Ceviche Tostada (Vegan)

Ceviche Tostada (Vegan)

Ceviche Tostadas  are one of my favorite things, but being vegan for a month means I can’t have fish.  Fortunately, I had already come up with a recipe for cauliflower ceviche which was liked by everyone in the family.  Granted, Baker’s Man complained that I shouldn’t call it ceviche because there was no fish or shrimp in the recipe.  I solved that problem when I prepared these Ceviche Tostadas by telling him that we were having tostadas with cauliflower salad on top.  He willingly ate them without complaint because there was no expectation of seafood in the mix.  I call […]

hummus sandwich

Hummus Sandwich

The hummus sandwich is another vegan sandwich idea that’s come to the rescue on more than one occasion  while I was packing lunch.  I still find my self wanting to reach for cold cuts and cheese when it’s time to make lunch.  The only problem is that there aren’t any of them lying around.  Before beginning my 30 days of vegan challenge, I decided that aside from a few meat substitutes to have with dinner, and some vegan tuna, I didn’t want to purchase any of the vegan “coldcuts” that are available in most markets.  I also didn’t want to […]

Cucumber Tomato and Feta Salad

Cucumber, Tomato, and Feta Salad

You know that I love the combination of cucumber, onion, and tomatoes in salads.  This recipe is a variation on that theme, and this variation is loaded with so much flavor that it is guaranteed to wake up your palate.  The Feta cheese ads a hint of tanginess and the crumbly texture lends itself perfectly to this salad.  I even created my own vinaigrette to dress this salad. 

Tuna Stuffed Avocado Salad

Stuffed Avocado Salad

When it’s warm outside, there’s nothing better in the evening, or for lunch, than an entrée salad.  This recipe was inspired by a recent trip to Mountaineer Days in Wrightwood, California.  After the event had shut down, Bus Boy and I decided to stop at the Grizzly Cafe for dinner before driving home.  He ordered his usual burger and fries.  I ordered a stuffed avocado salad.  This salad was amazing.  A half avocado was stuffed with my choice of tuna or chicken salad and was served on a bed of spring greens with seasonal fruit and my choice of dressing.  […]

This simple combination of cucumber, tomato, and onion makes the perfect salad to accompany your meal.

Easy Cucumber Salad

This simple 4 ingredient Easy Cucumber Salad is a great accompaniment to almost any meal.  It requires only 4 ingredients, and is delicious right away, unlike some cucumber salad recipes that require a waiting time.  This is one of my go-to salads when I need to add vegetables to a meal

cucmber jicama and mango salad

Cucumber, Jicama, and Mango Salad

What’s better than cucumber and jicama salad?  Cucumber and jicama salad with mango.  This simple and refreshing salad is easy to make and tastes fantastic.  It can even be layered into 3 pint sized mason jars for a pretty and portable salad for a summer picnic, or it can be assembled in a bowl.  One of the things that makes this salad  so easy to prepare is that it contains only 5 ingredients.  The combination is figure friendly, too.  Cucumber, jicama, and mango are cut into bite-sized pieces and drizzled with lime juice before being sprinkled liberally with Tajin or […]

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 […]

Jicama and cucumber salad in a jar

Cucumber Jicama Salad in a Jar

I realize that I keep sticking food in a jar and publishing it here on Patty Cake’s Pantry.  The reality is that I have begun to use mason jars more than I use my plastic food storage containers.   Seriously, you have no idea how often I use them.  I even take leftover soup to work in mason jars.  I store fresh berries and cut fruit in mason jars.  I don’t publish all of these ideas here, but every once in a while, I have another idea that I believe warrants publication.  This is one of those. I never ate a […]