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Spaghetti Squash, Quinoa and Parmesan Fritters

Spaghetti Squash, Quinoa and Parmesan Fritters

Spaghetti Squash, Quinoa and Parmesan Fritters - delicious, healthy snack that everybody in your family will love! Quinoa tastes AMAZING in this recipe! If you like quinoa you will like it even more after making these savory mini cakes. To make these spaghetti squash cakes, you will need to precook the spaghetti squash in the […] Read More

Chicken, Bean, and Spinach Soup

Chicken, Bean, and Spinach Soup

If you're looking for an easy-to-make, healthy (and gluten free!) soup, let me introduce this Chicken, Bean, and Spinach Soup. It's filled with other veggies, too: green bell pepper, carrots, and tomatoes. Spiced up with oregano, basil and paprika! So good - and a perfect lunch food. I've been packing this soup for my lunches […] Read More

Butternut Squash and Bean Chili

Butternut Squash and Bean Chili

Delicious Butternut Squash, Bean, and Beef Chili - perfect combination of flavors! Other ingredients include red kidney beans, green bell pepper, corn, garlic, tomatoes - there is really nothing NOT to like in this chili. My whole family loved it, and I will soon be making another large pot of it. It's very filling, which […] Read More

Spinach and Spaghetti Squash Dip

Spinach and Spaghetti Squash dip

Spinach and Spaghetti Squash Dip - a delicious appetizer made with cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, Mozzarella cheese, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), cooked spinach, cooked spaghetti squash, minced garlic, spiced up with a touch of Cayenne pepper. It's unbelievable how good this dip is. I might even prefer this over the traditional artichoke dip. Who […] Read More

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms - delicious, homemade bite-sized mini-appetizers loved by adults and kids alike! The stuffing is made with Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses, cream cheese, bacon bits, finely chopped green bell pepper, with a touch of Cayenne pepper. Baked in a small amount of butter, with a splash of lemon juice. As most […] Read More

Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta

Creamy shrimp and mushroom pasta

Creamy shrimp and mushroom pasta in a delicious homemade alfredo sauce. This creamy alfredo sauce has all the flavors you want and need: shrimp flavor, garlic, basil, crushed red pepper flakes, paprika, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese.  This could become one of your new favorite dinners! The dish is embarrassingly easy to make. And, you just […] Read More

Gluten Free Recipe, Vegetarian, Healthy

Roasted Eggplant with Spinach, Quinoa, and Feta. Honestly, it's one of the best recipes I've made so far using eggplant, and the combination of all these simple ingredients is amazing! I love eggplant, it's one of my favorite vegetables: This dish has a very strong Mediterranean vibe, as I am using eggplant, quinoa, and Feta […] Read More

Asian Beef with Mushrooms & Snow Peas

Asian Beef with Mushrooms & Snow Peas

Asian Beef with Mushrooms & Snow Peas - delish and easy-to-make! Tender mushrooms, crisp snow peas, and thinly sliced sirloin steak strips sautéed in garlic. This delicious gluten-free recipe is my new favorite homemade Asian dish!  Mushrooms go beautifully with beef, snow peas and Asian sauce. Here I'm using Tamari sauce to make a base […] Read More

Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers - stuffed with ground beef, black beans, rice, tomatoes, spiced just right with Mexican spices, topped with grated Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese. Baked in a meatless tomato sauce (right from the jar). These delicious stuffed peppers make amazing dinner! They are baked in tomato sauce because it doesn't let them dry […] Read More

Grilled Salmon and Parmesan Zucchini Pasta

Grilled Salmon and Parmesan Zucchini Pasta

I now have a new favorite recipe on how to cook salmon! It's delicious and very easy. Salmon is marinated for 30 minutes in plain tamari sauce and then grilled in a foil packet. While salmon marinates, you quickly prepare a side dish that goes wonderfully with grilled salmon - Parmesan zucchini pasta.  The end […] Read More

Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Soup with Swiss Chard (Copycat Recipe)

Delicious Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana Soup (copycat recipe) made with Swiss Chard, Italian sausage (bratwursts will work too), potatoes, and bacon. Made in one pot, the soup takes only 40 minutes to make (including idle time while everything is simmering)! I never realized that a soup with such a fancy name as Zuppa Toscana is […] Read More

