Quick & Easy Halloween Chocolate Bark

By Angelika Hanna Happy Halloween Season! Recipe: Prep Time: 15 min + 30-40 min refrigerating time Yield: 24 (1×3-inch) bars Cuisine: North American Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 1 bag (24-ounce) chocolate chips (about 4 cups) 2 cups Crispy Rice Cereal Halloween candy of your choice to decorate Instructions: Line a baking sheet with parchment… Continue reading Quick & Easy Halloween Chocolate Bark

Anna Olson’s Classic Pumpkin Muffins

By Angelika Hanna I took Anna Olson’s classic pumpkin muffin recipe for my fall muffins and all I can say is that it was the right decision. There are countless recipes out on the web and sometimes this can be overwhelming in deciding for which one to go. Recipe: Prep Time: 15 min Bake Time: 30… Continue reading Anna Olson’s Classic Pumpkin Muffins

Anna Olson’s Pumpkin Pie Filling

By Angelika Hanna Happy Thanksgiving! This year, I have used Anna Olson’s pumpkin pie filling recipe for my pumpkin pie. Also new this year, I bought a chocolate pie crust shell to fill. It turned out as a good choice; the pumpkin goes really well with the chocolate dough crust. Recipe Prep Time: 10 min… Continue reading Anna Olson’s Pumpkin Pie Filling

Chicken on Spinach-Mushroom-Tomato

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 25 min Total Time: 40 min Yield: 4 servings Cuisine: North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 4 medium chicken breasts (or 2 chicken breasts, sliced horizontally; or 4 thighs, boneless) 1 cooking onion 2 cloves garlic, minced (optional) 5 Roma or Marzano tomatoes, cubed… Continue reading Chicken on Spinach-Mushroom-Tomato

Cabbage & Bacon Pan

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 25 min Total Time: 35 min Yield: 3 servings Cuisine: North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 4 pork bacon strips, bite-sized cut 4 cups green cabbage, shredded 1 medium cooking onion, diced 1 medium red Bell pepper, diced 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1/2 tbsp butter Hot… Continue reading Cabbage & Bacon Pan

Cabbage & Chicken Pan

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 35 min Total Time: 45 min Yield: 4 servings Cuisine: North American/Canadian/European Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 4 chicken thighs, skinless, cut in bite-sized cubes Extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil 1 tbsp plus butter 1 cooking onion, diced 1/4 red onion, sliced 4 cups green cabbage, shredded… Continue reading Cabbage & Chicken Pan

Deviled Eggs

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 30 min Cook Time: 15 min Total Time: 45 min Yield: 24 servings Cuisine: North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 12 eggs, hard boiled and peeled 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tbsp yellow mustard 1/4 tsp sweet smokey Hungarian paprika 1 pinch hot Spanish paprika 1/4 tsp Kosher salt 1/2 tsp… Continue reading Deviled Eggs

Classic Coleslaw

By Angelika Hanna There are many varieties of coleslaw customized to different preferences and tastes. The classic version uses the basic ingredients: mayo, sugar, vinegar, salt and black pepper. Simple and easy. Recipe: Prep Time: 15 min (+ 4 hrs refrigerating time) Yield: 6 servings Cuisine: North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 1/2 medium-sized… Continue reading Classic Coleslaw

Steamed Beef Cabbage Rolls

By Angelika Hanna This recipe is inspired by a low-carb Keto meal plan. Fall is the main harvest season for the cabbages which means they are fresh and sold fairly inexpensive in the grocery stores. All good reasons to cook with cabbage. Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 30 min Total Time:  40 min Yield: 8… Continue reading Steamed Beef Cabbage Rolls

Ina Garten’s Tuscan Roasted Potatoes

By Angelika Hanna This recipe is inspired by Ina Garten’s Tuscan Roasted Potatoes & Lemon. It is a perfect savory side dish that goes well with any meaty main dish. Ina does not add any onions to her Tuscan potatoes. However, I find that onions and potatoes make such a delicious match. I never had… Continue reading Ina Garten’s Tuscan Roasted Potatoes

Martina McBride’s Avocado Hummus

By Angelika Hanna This recipe is inspired by Martina McBride. In one of her episodes on Martina’s Table on the Food Network, Martina prepares avocado hummus by mixing white beans with her avocados and herbs/spices. Recipe: Prep Time: 20 min. Yield: 10-12 servings Cuisine: North American Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 4 avocados, pitted, peeled,… Continue reading Martina McBride’s Avocado Hummus

