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Vegetarian Recipes

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Vegetarian dishes are a welcome change anytime in my menu planning, not just during the Great Lent.

If you are looking for tested vegetarian recipes, I am more than happy to share some links to my previous posts.

You may also click on “Meatless Dishes”  categories, for other vegetarian recipes.

 

Eggplant Rollatini  - Serving

Eggplant Rollatini

Christmas-Beet-Borscht-with-Vushka

Ukrainian Borscht (Red Beet Soup)

Portabello-mushrooms-with-pasta

Portobello Mushrooms with Pasta

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Stuffed Green Peppers with Rice and Mushrooms

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Halushky (sautéed cabbage and pasta)

Vegetarian-meal-pasta-with-stir-fry-veggies

Stir Fry Veggies with Pasta

Vegetarian-Matzoh-Lasagna

Vegetarian Matzoh Lasagna

Potato-Kugel-cup-serving

Potato Kugel Cups

This link with take you to my previous list of over 25 meatless recipes.

Enjoy these dishes, and share your favorite vegetarian recipes.

blueberry french toastIf you need a break from savory breakfast food, and wish to spoil your taste buds with something sweet, enjoy this cream cheese and blueberry stuffed french toast.

The Original recipe is pinned on my Pinterest board, however the one I am posting is improvised slightly, to suit my taste.

This breakfast dish is very moist, full of flavor, and simple to prepare.

It yields 4 servings.

Ingredients:

  •  1/2 loaf of french bread, sliced to 1/4 inch slices then cubed
  • 4 oz. 1/3 fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup milk
  • zest of 1 orange (or lemon, if your prefer)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon (split in two)

 Topping Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter

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Directions for French Toast casserole:

  1.  Prepare this recipe the night before. Cover and refrigerate.  Bake it next day.
  2. Grease (I used butter) 9 x 9 glass casserole dish.
  3. Spread 1/2 of the cubed french bread, over the bottom of the casserole.
  4. Sprinkle 1 cup of blueberries over the bread.
  5. Drop cream cheese cubes all over the blueberries (see photo above).
  6. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, milk, syrup,vanilla, zest, 1 tsp. of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
  7. Pour 1/2 of the egg mixture over the first layer of french toast.
  8. Cover with remaining cubed bread.
  9. Pour remaining egg mixture over the top of the casserole and sprinkle with 1tsp. of cinnamon.
  10. Cover with aluminum foil, and refrigerate over night.
  11. Next day, preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  12. Place the covered casserole dish in the oven, and bake for 30 minutes.
  13. Uncover, and bake 25 minutes longer.
  14. Serve with prepared blueberry topping, which may be prepared day before, or while the toast is baking.

Directions for Blueberry Topping:

  1. Mix sugar with cornstarch in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add water.  Bring to boil, and cook until thickened (about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add blueberries and cook few more minutes, stirring continuously until blueberries burst and form a smooth sauce, with few whole blueberries still remaining.
  4. Remove from heat, mix in butter, and set aside until ready to serve.
  5. For best results, serve it warm.

Blueberry french toast - all baked

All baked, and ready to enjoy with blueberry topping, or maple syrup.

Enjoy!

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The hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping is over for most of us (many Ukrainians will still celebrate Christmas on January 6th and 7th), so now it’s time to plan the New Year bash.

Since I will not be hosting  New Year  party this year, and not preparing anything exciting, you may click on the highlighted links to my previous posts with many fun party foods.

Also, I pinned a lot of interesting party foods on my Pinterest board, which you are more that welcome to check out, and test them out.

H A P P Y   N E W  Y E A R!!!

MAY YOU ALL BE BLESSED

WITH GOOD HEALTH,

LOVE,

PEACE,

AND PROSPERITY.

 

Orange-Apple-Cranberry sauce 2Thanksgiving turkey meal would be incomplete, without some delicious homemade cranberry sauce.

If you always use the canned cranberry sauce, because you think that making your own is  too difficult, think again.

Cranberry sauce is so easy to prepare, your under 10-year-old children can do it, honestly.

And best of all, it tastes so fresh, and absolutely delicious.  You will never use the other kind again.

This recipe yields 2.5 -3 cups of sauce.

Ingredients:

  •     1 orange, zest only
  •     1/2 cup orange juice
  •     1/2 cup cranberry juice
  •     1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and shredded
  •     3 cups fresh cranberries
  •     1/2 cup honey
  •     1/4 cup brown sugar
  •     1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  •     1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, add the orange juice, cranberry juice, chopped apple and orange zest.
  2. Bring to boil, and cook 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cranberries, bring to boil again, partially cover the pot, and simmer on low heat for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally,until the berries burst.
  4. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves.
  5. Simmer 5 minutes longer.
  6. Remove from heat, stir in the honey, and let it cool off.
  7. You can puree the sauce in a food processor, or leave it as.
  8. Transfer into a covered storage container, and keep refrigerated until ready to use.  It may be prepared several days ahead.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Colorful flower - close-up viewmaking dessert   Experimenting with Celery root

We all have our own way of measuring our success, and counting our blessings.

As for me, I feel very fortunate to have wonderful children, and now adorable grandchildren.

I love spending my free time with them, listen to their stories, admire their imagination, and often time act as their student.  You will be surprised how much you learn about them, by letting them be the teacher.

Today I will share some of the fun stuff my granddaughter and I got into, while spending a weekend together at my house.

We started our day with making breakfast together.  She loves helping out in the kitchen.

We made her favorite Pan Apple Fritter (this link will take you to the recipe).

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Children really enjoy eating the food they help to prepare.

We went for a walk, and stopped at a nearby playground, since she loves the jungle gym, and the slides.

Beautiful ButterflyColorful flower

the fun of braiding

She created a beautiful butterfly out of construction paper, pipe cleaners and pom poms.  We also made a beautiful flower out of cut up toilet paper roll, cardboard, paper plate, water paints, and pom poms.

We practiced braiding with strands of yarn, and ribbon.

Experimenting with Celery rootExperimenting with Celery root 2

 

We are experimenting with growing our own celery, by placing a cut off end of a celery root in a shallow water bath.  Only a week later, it already looked promising, so we transplanted it into a pot.

Ukrainian Alphabet

We always set aside few minutes to continue our Ukrainian culture, by learning the Ukrainian Alphabet (Cyrillic Alphabet shown above), so very soon she will be able to start reading and writing in Ukrainian.

She is doing an excellent job with writing her name in Ukrainian, and her vocabulary list is growing at a steady pace.

We sing, play games, do puzzles, read books, and watch movies.

Making Palushky

Having fun making a Palushky flower

 

 

 

 

Batch of Palushky ready to boil

We also made dinner together….her favorite dumplings -Palushky- (click here for a link to the recipe).

She not only enjoyed making them…..

Enjoying the fruits of the laborYummm....those Palushky were delicious

but also eating her own homemade dinner….yumm!

She was very proud to take some home to share with her family.  Her little brother loves them as well!

Jello Lemon Puddingmaking dessertDessert time - Lemon Pudding 2

We needed a quick dessert, to top off this wonderful experience, so Jello Instant Pudding came to the rescue.

She worked very diligently, whipping it all up to a perfect consistency, and finished the job with a smile.  How sweet is that.

We had a wonderful time.  It was a learning experience, and an unforgettable quality time together.

It is a blessing to be a parent, but words can not describe the joy of being a grandparent.

 

 

 

 

 

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