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Beets and Orange Salad with Ginger

December 29th, 2018 in Main Dishes, No-meat, Salads, Sides by Julia Volhina
Beets and Orange Salad with Ginger

All beets lovers out there (how ever many there are of you), this recipe is for you: cooked beets with sweet oranges dressed up with spicy ginger, red wine vinegar and fresh squeezed orange juice.

I make this one with roasted beets (wrap washed beets skin on in foil, put them into a pan and stick into oven warmed up to 355F for about 1.5h, or more or less depending on their size).

Boiled ones will work as well (see instructions for boiling beets if needed). I never tried this salad with precooked beets.

Size, taste (and sweetness) of both beets and oranges is something which may vary greatly, so there is a lot “to taste” measurements. You don’t want sweetness to be overpowering (this is where vinegar and salt come to help, using rather sour oranges will help as well). Also people have variable “tolerance” to taste of ginger, start small and add more to taste. Just be creative, you will not be disappointed.

Butternut Squash Soup Puree

October 20th, 2018 in Hot Soups, Soups by Julia Volhina
Butternut Squash Soup Puree

With pumpkin and squash season comes time for vegetable soups using said vegetables.

Today’s recipe features butternut squash and some other fine veggies to accompany it.

It is full of veggie goodness, has hint of a spice (which you can tame a bit if you are looking for something less spicy by reducing amount of peppers) and totally great taste.

If you are a fan of the season, butternut squash soup is definitely a dish to try.

Arugula and Peach Salad

September 22nd, 2018 in Salads by Julia Volhina
Arugula and Peach Salad

I never was a fan of arugula rather bitter taste, but lately I have weird cravings for it, so I had to get inventive.

As it appears peach does a great job helping balancing arugula in this salad. So if you are like me: trying to get arugula in your diet while not actually liking the taste, this salad is for you.

Parmesan and pine nuts are great addition too.

Spinach Cheese Dip

September 8th, 2018 in Appetizers & Snacks by Julia Volhina
Spinach Cheese Dip

One more recipe to the lineup of appetizers using cream cheese for me. This time it is for hot spinach cream cheese dip with parmesan and garlic.

Good choice if you are looking to increase the amount of leafy greens in your diet.

It is pretty easy to do and you can get a bowl full of goodness ready for your party or gathering literally in minutes.

Serve hot with tortilla chips or veggies.

Vegetable Soup with Cauliflower and Rice

June 30th, 2018 in Hot Soups, Soups by Julia Volhina
Vegetable Soup with Cauliflower and Rice

Don’t let the amount of ingredients this recipe calls for to scare you: it is not as hard to cook as it may seem (just many pictures).

In fact it is pretty easy, especially if you are keen on peeling and slicing. And cooking takes just about 30 mins.

If you are looking for lighter version calorie-wise, reduce amount of flour (or skip it all together).

Reducing amount of sour cream will help too, but I wouldn’t skip on it entirely, it adds a lot to the taste.

Green Beans Fried with Breadcrumbs and Garlic

June 16th, 2018 in Sides by Julia Volhina
Green Beans Fried with Breadcrumbs and Garlic

This is one of variations of traditional Ukrainian dish featuring green beans (“lopatky” or “лопатки”) fried with breadcrumbs and seasoned with garlic.

Green beans are pretty easy and quick to cook. The major trick for me is to not overcook them (I like beans crunchy, not too soft). So testing beans softness from time to time while simmering them is a key. Take them off the burner as soon as ready.

These taste the best when served straight from the skillet: warm and fragrant.

Radish and Cucumber Salad

June 2nd, 2018 in Salads by Julia Volhina
Radish and Cucumber Salad

Featuring today a recipe for pretty simple limited ingredient spring salad with radishes and cucumber.

It requires up to 15 mins to prepare. Even less if you use mandeline instead of a knife.

This salad will be a good complement for a steak or some meat and vegetable entree.

If sour cream you use is thick, you can mix it with the lemon juice first before dressing the salad, that will make mixing of salad easier.