Zucchini Bacon Mac and Cheese

Zucchini Bacon Mac and Cheese

Zucchini Bacon Mac and Cheese - after 2 recipes involving zucchini that I just posted, you knew that zucchini mac and cheese was coming! I think the photos speak for themselves - this dish is REALLY GOOD! And really easy to make! I’ve used gluten-free elbow pasta for this recipe (Tinkyada brand), but, of course, […] Read More

Bacon, Spaghetti Squash, and Parmesan Fritters

Bacon spaghetti squash fritters

Bacon Spaghetti Squash & Parmesan Fritters - need I say more? This is one of my most favorite new recipes. Kids love these! Who knew that spaghetti squash could be a kid friendly food? To make these spaghetti squash cakes, you will need to precook the spaghetti squash in the oven as described in the […] Read More

Parmesan Zucchini & Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts

After I published the recipe for Parmesan Zucchini and Garlic Pasta, one of the readers left a comment that she added walnuts to the zucchini pasta, and it turned out really good. The idea of zucchini cooked in olive oil, topped with melted, freshly grated, Parmesan cheese AND then sprinkled with some kind of toasted […] Read More

Parmesan Zucchini & Garlic Pasta

Parmesan Zucchini & Garlic Pasta

Zucchini has been on my mind lately, mainly because a huge zucchini has been sitting in my fridge for quite some time begging to be used and not wasted. The zucchini was really huge, similar in size to this jumbo zucchini (scroll down and you'll see the zucchini on her head :) ). I wanted […] Read More

Spinach salad with strawberries and toasted almonds

It's hard to say good bye to the Summer, and I still have some strawberries left in the refrigerator. Couldn't think of any better way to use them than to throw them into this simple spinach salad with strawberries and toasted almonds. Spinach and strawberries pair perfectly with a sweet balsamic vinegar dressing, made with […] Read More

Oyster mushrooms, garlic, and green onions saute (Paleo, Gluten Free)

I've discovered oyster mushrooms several years ago and have been regularly cooking with them since then. Their flavor and texture are amazing. They are versatile and filling: I could eat 2 servings of this recipe for dinner and not go hungry. Sauteed oyster mushrooms are also a great side dish for grilled steak, or they […] Read More

Asian pasta with broccoli and mushrooms

Asian pasta with broccoli and mushrooms

Delicious and easy-to-make dinner: Asian-flavored pasta with broccoli and oyster mushrooms. Perfect for the weeknights! I love using oyster mushrooms in cooking, and they taste exceptionally wonderful in Asian dishes. Oyster mushrooms are easily available in Asian stores and in some regular grocery stores, too. The sauce is very basic but deliciously flavorful: tamari sauce […] Read More

Easy mushroom risotto (Gluten Free)

Easy mushroom risott (gluten free)

Delicious, creamy, and very easy-to-make mushroom risotto.  I don't like spending much time at the stove after a long day at work, and I already made this dish several times this week after work on weeknights - that's how easy this risotto is! The recipe is perfect for weeknight cooking, and the dish tastes like […] Read More

Mushroom and Garlic saute (paleo, gluten free)

I love mushrooms, and mushrooms often are at their best when prepared in the most basic way like this simple mushroom and garlic saute. This recipe is also great for paleo and gluten free life style, with just a few simple and natural ingredients producing very flavorful and filling meal! The recipe uses 12 oz […] Read More

Greek Tortellini Salad: Tomatoes, Avocados, Cucumbers

Greek tortellini salad with tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, feta cheese - in homemade Greek salad dressing. It's a delicious and healthy salad that uses fresh ingredients, lots of vegetables, and the dressing is made completely from scratch! While this salad is great served right after it's made, it also gets better if you let it marinate […] Read More

Strawberry, quinoa, spinach & cashew salad

Strawberry, quinoa, spinach, & cashew salad

Strawberry, quinoa, spinach and cashew salad with a homemade honey-mustard balsamic vinegar dressing. It's a delicious Summer salad, made with healthy, clean, whole food ingredients! This salad is vegetarian, gluten free, grain free, and dairy free! If you remove quinoa, it becomes paleo-friendly, too - a perfect lunch, dinner or snack for devoted cross-fitters. :) […] Read More

Crunchy Asian salad with peanut dressing

Crunchy Asian salad with peanut dressing

This crunchy Asian salad with peanut dressing is amazingly tasty, colorful and refreshing, with a lot of crunch and flavor! Lots of vegetables: spinach, cucumbers, red bell pepper, carrots, sugar snap peas - all tossed in a delicious, homemade peanut dressing, and topped with toasted peanuts and sesame seeds. The salad dressing is both sweet […] Read More

