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Tuna and Mozzarella Salad

October 8th, 2016 in Salads by Julia Volhina
Tuna and Mozzarella Salad

Tuna and Mozzarella salad is my goto light salad with a bit of protein. It works great for training days, because I don’t feel hungry after it but I also don’t feel like I eat whole bunch of unhealthy stuff.

A lot in this salad depends on the taste of tuna, so use the kind of tuna you like. If you plan to use tuna canned in oil, you may reduce amount of oil in the salad dressing to balance calories consumed.

Fresh corn they sell here in US is usually soft, sweet and juicy, so I use it for this salad myself, however canned corn works just as well.

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?

Spicy Chicken Skewers

August 15th, 2015 in Chicken, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Spicy Chicken Skewers

Nice recipe for summer cookout – spicy (and somewhat sweet because of paprika) tender chicken meat skewers. Easy to prepare, yet it is very delicious.

All the heavy lifting for marinating meat is done in advance and then skewers are cooked right before serving. One more positive side of this recipe.

We usually cook these on metal skewers over open hot charcoals. If you plan to use wooden sticks – make sure to soak them in water well in advance to prevent burning.

Alternatively, these can be cooked in the oven, using broil at the end for color is a plus.

Cucumber and Dill Salad

May 23rd, 2015 in Salads, Sides by Julia Volhina
Cucumber and Dill Salad

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.

Chicken Curry Kebabs

June 1st, 2013 in Chicken, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Chicken Curry Kebabs

It is BBQ season again. And these curry chicken kebabs are good fit for one of these.

Chicken meat turns out very tender and juicy, especially if you use boneless chicken thighs (but breasts will do too).

If you don’t want to bother with grill (even though it is pretty fun), you can roast skewers in the oven over the baking pan.

Steaks Marinated in Onion Juice

September 1st, 2012 in Beef, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Steaks Marinated in Onion Juice

A simple recipe to marinate steaks for a cookout: onion juice tenderizes meat without draining its own juices and no need to clean onions themselves as if you would need to do when marinating meat with chopped onions.

I used only salt and ground black pepper as seasonings this time, but other spices can be used to your taste: bay leaf, allspice, paprika, whole peppercorns, whatever you like.

Any meat cut will work here, more lean meats may require more time for marinating.

Salmon Roast in Foil

September 10th, 2011 in Fish, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Salmon Roast in Foil

For me the best tasting salmon – is boiled salmon, and with this recipe I get taste of boiled salmon without actually boiling it. The same as boiled salmon this one tastes great garnished with mayo; a glass of white wine is good accompaniment as well.

This salmon roast can be cooked on the grill as well, just pack each fish piece into separate piece of foil and then cook without pan until ready.

Onions here are optional, they give a bit of taste to the dish but they also make sure that fish doesn’t touch the foil.

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