Zucchini and Potato Bake

Combining anything dairy or mayo with garlic, dill, salt and pepper is so popular in Ukrainian cooking. My grandma often baked potatoes with sour cream, dill and garlic. Kind of a version of American scalloped potatoes with exception they were coarsely chopped instead of thinly sliced. I think I know why. A few months ago I made scalloped potatoes and slicing them took me good 30 minutes, I swear. I’m definitely more of a chop and mix everything together girl.

Garlic Chicken, Zucchini and Corn

This Garlic Chicken, Zucchini and Corn is a 20 minute dinner idea that was inspired by my Ukrainian roots. Last Thursday, I received another organic produce delivery with extra zucchini that I substituted for potatoes. It is hot and my body is not craving comfort potato dishes. Zucchini bake, Pad Thai zucchini noodles and chicken zucchini casserole enchiladas? Yep.

Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls

Fresh vegetables with cilantro and basil, neatly rolled in white rice paper, cut in half to expose neat square matchsticks, then dipped in easy peanut sauce = heaven! That is my vision of Vietnamese spring rolls with my new favourite way of making them – roll up in Swiss chard leaves. Healthier and not to mention time and sanity saving!

Zucchini Noodle Bowls with Oriental Salmon

This zucchini noodle bowl is a gentle easing in into a cooking routine. I just returned from a very long vacation visiting family in the US and afterwards an all-inclusive resort in Mexico. I truly pulled the plug out as I didn’t come up with a single recipe idea except recreating refried beans and tacos from the restaurant. My days consisted of kids taken care of in a kid’s club (they loved it and we couldn’t pull them out of there), reading a book in a bean bag chair on…
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Spicy Chicken Meatballs with Zucchini

Spicy chicken meatballs recipe made healthy with zucchini in place of breadcrumbs and simmered in scrumptious balsamic harissa sauce. Ready in under 40 minutes and are mild enough for the kids. Serve as a main dish with brown rice, quinoa, salad or as an appetizer. Healthy comfort food at its best. These were soooo good! I love meatballs, especially chicken!!! I could never be vegan but I’m doing my best to eat plant based as much as I can. These chicken meatballs were so juicy and tender. Traditionally harissa sauce…
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Baked Zucchini Fritters Recipe

As a kid, I ate a lot of vegetable heavy fritters I base my recipes on nowadays: healthy corn fritters, vegetarian oatmeal patties and even salmon sweet potato cakes. My grandma always tried to stretch seasonal produce to a max. She often managed to make soup, main and side dish from 1 whole chicken that fed 5 people.  Zucchini fritters were a staple in our house, not baked zucchini fritters but rather panfried in lots of sunflower oil. With lots of fresh dill, onion and garlic, just like my zucchini…
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Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles Salad

Oh my, this cold and saucy Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles Salad wow-ed me and I thought I can’t surprise myself anymore. Somehow, for the longest time I thought bean sprouts would go so well together with zucchini noodles, and I was right. Crunchy and fresh veggies, combined with lightly browned tofu, scrambled eggs, sweet shrimp, roasted peanuts and “drowning” in healthy version of Pad Thai sauce.

Zucchini Bake with Tomatoes, Garlic and Parmesan

We love Parmesan Zucchini Sticks and I have baked tomatoes topped with Parmesan cheese a numerous # of times. So, I thought why not to combine both with some garlic and make zucchini bake?! Cheese with garlic is always a winning combo. In Ukraine, garlic and dill go together like lime and cilantro in Mexico. Great success! This zucchini and tomato bake literally took me 5 minutes of chopping and other 25 minutes I was cooking Grilled Lemon Rosemary Chicken, while zucchini and tomatoes were baking. 

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime

Zucchini noodles, weird and interesting, right?! I will be honest: when I first saw them on Pinterest last year, I was like “Whaaaat?! Why?!”. Pinterest is awesome but it’s full of weird ideas that are not practical. Many recipes look pretty, I agree, but it’s either a very time consuming or an unnecessary idea, in my opinion.

One Pan Skinny Tex Mex Chicken and Zucchini

Chicken and zucchini…Summer is flying by so fast, I’m afraid I won’t have enough time to cook all the dishes I have in mind with summer’s fresh produce. I admit, I prefer grocery shopping to the clothes one. I can wonder aisles of food for hours. My preferred way to do it – on my own. Can you blame me?! Every time I enter my local farm market type of a grocery store, I’m about to faint. Local blueberries, zucchini, cherries, young potatoes, dill cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes, apricots…
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