Seared Summer Squash

April 6th, 2013 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat, Side Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Easy and quick to make dish for summer squashes or zucchini. I actually used both to make this dish looking more festive.

I believe it is also light, especially if amount of oil used is reduced to minimum, squashes are actually being cooked in their own juices.

Seared squashes can be served as a dish on its own or as a side dish for a meat main course.

Blue Cheese Dip

March 30th, 2013 in Sauces & Dips & Spreads by Julia Volhina

This dip is one of my US discoveries, along with celery stalks which I never tried before I came here.

These two I can eat together endlessly, as an appetizer, a side or just a snack. It just made a lot of sense to learn to mix the dip from scratch myself.

Blue cheese dip goes great with fresh vegetables (e.g. celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower), spicy chicken wings or as a fresh salad dressing (I would suggest to put a bit more kefir to the mix in this case).

Spring Radish Salad

March 23rd, 2013 in Salad Recipes by Julia Volhina

Another spring-envy salad, probably not as light as one would want, mostly because of mayo. But in this one I wouldn’t suggest to replacing mayo with sour cream or yoghurt.

It doesn’t take much time to prepare, about 15 mins of mostly chopping. Boil eggs in advance, let them cool down till room temperature before adding to the salad.

Prepare this salad right before serving for best taste.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

March 16th, 2013 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat by Julia Volhina

This is my attempt to adjust russian fresh pancake recipe to use domestic ingredients. Main ingredient – russian fresh white cheese – has much thicker consistency than cottage cheese which you can usually buy in the store.

By the advice of one of this blog readers, I tried cottage cheese produced by Friendship brand and the result turned out pretty good. Main challenge was to find a proper amount of flour, with about half of cup pancakes turned out very tender, but not too hard to handle.

If pancakes break when you try to flip them, make them smaller, these will be easier to handle. Enjoy for breakfast of brunch!

Potato and Mushroom Stuffed Dumplings

March 9th, 2013 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat by Julia Volhina

I am maybe getting old: firstly I was putting off this recipe for far too long, secondly after I finished up with assembling these dumplings, I could feel my back.

Nevertheless here is recipe: ukrainian handmade dumplings stuffed with potato and mushroom mix.

You can boil them as soon as they are assembled, or you can freeze them up and boil right before serving. No thawing in necessary.

Already boiled dumplings can be warmed up on a skillet with a bit of butter.

Lettuce, Tomato and Cucumber Salad

March 2nd, 2013 in Salad Recipes by Julia Volhina

In anticipation of the spring in early March, here goes fresh tomato, cucumber and lettuce salad recipe.

These fresh vegetables taste so good in the Spring.

Prepare the salad soon before serving, cut fresh vegetables don’t like to wait.

If you want to make dressing lighter, use light mayo and low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream.

Chicken and Celery Salad Sandwich

February 23rd, 2013 in Chicken, Main Dish Recipes, Salad Recipes by Julia Volhina

This is a base chicken and celery salad recipe for sandwich to be served for breakfast or lunch.

The salad can be prepared in advance and used when needed, just store leftovers in fridge.

You can also use grilled chicken leftovers for this recipe or cook chicken breasts from scratch.

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