A collection of vegan side dishes

Vegan Side Dishes

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

Vegan Steak and Potato Foil Pouches

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 (VEGAN)

Asian “Tuna” Salad (Vegan)

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

Coconut Oil Bark

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 […]

Four “Accidentally Vegan” Soups

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 […]

A Collection of Vegan Entrees

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 […]

Avocado Sandwich

Avocado Sandwich

An avocado sandwich is a unique and tasty vegan lunch option.  Preparing a sack lunch when there are no leftovers can present a bit of a problem for someone new to a vegan diet.  On day one, I needed lunch, but I didn’t have any vegan leftovers from dinner the night before because that meal hadn’t been vegan.  I was perplexed about what I could use to create a delicious sandwich.  There was always the possiblity of peanut butter with jam, but that seemed a bit too easy.  I wanted to challenge myself to try something new.  I looked into […]

vegan butter

Vegan Butter

It’s day three of my 30 days of vegan, and I’m reporting my third food related crisis.   I really hope this becomes easier as the month progresses.  My problem was that I needed butter.   I had planned to make a simple and delicious tomato sauce to serve over pasta, but my family expects garlic bread with all pasta dishes.  To make garlic bread, I need butter.  Butter isn’t vegan.  Do you see my problem?  I researched “vegan butter” on the internet and discovered that everyone’s favorite “vegan butter” seems to be Earth Balance, so when I had to take […]

What do vegans eat for breakfast?

What Do Vegans Eat For Breakfast?

I’ve barely begun my vegan journey, and I’m already having a problem.  This wasn’t a problem yesterday when I gorged myself on fresh strawberries and banana slices for breakfast, but today was a different story.  My go to breakfast on most weekdays is a bagel slathered with cream cheese, and/or topped with smoked salmon.  Neither of these options is available to me as a vegan, so I asked myself  “What do vegans eat for breakfast?”  Obviously, fruits and vegetables are a possibility, but other options can be more complicated than they seem.  What follows is a list of our favorite, […]

Vegan Recipes for Easter

Vegan Recipes for Easter

Today is the first day of my 30 days of vegan series.  It’s also Easter Sunday.  I realize that it’s also April Fool’s Day, but it’s no April Fool’s joke that Patty Cake’s Pantry will be vegan for the next 30 days.  I hadn’t really thought about Easter when I agreed to spend the next 30 days blogging about Vegan recipes.  Our traditional Easter fare includes a ham, mashed potatoes or augratin potatoes, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole.   None of these recipes are vegan.  That was a problem.   My family was not happy.  The decision to […]