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strawberry spinach salad, homemade salad dressing, balsamic vinegar based dressing, salad with nuts

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.
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oyster mushroom recipes, how to cook oyster mushrooms

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 can be mixed with pasta or rice, or cooked as part of rice risotto. [click to continue…]


broccoli recipes, Asian recipes, Asian dinner, Asian comfort food, vegetarian recipe, recipe with oyster 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 + honey + sesame oil + crushed red pepper flakes (optional). I am using wheat-free tamari sauce, which is basically a gluten-free version of soy sauce. Soy sauce is much saltier than tamari, so if using tamari, make sure to season your final dish with salt, if desired. [click to continue…]


How to make gluten free crepes, gluten free recipes, gluten free desserts, gluten free diet, dairy free diet

I am so excited to share this recipe for gluten free crepes that taste just like regular ones – you can trust me on that statement as I’ve made LOTS of regular (non gluten free crepes) in my lifetime. By the way, these are also dairy free and gum free.

How to make gluten free crepes

Why am I making gluten free crepes all of a sudden, while all other desserts on my site are pretty much full of gluten? Well, to my great shock, surprise, and disappointment, after a horrible infection and a course of antibiotics, I became gluten intolerant over the course of 2.5 months, and I’ve been gluten free for about a month now.

How to make gluten free crepes, gluten free diet, dairy free diet, gluten free recipes

Up to this point, I have made and published lots of non-gluten free desserts on this site, and with these gluten free crepes I am making my first foray into the world of gluten free desserts! [click to continue…]


easy risotto recipe, rice recipes, recipes with rice, mushroom recipe, gluten free recipes, gluten free ideas, gluten free dinner

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 it came from a good Italian restaurant! [click to continue…]


gluten free mushroom recipes, paleo mushroom recipes, garlic recipes

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!

sliced button mushrooms, cooking mushrooms

The recipe uses 12 oz of button mushrooms and produces modest 4 servings that will go great with any grilled meat, especially steak! Or, you can eat it as-is as a vegetarian dish!   After you have sauteed the mushrooms with garlic in olive oil, they become very juicy, delicious, with a meaty flavor and texture: [click to continue…]


greek pasta salad, tomato salad, olives, greek salad dressing

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!

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While this salad is great served right after it’s made, it also gets better if you let it marinate overnight (or at least for 2 hours) in the refrigerator. If you let the salad sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours, the flavors will start to really soak into the pasta and other ingredients. [click to continue…]


berry desserts, berry bread, lemon icing, bread with lemon glaze

Blueberry vanilla bread with lemon glaze. This delicious bread is stuffed with blueberries, and deliciously flavored with vanilla and lemon zest.

blueberry desserts, blueberry cake with lemon icing, blueberry cake with lemon glaze

The glaze is made from freshly squeezed lemon juice and powdered sugar. There is just enough glaze to cover the top of the bread with a drizzle and not to overwhelm the overall flavor of this dessert! [click to continue…]


cake balls, cookie balls, oreo truffle recipe, candy bar desserts recipes, white chocolate desserts

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Creme Oreo truffles made from crushed Oreos (with peanut butter creme filling) and crushed Butterfinger candy mixed in with softened cream cheese, coated in white almond bark.   Delicious little Oreo balls that are easy to make at home, and are very popular with kids and adults alike!

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Creme Oreo Truffles, oreo truffle recipe, candy bar desserts recipes, white chocolate desserts

I’ve always wanted to make Oreo truffles, and this was my very first try. The truffles turned out quite well: they looked gorgeous, did not fall apart, the almond bark coating process went smoothly. Which just shows how easy it is to make these cake balls.

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cake balls, cookie balls, oreo truffle recipe, candy bar desserts recipes, white chocolate desserts

Grinding the Oreos and then Butterfinger candy and mixing it all in with softened cream cheese is the easiest part of the recipe. The more challenging portion is dipping the Oreo balls in melted white chocolate (or almond bark) to create a beautiful coating. To ensure easy coating process, I definitely recommend using the easy-to-handle almond bark baking bar that can be easily found at Walmart. It melts well, doesn’t seize as easily as regular white chocolate, and it stays nice and melty while you’re coating the truffles. [click to continue…]


strawberry quinoa salad, spinach salad, homemade salad dressing

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!

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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. :)

honey mustard salad dressing, honey mustard balsamic dressing, balsamic vinegar dressing

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