April 23rd, 2016 in Main Dishes, Pork by Julia Volhina
Pork rolls with a hint of mustard and pickles inside is not a healthiest recipe out there (due to pork and deep frying) but definitely interesting one to try at some point.
I like to use boneless country style pork ribs cut for this recipe. This cut is usually tender and juicy and easy to flatten into soft cutlets. However another soft pork cut may work here as well.
Make sure meat you use doesn’t have excess amount of fat and other connective tissue, or rolls will get harder to cook through (these I used for pictures had a bit too much of it, but I couldn’t find better one), use meat which has more meat in it with a bit of fat around it.
April 9th, 2016 in Chicken, Main Dishes, Pasta by Julia Volhina
This pasta dish recipe is greatly inspired by Zuppa Toscana you can find in “Olive Garden” here in US.
It has distinct Italian taste (thanks to spices in sausage), creamy parmigiano reggiano sauce and any pasta you want, all though I suggest using whole wheat linguini pasta for healthier option.
Using of hot Italian sausage rather than mild one will make the dish hotter obviously, mixing both is an option too.
Serve Italian Sausage Pasta for dinner or lunch, serve it hot, it tastes better fresh, not reheated. Stated amount of ingredients yields exactly 2 portions, adjust amounts if you need more or less.
March 26th, 2016 in Fish, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Cod fish may taste a bit plain and somewhat boring, but not if prepared with mustard and lemon marinade like in this recipe.
Onions cooked along with fish in the same marinate taste just great (I think I might like onions the same as fish if not more). So don’t be shy on amount of onions to use.
Marinating requires at least an hour, but can be extended to few, as long as you keep the fish is in the fridge. And will allow to do all preparations in advance in needed and then cook fish right before the serving.
March 12th, 2016 in Sauces & Dips & Spreads by Julia Volhina
Yogurt, mustard and lemon juice salad dressing tastes great especially in meat based salads, but is also good with tomatoes, good on sandwiches and as dipping sauce.
It can be used as lighter substitute for mayo: if you compare 900 calories for 5oz of mayo to about 140 calories of similar amount of this dressing.
Now, taste of this dressing will vary based on what kind of mustard you use, as well as based on proportion of mustard and lemon juice. Just experiment with different types and proportions to your liking.
I like using chobani yogurt for this one: there is enough space in the container to fit mustard and juice and mix, so no need to use extra bowl for mixing.
February 27th, 2016 in Salads by Julia Volhina
This is easy and refreshing tasting salad of few ingredients: all you need is fresh broccoli crown, few tomatoes, onion and some greens.
It is important to use broccoli crown as it is normally more soft and less chewy than more mature pieces.
Raw broccoli and tomato salad pairs well with meat or poultry courses.
February 13th, 2016 in Chicken, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
These resemble chicken kiev for the part that they are chicken rolls which are stuffed with garlicky butter. But they are much easier to make and are a bit healthier: because of no breading and no deep frying.
Chicken thin cutlets cut works perfectly for this one (if you can buy it), but whole breast can be sliced into cutlets as well, it will just be slightly more work to do to make sure slices are even and there are no holes in the chicken so stuffing doesn’t leak when cooking.
Butter and cheese stuffed chicken rolls taste great when served hot, right out the oven. Good when paired with mashed or baked potatoes. Perfect for romantic or celebratory dinner.
January 30th, 2016 in Beef, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
EnjoyYourCooking already has recipe for Lazy Cabbage Rolls casserole, this recipe variation uses almost the same ingredients, but in form of cabbage and meat patties baked under tomato and sour cream sauce.
Again, they are much easier and faster to prepare comparing to traditional cabbage rolls (this is why they are called “lazy”), but taste is very similar.
These patties constitute complete meal, but some vegetables or salads can be served along as a side dish.