Pasta with baked cauliflower

I looove cauliflower; for me, it’s one of the tastiest vegetables ever, and when baked it becomes so deliciously appetizing that it’s impossible to resist! This dish is even more irresistible: just imagine, soft cauliflower baked with spicy garlic, aromatic parsley, creamy pasta, and golden pine nuts, all sprinkled with hard cheese, mmm! Being perfectly easy to cook, light, dietetic, and unquestionably tasty, this pasta is definitely my favourite choice for dinner. So, give it a try!

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November Salad

This vigorous salad is another one of my favourites: juicy, creamy, bright, and refreshing! I suppose you’ve already guessed the reason for its name, haven’t you? Right, these red and yellow peppers and orange carrot make it look like autumn leaves under our feet! And when combined with tender turkey and cheese, it becomes so invigorating, nourishing, and energizing that it can doubtlessly replace your dinner! So, what are you waiting for?

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Broccoli-almonds salad

Today I offer you to prepare something very unusual and sophisticated: raw broccoli salad with raisins and almonds. Really, although it’s not widely practiced in Ukraine, but you can safely eat raw broccoli, as well as raw cabbage and raw Brussel sprouts; it’s delicious, refreshing, and much richer in vitamins than its cooked versions; and what’s more, it doesn’t have that peculiar smell that cooked broccoli has, tasting more like our usual cabbage. Yet, combined with sweet raisins, crunchy almonds, and sour apple, this broccoli salad is sooo juicy, aromatic, truly delectable, and even festive that you’ll have troubles restraining yourself from downing the whole bowl at once! It’s love at the first spoon, believe me! So, while there still is broccoli at the markets, don’t miss this opportunity!

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Spicy baked chicken breasts

Chicken is the most dietetic and healthy type of meat with incredibly high protein content. Yet, quite often chicken, especially its breast, is dry and tasteless. Often, but not in this recipe: chicken salted and baked this way is sooo juicy and aromatic that it really tastes like store-bought ham. It’s a perfect idea for various sandwiches and salads, for festive boards, or just by itself for lunch. Spicy, fragrant, and evenly salted, it’s an easy way to make children and meat-haters fall in love with it. Give it a try!

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Broccoli cream soup

Autumn is the time for different types of cabbage, and broccoli is like the queen among them, being extremely nutritious, healthy, and full of vitamins. However, broccoli has a strong aroma that not everyone loves, and here comes this soup. Being pleasantly creamy, thick, and served with garlic croutons, this American-style soup is a very simple and tasty way to enjoy this vegetable – or to fall in love with it. So, catch the moment!

You’ll need:
1 big onion, peeled and diced
30 ml oil
30 g butter
50 g flour
1 l chicken or vegetable broth, or water
2 average-sized broccolis, roughly cut (together with stems)
250 ml cream, 20-30%
A pinch of sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
For garlic croutons:
1 loaf wheat bread
50 ml oil
50 ml melted butter
1 tsp garlic powder (or granulated garlic)
1 tsp salt

1. Pre-heat oven to 180 o C.
2. Roughly chop the bread (approx. 1 cm from every side).
3. Mix oil and melted butter and pour 1/3 of this mixture over the chopped bread. Add garlic powder and mix thoroughly. Pour another 1/3 of the mixture over the bread and mix thoroughly. Repeat once more.
4. Spread the chopped bread evenly over the baking tray and bake for 10-15 min until begins to brown.
5. Mix thoroughly and bake for 5 more min.
6. Take the croutons out of the oven and immediately season with salt. Mix them, and let them cool down on the tray.
7. Meanwhile, warm the oil and butter in a 3-liter pot.
8. Add onion, sugar, and salt, and stir-fry until the onion completely softens.
9. Add flour and stir-fry until begins to brown.
10. Add broth or water and bring it to a boil.
11. Add broccoli, salt to taste, and cook it on medium heat until softens. Be careful not to overcook it!
12. When the broccoli is easy to pierce with a knife, blend everything until homogeneity with a hand blender.
13. Add cream and thoroughly mix everything. Bring the soup to a boil once more and turn off the fire. Taste the soup and add salt or water (broth) if needed.
14. For even creamier consistency, pass the soup through a sieve.
15. Serve hot with garlic croutons and black pepper.

Bon appetite!

Pear cake with almonds

Autumn is gradually but inexorably claiming its rights, and more often than not we are dreaming about something hot, homey, and heart-warming. In one of these moods, this spicy autumn cake will meet your every heart’s desire! Juicy pears, fragrant fried almonds, spicy cinnamon, and heartwarming rum with make your heart melt with the feeling of tender sun rays on your face. Soft and moist, this cake is so rich in texture that it tastes really exquisite, and its deep mouthwatering aroma will make you forget all the troubles! Cook, enjoy, and may the inspiration never leave you!

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Cauliflower soup with parsley

As you may have noticed, I generally dislike soups, which are usually too bland for me; that’s why I prefer cream soups with distinct, bold, and appealing tastes. This soup, – although it’s not a cream soup, – is definitely delectable; with garlic, cream, and parsley adding slight but undeniably appetizing accents to otherwise mild (too mild) cauliflower and carrot. Moreover, it’s a true weekday soup, when there is not much free time and still less desire to cook something exquisite. Fragrant, homey, and easy-to-cook – that’s all you need to know about this soup. So, if you’re in search of cooking inspiration and, meanwhile, want something simple and hearty – try this one!

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Fitness Bolognese

Each of us has probably tried some diet, but can you imagine something ‘fitness’ and dietetic being truly delicious, juicy, and aromatic? When you hear the word ‘dietetic’, do you also imagine something bland and quite tasteless? Don’t worry, this dish will definitely turn your opinion of fitness dishes upside down! Just imagine: juicy marrow noodles with minced meat, covered with
tomato-garlic sauce, and seasoned with basil and cheese, mmm… That’s unbelievably tasty! Don’t miss this dish while marrows are still in the markets!

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Baked plums with yogurt

Desserts are coming back! These are the last days of plum season, so today I offer you to catch this last train and prepare an exquisite, healthy, easy-to-cook, and astonishingly looking dessert: baked plums with yogurt and nuts. It was designed to surprise: hot spicy plums, cold Greek yogurt, and crunchy nutty topping create a mesmerizing symphony of tastes and textures, with cinnamon warming your autumn heart and low calories count making you happier and happier when you realize that you can enjoy it as much as you’d like! Moreover, you can cook all the parts of the dessert beforehand and only warm the plums before serving. So, treat yourself, amaze your guests, and cook, cook, cook!

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Salmon baked with dill and potatoes

Salmon is considered to be an exquisite and upper-class delicious fish, and it’s important to cook it well. This baked dish is just ideal: creamy potatoes, soft baked onions and nourishing fresh fish accented with dill and lemon – an ideal rustic dinner when all you want is hearty mouth-watering home food, but not meat. Properly served it can as well make for a celebratory dinner. You must try it!

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