Light and skinny Southwestern breakfast crepes

A delicious way to have a light and skinny and yet filling breakfast is to make some thin crepes and fill them with homemade Southwestern salsa, and then top with an egg! You get a little bit of everything in this recipe: some carbs, protein, lots of fiber, vegetables. This breakfast is low in fat […] Read More

Strawberry spinach salad with bacon

Strawberry spinach salad with bacon

Simple and delicious salad that has a perfect combination of savory and sweet: strawberry spinach salad with bacon, feta cheese, and toasted almonds in a simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Spinach and strawberries pair perfectly with a sweet balsamic vinegar dressing, made with only 3 ingredients: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar. I like to […] Read More

Healthy quinoa with vegetables

Quinoa with vegetables

Healthy quinoa with vegetables: spinach, mushrooms, green onions, red bell pepper, and fresh peach (which adds a nice touch of freshness and sweetness!). This recipe is actually a variation of a quinoa dish I made (and really liked) several days ago. This recipe works well as a side dish or as an easy quinoa salad. […] Read More

Broccoli salad with strawberries, mango, and bacon

Broccoli salad with strawberries, blueberries, mango, apples, and bacon - with a homemade mayonnaise and sour cream based salad dressing. Deliciousness! Lots of healthy ingredients! This salad is crunchy, sweet and savory at the same time! Love the colors and the freshness of the ingredients. It's great for picnics, potlucks, and cook-outs! An added bonus […] Read More

Quinoa salad with spinach, strawberries, and blueberries

Here is another delicious Summer salad: Quinoa salad with spinach, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, mandarin oranges in a homemade Balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The dressing is made from scratch, using olive oil, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, mustard powder, onion and garlic powders. It's not a heavy dressing: it's very light and perfect for this kind of salad […] Read More

Spicy Asian eggplant and quinoa

Spicy Asian eggplant and quinoa

This is one of the best quinoa dishes I have ever made. I've never combined eggplant, quinoa, and Asian flavors before, and, it turns out, this combination is so delicious, very flavorful, with all ingredients working really well together. It is basically a stir-fried eggplant, cooked with other veggies, quinoa, with an amazing sauce. The […] Read More

Spinach and mushroom quinoa

Spinach and mushroom quinoa

Spinach and mushroom quinoa sauteed in garlic and olive oil. I've made this delicious dish over this past weekend and it was so good, I can't wait to share this simple recipe. Not only is it super tasty, this quinoa dish is healthy, low in carbs and calories, high in fiber, it's gluten free, vegetarian, […] Read More

Strawberry spinach salad

Strawberry spinach salad

Introducing my new favorite summer salad: Strawberry Spinach Salad, with Blueberries, Mango, Avocado, and Cashew nuts, with a Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing. This salad has become a new favorite in my family, and we make it all the time. This salad is colorful and refreshing like summer itself, and the dressing is super delicious! I […] Read More

Greek Tortellini Salad with Avocados, Cucumbers, Feta cheese

I love cucumbers. They are wonderful, tasty vegetables that work so well in salads, usually doing a great job playing a "supporting" role. Well, I happened to have lots of cucumbers in my fridge that were going a little soft, so I needed to come up with a recipe where cucumber would be one of […] Read More

Mexican chicken wraps

Mexican chicken wraps

As you might guess by looking at the photos, today on the menu are Mexican chicken wraps with spinach (or lettuce), green onions, red bell pepper, shredded cheddar cheese with Greek yogurt based dressing, spiced up with the taco seasoning. Or, alternatively, if you don't have Greek yogurt, you can use Ranch dressing. A very […] Read More

Spiced up sweet potato fries (baked) with bacon

Here is a simple and delicious recipe for a wonderful side dish (or an appetizer) I've been enjoying lately: spiced up sweet potato fries (baked in the oven) served with bacon. These sweet potato fries are spicy, tossed in paprika, red chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic salt, and even cumin (optional). They are baked to […] Read More

Crepes with creamy chicken and mushroom filling

I once had delicious crepes with creamy chicken and mushroom filling in a small French bakery, and they were so good, I've craved them ever since and always wanted to reproduce them. This is my attempt to do so - and I am very happy with the result! What makes this crepe filling especially flavorful […] Read More

Pineapple mango salsa

Pineapple mango salsa

I am very excited to see the first fresh mangoes of the season - so, naturally, I made some fresh pineapple mango salsa - one of my favorite ways to eat mangoes! Pineapple mango salsa is not just a salsa, it's a salad, a side dish, an appetizer. While it's great as-is, as a light […] Read More

