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Zucchini and Chicken Casserole

October 22nd, 2016 in Chicken, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Zucchini and Chicken Casserole

If you have an abundance of zucchini, this is definitely one recipe to try.

For me it stays somewhere on a verge between being a casserole and omelette. It has creamy texture, tons of fiber, nice amount of protein and green festive color 🙂

Zucchini and Chicken Casserole is a great choice for lunch or dinner, or even breakfast if you prepare it in advance ready for reheating.

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?

Basil Pesto Sauce

September 10th, 2016 in Sauces & Dips & Spreads by Julia Volhina
Basil Pesto Sauce

There are so many ways to enjoy basil pesto sauce. It is perfect for dipping bread, works great as salad dressing, pasta or pizza sauce, or pesto butter. Toss some cooked chicken with it to give a salad or a wrap some extra kick. Sky is a limit.

Already pre-made pesto sauces from the store are an option too, however nothing beats freshly homemade one.

And it is pretty easy to do too: just plug all ingredients into a blender, chop until smooth and then mix cheese in.

Pecorino cheese may be hard to find, using shredded parmesan should work as well.

Omelette with Broccoli

August 13th, 2016 in Eggs, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Omelette with Broccoli

If you like quiches for breakfast or brunch but don’t want to mess with puff pastry (or trying to cut off some carbs and fat) try this recipe for an omelette with broccoli.

I used fresh broccoli crowns (they are pretty inexpensive and taste great being in season and such), however frozen ones will probably work as well.

Cooking time for the omelette will depend on the size of the pan and amount of ingredients you use. Start testing readiness at 20 mins mark with a wooden toothpick. When omelette is ready, the toothpick should come out clean when stuck into the middle of the omelette.

Amount of ingredients from this recipe will produce 2 portions.

Italian Sausage Pasta

April 9th, 2016 in Chicken, Main Dishes, Pasta by Julia Volhina
Italian Sausage Pasta

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.

Baked Chicken Rolls with Cheese and Butter

February 13th, 2016 in Chicken, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Baked Chicken Rolls with Cheese and Butter

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.

Garlicky Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan

December 19th, 2015 in Sides by Julia Volhina
Garlicky Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan

Another take on mashed cauliflower side: smooth pureed cauliflower with parmesan cheese and a hint of spicy garlic.

Great choice when you want to cut on potato intake but still want something of mashed texture on your table.

From my experience, cauliflower purees taste better fresh, so cook just enough for one time don’t keep leftovers.

Garlic taste can be a bit overpowering sometimes, so I suggest going with half garlic clove at first, and see if more is needed to taste.