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. 

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers are an easy way to have a dinner ready when you return home after a busy day at work.  This requires a few minutes to put together the ingredients, but it’s well worth the effort.  These Slow cooker stuffed peppers are awesome. 

Sum Gum

Sum Gum

Sum Gum is a simple and delicious combination of ground beef, green beans, rice, and Asian inspired seasonings, and it’s a perfect simple supper.    The best part is that it can all be prepared in one skillet, as long as you have some leftover rice in the refrigerator.  I love meals that don’t make a big mess, and they’re a real winner when my family likes it.   This recipe definitely fit the bill. 

Spanish Rice with Corn

Spanish Rice with Corn

All of the members of my household love Spanish Rice as a side dish, and I frequently make it from scratch.  Scratch made Spanish rice uses a couple of cans–chicken broth and tomato sauce, but for this challenge,  I decided to try a different method to make Spanish rice.   This is a simple recipe is made completely from shelf stable items. This version has added corn, from a can, and the final rice was delicious.  I will definitely make it again.      I don’t know why, but I really like the combination of rice and corn.

Pineapple rice pudding

Pineapple Rice Pudding

This  recipe is a summer dessert that was created after several months of thinking about ways to modify some of my other recipes.  I love rice pudding, Glorified Rice, and Watergate salad.  I was wondering if I could somehow combine the Glorified Rice and Watergate Salad recipes to create a simplified version of rice pudding that would serve as a refreshing dessert for the hot summer months.      Aside from cooking the rice, this requires no cooking, so it’s great for days when you don’t want to heat up the house by turning on the stove. This pudding is very simple […]

Tomato Rice

Tomato Rice

This is not an original idea.  In fact, the recipe is something that I saw on the YouTube channel Strictly Dumpling.   You can watch the video for Whole Tomato in Rice Cooker to see how he makes this dish using a rice cooker.  I was feeling too lazy to get my rice cooker out of the cabinet, so I made this on the stove top. I also used two ripe Roma tomatoes because I didn’t have any large tomatoes.   The final result was delicious and was great accompaniment to my Maple Dijon Glazed Salmon. Here’s the printable recipe.  Give it […]

Rice O'Brien ready to serve

Rice O’ Brien

This is a recipe that I got from the most wonderful neighbor.  It’s something she serves regularly for her Sunday Dinners after church.  Friends and family request it, but I had never heard of Rice O’Brien  Apparently, I don’t travel in the same circles that she does.  When I asked about the recipe,  she explained how it was made, and that it can be made from freshly cooked or leftover white rice.  I often have leftover white rice, so I made a note of the recipe.  This recipe can also be made with cooked brown rice. I previously posted a […]

Bean Broth adds a new depth of flavor to Rice Obrient

Lima Bean Rice O’Brien

Remember those Lima beans that I cooked a while back?  After we had eaten all of the beans, I still had a pint of  leftover Lima bean broth. Regular visitors know that I like to try to eliminate as much food waste as possible in our home.  I needed to do something with that broth before it went bad, and my family wanted a bean free dinner.  Why not use the bean cooking liquid to cook some rice?  After all, the bean liquid was full of flavor and nutrients from the beans.  Rice is a blank slate.  It can be […]

Green onions are sprinkled atop the plated hoppin john

Hoppin’ John

When I read other people’s blogs, and they talk about having a taste for something or a craving, I often think that’s a weird way to begin their blog post, unless they’re pregnant, when it’s completely understandable.   This post is probably punishment for being so judgmental, and I would like to apologize for my behavior, not that I actually posted a rude comment or anything.  I just feel guilty.   This is a really weird confession to make, but I had a weird craving.  I woke up one morning, and as I was going through my usual morning activities […]

A serving of my mother's glorified Rice

Glorified Rice

With Easter just around the corner, I have been thinking of the food traditions from my childhood.  One of the traditions of the season was Creamed Eggs on Toast.  Another was Glorified Rice.  I don’t know how this dish got its name, so I have no idea  why it was called glorified.  I only know that it was delicious and a childhood favorite.  Occasionally, my mother would make it on other occasions, too, but I always associate it with Easter. Glorified Rice is a combination of cold, cooked rice, pineapple, whipped cream, sugar, and marshmallows.   Maraschino cherries can also be […]