Scrambled Chickpeas Nachos

Sometimes you have random things hanging out in your fridge just waiting to be eaten. Sometimes you throw those things together and end up with a funky meal that would have been best left in the fridge. But sometimes you end up with a great dish you’d make again, such as scrambled chickpeas nachos.

scrambled chickpeas

We had leftover scrambled chickpeas from Isa Does It, chipotle sausages from Field Roast, some cheese sauce, salsa, and leftover and needs to be used yesterday sour cream. No chips, no problem. Add a little avocado on the side and it’s a scrambled chickpeas nachos feast.

I find the chipotle sausages slightly too hot for my tastes, so having them mixed up in a big ol’ pile of food toned the heat down so I could enjoy them. The scrambled chickpeas is one off the best recipes I tested out of Isa Does It. It looks super simple (and is) but don’t overlook it! I love it as is and it can easily be tweaked with different spices or hot sauces to suit your own personal tastes.

I’m the lone vegan who doesn’t much care for tofu scrambles, hence my meh attitude toward going out for brunch. Most restaurants are heavy on the tofu scramble for breakfast or offer that as the only vegan option. I’ll be starting a campaign to get more places to embrace the chickpea scramble instead so I too can wait in line for 2 hours in the rain in Portland to get my brunch on. Or just stay in with the cat sitting atop the fridge and make my own.

There’s Still Time to Geek Out Your Baby for Halloween

Halloween is the perfect time of year to dress your baby as Manos from that MST3K and Rifftrax favorite, Manos: The Hands of Fate. Panda With Cookie headquarters has you covered with our Manos onesie in sizes up to 18 months.

Manos The Hands Of Fate Baby Onesie Dress yourself as Torgo with any beige clothes you have had hanging out in a corner of your basement for a few years and pop your wee one into this 100% cotton one piece. You are sure to be the hit of the office Halloween party.

I will be shipping all onesies the day after they are ordered for the rest of the month so you have time to order and get your Manos oneise in time to terrorize the neighborhood this Halloween.

Food That Looks Like My Cat: Cinnamon Rolls

Back by popular demand! Food that looks like my cat!

This topic was a big hit during Vegan MoFo so I’ll be bringing you more brown-ish and orange-ish foods that look like my brown-ish and orange-ish cat named George.

Today I present cinnamon rolls. I highly recommend the recipe from Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Easy to make, easy to proof overnight, easy to eat. And always delicious.

cinnamon rolls

George had no interest in getting out of bed in the wee hours to look at sweet sweet cinnamon rolls, so I took the pan to him to compare.

The verdict? Not bad. I decided to not make a sugary glaze to drizzle on the cat to further the comparison.

Plush For Tender Loving Empire

It’s been a bit quiet here at Panda With Cookie headquarters since Vegan MoFo ended. But have no fear, gentle reader, I have not forgotten you. Tomorrow will bring back one of my most popular MoFo themes. Stay tuned! Meanwhile you can take a look at what I have been working on.

tender loving empire

All these plush will be heading to Tender Loving Empire in Portland next week to stock their stores for the holidays. They will still be at their downtown location and will also have a store on Hawthorne in southeast. I just have to finish the pile of stegosaurus pirates and they will be ready to go.

I am also working on a new product prototype that will hopefully be debuting here in a couple of weeks. Sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of this page to get a monthly update on what’s new at Panda With Cookie, photos of Geroge, and other exciting happenings.


Vegan MoFo 2014, We Hardly Knew Ye

Vegan MoFo 2014 rolls out of town today. Thank you to everyone for reading along this month! Please let me know in the comments if there’s a feature you’ve especially enjoyed this month. I’d like to incorporate one or two into regular rotation here at Panda With Cookie. Vote for what you’ve loved!

Happy fall y’all!

The Garlic: Veggie Burger Tragically Falls Through Grill

Topeka, KS- BREAKING NEWS  A veggie burger tragically fell through the grill at Angelina Kelly’s end of summer  backyard barbecue. News reports are not yet able to confirm if it was a store bought or homemade veggie burger but it is known that it broke while being flipped and the smaller side slid onto the coals below. As Angelina tried to rescue the other half, it slipped from the spatula and also fell into the fire.

Ms. Kelly has reportedly returned to the house, possibly to get another veggie burger and some foil. Details to come.

Ice Tea and a Bagel NYC Edition

Y’all! Thanks to the magic of one j.d. funkadelic of the long running vegan blog Come Scone With Me, I have a stash of pumpernickel bagels in my freezer straight from New York City. Where the bagels are big and the rent is ridiculous. In honor of the final Sunday of MoFo I have returned to my theme and have a nice iced earl grey tea. Though I’ve had the bagel stash for a while I was afraid of posting too early for fear of a crazed and desperate west coaster pillaging my home in search of the magical pumpernickel. They don’t make ‘em like this on the west coast.



Awkward Food Photos Salad With Bean Dip

It’s the end of summer and I bet you’ve been eating a metric tonne of salads like I have. Sometimes salad looks pretty with vibrant colors and fresh rawness. But sometimes salads create awkward food photos.

awkward food photosMaybe you’ve had a can of Trader Joe’s cannellini beans in your pantry for almost 2 years and it is time to use them up. Maybe you don’t want to turn your oven on because it’s 95 and sweltering in your third floor Brooklyn walk up that is nothing like that jibber jabber they present in Sex in the City. Maybe you still have Chloe’s Kitchen because it’s too damn hot to walk it back to the library. So maybe you decide to make the garlic bean dip in it and learn that it’s a bit too garlicky for your tastes. So you dump it on your salad and can’t wait to blog about your newest creation, Artisan Bean Dip Salad. But just look at that unappetizing pile!

This photo needs help!


You need to put some text on there! Call it a super food. Nutritionists like Ginny Messina may talk about the iron in beans but did you know they have 1 gram of proline per 100 grams of dried beans? What about that 2.060 mg of niacin? Let me tell you, proline will be the next big thing in the super food world. Get on that bandwagon now!

Food That Looks Like My Cat: Mini Fondant Cake

I wanted to take a slightly different tack this week for Food That Looks Like My Cat. So I made a food that would absolutely look like George. Behold! The George mini cake!

george-cake-1I used the easy bake oven recipe for a lil’ yellow cake from The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes from Kris Holcheck. Then I got creative with the fondant and dyed and rolled out a wee George face to top it.


George inspects his likeness and gives the George Seal Of Approval, which is just a look slightly above disdain for the panda monkey’s nonsense.


The lil’ yellow cake cut open.

food that looks like my cat