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 […]

Vegan garlic and herb butter

Vegan Garlic and Herb Butter

Vegan Garlic and Herb Butter was a necessity.  We love garlic, and we couldn’t enjoy pasta dishes or certain soups without a piece of garlic bread.  Technically, we could have eaten them, but we really like having garlic bread with our pasta dishes.  I mentioned in my previous post about vegan butter that once I had mastered vegan butter, it would be possible to make a compound garlic and herb butter that I could then use to make the garlic bread that all of us here at Patty Cake’s Pantry love. I had linked to my garlic Parmesan butter recipe, […]

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 […]

Cinnamon "Honey Butter" (Vegan)

Cinnamon “Honey Butter” (Vegan)

Cinnamon “Honey Butter” was another necessity to ensure that our 30 days of vegan were tolerable.  Sometimes, you just want some sweet honey butter to put on your cornbread or biscuits.  The problem is that honey is an animal product, butter is, too.  Once again, I was forced to come up with a solution to this problem.  Fortunately, I’m becoming more skilled at creating vegan alternatives as the “vegan experiment,” as Baker’s Man calls it,  progresses.  This Cinnamon “Honey Butter” is a great addition to our vegan condiments, and it makes some delicious cinnamon toast in the morning. To make […]

Green Beans and Tomatoes

Green Beans and Tomatoes

When you’re looking for a new vegetable side dish to serve with dinner, look no further than Green Beans and Tomatoes. This is a very simple recipe, colorful, and flavorful side dish that’s quick to put together and goes great with a variety of entrees. If you need a new way to serve green beans, or if you have some grape or cherry tomatoes that need to be used before they spoil, Green Beans and Tomatoes is the perfect solution. It’s also a great recipe for when you need to make your green beans go a little further.

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. 

Perfect Lamb Chop

Perfect Lamb Chops

Lamb chops marinated in Pinot Noir and paired with the piney flavor of rosemary and the heat from garlic, are a wonderful meat entree  for any night.  Moist and tender and loaded with flavor, these Perfect Lamb Chops were the perfect accompaniment to a vegetable side and a salad.  You’re going to want to try this recipe, and once you do, you’ll add it to your menu rotation. 

Roasted Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, and Cauliflower

Roasted Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, and Cauliflower

I keep thinking that Summer is almost here, but then the weather turns cold again.  The temperatures dropped down low again yesterday, so I decided that it would be a good time to share this recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Cauliflower, and Chicken.  I really love this recipe because it’s all prepared in a single pan that’s tossed in a hot oven, where it’s basically ignored until serving time.  Simplicity is a word that I would use to describe this recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Cauliflower, and Chicken, and we all need simplicity when trying to get dinner on the […]

Chicken Linguine Alfredo

Chicken Linguine Alfredo

Alfredo is a huge favorite in our household, so I couldn’t let a month of canned recipes go by without trying to make a version of Chicken Linguine Alfredo using canned food.    The specific canned ingredients chosen for this recipe were canned milk and canned chicken, and the result was delicious.  In fact,  I may use canned milk in my Alfredo more often. 

Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs is a great casserole for an easy dinner.  The thing I like best about this is that it can be made ahead, stored in the freezer, and popped in the oven when you need an easy meal.  It’s filling, delicious, and kid friendly.