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SPINACH MASHED POTATOES

SPINACH MASHED POTATOES

  Print SPINACH MASHED POTATOES Prep Time 2 mins Cook Time 15 mins Resting time 2 mins Total Time 19 mins   Noone loves potatoes as much as my husband does. He would have them in all cooking forms, shapes and sizes with every meal […]

WALNUTS, CARROTS AND ROLLED EGGPLANT

WALNUTS, CARROTS AND ROLLED EGGPLANT

  Print WALNUTS, CARROTS AND ROLLED EGGPLANT Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 20 mins   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 […]

HERBS ROASTED CHICKEN

HERBS ROASTED CHICKEN

  Print HERBS ROASTED CHICKEN Prep Time 2 mins Cook Time 30 mins Resting Time 5 mins Total Time 37 mins   If there is chicken in my fridge then you can be absolutely sure that herbs roasted chicken recipe is what I am making. […]

SPINACH AND LEEKS MEATBALLS

SPINACH AND LEEKS MEATBALLS

  Print SPINACH AND LEEKS MEATBALLS Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 25 mins Total Time 35 mins   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 […]

EGGY DANDELIONS AND SPINACH MIX

EGGY DANDELIONS AND SPINACH MIX

  Print EGGY DANDELION SPINACH MIX Cook Time 5 mins   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 […]

EASY EGGPLANT

EASY EGGPLANT

  Print EASY EGGPLANT Cook Time 5 mins Resting Time 2 hrs Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins   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 […]

MUSHROOM SOUP

MUSHROOM SOUP

  Print MUSHROOM SOUP Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 25 mins   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 […]

ANCHOVY GARLIC CRUSTED STEAK

ANCHOVY GARLIC CRUSTED STEAK

  Print ANCHOVY GARLIC CRUSTED STEAK Prep Time 2 mins Cook Time 7 mins Resting Time 5 mins Total Time 14 mins   If you love steak, and you love fish…why not marry the two in a simple effortless way? Blend, rub, grill and serve? […]

CHERRY CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

CHERRY CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

  Print CHERRY CHOCOLATE MUFFINS Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 30 mins Resting Time in the oven 5 mins Total Time 40 mins   If you are looking for something similar to a conventional sugar packed dessert than this is definitely not the recipe […]

VIETNAMESE PHO SOUP

VIETNAMESE PHO SOUP

  Print VIETNAMESE PHO SOUP Prep Time 8 hrs Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 8 hrs 20 mins   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 […]

HOMEMADE CHICKEN BOLOGNA

HOMEMADE CHICKEN BOLOGNA

  Print HOMEMADE CHICKEN BOLOGNA Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 45 mins Total Time 50 mins   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, […]

CREAM OF MUSHROOMS SOUP

CREAM OF MUSHROOMS SOUP

  Print CREAM OF MUSHROOMS SOUP Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 50 mins   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 […]

HONEY GINGER SALMON

HONEY GINGER SALMON

  Print HONEY GINGER SALMON Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 20 mins   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 […]

LAMB PLOV

LAMB PLOV

  Print LAMB PLOV Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 45 mins Total Time 1 hr   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, […]

SPRATS SALAD

SPRATS SALAD

  Print SPRATS SALAD Cook Time 5 mins Total Time 5 mins   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 […]

CRISPY FRIED FISH

CRISPY FRIED FISH

  Print CRISPY FRIED FISH Cook Time 5 mins Total Time 5 mins   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 […]

ANCHOVIES AND GARLIC BUTTER

ANCHOVIES AND GARLIC BUTTER

  Print ANCHOVIES AND GARLIC BUTTER Prep Time 1 min Cook Time 1 min Total Time 2 mins   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 […]

GRILLED VEGETABLES SALAD

GRILLED VEGETABLES SALAD

  Print GRILLED VEGETABLES SALAD Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 7 mins Resting time 5 mins Total Time 13 mins   My summer is not complete without this wonderful, flavorful, nutrient dense salad.  I’ve made it at least a dozen of times in the […]

SIMPLE OXTAIL STEW

SIMPLE OXTAIL STEW

  Print SIMPLE OXTAIL STEW Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 1 hr Resting Time 20 mins Total Time 1 hr 5 mins   Contrary to the name, oxtail comes from common cows, not oxen. Oxtail gelatin-rich meat is gaining popularity due to a wonderful […]

BROCCOLI BACON OMLETTE

BROCCOLI BACON OMLETTE

  Print BROCCOLI BACON OMLETTE Cook Time 7 mins Total Time 7 mins   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 […]

