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Homemade Chickpea Hummus

July 15th, 2017 in Sauces & Dips & Spreads, Sides by Julia Volhina
Homemade Chickpea Hummus

Got a can or two of chickpeas stuck in the pantry? Or boiled a cup too many of garbanzo beans and looking for creative way to use them? Try this homemade hummus recipe.

It takes about 5 mins to make and you get a fresh batch of hummus to eat with your favorite vegetables, pita bread, chips or for further use in other recipes.

For this recipe I cooked beans from scratch. If you do the same save some of the water beans are cooked in and use it instead of water in this recipe.

Chickpea Garam Masala

June 17th, 2017 in Main Dishes, No-meat, Sides by Julia Volhina
Chickpea Garam Masala

One of the easiest chickpea recipes to make, yet so tasty one. This vegetarian dish will require a little less than 20 mins of cooking.

It can be served on its own, with a bit of bread, or as a side for boiled rice or quinoa.

I think this is one of traditional Indian recipe. Tweak the taste to your liking by adjusting amount of spices or even spices themselves. The recipe calls for garam masala, but a good curry powder will work as well.

I always soak and boil chickpeas myself, drain them before using here (preserve a bit of water they were cooking in). Using canned ones is an option as well, it will certainly be quicker. If going this route, use water at step 10.

Sliced Rosemary Baked Potato

May 6th, 2017 in Sides by Julia Volhina
Sliced Rosemary Baked Potato

Artistic twist on rosemary baked potatoes: thin sliced, nicely spiced and powdered with a bit of parmesan.

It is easier to guess what size of pan to use and how much potatoes to use if you measure pan by placing potatoes in and adjusting amount of potatoes to fit in neatly prior to cooking.

Use potatoes of the same size to ensure they cook evenly.

For more consistent results and speed – use mandoline for slicing potatoes.

Chanterelles with Sour Cream and Onions

January 14th, 2017 in Sides by Julia Volhina
Chanterelles with Sour Cream and Onions

Chanterelles cooked with sour cream and onions are perfect side for any potato dish: boiled, baked, fried, you name it; they can also be great topper for a steak.

And of course mushrooms work great with grains, so boiled rice, or barley, or buckwheat will taste great with these as well.

Chanterelles are seasonal and can be quite expensive, but if you are as lucky as I am you may find some reasonable priced ones at some point in Costco.

Use good original sour cream without any additives if you can for best taste. And make sure you soak chanterelles and wash them well off any dirt and dust before cooking.

Pan Fried Potatoes with Onion and Bacon

December 17th, 2016 in Sides by Julia Volhina
Pan Fried Potatoes with Onion and Bacon

Everything tastes better with bacon. And potatoes are not an exception here: use smoked bacon fat to fry potatoes for an extra twist on otherwise usual taste and you will get traditional Bratkartoffel (German style pan fried potatoes with bacon).

Because of amount of fat, this is probably not the healthiest recipe in the world, but it is for sure a delicious one.

Serve pan fried potatoes with pretty much any meat, they pair great with any kind of schnitzels or sausage.

Creamy Spinach with Eggs

November 5th, 2016 in Sides by Julia Volhina
Creamy Spinach with Eggs

Creamy Spinach with Eggs is my goto side dish recipe for baked or grilled salmon.

If you are looking for more ways to add some leafy greens into your diet – this may be a recipe to try.

Fresh spinach with eggs and sour cream cooks in minutes, is packed with nutrients and also tastes great.

By the way spinach volume will reduce significantly while cooking, so don’t get surprised and start with a big bunch.

Pesto Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella

September 24th, 2016 in Salads, Sides by Julia Volhina
Pesto Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella

I’ve tried this salad on a cookout organized by our friends and fell in love with it (and of course had to make sure I have a recipe for it to share).

I don’t even know why this dish made of cooled cooked pasta, black olives, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella tossed with pesto and grated parmesan is called a salad, but let’s go with it.

Of course freshly made basil pesto sauce is the best choice for dressing here (and it doesn’t really take much time to make if you wish to try). But one from a store works as well.

I know pasta salads are not a first choice for people who are trying to cut down the amount of carbs they consume but it surely is delicious. Well, one can opt for a whole grain pasta to make it seem a bit better.

Next time you need to bring something to a cookout or a get-together, why not to try this recipe?