Roasted Vegetables and Mushrooms with Parmesan Sauce

September 13th, 2014 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat, Side Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Friend of mine introduced this dish to me few weeks ago and since then I cooked it pretty much every week.

It is pretty easy to do, and it provides a variety of vegetables to the table as it cooks zucchini, asparagus spears and mushrooms in the same time. The batch I usually get will feed about 6 people as a side dish with no leftovers (and I don’t think I ever had any of these left over actually).

It is very important to use portobello mushrooms in this recipe, as they have distinct aroma and taste which gets transferred to vegetables as well.

Raw Vegetable Salad with Feta

August 30th, 2014 in Salad Recipes by Julia Volhina

I am trying to eat my vegetables raw at the moment (losing some weight, trying to eat more healthy, running and such). So this is a salad which I make for myself for lunch at work to accomplish this.

It takes about 10 mins to do all the slicing and dicing. And maybe 5 more for cleaning and packing.

Occasionally I add to it raw corn, onions, spinach, lettuce to vary things up, but cucumbers, tomatoes, mini peppers and avocado are always present.

Chicken Salad with Cucumbers and Korean Style Carrots

August 16th, 2014 in Salad Recipes by Julia Volhina

Yet another one chicken salad to be added to my list of recipes: tender chicken meat, boiled eggs, tasty cucumbers and spicy carrots prepare in korean style.

This salad will work great as a side or appetizer, or as a lunch meal itself, especially if you need something to take with you. It can be served plain, in a sandwich or in a wrap.

Salad can be dressed with a mix of mayo and sour cream instead of the mayo alone, if you are looking for healthier option.

Korean Style Carrots

August 9th, 2014 in Appetizers & Snacks, Salad Recipes, Side Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Korean style carrots (“morkovka po-korejski”) is a popular in post-USSR countries dish which is usually served as salad, side dish or relish.

Often it is also served on hot dogs along with sausage inside the bun.

These pretty spicy carrots are great side for meats or poultry. They can also be used as one of ingredients for salads and other dishes.

Fruit Salad with Yogurt

August 2nd, 2014 in Desserts, Salad Recipes by Julia Volhina

Here is your step away from something usually called a dessert: fresh fruit salad dressed with plain yogurt.

No flour, no sugar, almost no fat (if you use low-fat yogurt); only fresh raw fruits loaded with vitamins and tons of good nutrients.

Besides being a dessert, this salad can be great choice for breakfast or lunch or just a snack when you need it.

You can mix and match fruits to your liking for this one. I used pineapples, banana, orange, apple, kiwi and pear. Mint is also optional and can be skipped it if you don’t like it.

Fish Pie

July 26th, 2014 in Fish, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

This is not hard recipe to do, but pretty nice one. My mom used to cook it all the time when we were kids: it can be served right away while it is still warm, or later warmed up or cold.

You can use any fish for this recipe (excluding the one with tons of bones), but red and fatty kind will work the best here. I used salmon.

Recipe for portion of unsweetened yeast dough I used can be found here.

Bay leaves here are optional, I like to use them, but they need to be removed before eating, so if you don’t want to do that, just skip them altogether.

Shrimps in Sour Cream Sauce

July 19th, 2014 in Appetizers & Snacks, Fish, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Fast recipe to fix shrimps: simmer them for few minutes in sour cream and butter sauce.

I used raw cleaned shrimps for the recipe. But boiled ones will work as well, just reduce cooking time and temperature (no need for boiling).

Shrimps prepared this way can be a dish on its own, an appetizer or a snack, or it can be served over a bed of rice or pasta.

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