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Red Beans and Crab Stick Salad

March 10th, 2018 in Salads by Julia Volhina
Red Beans and Crab Stick Salad

Need some beans in your life? Try this quick salad.

Unusual combination of crab stick, beans, eggs and greens, but very gentle taste I would say.

The combination of crab stick and eggs is something one can never be wrong with, that is if you like both eggs and crab stick of course.

This takes minutes to assemble, especially if you boil eggs in advance. If you don’t, make sure they are cooled down till room temperature before cutting them for the salad.

Mushrooms and Peas

January 27th, 2018 in Main Dishes, No-meat, Sides by Julia Volhina
Mushrooms and Peas

Little something without the meat: mushrooms cooked with peas and tomatoes in tomato juice and sour cream sauce.

It takes about 30 mins to cook, and pretty easy too. Just use good tasting canned tomatoes with no extra additives.

Serve mushrooms and peas as a dish on its own, or in addition to healthy grains or pasta. My favorite here is boiled buckwheat, but they I am a bit biased towards it.

It can even be a sauce for meat, if you wish it.

Cabbage with Prunes

January 13th, 2018 in Main Dishes, No-meat, Sides by Julia Volhina
Cabbage with Prunes

Unusual combination of prunes and cabbage, stewed together.

Slightly sweet, pure veggies, just a bit of oil, so not too heavy and pretty simple to cook, especially if you shred cabbage with mandoline or some similar tool.

If you use prunes with pits, account for few additional minutes to remove them. It isn’t too hard, just a bit messy. If pits are not coming out easily, soak them a bit longer.

Serve cabbage with prunes as a separate entry or a side dish.

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.

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?