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 […]

Cauliflower Ceviche

Cauliflower Ceviche (Vegan)

Cauliflower Ceviche was inspired by the green grocer who comes to my work.  I was telling him that I was eating vegan for a month, and he asked if I had ever made ceviche with cauliflower.  Of course, I was intrigued by the idea, and asked him for details.  All of the suggested ingredients were vegetables that I really enjoyed, so I decided to give Cauliflower Ceviche a try. The final result wasn’t like traditional ceviche, or even my cheater’s ceviche,  but Cauliflower Ceviche was delicious in it’s own right.  Baker’s Man, however, claimed “This is not ceviche.  Where’s the […]

Southwestern Couscous Salad

Southwestern Couscous Salad

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 […]

Carrot Hot Dogs (Pressure Cooker and Grill)

Carrot Hot Dogs

Carrot Hot Dogs are something that our friends have repeatedly asked if we have tried during our 30 days of vegan.  To be honest, we had never heard of the carrot hot dog, so it wasn’t something we had planned to prepare.  We had planned to grill some portabello mushrooms to use in place of burgers, but carrot hot dogs weren’t on our radar.  After the fifth or sixth time that someone asked, we decided we needed to plan a weekend barbecue and serve carrot hot dogs. There was just one problem.  I had no idea what spices were used […]

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. 

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers are an easy way to have a dinner ready when you return home after a busy day at work.  This requires a few minutes to put together the ingredients, but it’s well worth the effort.  These Slow cooker stuffed peppers are awesome. 

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples is a twist on a traditional German side dish.   At least, hat’s what a German octogenarian told me.  This recipe is our attempt to recreate the dish for her.   We modified the recipe for Red Cabbage and Apples that she described by preparing it in a slow cooker to make it a bit less labor intensive. 

Sum Gum

Sum Gum

Sum Gum is a simple and delicious combination of ground beef, green beans, rice, and Asian inspired seasonings, and it’s a perfect simple supper.    The best part is that it can all be prepared in one skillet, as long as you have some leftover rice in the refrigerator.  I love meals that don’t make a big mess, and they’re a real winner when my family likes it.   This recipe definitely fit the bill. 

Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties are a very simple and delicious entree made from canned salmon.  Requiring only 5 ingredients plus the oil required for frying, Salmon Patties are a perfect meal for a busy weeknight. 

cheeseburger pie--a one dish entree

Cheeseburger Pie

Since making a Southwestern Cheeseburger Pie during my 30 days of beans, I have been thinking about making another plain cheeseburger pie, and I finally  had the chance today. The best thing about this pie is that if you use an oven safe skillet (like a cast iron one), the whole thing can be cooked in one pan.  Of course, I did need a bowl to mix up the batter and a knife and cutting board to cut op the onions.  There was the grater, too.  But the point is that all of the dirty utensils can be washed while […]