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Mexican Chipotle Mushrooms

Mexican Chipotle Mushrooms

Mexican Chipotle Mushrooms is a wonderful recipe that I like a lot and make quite often. It is a very different, refreshing side dish that goes well with any type of meat. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, these mushrooms would go well on pasta or rice. You can also make great tacos. To make the recipe you need only few ingredients. I like to  use chipotle in a can but if you don't have that, we will discuss it in…

Baked Zucchini Tomato And Mozzarella Casserole

Baked Zucchini Tomato and Mozzarella Casserole

You got zucchini from the Farmers Market and don't know what to do with it? This recipe is for you. I love zucchini and this is such a summer item that needs to be cooked while still in season. The recipe is very simple and can be made in no time. You just need some fresh tomatoes, garlic(yum!), few slices of mozzarella and a little bit of cheddar cheese to sprinkle over. Bake and eat! Quite simple, if you ask…

Romanian Stuffed Grape Leaves-Dolmades

Romanian Stuffed Grape Leaves-Dolmades

Today I made stuffed grape leaves. Out of the world, if you ask me! I don't make them very often as I should, and I do not know why because we really like them. If you never had them before, you are here for a treat. I am sure you heard of them before. The English world knows them as "Dolmades". The stuffed grape leaves with meat, rice or other ingredients can be found in many cuisines around the world,…

Easy Creamy Spinach

Easy Creamy Spinach

This Easy Creamy Spinach recipe could be a great addition to your collection of side dishes for the holidays and not only. In my house, we eat it all the time even when it is not the holiday season. Even my daughter, when she was abroad, called me and asked me how to make it, because she was craving "that green thing you make that I like and tend not to share with people"! Creamy and delicious, this recipe was one of…

Apple Walnuts And Raisins Red Cabbage Salad

Apple Walnuts And Raisins Red Cabbage Salad

This is an awesome winter salad and one of my favorites. I love everything about it, the textures, the flavors and how colorful it is. Some of the easiest recipes on my blog, the salad uses ingredients that many of us have in the pantry. It is also full of vitamins and fiber, something that we all need, especially in the winter. Red cabbage is an inexpensive and super versatile veggie that makes a great option for any meal of the day.…

Vegetarian Wild Rice And Mushroom Stuffing

Vegetarian Wild Rice And Mushroom Stuffing

Today I am going to share with you a recipe that uses wild rice, but before I do that, what do you know about this little grain? Did you know that the wild rice in United States is mainly produced in Minnesota and a little bit in California? Wild Rice, which is Minnesota's State Grain, is almost as old as history itself. In Minnesota it is cultivated by Native Americans who consider the grain a sacred component of their culture. It was…

Easy Mexican Rice Recipe

Easy Mexican Rice Recipe

Versions of this easy Mexican rice dish, a relative of Spanish rice, are popular all over South America. It is classified as a sopa seca or dry soup and can be served with my famous recipe on my blog Tinga de Pollo- or Chicken in Chipotle sauce. It makes a great dish to serve with roasted meats, a salad or roasted vegetables. You can also add green peas to it and chopped tomatoes in tomato juice. Enjoy!  

Simple Roasted Potatoes

Simple Roasted Potatoes

I grew up with lots of potatoes back in Romania where food was scarce during the communism. Potatoes were a staple for the long months of winter and never enough. We learned how to cook them in million ways and never got tired of them. I also grew up having a lot of respect for them as they kept us alive for many years. I remember my parents buying around 150 kg(330 pounds of potatoes) in October, every year. The…

Apricots Pecans Quinoa Salad

Apricots Pecans Quinoa Salad

Quinoa, Apricot and Walnut Salad was inspired from the recipes I received in the mail, together with my free kit from Moms Meet(momsmeet.com). The kit came with an invitation to write a review for one of my favorite pantry ingredients, extra virgin olive oil.  It was the first time I did a product review on my blog, so I was excited to try the oil sample in a recipe. I cook with olive oil quite a bit and I always look for European Olive…

Chickpeas Cucumber And Tomato Salad

Chickpeas Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Remember that can of chickpeas you have in the pantry and have no clue what to do with it? This is the time to use it! Today we are making a chickpeas salad with cucumbers and tomatoes, perfect for warm sunny days when you look forward to eat a little bit lighter. I personally always keep chickpeas cans in my pantry (organic). It is a great shortcut to put a recipe together in no time when you don’t really have…

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