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Quinoa Lentils Walnuts Salad

Quinoa Lentils Walnuts Salad

I love the already cooked quinoa and lentils from Trader Joe's and I always have a package of each in the fridge/freezer for emergencies. They are a lifesaver when time is short and you have to put dinner on the table. I also like cooking almost everything from scratch and that includes lentils and other beans, but tonight, I decided to use the already cooked ones and make a quick salad. I added walnuts to the mixture, then some crunchy…

Cranberry Chutney with Apples

This Cranberry Chutney with Apples could be a delicious addition to every year Thanksgiving meal. I never buy the cans of cranberries from the store because I love to control the amount of sugar I put in my cranberry sauce. Then, I like to combine flavors and textures, so the cans absolutely do not work for me. Even for you, the ones out there that are in charge of the cooking during the holidays, please buy fresh cranberries and make your…

Roasted Kabocha Squash With Coconut Oil

Roasted squash is one of my favorite items on the table from October to December. I love the different varieties of pumpkin and squash you can find in the grocery stores. I also grew up knowing only about pumpkin, and I always associated it with sugar, as my grandma or my mom used to make only pumpkin pie, pumpkin strudel and sometimes pumpkin soup. This recipe is very easy to make and requires only few ingredients. I used Kabocha squash, but…

Lecso-Hungarian Pepper-tomato Stew

Lecso- Hungarian Pepper-Tomato Stew

Lecso is a Hungarian dish that is very similar to the Italian peperonata. This dish is made with bell peppers, especially red sweet ones, onions, garlic and tomatoes. The sweet paprika, the most popular condiment used in the Hungarian and Transylvanian  cuisines, is added to the sauce for a rich flavor.  The stew can also carry smoked bacon, sausages or even pork. In other words, it could be vegetarian/vegan or not. If you choose to not add any meat to…

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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