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STUFFED FLOUNDER FILLETS WITH CARROTS AND ZUCCHINI

STUFFED FLOUNDER FILLETS WITH CARROTS AND ZUCCHINI

  I love cooking fish. Flounder, in particular, is extremely versatile and easy to work with, affordable, widely available and virtually impossible to ruin (except for drying it out by keeping in the oven for too long).  This flatfish can be very flavorful and light, […]

STEAK SANDWICH

STEAK SANDWICH

  With three kids I always end up having some kind of leftovers in my fridge and I am in a perpetual battle to give them new life and reuse in the best flavor and nutrient dense way.I had some cilantro marinated skirt steak from […]

ASIAN PEARS DESSERT

ASIAN PEARS DESSERT

  What is your "go-to quick and easy spur-of-the-moment" dessert when your sweet tooth takes over your will power and you just have to have something that would satisfy your sweet cravings? Mine is fried fruit. It's easy-peel, cut and fry. It's quick, only takes […]

SPINACH MASHED POTATOES

SPINACH MASHED POTATOES

  Noone loves potatoes as much as my husband does. He would have them in all cooking forms, shapes and sizes with every meal of the day if he could. But due to high starch and glycemic level (that converts to sugar in our bodies) […]

WALNUTS, CARROTS AND ROLLED EGGPLANT

WALNUTS, CARROTS AND ROLLED EGGPLANT

  If you like eggplant, walnuts and garlic, you will love this recipe! I could not get enough of this wonderful dish while travelling in the Caucasus so I absolutely had to have it once I got back home. It is simple, easy, fresh and […]

HERBS ROASTED CHICKEN

HERBS ROASTED CHICKEN

  If there is chicken in my fridge then you can be absolutely sure that herbs roasted chicken recipe is what I am making. It is so simple, easy and succulent that no other recipe beats it for me.If you don't have herbs de provence […]

SPINACH AND LEEKS MEATBALLS

SPINACH AND LEEKS MEATBALLS

  This recipe is a staple in my kitchen. What kid or adult does not like meatballs? They are cute, easy to bite, flavorful and it's very easy to hide vegetables or greens in them. I like leeks and spinach combination but you're welcome to […]

EGGY DANDELIONS AND SPINACH MIX

EGGY DANDELIONS AND SPINACH MIX

  Let's face it, most people don't start jumping up and down with the idea of having dandelions for dinner, or breakfast… or any time of the day, really. Dandelions in regular supermarkets tend to be bitter and most of us don't know what to […]

EASY EGGPLANT

EASY EGGPLANT

  When you think eggplant, do you ever consider boiling it? Do you think it ends up being easy, fast and delicious?  Well, I'm here to tell you this recipe does just that!I enjoy eggplant very much and it's a real savor for someone that […]

MUSHROOM SOUP

MUSHROOM SOUP

  So earthy, hearty, rich tasting and delicious, this mushroom soup is absolutely a show stopper at the dinner table. I don't roast mushrooms before boiling them in soups because while it might make the dish more flavorful, the loss of nutrients during double cooking […]

ANCHOVY GARLIC CRUSTED STEAK

ANCHOVY GARLIC CRUSTED STEAK

  If you love steak, and you love fish…why not marry the two in a simple effortless way? Blend, rub, grill and serve? Sounds too simple? Because it is!You will have a healthy delicious finger-licking dinner on your table in no time! There is no […]

CHERRY CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

CHERRY CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

  If you are looking for something similar to a conventional sugar packed dessert than this is definitely not the recipe you care for. But, if you want dessert that is good for your body, not too sweet, packed with fiber, nutrients and screams antioxidants […]

VIETNAMESE PHO SOUP

VIETNAMESE PHO SOUP

  This soup is full of garnishes, flavors and aroma! You will definitely trick your family into thinking you just went out and got it as a take out from a fine dine Vietnamese restaurant. It is also incredibly easy to make. This soup is my […]

HOMEMADE CHICKEN BOLOGNA

HOMEMADE CHICKEN BOLOGNA

  This is such an amazing and easy recipe to add to school lunch menu. I feel uneasy giving my kids store-bought cold cuts or lunch meats because…well, I am just not sure what’s in them- the quality of meat, MSG filled seasonings, artificial flavorings, […]