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

By Angelika Hanna It is September 2nd. Late summer and the main harvest season in Ontario. This is the season when the farmers’ markets burst with locally grown vegetables. The grocery stores are filled with bushels of Roma tomatoes for a fair price. Of course, one has to take advantage of this season. This recipe… Continue reading Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

Mexican Guacamole

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 15 min Yield: 2-3 cups Cuisine: Mexican Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 3 ripened avocados 3 tbsp white onion, minced 1 jalapeno pepper, minced 1 garlic clove, minced 2 tbsp freshly pressed lime juice 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped Kosher salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste A… Continue reading Mexican Guacamole

Strawberry-Lettuce-Goat Cheese Salad

By Angelika Hanna I had postponed to make this recipe for a while. When I heard of it in the beginning of this summer, my initial, spontaneous thought was: ‘This sounds interesting, I’m gonna try this’. But then, every time I went shopping at the grocery store, I felt rather hesitant about buying the goat… Continue reading Strawberry-Lettuce-Goat Cheese Salad

Fried Turmeric Rice & Broccoli

By Angelika Hanna This simple and very easy to prepare recipe is perfect for a quick weekday vegan/vegetarian lunch or dinner. Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 11 min (plus cook time for the rice) Total Time: 21 min Yield: 4 servings Cuisine: Fusion/North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: Extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil 2… Continue reading Fried Turmeric Rice & Broccoli

Pepperoni Pizza Wrappers

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 5-7 min + 10-15 min moisturing time for the wrapper sheets Cook Time: 6-8 min Total Time: Approx. 30 min Yield: 5 wrappers Cuisine: Fusion/North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 5 Egg Roll pastry wrapper sheets Pepperoni slices, cut into pieces (I quartered the slice) Canola or vegetable oil Tex/Mex shredded… Continue reading Pepperoni Pizza Wrappers

Quinoa & Chicken & Veggies from the Wok

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 10 min + 15 min to cook and let cool off the quinoa Total Time: 35 min Yield: 4 servings Cuisine: North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts, skinless, cut into cubes 1 tbsp extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil 1 tbsp sesame oil 1 garlic… Continue reading Quinoa & Chicken & Veggies from the Wok

Rice & Ground Beef-Stuffed Multi-Colored Peppers

By Angelika Hanna This dish has not only been delicious but also fun to prepare. I find stuffing fresh veggies is an enjoyable part of cooking during the summer season. Recipe: Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 1 hr 15 min Total Time: 1 hr 30 min Yield: 4 servings Cuisine: North American/Canadian/Italian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients:… Continue reading Rice & Ground Beef-Stuffed Multi-Colored Peppers

Classic Bruschetta

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Resting Time: 10 min Total Time: 20 min Yield: 1 bowl serving size Cuisine: Italian; Vegan World Cuisine Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 2 big tomatoes, diced – I used the beefsteak 1/4 cup red onion, diced 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped 2 tsp olive oil… Continue reading Classic Bruschetta

Mixed Spinach Salad

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cuisine: Vegetarian World Cuisine Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: Spinach, coarsely chopped Tomato, diced English cucumber, diced Celery stalk, sliced Red onion, chopped Feta cheese, diced Kalamata olives For the Dressing: Freshly pressed lemon juice Extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil Fresh ground black pepper, to taste Kosher… Continue reading Mixed Spinach Salad

Quinoa-Spinach-Stuffed Tomatoes

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 30 min Total Time: 45 min Yield: 4 tomatoes Cuisine: North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 1 cup of cooked quinoa 4 medium-large tomatoes 4 cups of fresh spinach, coarsely chopped Extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced – optional 1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced… Continue reading Quinoa-Spinach-Stuffed Tomatoes

Chicken-Spinach-Feta Wrap

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 15 min Total Time: 30 min Yield: 4 wraps Cuisine: North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 4 whole wheat tortillas, medium size 4 chicken thighs, boneless, skin on (the chicken conserves better its moisture when fried with skin on) Avocado oil to fry the… Continue reading Chicken-Spinach-Feta Wrap

Buffalo Chicken-Spinach Wrap

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: 15 min Total Time: 35 min Yield: 4 wraps Cuisine: North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 4 whole wheat tortillas, medium size 4 chicken thighs, boneless, skin on (the chicken conserves better its moisture when fried with skin on) Fresh spinach leaves, de-stemmed,… Continue reading Buffalo Chicken-Spinach Wrap

