Vegan Sloppy Joes

Vegan Sloppy Joes

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. 

Vegan Steak Chili

Vegan Steak Chili

Vegan Steak Chili is another one of those improbable vegan recipes, yet here we are in the midst of our 30 day of vegan, and I’m writing this recipe.  I love chili, and today was a very cold day.  The weather can’t seem to make up its mind around here.  Chili is one of the hearty soup type recipes that my family can agree on, so we decided to make a vegan chili, and because we had the meat substitute, we made a vegan chili with “steak” pieces.  

Italian Style Tilapia

Tilapia del Estilo Italiano

Italian Style Tilapia is another sheet pan dinner, but in my case, I prepare it in a 9X13 inch pan.  This recipe is very simple.  The ingredients are layered in a prepared baking pan before being placed in the oven and baked.  The best part is that the Tilapia is baked from the frozen state, so it’s a great dish if you’ve forgotten to thaw the meat for dinner.   Italian style tilapia practically prepares itself.

Shrimp Pasta Primavera

Shrimp Pasta Primavera

This recipe for Shrimp Pasta Primavera is a great way to add more vegetables to your family’s diet.  We love pasta here at Patty Cake’s Pantry.   Whether it’s because of my Italian heritage, or because pasta dishes are a frugal way to feed our hungry family, is up for debate.  What’s not up for debate, is that this recipe  for Shrimp Pasta Primavera is delectable. 

Creamy and Delicious Italian Sausage and Rice Casserole

Italian Sausage and Rice Casserole

This Italian Sausage and Rice Casserole is a simple and delicious combination of sausage, vegetables, rice, and creamed soup that’s very satisfying and filling.  It’s also an inexpensive recipe that will feed the whole family.    Even Food Critic liked this one, and he’s notoriously hard to please.

Rice O'Brien ready to serve

Rice O’ Brien

This is a recipe that I got from the most wonderful neighbor.  It’s something she serves regularly for her Sunday Dinners after church.  Friends and family request it, but I had never heard of Rice O’Brien  Apparently, I don’t travel in the same circles that she does.  When I asked about the recipe,  she explained how it was made, and that it can be made from freshly cooked or leftover white rice.  I often have leftover white rice, so I made a note of the recipe.  This recipe can also be made with cooked brown rice. I previously posted a […]

Southwestern crescent squares out of the oven

Southwestern Crescent Squares

I made this for dinner and had the hardest time coming up with a name for it.  I wanted to call it a pot pie, but in my opinion, a pot pie should have gravy.  There’s no gravy in this recipe.  I considered calling it a pasty, but pasties are supposed to be little half round things that are crimped shut.  It’s sort of a giant hot pocket, but pan pocket sounded too weird, so I opted for Crescent Squares because it has a crescent roll crust and is cut into squares for serving. This recipe is very easy to […]

Garden Vegetable Soup and a couple of jars for lunch

Garden Vegetable Soup

You may be asking yourself why I have a vegetable soup listed during my 30 days of beans.  If you’ve looked at the photo, you’re probably thinking that you don’t see any beans in the soup, and you’re right.  There are no beans added to the soup, but the broth it is made from is that quart of ham and bean broth I saved from the pressure cooker pinto beans and ham.  Bean broth is, after all, a vegetable broth, isn’t it.   In this case, it’s a vegetable (bean) and bone broth.  You know that I don’t like things […]

Southwest cheesebuger pie

Southwest Cheeseburger Pie

A few decades ago, Bisquick introduced the impossible pie recipe.  The recipe was so named because a batter was poured into a pie plate and made a pie.  It was called “impossible” because the pies were made without a crust.  I have an old cookbook that belonged to my mother that contains a collection of these “impossible pies.”  Basically, these recipes require you to fill a pan with whatever savory food items you choose.  The filling is then topped with a batter made from Bisquick, milk, and eggs and baked in a 400 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes […]

Black eyed pea salad, or Texas caviar, is a delicious and healthier side for your barbecue.

Texas Caviar

A few years ago, Texas caviar could be found in the salad section of every grocery store and free standing deli in our area.  I don’t remember exactly how the stuff from the different delis was made, and I was planning on buying some in an attempt to reverse engineer it.  Unfortunately,  I noticed that it’s not in the deli cases anymore.  Since I was working through my 30 days of beans, I decided to try my hand at recreating the recipe.  The only things I knew with any certainty was that it contained black eyed peas along with chopped […]