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 […]

Shrimp Louie Salad

Shrimp Louie

Shrimp Louie is another salad that I first learned about during visits to Castagnola’s Lobster House in Santa Barbara.  The salad is simple to prepare, cool, crunchy, and very satisfying.  The combination of the sweetness from the shrimp and the heat from the green onions and radishes tantalizes your taste buds and makes this a perfect dinner salad for a hot summer evening. 

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. 

Oven Roasted Barbecued Chicken with Rainbow Carrots and Potatoes

Oven Roasted Barbecued Chicken with Rainbow Carrots and Potatoes

Oven Roasted Barbecued Chicken with Rainbow Carrots and Potatoes is another in our series of one pan roasted dinners.  It’s easy to assemble and takes care of itself while it bakes.  This means that Oven Roasted Barbecued Chicken with Rainbow Carrots and Potatoes is a perfect recipe for a busy weeknight.

Navy Bean and Bacon Soup from Canned Beans

Navy Bean and Bacon Soup (from Canned Beans)

This recipe for Navy Bean and Bacon Soup is made from canned beans.  It’s simple to make, uses readily available ingredients, and makes it possible to have dinner on the table in just a few minutes.  That’s what makes this recipe for Navy Bean and Bacon Soup a keeper.

Polynesian Corned Beef

Polynesian Corned Beef with Roasted Vegetables

Polynesian corned beef is one of our favorite ways to have corned beef.  The recipe gets its name from the pineapple juice in the glaze that is spread generously over the corned beef both before and halfway through the baking time.  It’s also so named because Mustard-Pineapple Corned beef just didn’t have the same ring to it.    Baker’s Man is not a big fan of corned beef, but he really likes corned beef prepared this way.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Saint Patrick’s day is nearly here.  That means corned beef and cabbage is on our menu.  I know it’s not traditional Irish fare, but it’s an American tradition.  Do you know what’s better than corned beef and cabbage?  Corned beef and cabbage cooked in the slow cooker.  It’s simple, delicious, and easy to prepare.  Because corned beef brisket is a tougher cut of meat, it lends itself well to preparation in the slow cooker.  Did I mention that it’s delicious?

This delicious Minestrone Soup is rich, hearty, and filling.

Minestrone Soup

This thick, rich, and filling Minestrone Soup is chock full of vegetables.  Tomatoes, Italian seasonings, and beans are the stars of this soup,

Hearty and delicious, this turkey soup is loaded with mexican squash, tomatoes, green chilis, and hominy.

Mexican Style Turkey Soup

This delicious Mexican Style Turkey Soup recipe is loaded with flavor, and surprisingly low in fat and calories.  It’s the perfect way to finish off the end of your turkey.  This is especially true if you boil the leftover turkey carcass to liberate the last of the meat that is clinging to the bones and make your own turkey stock.  This low-calorie but hearty soup is the perfect way to warm up on a cold evening.  It’s also a delicious opportunity to be nice to your body after all of the calorie laden foods from Thanksgiving Dinner. Give this recipe […]

Veggie and Hummus Jars--What can be better than hummus and veggie jars? Fresh cruciferous vegetables are arranged in a wide mouth mason jar that is topped with a 2 ounce sized serving of hummus. The perfect healthy grab and go lunch.

Veggies and Hummus, A Grab and Go Lunch

This is a simple way to put together a quick and healthy lunch to take to work or school.  Add a drink, and you have everything you need for a filling lunch. Some members of our household like to have their hummus and veggies with pretzels or pretzel chips, so we have some bags of those on hand, too.  It makes packing lunch on those busy weekday mornings a breeze. I got the idea for this make ahead lunch from this video for “Masonables” on YouTube.  In fact, I fell in love with this concept.  This is no big surprise […]