Avocado-Tomato-Spinach-Quinoa Salad

By Angelika Hanna This summer salad is plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free. A tasty, refreshing, and healthy delight. Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 15 min Cool Time: 15 min Total Time: 40 min Yield: 4 servings Cuisine: Vegan World Cuisine Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa 2 medium… Continue reading Avocado-Tomato-Spinach-Quinoa Salad

Vegetarian Spring Roll Wrappers – Oven-baked

By Angelika Hanna These wrappers were inspired by various sources. The Roast Pepper & Tomato & Cheddar Cheese I saw in a recipe series published by the Foodbloggers of Canada. For the Cabbage & Carrot & Ginger the credit goes to Sarah Cook. I made them as a lunch, however, they would make a perfect… Continue reading Vegetarian Spring Roll Wrappers – Oven-baked

Molly Yeh’s Fried Cheesy Pickles

By Angelika Hanna These spring roll wrappers are so different from any other I have ever tasted – but in a good way! Recipe: Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 20 min Total Time: 30 min Yield: 10 wrappers Cuisine: Fusion, Vegetarian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: Canola oil 10 sheets Egg Roll pastry… Continue reading Molly Yeh’s Fried Cheesy Pickles

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

By Angelika Hanna This Quinoa salad recipe is a tweaked Tabbouleh. It doesn’t meet all the criteria to be called the ‘classic’ version. The classic Tabbouleh is made with Bulgur wheat instead of Quinoa. Traditional Tabbouleh calls for a lot of parsley (more than what I used in this recipe), fresh mint leaves, red chili… Continue reading Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Red Cabbage Coleslaw

By Angelika Hanna Recipe: Prep Time: 15 min (+ 4 hrs refrigerating time) Yield: 6 servings Cuisine: World Cuisine Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 1/2 medium-sized head red cabbage 2 large carrots 1 cup mayonnaise 3 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1/4 tsp celery salt (or if you prefer regular salt) 1/4… Continue reading Red Cabbage Coleslaw

Ground Beef Stuffed Marrow Boats

By Angelika Hanna Marrow is a light summer squash, closely related to zucchini in appearance, texture, and taste. Recipe: Prep Time: Approx. 15 min. Cook Time: Approx. 40 min. Total Time: Approx. 55 min. Yield: 4 servings Cuisine: Canadian/American Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 1 large marrow 1/2 pound ground beef 1 tbsp extra virgin… Continue reading Ground Beef Stuffed Marrow Boats

Celery-Walnut-Parmesan Salad

By Angelika Hanna A Barefoot Contessa inspired recipe. Celery salad is an Italian classic, which I recently learned from Ina Garten in her TV show on the Food Network. This salad looks like summer on a plate. I placed my celery salad on a lettuce bed which adds more green shades and flavors to my… Continue reading Celery-Walnut-Parmesan Salad

7 Vegan Power Smoothies: Day 7: The Ruby Red

By Angelika Hanna For this last power smoothie ‘red’, I was skeptical. I remember from my childhood, my mother giving me plain beet juice to drink after I was sick, because the tale told that beet juice would give strength and energy after illness. I confess, I hated to drink this red slightly sweet incomparable… Continue reading 7 Vegan Power Smoothies: Day 7: The Ruby Red

7 Vegan Power Smoothies: Day 6: The Lilac Purple

By Angelika Hanna There is something about the combination of berries and nuts that I love. Strawberries and blueberries is such a tasty match and added to that walnuts and the nutty chia seeds makes a wonderful delicious thick smoothie. Here are some main facts about the ingredients and some potential health benefits – there… Continue reading 7 Vegan Power Smoothies: Day 6: The Lilac Purple

7 Vegan Power Smoothies: Day 5: The Pastel Pink

By Angelika Hanna When you try this pastel pink color smoothie, you will not believe that it does not contain any dairy products. It is rich in taste and creamy in texture. Less is more goes definitely for this smoothie. It consists of only one fruit – strawberry. It is the oats that creates the… Continue reading 7 Vegan Power Smoothies: Day 5: The Pastel Pink

7 Vegan Power Smoothies: Day 4: The Deep Purple

By Angelika Hanna The next four smoothies in my ‘7 Vegan Power Smoothie’ series is for berry fans. I am a big fan of all edible berries. I am starting off with the deep purple smoothie, which contains the superfruits blueberry & pomegranate. My advice: Use a NutriBullet or any juicer device that grinds seeds.… Continue reading 7 Vegan Power Smoothies: Day 4: The Deep Purple