Sauteed spinach, mushrooms, and onions

The flavors of mushrooms, spinach, caramelized onions, garlic, and Parmesan cheese mingle really well in this vegetarian dish. It's quite versatile: you can eat it as-is, especially if you're craving some good-tasting, creamy vegetables.  You can serve it alongside some pasta, ravioli or ready made tortellini. It is also great with grilled steak, pork, or […] Read More

How to make caramelized onions

How to make caramelized onions

Caramelized onions can be such a nice side kick to so many dishes: from pasta to grilled meats and hamburgers; as a topping over pizzas or a condiment in salads. I use caramelized onions a lot in my cooking, even though so far I have published only 2 recipes on this site involving caramelized onions: […] Read More

Chicken parmesan pasta

Chicken Parmesan is one of the best ways to prepare chicken breasts: when prepared properly, they come out juicy, flavorful, and crunchy, made even better by a delicious garlic tomato sauce and pasta. The chicken is baked, making this popular chicken dish a little bit healthier. Chicken Parmesan is a surprisingly easy dish to prepare. […] Read More

Pasta with chicken, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes in a creamy garlic and basil sauce

Pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms and tender, juicy, moist chicken, in a creamy flavorful pasta sauce - there are few pasta dishes that combine so many wonderful flavors together so well. You will love this recipe even more after you make it for the first time because you will see how easy it is […] Read More

Asian chicken salad

Introducing my new favorite Asian chicken salad: crunchy veggies, soft noodles, grilled or cooked chicken - all mixed in with the delicious, creamy, deeply flavored, sweet & sour, slightly spicy peanut sauce.  So tasty! Fast and easy!  A great dish to prepare after a busy work day. If you've got some leftover chicken (grilled, cooked, […] Read More

Mashed potatoes with bacon

Mashed potatoes with bacon

Have you ever met anyone who doesn't like mashed potatoes? It's my favorite side dish to go with grilled steak.  It's especially great with flank steak.  This is the recipe I ALWAYS use for mashed potatoes, this time I just decided to add some bacon to dress it up - I was wowed by the […] Read More

Broccoli salad with bacon, raisins, and cheddar cheese

Broccoli salad with bacon, raisins, and cheddar cheese is a great way to eat lots of broccoli! This salad has a perfect combination of everything: sweet and savory flavors, crunchy veggies and soft cheese, saltiness and smokiness from bacon, freshness and fiber from the vegetables! If you like bacon, you'll love this refreshing salad - […] Read More

Easy marinara sauce

Easy marinara sauce recipe

One of the best and most delicious pasta sauce recipes is a simple marinara sauce, which can be served over a large variety of pasta (fettuccine, linguine, short and long pasta, etc.).   Perhaps, most often it is served over spaghetti as a  meatless spaghetti sauce or spaghetti marinara. So, what is a marinara sauce?   Marinara […] Read More

Sweet potato fry and BLT salad

Sweet potato fry and BLT salad

Who knew that such simple ingredients as spinach, tomatoes, bacon, and eggs when combined and served with a mayonnaise-based dressing could create such a delicious salad? If you haven't yet tried a BLT salad, hurry up and make it, especially if you have some extra vegetables that you need to use, such as spinach and […] Read More

Asian chicken salad recipe with ginger sesame dressing

Asian chicken salad with homemade ginger sesame dressing is a great, easy-to-throw-together salad for one of those days when you have too much spinach, some leftover chicken, and too many other odd veggies at your disposal. Combining all these ingredients together with a flavorful, sweet and sour Asian dressing turns this salad into a restaurant-quality […] Read More

Chicken taco salad

Chicken taco salad recipe

I love chicken salads, and one of my most favorite ones is a chicken taco salad with lots of vegetables, crushed tortilla chips, creamy Ranch dressing (or a healthier, Greek yogurt based dressing), served with sour cream and salsa on the side! This salad has everything: protein, carbs, veggies, fiber - it's a complete dinner […] Read More

Asian noodle salad with peanut dressing

Cold Asian noodle salad recipe (with peanut dressing!)