CREAM OF MUSHROOMS SOUP

CREAM OF MUSHROOMS SOUP

  There is something soothing and comforting about creamy soups. They are packed with nutrients and making them is a breeze- add vegetables to the pot and blend. Much like eating them, since there is very little chewing involved in the process. I prefer to not […]

HONEY GINGER SALMON

HONEY GINGER SALMON

  What can be easier, healthier and omega-3 fatty acids superior than an oven roasted salmon fillet with a leafy salad for dinner? It is definitely a meal my youngest son is requesting quite regularly. He is such a fish lover that he can eat […]

LAMB PLOV

LAMB PLOV

  Growing up in the Caucasus I loved different variations of this dish from different cuisines and different regions made with chicken, lamb, beef, pork and also nuts, raisins, dried fruits and berries… Various versions of the dish were really endless! Plov and red borsch […]

SPRATS SALAD

SPRATS SALAD

  On days I do not have the time to make a big breakfast, or do not feel like cooking at all, if we are being completely honest here, this is a definite winner for my whole family.  Boiling eggs and shredding turnip can be […]

CRISPY FRIED FISH

CRISPY FRIED FISH

  When we go out to eat the first question my kids ask is “Do they have fish and chips on the menu?”  Naturally, I had to come up with a recipe that would satisfy not only their hungry bellies but also be good for […]

ANCHOVIES AND GARLIC BUTTER

ANCHOVIES AND GARLIC BUTTER

  What can be better than a simple, delicious, juicy, crusty steak? Only same delicious juicy steak with anchovies and garlic butter!Not only is it super simple and easy to make but it’s very versatile (use it on bread of your choice/ seafood/fish/vegetables, it’s just […]

GRILLED VEGETABLES SALAD

GRILLED VEGETABLES SALAD

  My summer is not complete without this wonderful, flavorful, nutrient dense salad.  I’ve made it at least a dozen of times in the past and every time it’s a great hit.  I use any vegetables I have on hand- peppers, zucchinis, even radishes, but […]

SIMPLE OXTAIL STEW

SIMPLE OXTAIL STEW

  Contrary to the name, oxtail comes from common cows, not oxen. Oxtail gelatin-rich meat is gaining popularity due to a wonderful texture and incredibly rich taste; it’s really one of the most flavorful cut of beef. I was able to find it at Wholefoods […]

BROCCOLI BACON OMLETTE

BROCCOLI BACON OMLETTE

  What is the number one thing in your refrigerator that you can not live without? For me, it’s eggs. And it’s not only because they are so versatile, easy to prepare and delicious but also because eggs are a great source of essential minerals […]

POTATO PANCAKES

POTATO PANCAKES

  Latkes, draniki, deruni, potato pancakes…every culture, every cuisine has some sort of variant of these delicious, crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside, flavorful medallions.This recipe is a staple in my kitchen. It’s made with simple ingredients, very easy to make and […]

GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR MIX

GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR MIX

  When we quit gluten the hardest thing for me was trying to figure out cooking and baking with all the fancy flours.  A self-proclaimed cookie and muffin wizard, I was  devastated when my baking goods were falling apart while totally raw or very much […]

RUSSIAN KOTLETI ( WITH A HEALTHY TWIST)

RUSSIAN KOTLETI ( WITH A HEALTHY TWIST)

  Russian cuisine and kotleti go hand in hand. (kotleta- singular, kotleti- plural)  Flavorful, tender, meaty deliciousness that comes in a  perfect tablespoon size… I can never stop myself at having just one and my kids, especially my 5 year old that loves all things […]

HOMEMADE GHEE

HOMEMADE GHEE

  Omega-3 rich organic store bought ghee from grass-fed cows can be quite expensive.  It is so versatile, good for your health and great tasting that I had to learn how to make it on a budget from the ingredients of my choice while controlling […]

OCTOPUS SALAD

OCTOPUS SALAD

  When I was in Greece, I absolutely fell in love with grilled octopus dishes.  And since cooking octopus from scratch was pretty intimidating, I tried to stock up on as much octopus as I possibly could.  My absolute favorite has always been, and still […]

ROASTED RACK OF LAMB

ROASTED RACK OF LAMB

  Raised in the Caucasus I grew up eating a lot of lamb.  Healthy, pasture raised, grass-fed lamb.  It’s very versatile and delicious any way you make it- grill, fry, stew, roast.  I always come back to this recipe because it is easy to prepare […]

