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 […]

Jack-o-Lantern made from an orange

Orange Jack-o-Lantern

This post is my community service post for better nutrition before I start posting all of the candy and cookie recipes for the upcoming holidays.  We should all strive to eat a healthy, well-balanced  diet.   This post is my contribution toward that goal.  I know someone is reading the title of this post and thinking “Aren’t most Jack-o-Lanterns orange?”  They are, but allow me to explain. I was over at Craving Some Creativity looking at these cute printables that turn store-bought pudding cups into Halloween Treats.  They are a great way to make an ordinary lunchbox ingredient into something […]

Spinach Salad In A Jar

I realize that I may be beating a dead horse here,but I still love those Salads in a Jar.  This time, though, I decided to make a spinach salad.  In fact, I decided to make this spinach salad. Here’s the assembly instructions.  You will notice that I switched out some of the ingredients from my original post containing these salad ingredients to make this more diet friendly. First, I put about 4 tablespoons of fat free Catalina dressing in the bottom of a wide mouth quart jar. I dropped about 8-10 grape tomatoes into the jar. Chopped cucumber and julienned red […]

Fully Loaded Marinara Sauce

Fully Loaded Marinara

Fully loaded marinara sauce is a way to sneak lots of vegetables into your family’s pasta dinner.  The chunks of vegetables effectively hide the fact that there’s no meat in this sauce.   Baker’s man didn’t utter a complaint.  If, however, your family eschews vegetables, simpley blend all of the vegetables into a smooth sauce to hide them.  Of course, this method will make the carnivores in the house realize there’s not meat in the sauce, but…

Lentils and Rice

Rice with Lentils

Today’s recipe is about making use of some inexpensive and very basic pantry staples–rice and lentils.  If you aren’t familiar with lentils, allow me to introduce you to this amazing little pulse.    Lentils are really quite amazing. They are those cute, little, brown, lens shaped things they sell in bags or bins in the grocery store. Lentils are one of the first domesticated crops.  In fact, archeological evidence suggests that humans have been eating lentils since the aceramic neolithic period.  (Aceramic = before pottery, which makes me wonder how they cooked their lentils.  I’ve searched the internet without success, […]