Light, refreshing, crunchy and easy-to-make salad (or dinner), anyone? When I first found this cold Asian noodle salad recipe (with homemade peanut sauce salad dressing, of all things!), it was love at first sight. After I've finally made it and have been eating it for 3 days in a row now, I am head over […] Read More

Sun-dried tomato and mushroom pasta

If you're looking for a delicious and easy-to-make pasta recipe to add to your weekly/monthly recipe rotation, try this sun-dried tomato and mushroom pasta in a garlic and basil creamy sauce. The combination of flavors in this dish is SO GOOD, it's a pure comfort food that you will be tempted to eat right out […] Read More

Arugula salad with walnuts, golden raisins, and Gorgonzola cheese

Arugula salad with walnuts, golden raisins, and Gorgonzola cheese I love baby arugula leaves - they are so good and flavorful in fresh salads! I also love spinach. Spinach and arugula definitely top the list of my favorite salad greens! They are easily interchangeable in recipes: in this salad, you can easily substitute spinach leaves […] Read More

Roasted cornish hen and vegetables

If you're craving a simple comfort dish, try this roasted Cornish hen with root vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes) and onions. It's delicious and full of flavor: Cornish hens are usually easy to handle and come out great no matter what. The recipe is simple, which is perfect for weeknight dinners after a busy workday. Whole […] Read More

Southwestern salsa with black beans, corn, and pineapple

I'd like to introduce you to my favorite salsa made with black beans, corn, chopped bell peppers, tomatoes, pineapple, cilantro, and lime juice.   Those are very simple ingredients yet, when combined in this healthy dish, they create a burst of freshness, color, and flavor! This dish is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, low in fat and low […] Read More

Simple red wine mushroom sauce recipe

Mushroom sauce recipe

Look at those beautiful oyster mushrooms on the photo above!  I just love all types of mushrooms and use them in a lot of my recipes. I've made mushroom soups, mushroom pasta, mushroom pizza, mushroom ravioli, and many other dishes that have not yet made it to my site. But what I especially like about […] Read More

Pumpkin, coconut, and peanut butter curry

Pumpkin, coconut and peanut butter curry served over quinoa This recipe combines a lot of my favorite flavors together: Thai spices + pumpkin + peanut butter + black beans + some honey + just a little bit of coconut milk (only 1/4 cup for a whole recipe). The resulting dish is a hearty, Asian-inspired curry […] Read More

Hamburger with caramelized onions and grilled pineapple

Some of my friends are not too much into sweets or cookies, so lately, since I've been on a Holiday cookie baking craze, I've started receiving threats complaints from them to stop posting pictures of cookies and requests to finally post something more meaty. Well, what could be more meaty than a hamburger? Especially, a […] Read More

Pumpkin pancakes with spiced apple topping

Pumpkin pancakes with spiced apple topping

What do you do when you have too many apples? You make breakfast pumpkin pancakes with spiced apple topping, of course! If you thought that pancakes were great with the caramel sauce drizzled all over them, wait until you try them with cinnamon and nutmeg spiced apples - so delicious! To make the topping, I […] Read More

Apple pumpkin bundt cake

Apple pumpkin bundt cake

You will fall in love with this apple pumpkin bundt cake and will be making it over and over again! The cake is so moist and fluffy, so very flavorful - it's like having Autumn on your plate! It will make a great addition to your dessert menu for Thanksgiving as an alternative or a […] Read More

Pumpkin waffles

Easy pumpkin waffles

Fall and Winter are perfect time to make these pumpkin waffles! Imagine cozying up around the kitchen table with a cup of hot coffee or tea and, while it snows or rains outside, enjoying a slice of this waffle smothered in real maple syrup: It's a pure comfort! If you love pumpkin, you're going to […] Read More

Pumpkin coconut soup with caramelized pecans

Easy pumpkin soup

You may have noticed I've been posting lots of pumpkin recipes lately, from breads, pancakes, and muffins to chilies and curries. And I am not done yet! :) No pumpkin menu is complete without this amazingly delicious and easy pumpkin soup. I am very particular about pumpkin soups: I like them savory and so that […] Read More

Pumpkin pancakes with caramel pecan sauce

Pumpkin pancakes with caramel pecan sauce

I love weekends for many reasons, especially because that's when I have time to make something special for breakfast, such as these pumpkin pancakes with caramel sauce and pecans. I am using a tested recipe for pumpkin pancakes and dressing them up a bit with a good caramel sauce - it's such a tasty and […] Read More

Vegetarian pumpkin curry

Vegetarian pumpkin curry: Thai curry

I am so excited to add this vegetarian pumpkin curry full of Thai flavors to my regular rotation! Simple, flavorful, healthy, easy to make - this curry is a wonderful weeknight meal that I can quickly and easily make right after I come home from work. I can't even begin to describe how good this […] Read More

