My vegetables recipes


Raw Broccoli and Tomato Salad

February 27th, 2016 in Salads by Julia Volhina

This is easy and refreshing tasting salad of few ingredients: all you need is fresh broccoli crown, few tomatoes, onion and some greens.

It is important to use broccoli crown as it is normally more soft and less chewy than more mature pieces.

Raw broccoli and tomato salad pairs well with meat or poultry courses.

Garlicky Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan

December 19th, 2015 in Side Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

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.

Zucchini “Fries” with Parmesan and Spices

November 7th, 2015 in Appetizers & Snacks, Side Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Zucchini “fries” cooked with this recipe are much healthier alternative to potato ones: much less oil and less starchy zucchini instead of potato.

I love zucchini, so these taste great for me. It is easy to improvise with spices and their amounts to create new unique taste every time I want it.

Please note, more mature zucchinis will require more cooking time, so probe with a fork to see readiness.

Zucchini with Parmesan and Spices can be served as snack, or an appetizer or a side dish.

Meat Stuffed Eggplants

October 24th, 2015 in Beef, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina

Fun recipe to play with: eggplants stuffed with ground beef and vegetables. Nice combination of meat and veggies. I love eggplants!

For me it is always a bit tricky to hollow eggplants out, it is important to take most of pulp off to make sure they cook through, but it is also important to to not damage eggplant skin. It takes a bit of time and practice.

You can take bigger eggplants and slice them in half lengthwise, or take smaller ones and slice top part off like I did for this recipe.

Simple Cauliflower Puree (Mashed Cauliflower)

August 1st, 2015 in Side Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Lately, I am cutting on my potato intake, but it is hard because I like such sides as mashed potatoes, for example. So when I read about mashed cauliflower being something similar but healthier, I had to try it right away.

I must say, mashed cauliflower still tastes like cauliflower, however the texture of it is very much similar to the texture of potato puree. So I think, I am pleased with my results.

I used hand immersion hand blender to puree my cauliflowers, but I am pretty sure stand blender or food processor will work for it as well.

Don’t over do on amount of milk – cauliflower will need much less than potato would, so add it very gradually, spoon by spoon until desired consistency.

Cabbage Pancakes

July 4th, 2015 in Main Dishes, No-meat by Julia Volhina

If you have some cabbage sitting in the fridge and you don’t know what to do with it, here is your way out: make cabbage pancakes. They are much like Ukrainian “deruny” but made from cabbage and onions.

My better half is not a big fan of cabbage in general, but he loves these and always asks for seconds.

Cabbage pancakes work great for breakfast or lunch as a dish on its own. But they are not sweet, so I suppose can be served as a side dish as well.

Listed amount of ingredients will produce about 15 pancakes.

Cucumber and Dill Salad

May 23rd, 2015 in Salads, Side Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

This is my recipe for so called Polish Cucumber salad: simple salad with cucumbers, fresh dill and marinated onions.

Marinating onions makes them less bitter and removes most of that onion breath smell therefore this salad is great for parties, cookouts and such.

I am using balsamic vinegar and sour cream as dressing here. If you like, you can replace vinegar with lemon juice, but I somehow like vinegar better.