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Clockwise from top: Green Smoothies, Roasted Potatoes, Pear and Pancake Cake.

I had the two casserole dishes ready to go and for some reason, I used the wrong one for the potatoes, which then caused me to use the wrong one for the Pancake Cake.  I think it made the difference, in that it was thinner than it should have been; however, I think it actually turned out okay. 
I made two cakes…one plain and one with blueberries.  Tonight, we ate the plain cake, tomorrow we will eat the blueberry cake for dessert.  It was pretty good; however, it was too much for our family and it wasn’t vegan, so I probably won’t make it again.  The roasted potatoes weren’t quite right today…not sure why.  The smoothie was okay.

Pancake Cake

It’s hard to cook pancakes for a bunch of kids in a timely fashion, so one day we decided to try making an actual cake from it…it’s awesome, cheap and easy! This makes a 9×13 inch pan and a 9inch round pan.

4 cups Krusteaz buttermilk pancake mix
1 1/2 cups applesauce
1 1/2 cups water
3 eggs
Sugar, cinnamon, vanilla to taste  (I actually used quite a bit of sugar and cinnamon and still didn’t think it was quite enough….and I didn’t measure.  😦 

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix ingredients together, pour into pans. Bake for about 20-25 minutes (I actually baked this for about 30 minutes…it will vary depending on your stove).  Can add fruit to the mix if you want, blueberries are great….tastes like a coffee cake. Serve with butter and favorite pancake toppings.

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Clockwise from top: Salad, Pear Cake (made and shared by my neighbor), Apples, Taco Pasta

I can’t taste again today; however, for whatever reason, my taste buds DO work…but, for some reason I am not able to actually tell.  Very weird.  When I ate everything, my mouth watered…which told me that it was all good…just wish I could have actually enjoyed it.  😦
We all also agreed that next time I make the Taco Pasta, I will add some additional liquid…it was WAY TOO dry.  Everyone also agreed that the Pear Cake was Da BOMB!!  Mmmmmm!! 

 
Taco Pasta

1/2 box whole wheat noodles  (I used mini penne noodles)

1 T. EVOO
1 Onion, Diced
1 Green Pepper, diced (I used multi-colored peppers)

1 Can Diced Tomatoes, with Chilies (I used one can petite diced tomatoes and one small can of green chilies)
1 can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 can Vegetable Broth (This time I did not use the broth; however, since it was so dry, I will use it next time)
1 pkg. Taco Seasoning or Taco Seasoning, to taste (I used taco seasoning from a shaker jar….it is pretty potent stuff, so I only added a small amount at a time until my family was fine with the flavor.)

In a pot of boiling water, cook about 1/2 of the box of penne pasta. Saute onions and diced green peppers with a little olive oil in a large skillet. Stir in a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies and a can of black beans. Season with chili powder, cumin, Salt and Pepper and garlic powder. Then stir in the pasta.

Top with vegan cheese, lettuce, crushed tortilla chips and guacamole. Super quick and easy, and they love it.  (We topped it with 1/2 of a piece of Vegan cheddar cheese.)

Serves 4-6

Original recipe from www.fullplateplanet.com 
My changes to the recipe will be in (parenthesis) or will be in italics.

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