Seafood Salad

Simple Seafood Salad

Simple Seafood salad is something that I love.  It’s one of my favorite things to buy at the store, but I don’t do it often because it’s what I consider a luxury item.  I have been making crab salad at home for years, so I decided to try my hand at making a copycat of the seafood salad that’s available in the deli at my local grocer.  Making simple seafood salad is, as the name implies, very simple, and I get much more for less money by making it myself. I’ve received several complaints from my friends regarding the need […]

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 […]

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)

Italian Egg Rolls were something that I created one evening when we were trying to decide what to eat.  I don’t really like to turn on the oven during the summer months, and I’m not a big fan of deep frying foods.  It’s not for health reasons.  It’s because it seems so time consuming, and I didn’t feel like standing over the stove while the egg rolls fried.  I really wanted to make egg rolls, so I decided to try making these Italian egg rolls with the air fryer.  The result was delicious, though the recipe did require some experimentation […]

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 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 […]

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 […]