9 posts in group lemon-juice

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

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

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

Avocado Mango Naan Pizza

I have been swimming in Mangos....because it's Mango season and they are ridiculously cheap! I am not complaining... but... I may or may not have gotten a little bored of just raw mango or mango oatmeal or mango ice cream or Carrot Mango Pudding Tarts. PSYCH!!! I could never get bored of this delicious fruit but I did want to venture out into the savory mango dishes. So after pondering for a while, I decided that a PIZZA would be perfect to try out my lovely mango...Savory Style! So ... Continue Reading

Blueberry & Beet Bruschetta

This recipe was semi inspired by a recent trip to the Mad City Vegan fest and semi inspired by my love of blueberries that are currently in season.  At the Vegan fest my mom and I got to watch Chef Dave from Lilliana's and Charlie's restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin do a live cooking demo. Not only was this a cooking demo...it was a vegan cooking demo. We got FRONT ROW seats because I didn't want to miss one second. I learned soooooo much.....and I laughed even more. He was truly good enterta... Continue Reading

Vegan Summer Borscht with Home Fries

Summa...Summa...Summatime! It's beginning to look a lot like...SUMMER!!! Yes...scorching heat is upon us and although we would have all preferred a smoother transition. Global warming is real and we get what we caused...grr. Anywhoo....summer weather always takes me back to my childhood. Filled with pool sessions everyday, jump roping, sleeping till noon, library book clubs and just overall FUN! So of course...we were still fresh immigrants when I was a kid so most of the things I ... Continue Reading

Mini Seitan Pita Pizzas

So I wanted to do a recipe on making seitan....and I did...but seitan isn't pretty to photograph or display unless you do something with it. So....Mini Seitan Pita Pizzas were produced on a whim! These guys are super delicious, quick and for sure would be a party favorite. They were definitely a favorite when I made them at my Mom's. Grandma was sooooooo surprised that these were all vegan and the seitan was not "meat". But back to the original recipe....Seitan. Kinda looks like ... Continue Reading

TVP Tacos

I apologize for the upcoming exclamation point use..but it is necessary. Celebrate Life!!! Don't just celebrate and have fun on holidays...celebrate EVERYDAY!!! Make Everyday Delicious!! Make Everyday Spicy! You woke up today...that calls for a celebration. When you realize how many people and animals did not wake up today, it puts things into perspective. Take advantage of the opportunity you were given. Don't waste life. 10billion animals last year did not have the choice to ... Continue Reading