Main dishes

Poached Salmon with Probiotic Avocado Dill Sauce

Poached salmon is one of my favorite ways to prepare this fish. It’s very easy and flavorful, plus it doesn’t stink up the house during cooking like oven-baked fish does. Salmon and fresh dill are marriage made in heaven. Tangy fresh sauce made with kefir, avocado, dill and chives beautifully […]

Lemon Pudding {self-saucing}

Reminiscent of souffle, lemon pudding is a combination of melt-in-your-mouth spongy cake with a layer of cream. I have all the ingredients on hand any given day, and can quickly whip it together with no special prep. The layers separate on their own, with the cream collecting at the bottom. […]

Chocolate Pasta with Three Sauces

Ever heard of chocolate pasta? Yep, I did say ‘pasta’, and no, it doesn’t need to be sweet. Actually, adding cocoa to pasta is not an unusual practice in Italy where it can be eaten both savory or sweet. Cocoa adds a very subtle flavor in cooked pasta and strikingly […]

Prune and Beet Sprouted Buckwheat

Following a Russian peasant tradition to create nourishing and satisfying meals from a handful of simple ingredients, this porridge is made with sprouted buckwheat, fresh beet root, prunes, and a generous serving of toplenoe maslo (clarified butter; or ghee). Ghee makes it taste absolutely heavenly, and I recommend not substituting […]

Turmeric Spiced Rice Pilaf

I love simple meals – one pot, one cutting board and done. And I love meals where I can incorporate my beloved chicken stock that I make weekly. This recipe isn’t only simple, it’s healthy, flavorful and beautiful, and the best part – toddler approved. The toppings are what makes […]

Asian Bowl

You can have your veggies, and eat them too! One of the most flavorful dishes I’ve had recently, this Asian bowl came about from one of the older episodes of Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. I was mesmerized by all the fresh and flavorful ingredients that were quickly thrown […]

Soaked Millet Porridge

Millet porridge must have been one of my first foods, I have memories of it from very early on in my life. My grandma would make a big pot to last a few days, and our home would fill with the sweet aroma of caramelizing milk. When I first made […]

Sprouted dumplings with tvorog and oats

Galushki are a very simple and popular Russian and Ukranian meal that normally gets cooked with white flour and tvorog. Tvorog is a Russian soft cheese, known here as farmers cheese, which is high in protein and low in lactose. I upgraded the traditional recipe to use wholesome ingredients, such […]

Italian Meatballs

Sometimes I use my blog to just jot down my favorite recipes so I have them all in one place. This Italian Meatball recipes is from that category; there is nothing unique to it, just a very simple time-proven meal that’s impossible to go wrong with it. Of course, I […]

Mushroom Polenta with Blue Cheese

I love mushrooms, how they look, how they smell during cooking, and how full of nutrients they are. I try to experiment with different kinds but baby bellas are my all time favorite. When I discovered this dish in one of Ina Garten’s books, I could hardly wait to try […]

Beef Liver in Cream Sauce

Beef Liver in Cream Sauce is one of my old world favorites that my grandma used to make at least once a week. It comes together very quickly, and as opposed to many other recipes I’ve tried over the years, it doesn’t fill my kitchen with liver smell. When I […]

Russian Potato Pancakes

Potato pancakes originated as a peasant food in Russia ages ago. There are references to them in literature that dates back 500-600 years ago. Throughout history, potatoes were cheaper than flour, and easier to store, and have always been a true staple. There are a lot of variations of potato […]