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

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

7 Vegan Power Smoothies: Day 3: The Golden Yellow

By Angelika Hanna I love mango, and today this is the only fruit I use in my smoothie. I added a variety of spices, which are the signature of my golden yellow smoothie. The brightening star in my today’s smoothie is the turmeric. I have dived deeper into research on this Indian spice, and I… Continue reading 7 Vegan Power Smoothies: Day 3: The Golden Yellow

7 Vegan Power Smoothies: Day 2: The Tiger Orange

By Angelika Hanna You might wonder why I call my today’s smoothie ‘Tiger Orange’. I googled the names of all shades for the color ‘orange’ and the shade ‘Tiger’ came the closest to what my orange smoothie looks like. It derives its vibrant color from the three fruits/vegetables, I blended up in this smoothie: Papaya,… Continue reading 7 Vegan Power Smoothies: Day 2: The Tiger Orange

The Great Cauliflower Bun Burger

By Angelika Hanna Happy Canada Day! It’s Canada Day Long Weekend! On July 1st, and we celebrate our national holiday in Canada. This year I tried something new with my burgers. Instead of a bread bun, I made my own bun from scratch out of cauliflower meal. I invite you to read how I prepared… Continue reading The Great Cauliflower Bun Burger

Deep fried Shrimps (Restaurant Style)

By Angelika Hanna This recipe started out as an experiment. I had never cooked anything ‘deep fried’ before. The more I was surprised and amazed of the outcome. These deep fried shrimps turned out literally ‘Restaurant Style.’ They were crispy and flakey and light. I had never thought that one can make deep fried shrimps… Continue reading Deep fried Shrimps (Restaurant Style)

Steamed Asparagus & Parmesan-Panko crumbs

By Angelika Hanna A quick and healthy way to eat asparagus is simply steaming it in a steamer. It takes only 17 min for the asparagus stalks to cook soft. I saved my leftover Parmesan-Panko crumbs from the oven-baked asparagus dish and heated them up in the micro-wave. They remained crunchy and made an excellent… Continue reading Steamed Asparagus & Parmesan-Panko crumbs

Oven-baked Parmesan-Panko Asparagus

By Angelika Hanna One more asparagus dish before the season ends! Recipe: Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: Approx. 15 min (for one batch) Total Time: Approx. 35 min Yield: 2 servings Cuisine: North American/Canadian Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food Ingredients: 1 pound green asparagus stalks, trimmed 2 large egg, whisked 1/3 cup all-purpose flour… Continue reading Oven-baked Parmesan-Panko Asparagus

Asparagus & Chicken Stir-Fry

By Angelika Hanna Gotta take advantage of the asparagus season! Today I transformed the asparagus into a stir-fry using the wok. To add some protein to the dish, I incorporated chicken. It’s a quick, easy, and delicious recipe for any busy day of the week – and it looks like Spring Season! Recipe: Prep Time:… Continue reading Asparagus & Chicken Stir-Fry