Spiced Squash, Sweet Potato and Orange Soup

Spaghetti squash is sometimes marketed as a healthier alternative to regular spaghetti, and lately, I’ve decided to give it a try. Continue reading

Leeks, Gruyère Cheese and Walnuts Mini Bakes

Leeks are among my favorite vegetables, and are now at their best; fresh, plump and juicy. So obviously, I found myself buying some and then had to decide how to cook them. While I could use one of my former the recipes (check THIS PAGE), but this time, I’ve decided to use them as a base for mini-bakes. Continue reading

Chicken Drumsticks with Succotash and Rice

Succotash is a tasty American dish, which has many variations, and is often served at Thanksgiving dinner. All the variations start with a basic mix of corn and Lima beans (or other types of beans). The combination of grain and legumes is highly nutritious, as it contains all the essential amino acids. Continue reading

Carrots, Almonds, Coconut and Golden Raisins Breakfast Bars

While I mostly prefer a protein-based breakfast, I also like to have other options every now and then. The following super-healthy bars are a good example of that: they are loaded with high fiber ingredients, fairly low on sugar and fat, and are a great tasty way to start the day. Continue reading

Eggplant, Mushrooms and Cheeses Bake

Both mushrooms and eggplants have unique texture and mild flavor, that blends beautifully with cheeses. In the dish here, I decided to combine both in one bake, and the result was just what I was hoping for: Continue reading

Broccoli and Cauliflower Mini Bakes

Cauliflower and broccoli pair well together, and I often use them in the same dish, many times in the form of fries patties. In the recipe here, I’ve decided to bake the mixture rather than fry it, and the result was very pleasing. Continue reading

Pickled Mini Eggplants with Celery and Herbs

Finding these beautiful mini eggplants at the market, my first thought was to prepare my dish of mini eggplants stuffed with lamb (click HERE for the recipe). However, on second thought, I decided to go with a lighter direction, and use them to make quick pickles with fresh herbs. Continue reading

Vietnamese Sandwich with Braised Pork Belly

Bánh mì (“bread” in Vietnamese”) sandwich is fusion at its best, as it combines Vietnamese-Asian flavors with French ones. It became a popular street food in Saigon around the 50’s, and from there its popularity spread around the world. Continue reading

Filo Bake with Spinach, Mint and Cheeses

This tasty dish was inspired by the two others: the Greek Spanakopita, (layers of filo brushed with oil, with greens with Feta cheese filling), and the Bulgarian Banitsa dish (in which the filo sheets are rolled with feta, yogurt and eggs mixture). Continue reading

King Oyster Mushrooms with Soy Sauce, Maple Syrup and Sesame Oil

King oyster mushrooms (also known as king trumpet mushrooms, and by other names), are large mushrooms, with plump white leg and brown cap. Unlike most mushrooms, the cap is not separated from the leg, and the leg is actually the tastier part. It has a somewhat meaty texture, often compared to abalone, or scallops, and it keeps its shape and size when cooked. Though the mushrooms are native to the Mediterranean, they are more known in Asian cuisines, especially Japanese. Continue reading

Sephardic Fresh Fava Beans with Onions and Mint

Unlike green/string beans, fava beans are more familiar to most in their dried form. They are also called broad beans for a reason, as they are substantially broader and bigger than green beans. Continue reading