MIXED SALAD WITH HEARTS OF PALM AND GOAT CHEESE

MIXED SALAD WITH HEARTS OF PALM AND GOAT CHEESE

  Nothing beats a fresh mixed salad with lemon, garlic and extra virgin olive oil for me.  Crunchy, fresh, tasty, nutritious and so full of flavor.  Oh, and yes, you read that right.  I add at least a clove of garlic in pretty much everything.  […]

SKORDALIA (Greek Garlic Mashed Potatoes)

SKORDALIA (Greek Garlic Mashed Potatoes)

  This is my absolute favorite recipe for mashed potatoes. In fact, lately, this is the only way I am making mashed potatoes. It’s garlicky, finger-licking, olive oil rich and can be made in advance since it’s best served at room temperature.  Organic russet potatoes […]

BAKED BRANZINI

BAKED BRANZINI

  This simple yet versatile, flaky and moist, flavorful and delicious fish should be cooked whole.  The bones in the fish protect against extreme heat, and hence, drying out and add flavor and moisture. It honestly can not get any easier to prepare roasted branzino […]

SPINACH DANDELIONS GREENS

SPINACH DANDELIONS GREENS

  My mother used to make dandelion salads for my brother and I when we were little.  And then I made it 20 years before eating another dandelion leaf again. It was easy to avoid them. When I moved to US, dandelion greens have never […]

GARLICKY COLLARD GREENS

GARLICKY COLLARD GREENS

  If you like greens you are going to like this recipe. Collard greens are a part of cruciferous family vegetables and are absolutely wonderful as they are heat and cold tolerant without compromising the flavor and texture.  I use fresh collard greens all the […]

HONEY GINGER DUCK

HONEY GINGER DUCK

  I think duck meat is a highly under utilized and unfairly infamous source of protein.  It’s such a delicious treat with a distinctly sweet, rich and meaty flavor.  Many people have never tried eating duck or have never used it in home cooking. It’s […]

FERMENTED BEETS

FERMENTED BEETS

  How do you feel about beets? Love them? Hate them? Like enough to tolerate them? I will be honest, raw beets do not really scream comfort food to me but…fermented beets is a totally different beast and I will take this rich tasting, colorful […]

ALMOND MILK

ALMOND MILK

  This is a wonderful easy dairy alternative full of vitamins and healthy fats. It’s made from two ingredients- water and…almonds. No harmful additives and no preservatives. I add it to my morning coffee, smoothies and kids oatmeal. Almonds are an excellent addition to our […]

EASY SAUERKRAUT

EASY SAUERKRAUT

  This sauerkraut is one of the easiest thing you will ever make. It’s homemade from scratch with simple ingredients, full of flavor and probiotics that help promote a healthy gut and very affordable. It’s fresh, crunchy, and very delicious! When you consume fermented foods, you supply […]

RED BORSCH (beets and cabbage soup)

RED BORSCH (beets and cabbage soup)

  If you want to add as many nutrients to your meal as possible on any given day this recipe will definitely help you do just that.  This soup is screaming nutrition. Not only does it your body good but also tastes absolutely fantastic! Originally, […]

PUMPKIN COOKIES

PUMPKIN COOKIES

  Let me start by saying I am not a fan of pumpkin. Not at all. Not a single person in my family likes it. We don’t eat, buy or cook with it unless it miraculously makes its way into my kitchen. So you can […]

AVOCADO SANDWICH WITH SARDINES

AVOCADO SANDWICH WITH SARDINES

  Fats, fats, fats… I loooove healthy fats… So good for your mind and body. It’s really therapeutic for me watching my kids eat healthy food that they also very much enjoy and that give them energy ( not that they are lacking it 🙂 […]

OVEN ROASTED SMELTS

OVEN ROASTED SMELTS

  Smelts are known for their delicate mild flavor and soft texture.  Not only are they rich in healthy vitamins and high quality protein but smelts are also low in mercury.  They are fantastic fried, roasted, broiled and stewed.These little guys are loaded with important […]

TOMATO BASIL SOUP

TOMATO BASIL SOUP

1. Antioxidants Explained in Human Terms. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/antioxidants-explained. 2. Lycopene Extracts from Different Tomato-Based Food Products Induce Apoptosis in Cultured Human Primary Prostate Cancer Cells and Regulate TP53, Bax and Bcl-2 Transcript Expression. PubMed Central (PMC). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5454725/. 3. Extraction and fractionation of insoluble fiber from […]

