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 […]

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 […]

salad of beans with a sweet and sour dressing

Sweet and Sour Bean Salad

I decided that my 30 days of beans needed another bean salad.  For this one, I decided to switch up the flavors and try something new.   I selected beans that would create a pretty color combination–garbanzo, edamame, and kidney beans.   I added onion to enhance their flavor.  I believe that onions and beans are a natural pairing. I combined all of the beans and the onion in a bowl. For the dressing, I opted for  Catalina dressing (or red French) dressing.  To this, I added some black pepper, and seasoned rice vinegar.  I didn’t add salt because the canned […]

cholent ready to be served

Cholent

I had never heard of Cholent. My introduction occurred as I was walking down an aisle that ran from the back to the front of a grocery store.   I should mention that this was not my local grocery store.   As I was walking,  I noticed a bag of mixed beans on the shelf that was labeled Cholent Mix. Since I was in the middle of 30 days of beans, I grabbed the bag and decided to do some research.  I learned that Cholent, which is sometimes spelled Chulent, is a Jewish sabbath dish that is started before the […]