23 posts in group dinner

Spicy Carrot Carnitas

It may be in the middle of April Showers but it is never to early to celebrate CINCO DE MAYO!!!! Mexican or Spanish food is always a winner for dinner in my house. These SPICY CARROT CARNITAS have now added another plant based Mexican dish that I can enjoy on a regular basis. Full of Beta-Carotene Rich Carrots and slow cooked to perfection in an aromatic bath of chipotle peppers and taco seasoning. The citrus rich orange juice adds a sweet but savory flavor to the carrots which is only ... Continue Reading

Creamy Mushroom Potato Casserole

I have been on a potato kick lately. Sweet potatoes, yellow potatoes, red potatoes, purple potatoes....fried, baked, boiled, mashed...hashbrowns, fries, and pureed. ENDLESS VERSIONS AND COLORS AND SHAPES! Part of the reason I have been part of the potato party was because I wanted to semi partake in the "potato challenge". The other reason is that I am Russian and I LOVE potatoes!!! Anywhoo... I wanted to make the ultimate potato casserole that was hearty, cheesy, creamy and used ... Continue Reading

Baked Sweet Potato Spring Rolls with Strawberry Sauce

An easy dessert, breakfast or dinner wrapped in a convenient handheld package. Creamy sweet Potatoes wrapped in a crispy shell and paired with a strawberry sauce. The combination is strange to say the least but it will be a winner in your book! Revamp the classic cinnamon and nutmeggy sweet potatoes with some agave and almond extract.   The addition of the strawberry sauce completes the dish in a crispy and chewy delight.   Sweet potatoes and strawberries........ Continue Reading

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Pumpkin Tahini Dressing

I love dark and leafy greens but winter time calls for a different salad filler. BRUSSELS SPROUTS! Some people cringe at the name but I on the other hand....SALIVATE!! They are so delicious and nutritious. If you don't like them then you most likely haven't had them prepared well. Roast, Saute, Fry, Bake.... My personal favorite form of enjoying sprouts is shaved sprouts in a hearty salad. When these little mini cabbages are shaved they create a different salad ambiance. One that is ... Continue Reading

Sweet Potato Bread Pudding with Bananas Foster Sauce

The first time I tried Bread Pudding, I fell in love. It is such a simple dessert but absolutely delicious. I remember, I was at an Italian restaurant a decade ago and I saw it on the dessert menu. This type of dessert is not common for Russians so of course I have never had the opportunity to try it. I decided on a whim to go for it because I did recollect hearing about it. I never had an interest in trying it because well it doesn't "sound" like the best dessert you could have. I ... Continue Reading

Chickpea Minestrone

The rain...the cold...the darkness. Those things all scream "SOUP WEATHER" to me. I personally love soup. Whether its creamy and thick or light and brothy, full of veggies or just one delicious ingredient focus, the overall consensus for my stomach is the more soup the better. Although, the cold weather is icky it serves as the perfect reason to have more soup in your life. Another reason I love soups in the winter is because I can pack in all those veggies. I value and care for my immune ... Continue Reading

Easy Lentil Buckwheat Pilaf

Although I love creating a fancy shmancy hard to prepare meals, most of my go-to meals are quick, simple and consist of ingredients that are always in my pantry. Buckwheat is a staple in the Russian household. It is definitely our go to "grain". I forgot about how much I loved Buckwheat when I was away at college but I reconciled my relationship a couple of years ago. It isn't very calorie dense but it is packed full of nutrition. The other brother in this recipe is the highly sought a... Continue Reading

Vegan German Spaetzle

OKTOBERFEST!! Generally, this 3 week long party is filled with lots and lots of beer and lots of German food which are by tradition....anti-vegan. I had hope that I would be able to recreate a traditional dish for Oktoberfest without the usual "cheats" of seitan or tempeh for meat. With my luck, these delicious dumplings kept popping up on all my searched. The ingredients were extremely simple and the customization was endless so I knew I had to make it. The main ingredients other than ... Continue Reading

Mushroom Hummus

I'm BAAAACK!!!! After a delightful volunteer trip to Costa Rica, I am back and ready to be dry and not wet, do physical exercise instead of manual labor and of course COOK FOR MYSELF!! Although, I loved spending my days feeding monkeys, birds and pigs, I was SOOOOO over cleaning up bird, monkey and pig poop. HEHE! The food in Costa Rica was very vegan friendly. I mean...you really can't go wrong with rice, beans and plantains. Plus.....all the bananas and papayas my stomach can handle!!! ... Continue Reading

Crunchy Vegan Tuna Salad

My childhood consisted of a lot of tuna sandwiches. It was cheap and easy and I actually enjoyed the taste. My mom always seemed to make the best tasting tuna sandwiches. They were always crunchy and super delicious. Minimally seasoned but tasted like perfection on my adolescent tongue. During my Figure Competition days, my consumption of tuna was still high because....well...tuna is low in calories and high in protein and super cheap. My main concern about food was just those two check ... Continue Reading