My vegetables recipes

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.

Scalloped Potatoes with Parmesan

April 25th, 2015 in Main Dishes, No-meat, Side Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Creamy potato and parmesan cheese casserole which can be served as a side or a main dish.

It is pretty easy to do, and can be a great choice if you need to bring something with you to a cookout.

Left overs can be easily stored in fridge and re-heated in microwave.

Raw Vegetables and Chicken Salad with Feta

March 14th, 2015 in Salads by Julia Volhina

This salad is more advanced version evolved from Raw Vegetable Salad with Feta.

I added few ingredients: kale, celery, zucchini, corn, olives, mushrooms and a protein source, boiled chicken, to make things a bit more interesting.

I take this salad ingredients with me and slice them up at work for a healthy lunch. It only takes few minutes to do.

By the way, if you boil chicken right before making the salad, make sure you let it cool down to room temperature first.