Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

This recipe for vegan banana nut muffins happened by accident.  Everyone knows that I love making my easy 1-2-3 banana bread, and I’ve even come up with a vegan version for my 30 Days of Vegan Challenge.  Since it’s time to start heading back to school, I thought that making some banana muffins for lunches might be a good idea, but I didn’t have any eggs.  Fortunately, I was armed with my new found knowledge of vegan substitutes for eggs, so I created a batch of Vegan Banana Nut muffins for my family This is a very simple recipe, and […]

Chia Breakfast Pudding

Chia Breakfast Pudding

Chia breakfast pudding is an amazing, simple way to prepare breakfasts on those hectic mornings.   It’s almost like having dessert for breakfast, but it’s healthy.  Here’s my confession.  I have a huge sweet tooth, and sometimes, I really want something sweet for breakfast.  Fortunately for me, Chia Breakfast Pudding has come to my rescue, and it helps me to get a serving of fruit under my belt first thing in the morning.  If I have some Chia Breakfast pudding in my refrigerator, I won’t be tempted to stop at a convenience store for a sweet treat.  This makes it good […]

Reflections on the 30 days of vegan challenge

Reflections on 30 Days of Vegan

The 30 days of vegan challenge has come to an end, and as I have done for the previous two 30 day challenges, I feel compelled to reflect on the challenge and tell you what I learned.  I have to admit that the 30 days of vegan challenge was much more challenging than 30 days of beans and 30 days of cans.  Compared to eating vegan for 30 days, those challenges weren’t challenges at all.   Eating a vegan diet required me to rethink everything I did in the kitchen.  Even breakfast, usually a simple meal for us, became a challenge.    […]

Vegetable Kabobs

Vegetable Kabobs (Or is it Kebab?)

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 […]

Ceviche Tostada (Vegan)

Ceviche Tostada (Vegan)

Ceviche Tostadas  are one of my favorite things, but being vegan for a month means I can’t have fish.  Fortunately, I had already come up with a recipe for cauliflower ceviche which was liked by everyone in the family.  Granted, Baker’s Man complained that I shouldn’t call it ceviche because there was no fish or shrimp in the recipe.  I solved that problem when I prepared these Ceviche Tostadas by telling him that we were having tostadas with cauliflower salad on top.  He willingly ate them without complaint because there was no expectation of seafood in the mix.  I call […]

Vegan Grilling

Vegan Grilling

Vegan grilling isn’t something that I spent a lot of time thinking about prior to this 30 days of vegan challenge.  As a carnivore, I never really considered what a vegan would eat at a summer barbecue, but as the month progressed, I became more aware of the potential challenges to a vegan who was invited to a barbecue.  I also became more aware of the challenges to a host who would have vegans attending a barbecue.  I decided to examine my reportoire of grilling recipes that have been published here on Patty Cake’s Pantry to see what, if any, […]

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 […]