A collection of vegan side dishes

Vegan Side Dishes

Vegan side dishes may sound obvious, but many vegetable side dishes contain butter, milk, or other additions that make them not so friendly for those trying to adhere to a vegan diet.  I searched the Patty Cake’s Pantry website and collected all of my vegan side dishes.  This collection, along with my vegan entrees, and vegan soups helped me to more fully realize that I already had a repertoire of vegan recipes I could draw upon to help get me through my 30 days of vegan. 

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 […]

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.

Ground Beef and Green Bean Teriyaki served over rice

Beef and Green Bean Teriyaki

Beef and Green Bean Teriyaki is a simple, delicious, and kid friendly meal.  The ingredients are readily available.  It’s easy to prepare, and makes a perfect meal for a busy weeknight.   Beef and Green Bean Teriyaki is made from lean ground beef, and when served overnight is a very filling meal.

bacon wrapped green beans

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

This is a simple and delicious way to prepare green beans.  Wrapping bundles of green beans in bacon elevates this humble vegetable to a new level.  It can even be made from leftover garlic green beans which means you can have it ready in minutes.  All you need to make this delicious dish is some young and tender whole green beans and some prosciutto.  Wrap the prosciutto around bundles of partially cooked green beans, saute them in a combination of butter and olive oil until everything is heated through, and you have a simple a delicious accompaniment to your meal. […]

Garlic Green Beans

Garlic Green Beans

I love green beans.   I especially love small fresh whole green beans.  As a child, my mother always served green beans that were boiled with some sort of bacon grease or salt pork in the water.  As an adult, I steamed my green beans, and though I seasoned them when they were removed from the heat, they never tasted quite right.  It wasn’t until a few years ago that I finally figured out a way to make simple and delicious green beans.  This recipe can easily be modified, too.  One of my favorite things to do is add a little […]

three bean salad featured photo

Three Bean Salad

The first time I ate three bean salad was in a restaurant on a family vacation.  The next time I encountered it was on a salad bar in a pizza parlor.  Stores sell it in jars and cans, but I have never tried to make it myself until today.  Probably, the best way to make this salad would be to cook the beans from scratch, but I wanted to make this as simple as possible. The only real work that was needed was to thinly slice some red onion and bell pepper.  We used half of a small-medium red onion.  […]

make ahead green bean casserole

Make Ahead Thanksgiving–Green Bean Casserole

Last year, I was scheduled to work on Thanksgiving day.  This created a problem for our family because I am the primary cook, and Thanksgiving dinner is always my responsibility.  Realizing that I would be unhappy with anything less than the full Thanksgiving Menu, I knew I had to come up with an idea that would allow Baker’s Man to be able to get dinner into the oven and have it ready to pull out shortly after I arrived home from work.  Sue Chef, Bus Boy, and Food Critic would all be available to help, but their culinary skills are […]