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.
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.
Vegan side dishes may sound obvious, but many vegetable side dishes contain butter, milk, or other additions that make them not so friendly for those trying to adhere to a vegan diet. I searched the Patty Cake’s Pantry website and collected all of my vegan side dishes. This collection, along with my vegan entrees, and vegan soups helped me to more fully realize that I already had a repertoire of vegan recipes I could draw upon to help get me through my 30 days of vegan.
Vegan Steak and Potato Foil Pouches is not a typo, though it is a strange name for a recipe post. This all began when Bus Boy asked me if I could make garlic steak and potato foil packs for dinner. I told him they weren’t vegan, and he politely asked me if I could please, Please, PLEASE, make them vegan. How could I refuse my firstborn? I had to make them vegan for him. How hard could it be? Aside from the steak, this recipe was already vegan. I just had to find a steak substitute. It took a couple of […]
Asian “Tuna” Salad doesn’t sound like a vegan recipe, but it is. The “fishless” tuna that I used for this recipe was Loma Linda Sesame Ginger Fishless Tuna. I purchased this product as part of my pre-vegan shopping trip. I wanted to make sure my pantry contained some simple ingredients that I could use to put together simple meals on nights when life is crazy. Anyone who regularly visits my site knows that I love to make salads in mason jars for lunch. Since I’m eating vegan this month, it seemed like a logical choice for an Asian inspired salad.
Coconut Oil Bark is a recipe that’s part of a tale from the “Transform in to Wellness” journey Do you want to hear the story? Ready or not, here it comes! As a fledgling health coach, I am ever eager to help anybody possible find their way through our “SAD,” or Standard American Diet, into wellness. For example, I have been gently guiding a friend who complains of difficulty losing weight and chronic fatigue. Through our conversations, she has come to the realization that eliminating soda and processed foods will make a huge difference in her health. She so […]
These four vegan soups are not new to Patty Cake’s Pantry. Just as I did for the Vegan Entrees, I looked through my site to see if there were any vegan soups already in my culinary arsenal. Until this month, I never set out with the intention of writing a vegan recipe, but as I reviewed my recipes, I found that I had accidentally created four soup recipes that were vegan. I was very happy to make this discovery. Soups make a great, and filling lunch. They can be packed in thermoses and sent to school, or they can be […]
As I began this month of vegan, I was racking my brain and trying to decide what I could make for my family to eat for dinner. I remembered what Benita had said during her interview about many recipes being “accidentally vegan.” This made me wonder what vegan recipes were already published on Patty Cake’s Pantry, and which ones could become vegan with minimal modification. Each of the following vegan entrees had already been published on Patty Cake’s Pantry prior to us beginning our 30 days of vegan challenge. I was surprised to discover that there were already eight vegan […]