with Onion and Garlic

Green Beans with Onions and Garlic

Green Beans are a favorite around here.  We really like them, and have shared our recipe for garlic green beans which are made from fresh or frozen green beans.  Since we are in the midst of our 30 days of cans challenge, this recipe for Green Beans with Onions and Garlic is made from canned green beans.  The recipe is very simple and is ready for the table in about 15 minutes. 

Spanish Rice with Corn

Spanish Rice with Corn

All of the members of my household love Spanish Rice as a side dish, and I frequently make it from scratch.  Scratch made Spanish rice uses a couple of cans–chicken broth and tomato sauce, but for this challenge,  I decided to try a different method to make Spanish rice.   This is a simple recipe is made completely from shelf stable items. This version has added corn, from a can, and the final rice was delicious.  I will definitely make it again.      I don’t know why, but I really like the combination of rice and corn.

Spicy Brussel Sprouts and Tomatoes--Brussel sprouts roasted in a a mixture of onions, tomatoes, and diced green chilies. Delicious!

Spicy Brussel Sprouts and Tomatoes

Roasted Spicy Brussel Sprouts and Tomatoes  is a tasty and delicious vegetable side dish that goes well with almost any meat entrée. The best part is that they are prepared in one pan, so clean up is simple.  This recipe was inspired by two things–an over abundance of brussel sprouts and the need for a side dish that would go well with a Mexican inspired dinner entrée.  The solution was to cook the brussel sprouts with a spicy tomato blend and onions.