Easy pumpkin pancakes

How to make pumpkin pancakes

I can't let the pumpkin season pass by without making at least a single batch of pumpkin pancakes! Full of pumpkin flavor and spiced up with just the right amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, these easy pumpkin pancakes are perfect for the Fall! Imagine serving them for breakfast over Thanksgiving holidays - it will […] Read More

Pumpkin chili recipe

Pumpkin chili with black beans and garbanzo beans | JuliasAlbum.com

This is a really-really yummy chili recipe! I am so happy to share this because it is such a winner and so different from a regular chili! I think I am surprised myself at how well this dish has turned out. I knew I liked pumpkin, and I knew I liked chili, so combining these […] Read More

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

My obsession with pumpkin and very ripe bananas continues. This time, I decided to add chocolate chips to the mix. If you enjoy banana bread with chocolate chips, you'll LOVE these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins! These muffins are so moist and light in texture, I am tempted to call them cupcakes, except there is no […] Read More

Asian salmon with rice noodles and asparagus

Asian glazed salmon with rice noodles and asparagus

If you don't like salmon because it's fishy or dry, you will change your mind after you try this Asian salmon recipe! The salmon here is very moist, flaky, juicy, and flavorful. The Asian sauce is smooth and silky, with just the right amount of garlic. The whole dish is very easy to make - […] Read More

Pumpkin banana bread with apples

Pumpkin banana bread with apples

This is my new favorite banana bread recipe. And, as you can see, it's not just a regular banana bread. It's a PUMPKIN banana bread stuffed with apple chunks, flavored with cinnamon and vanilla, and baked to perfection, with a gorgeous top crust! This recipe combines so many of my favorite things: bananas, pumpkin, apples, […] Read More

How to make butternut squash puree

How to make Butternut squash puree

Butternut squash is an amazing vegetable that can be used in so many ways: from soups and appetizers to main courses and desserts. Often, the recipe requires to use it in a pureed form, especially when we're talking about soups and desserts, so here is a quick tutorial on how to make butternut squash puree. […] Read More

Easy paella with chicken, shrimp, and sausage

Paella with chicken, shrimp, and sausage

I used to think that paella was a highly complicated dish involving saffron threads, numerous ingredients, complicated mix of meats and seafood, and some secret spices. Well, turns out nothing could be further from the truth! It's one of the easiest meals I have ever prepared! All you do is basically throw all the ingredients […] Read More

Braised cabbage with mushrooms and ham (Solyanka)

Braised cabbage with mushrooms and ham (Solyanka)

I have a friend who claims she doesn't cook, and yet every time I am at her house, she whips up something outrageously delicious, usually with an interesting twist on classic dishes. Take, for example, this braised cabbage with mushrooms and ham. This dish, also known as Solyanka (or Soljanka), is very popular in Russia […] Read More

Breakfast sandwich: scrambled eggs, asparagus, and goat cheese

Today, I am very excited to share with you a very simple yet super delicious breakfast recipe perfect for a lazy Sunday morning! It's a breakfast sandwich made with scrambled eggs, roasted asparagus and melted goat cheese. If you haven't tried this simple combination of ingredients before - this recipe is your chance to finally […] Read More

Healthy fettuccine alfredo with cauliflower sauce, shrimp, mushrooms, and sweet peas

After I made a healthier version of classic alfredo sauce 2 months ago, I had dreams at night (or you can call them nightmares) of how I was making different variations of that recipe, torturing myself with endless combinations of ingredients I could combine with that amazing cauliflower-based alfredo sauce. And, what do you think, […] Read More

Shrimp with mango salsa and rice

Southwestern shrimp with pineapple salsa

I've been working diligently this week on using up several pounds of mango I've had for about 2 weeks. They were not quite ripe enough, but now, after more than 2 weeks in the refrigerator, they are ready to serve their purpose! I've already made fish tacos, grilled salmon, seared black cod - all topped […] Read More

Quick pasta with portobello mushrooms and green bell peppers

I love to make quick pasta packed with veggies and coated with lightened up creamy cheese sauce. I often use spinach and mushroom combination for veggies, and this time I wanted to try a different green vegetable that tends to undeservingly get little attention from me: green bell peppers. I've also decided to use large […] Read More

Healthy fettuccine alfredo with cauliflower sauce and sweet peas

When I first saw the recipe for healthy fettuccine alfredo with cauliflower sauce by Pinch of Yum on Foodgawker, I immediately fell in love with the idea of making a perfectly healthy alternative to my favorite alfredo sauce. Plus, seeing this sauce immediately brought back the memories of a few years back, during Atkins diet […] Read More