BEEF LIVER

BEEF LIVER

1. Beef Products. The Self Nutrition Data. https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/beef-products/3470/2. 2. Office of Dietary Supplements – Iron. Iron Fact Sheet for Health Professionals. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iron-HealthProfessional/#en2. 3. Mechanisms of heme iron absorption: Current questions and controversies. Mechanisms of heme iron absorption: Current questions and controversies. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2725368/. 4. Vitamin B12. […]

BROCCOLI SOUP

BROCCOLI SOUP

  This is a simple yet delicious cream of broccoli soup that will provide so many nutrients for your body.  It’s creamy, rich and filling, a real comfort food without lactose or gluten.  It’s ready in a matter of minutes, literally the time it takes […]

CILANTRO MARINADE

CILANTRO MARINADE

  This is always a huge hit at my dinner table with everyone- toddlers, kids, adults, cilantro lovers, cilantro haters… It’s wonderful as a marinate and just as yummy as a sauce (you get a lot more health benefits out of eating cilantro in a […]

CHICKEN CURRY

CHICKEN CURRY

  This recipe was created purely by accident.  Faced with a cooking experiment gone wrong with some healthy but flavorless and rubbery tasting fish fillets on my hands, so I had to think of ways I could rescue the fish…and our dinner.  Running out of […]

GREEN SPLIT PEA SOUP

GREEN SPLIT PEA SOUP

  This is a very hearty, soul and body satisfying meal.  It scream comfort food to me.  You can use green or yellow peas, whatever you prefer or have on hand.  IT will change the color of the soup but will not effect the flavor. Peas, […]

GREEN BORSCH

GREEN BORSCH

  This green soup is so delicious, full of flavor and nutrients!  My husband likes it cold ( I make it sans bone broth and only use water as a soup base) and kids absolutely love it warm with a spoon of sour cream.Slow cooking […]

HOMEMADE COCONUT MILK

HOMEMADE COCONUT MILK

  This is be the easiest, most delicious animal milk substitute I’ve ever made. It’s easier that going to a store! And because I don’t always feel like swinging my machete around (especially not at 6 am in the morning while making breakfast), I stock […]

CILANTRO MARINATED SKIRT STEAK

CILANTRO MARINATED SKIRT STEAK

  Are you a cilantro fan? I am a huge cilantro supporter. Love it in guacamole, salads, soups, sauces…This is, by far, my most favorite meat marinade made with…cilantro!Even if you think the smell of cilantro makes your stomach turn I dare you to try […]


MY FAVORITES

STUFFED FLOUNDER FILLETS WITH CARROTS AND ZUCCHINI

STUFFED FLOUNDER FILLETS WITH CARROTS AND ZUCCHINI

  I love cooking fish. Flounder, in particular, is extremely versatile and easy to work with, affordable, widely available and virtually impossible to ruin (except for drying it out by keeping in the oven for too long).  This flatfish can be very flavorful and light, […]

STEAK SANDWICH

STEAK SANDWICH

  With three kids I always end up having some kind of leftovers in my fridge and I am in a perpetual battle to give them new life and reuse in the best flavor and nutrient dense way.I had some cilantro marinated skirt steak from […]

ASIAN PEARS DESSERT

ASIAN PEARS DESSERT

  What is your "go-to quick and easy spur-of-the-moment" dessert when your sweet tooth takes over your will power and you just have to have something that would satisfy your sweet cravings? Mine is fried fruit. It's easy-peel, cut and fry. It's quick, only takes […]

SPINACH MASHED POTATOES

SPINACH MASHED POTATOES

  Noone loves potatoes as much as my husband does. He would have them in all cooking forms, shapes and sizes with every meal of the day if he could. But due to high starch and glycemic level (that converts to sugar in our bodies) […]

WALNUTS, CARROTS AND ROLLED EGGPLANT

WALNUTS, CARROTS AND ROLLED EGGPLANT

  If you like eggplant, walnuts and garlic, you will love this recipe! I could not get enough of this wonderful dish while travelling in the Caucasus so I absolutely had to have it once I got back home. It is simple, easy, fresh and […]


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