POTATO PANCAKES

POTATO PANCAKES

  Print POTATO PANCAKES Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 5 mins Total Time 10 mins   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 […]

GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR MIX

GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR MIX

  Print GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR MIX Cook Time 2 mins Total Time 2 mins   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 […]

RUSSIAN KOTLETI ( WITH A HEALTHY TWIST)

RUSSIAN KOTLETI ( WITH A HEALTHY TWIST)

  Print RUSSIAN KOTLETI (with a healthy twist) Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 20 mins   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 […]

HOMEMADE GHEE

HOMEMADE GHEE

  Print HOMEMADE GHEE Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 15 mins   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 […]

OCTOPUS SALAD

OCTOPUS SALAD

  Print OCTOPUS SALAD Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 10 mins Total Time 40 mins   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 […]

ROASTED RACK OF LAMB

ROASTED RACK OF LAMB

  Print ROASTED RACK OF LAMB Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 30 mins Resting 10 mins Total Time 35 mins   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 […]

MIXED SALAD WITH HEARTS OF PALM AND GOAT CHEESE

MIXED SALAD WITH HEARTS OF PALM AND GOAT CHEESE

  Print MIXED SALAD WITH HEARTS OF PALM AND GOAT CHEESE Prep Time 5 mins Total Time 5 mins   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.  […]

SKORDALIA (Greek Garlic Mashed Potatoes)

SKORDALIA (Greek Garlic Mashed Potatoes)

  Print SKORDALIA (Greek Garlic Mashed Potatoes) Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 15 mins   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 […]

BAKED BRANZINI

BAKED BRANZINI

  Print BAKED BRANZINO Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 25 mins   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 […]

SPINACH DANDELIONS GREENS

SPINACH DANDELIONS GREENS

  Print SPINACH DANDELIONS GREENS Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 5 mins Total Time 15 mins   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 […]

GARLICKY COLLARD GREENS

GARLICKY COLLARD GREENS

  Print Garlicky Collard Greens Prep Time 1 min Cook Time 8 mins Total Time 9 mins   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 […]

HONEY GINGER DUCK

HONEY GINGER DUCK

  Print HONEY GINGER DUCK Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 40 mins   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 […]

FERMENTED BEETS

FERMENTED BEETS

  Print Fermented Beets Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 5 mins Resting time 3 d Total Time 10 mins   How do you feel about beets? Love them? Hate them? Like enough to tolerate them? I will be honest, raw beets do not really […]

ALMOND MILK

ALMOND MILK

  Print Almond Milk Cook Time 2 mins Total Time 2 mins   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 […]

EASY SAUERKRAUT

EASY SAUERKRAUT

  Print EASY SAUERKRAUT Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 10 mins Resting time 3 d Total Time 20 mins   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 […]

RED BORSCH (beets and cabbage soup)

RED BORSCH (beets and cabbage soup)

  Print Red Borsch (Cabbage and beets soup) Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 30 mins   If you want to add as many nutrients to your meal as possible on any given day this recipe will definitely help you do […]

OVEN ROASTED SMELTS

OVEN ROASTED SMELTS

  Print Oven roasted smelts Prep Time 2 mins Cook Time 10 mins Total Time 12 mins   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 […]

TOMATO BASIL SOUP

TOMATO BASIL SOUP

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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

  Print CREAM OF BROCCOLI Prep Time 3 mins Cook Time 12 mins Total Time 15 mins   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 […]

CILANTRO MARINADE

CILANTRO MARINADE

  Print CILANTRO MARINADE Cook Time 1 min Total Time 1 min   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 […]

CHICKEN CURRY

CHICKEN CURRY

  Print CHICKEN CURRY Cook Time 25 mins   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 […]

GREEN SPLIT PEA SOUP

GREEN SPLIT PEA SOUP

  Print SPLIT PEA SOUP Cook Time 1 hr Total Time 1 hr   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 […]

GREEN BORSCH

GREEN BORSCH

  Print Green Borsch Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 25 mins   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 […]

HOMEMADE COCONUT MILK

HOMEMADE COCONUT MILK

  Print COCONUT MILK Cook Time 1 min Resting time 5 mins   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 […]

CILANTRO MARINATED SKIRT STEAK

CILANTRO MARINATED SKIRT STEAK

  Print CILANTRO MARINATED SKIRT STEAK Prep Time 2 hrs Cook Time 10 mins Resting Time 5 mins Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins   Are you a cilantro fan? I am a huge cilantro supporter. Love it in guacamole, salads, soups, sauces…This is, by […]