White fish with salsa (black cod with tropical fruit)

I've been making a lot of tropical fruit salsa lately. You could say I am on a tropical fruit salsa kick. Fruits and veggies mixed with the lime juice and spices are so good, and there are so many possible variations - I can eat it with anything! The salsa goes especially well with seafood: […] Read More

Southwestern shrimp with pineapple salsa | Seafood, shellfish, gluten free, healthy, low calorie, low carb, full of vegetables, suitable for vegetarians | JuliasAlbum.com

Yes, I have a lot of fresh pineapple at my disposal right now. This is the second time this week I am making a recipe using pineapple - and I don't mind it in the least! I love fresh pineapple!!! I could snack on plain pineapple all day long, but I also like to use […] Read More

Broiled salmon with mango salsa and rice

Right now, April-May, is the best time to buy fresh mangoes and pineapple - a self-imposed mission my husband has successfully accomplished for the past 3 weeks. I now always have a fresh pineapple (or two, or even three!) on my counter, and a couple of mangoes sitting in the refrigerator or ripening quietly in […] Read More

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

A good basic Alfredo sauce has long been a staple in my kitchen. Not only is it delicious, creamy and cheesy, the sauce is simple to prepare, and it uses the ingredients that can be easily found in any pantry. This ridiculously easy Fettuccine Alfredo dish can be served plain as-is, or alongside some add-ins, […] Read More

Asian salmon and noodles

Asian salmon and noodles

This week turned out to be quite busy again, and it's during the weeks like this one that I love simple weeknight dinners, such as this Asian salmon and noodles. You might have noticed that this pasta dish is strikingly similar to my recent recipe for spicy Asian noodles with mushrooms and snow peas, including […] Read More

Stuffed sweet potatoes for breakfast - with sausage and eggs

Who knew that sweet potatoes could make a great breakfast? My husband was skeptical. Well, after trying these stuffed sweet potatoes for breakfast, he is skeptical no more. I was myself surprised how well all flavors mixed in here: scrambled eggs and sausage mixed in with a little bit of cheese sauce and pureed sweet […] Read More

Spicy Asian noodles and mushrooms, with snow peas

For the last several weeks, these spicy Asian noodles and mushrooms became my staple dish on Monday nights (or any other days that are similar to my hectic Mondays). It's very easy to prepare; takes at most 40 minutes from start to finish, and it's very tasty. The dish is versatile - you can eat […] Read More

Pumpkin ravioli with brown butter sauce and pecans

Pumpkin ravioli was the first recipe idea that came to my mind after I found an unopened can of organic pumpkin sitting in my pantry, leftover, forgotten and unused from this past Thanksgiving / Christmas season. I've already posted two ravioli recipes on this site, and both of them involved cheese and greens. I thought […] Read More

Garlic spicy shrimp and asparagus pasta

Garlic shrimp and asparagus pasta

Do you need a recipe for a simple and delicious weeknight meal that is easy to make? Enter this very flavorful garlic shrimp and asparagus pasta. Of course, nothing is wrong with using this recipe for a nice meal on the weekend, too: it surely looks and tastes sophisticated, with shrimp coated in colorful spices […] Read More

Ravioli with goat cheese and spinach filling in parmesan cream sauce

My ravioli mold proved once again that 26 bucks I spent on it was not a waste of money. After I posted my first recipe for ravioli in a red, tomato-based sauce, I got obsessed with the thought of making the ravioli in a different type of sauce, this time - white, creamy, and cheese-based. […] Read More

Breakfast flank steak and eggs with guacamole

I always had a special relationship with breakfast, especially on weekends. Weekend mornings are meant for special food-related treats, such as apple pancakes, French toast, or a flank steak and eggs over guacamole, as the case is with our today's recipe. Put that flank steak, eggs and guacamole on top of fried tortilla, top with […] Read More

Easy chickpea and vegetable curry with quinoa

Chickpea and vegetable curry with quinoa

I've been craving for a simple vegetarian dinner that I could just whip up in the matter of 30 minutes, and so this very easy chickpea vegetable curry recipe with quinoa was born. Let not the simplicity of this dish fool you, though: it is still a very filling veggie dish, and it rightfully deserves […] Read More

