Spicy tomato-bean soup

Winter is a perfect time for hearty, filling and nourishing dishes and this soup is just like that. It’s really delicious and a healthy alternative for all soup-haters (as I am): there’s not much water, no potatoes, lots of tomatoes, aromatic spices and cheeeese! My first thought when I was cooking this soup was that it smells like pizza. Just give it a try and add more color to these winter days!

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Chickpeas-basil salad

This incredible salad harmoniously combines everything: fresh vegetables, creamy nourishing chickpeas, fragrant basil and soft Feta cheese: a true reminiscence of summer! It’s very easy to cook, filling and healthy. In these cold, almost winter days, just try this salad and surrender to nostalgia!

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Beans cream soup

Could you imagine beans being one of the key ingredients in an exquisite delectable cream soup? Yet, this seemingly rustic filling vegetable when combined with white wine, sweet stewed onion and the freshness of lemon zest creates something really unforgettable, while garlic croutons add a  finishing stroke and balance the creaminess of the soup. Just give it a try and you’ll be genuinely surprised!

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Salad with beet and chickpeas

This is a perfect winter salad: dietary, healthy, light and extremely nourishing. It doesn’t require any main course to go with and can doubtlessly replace your lunch or dinner. By the way, it’s really delicious (even if you hate beet as I do!): creamy chickpeas, sweet baked beet, crunchy walnuts and salty Feta cheese with marinated onion under sour-sweet dressing. It’s certainly worth giving it a try!

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Apple pie

Autumn is a time for apples, however most people limit themselves only to baked apples and charlotte cakes. This apple pie, on the other hand, is something different and definitely more refined: soft and juicy melt-in-your-mouth apples covered with fluffy cheese mixture and enveloped in crusty dough… mmm! A perfect companion for cocoa with marshmallow, hot chocolate or tea!

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Lithuanian borscht

This variation of borscht is just what a perfect supper should be: light, nourishing, healthy and delectable. Crispy cucumber, sweet beet, spicy dill, all dissolved in thick Greek yoghurt or kefir. It requires no cooking and is  incredibly easy to prepare, especially once you have everything ready. And although it’s usually served with boiled potatoes, it can also be an independent dish. Try and surprise your friends and relatives with this unconventional borscht!

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Apple-oatmeal pancakes

These healthy, nourishing and incredibly tasty pancakes will make for a perfect breakfast that will energize you for the whole day. Being unbelievably easy to prepare, these pancakes represent an amazing alternative to your everyday omelets, porridges and sandwiches. Fragrant cinnamon, fresh apples and invigorating oatmeal accompanied with golden honey and tea or coffee remind me of the very golden autumn, of Indian summer. Just try them and you’ll never more associate your mornings only with coffee, but with this cinnamon-apple delicacy as well!

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Broccoli-chicken pie

This incredibly tasty broccoli pie makes for a perfect lunch or dinner: so soft, juicy, healthy and hearty! Tender broccoli, nourishing chicken and fragrant pepper connected by cheesy filling and wrapped in thin crunchy dough… It will make your mouth water, and you’ll swallow it hot unable to wait for it to cool down! Or you’re incredibly strong-willed.  Anyway, just give it a try and you’ll never forget it!

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Plum buns

Are you hungry? Just imagine: cloud-soft, melt-in-your-mouth dough, creamy, moist plums, and crunchy sprinkling… Mmm, these plum buns are truly delectable! And though I usually eat buns only when I’m extremely hungry and have no other option, these buns are really wonderful, and you won’t be able to stop until you devour the last tiny bit. Beware, after you try them, you’ll never be able to savor store-bought buns and will probably become bun addict ! Would you dare to risk?

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