Stuffed manicotti pasta shells with ricotta cheese and spinach filling

I've always looked at those large pasta shells (manicotti) on store shelves with great longing, vividly imagining that stuffing any kind of cheese or vegetables into that large tube-like shape would undeniably result in something very delicious, pretty-looking and very Italian. Besides, my husband had a very nice Italian wine (you can see it in […] Read More

Beef chili recipe with black beans

Beef chili with black beans

Last week has been really busy for me, where my job combined with the fact that we had friends visiting and staying with us for several days created such a shortage of time, that I am extremely grateful that there exist easy one-pot dishes, such as this ground beef chili with black beans. While I […] Read More

Spicy curry shrimp pasta: curried tomato sauce, snap peas, orzo rice

Well on my way to use up all 30 pounds of seafood from my freezer, I've been cooking seafood like a mad woman lately, and this recipe for spicy curry shrimp pasta did not disappoint. You'll find a complexity of multiple flavors in the dish: spicy red curry based sauce (a little bit Thai and […] Read More

Spinach salad with pomegranate seeds, pears, and prosciutto

While I think pear and prosciutto go together so well as an appetizer that you don't really need to add anything else, in this recipe I did add pomegranate seeds and spinach to create an actual salad. This salad could be served before dinner; it could be one of the appetizers on your table; or […] Read More

Creamy mushroom pasta with caramelized onions and spinach

Creamy mushroom pasta sauce sounded really good on my first night at home, after I have traveled for business through 3 different states last week and have gone out to restaurants for dinner almost every single night for the last 10 days. Homemade pasta dishes are something I always crave after lots of traveling and […] Read More

Black cod with balsamic-shallot sauce and mashed potatoes

During his recent business travel to Seattle, my husband could not leave their famous seafood market without purchasing 30 pounds of seafood. That was his response to my complaint that we have not had fish in a very long time. About a week later there was a knock on the door and the delivery man […] Read More

Salmon fillet with Sake sauce and wild rice

Salmon with Sake sauce and wild rice

Asian recipes with salmon are often hit or miss, because salmon could be so fickle: you don't want to overcook it and end up with a dry salmon that does not taste good. I am also a big fan of savory flavors, so I was looking for an Asian fish recipe that would not be […] Read More

Black bean butternut squash soup

Black bean butternut squash soup

I didn't want to make another sweet butternut squash (or pumpkin) soup, so I was in a search of a recipe where I could combine butternut squash with a second major ingredient that would neutralize the sweetness of butternut squash, without suppressing its flavor, something similar to what I did with carrot soup by adding […] Read More

Balsamic braised caramelized shallots with pomegranate

As I am looking to incorporate pomegranate seeds into various dishes I found this recipe for balsamic-braised, caramelized shallots with pomegranate that can serve as a wonderful side dish to fish and many meats, such as steak, prime rib, pork loin. The original recipe calls for cipolline onions or small boiling onions. I used shallots, […] Read More

Creamy mushroom soup with Shiitake

Creamy wild mushroom soup without all that heavy cream

In between the Christmas cookie recipes, I have to fit in this cream of Shiitake mushroom soup I made last week from scratch without using any heavy cream, and using only 1.5 cups of half-and-half. And, by the way, you can use any type of wild mushrooms in place of Shiitake. I've made this soup […] Read More

Chopped salad with fruit, pomegranates, nuts, and Gorgonzola cheese

I love pomegranate seeds and eat them pretty much as is, as a mid-day snack, but I also started looking for good recipes that call for actual pomegranate seeds. I just found and tested this one from Epicurious.com, and it is a keeper! Everybody who tried this salad so far has been in awe. And […] Read More

Carrot and lentils soup

I made this carrot and lentil soup first time 2 years ago for Christmas, and it was an immediate hit with the family. Even those family members who did not like the idea of a "carrot soup" fell in love with it, finished their bowls and asked for seconds. The special thing about this recipe […] Read More

French roast rabbit with Italian sausage, easy recipe

I've had a frozen rabbit in my freezer for a long time. It somehow got blocked by other frozen meats, so for a while I forgot that I even had it. Finally, on a freezer clean-up day, I find a pleasant surprise at the very back of the bottom shelf of my freezer: a frozen […] Read More

How to make sweet tart crust dough, recipe, for 6 small tartlets

I love my Williams-Sonoma 6 mini-tartlet pan, and I can't get enough of it: it's so convenient to bake individually sized little tarts that look so pretty (both sweet and savory). This tart pan makes 6 mini-tarts, 3 inch diameter each. This is the minimum number of tartlets that I will usually bake at any […] Read More