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Chicken Schnitzels

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One of my absolute favorite food is tasty, easy and pan-fried Chicken Schnitzels. I can eat this all day, and every single day without ever getting tired of, and I am not even exaggerating. I have a love-hate relationship with fried food, but I suspect read more

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

 

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

Don’t you just love refreshing salad? I love salads and eat them all year round, but I know this one is by far the most unique one. Do not discard it, please!

I know you are probably looking at these pictures and saying how would this even work, or it looks disgusting, but trust me it does work and it is pretty good. It is not the most filling salad, but it’s so pretty and refreshing as well. Sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zone and try something new.

To be honest, this is not a new recipe. You may find it in Mediterranean cookbooks and all over the internet, however, I wanted to add my own twists.

More amazingly delicious and meatless salads 

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

It will be most definitely served the whole summer long because I love watermelon, and I love the taste of sweet and savory flavors. Also, I added a generous squeeze of fresh lemon and a drizzle of olive oil.

I loved it!

Well, I am just thinking what else should I add to it; arugula, cherry tomatoes, perhaps a radish would go well too. I am not sure just yet, but I will be experimenting.

My family ate it but they were skeptical, however, everything was gone from their plates. It was B+ from them, and I was happy to hear. They are hard to please sometimes, especially if a dish is out of their comfort zone!

SALAD

Anyway, I feel like this would be perfectly served with teriyaki salmon or chicken, but if you want to keep it vegetarian my amazing grilled tofu is a fantastic replacement.

If you by any chance make it or try it please let me know. You can tag me on INSTAGRAM @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking. I would love to see your tasty creations. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

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Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad
Yield: 2

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Easy and refreshing recipe for summer Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of cubed melon ( 1 cup per serving)
  • 2 mini cucumbers (you may use Eng. cucumber)
  • Pinch of salt and pepper, or to taste
  • Springle of fresh mint (You may also use fresh basil)
  • Springle of fresh lemon thyme (if you have it add this herb, if not just omit)
  • drizzle of olive oil, any on hand but EVOO is the best for salads
  • 1/2-1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Add everything except for feta in a large bowl and toss.
  2. Sprinkle with feta cheese. I didn't use crumbled version, but I did crumble it myself.
  3. Add to plate and enjoy!

Notes

Watermelon and cucumber work so well together. I feel like fresh mozzarella might work with this recipe too.

You can even grill watermelon slices before cutting them into cubes which would make this salad better.

If you by any chance have sriracha salt, please add that salt instead of any other. It gives you that extra kick.

Feta is salty so add enough salt to please your taste buds, but not too much.

Homemade Granola with Oats, Almonds and Dried Fruit

Homemade Granola with Oats, Almonds and Dried Fruit

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PB2 Foods. All opinions are entirely my own. Granola! I do not think there is one person that I have met that does not like this delicious snack. You can easily top yogurt with my read more

Low Carb Cheesecake

Low Carb Cheesecake

Who doesn’t like cheesecake- its sweet, delicious, lushes, and one of my family’s favorite desserts. We had it once a week. It was a family tradition, I think, just like when we make sushi on Friday or grab a pizza on Saturday. However, when we read more

Best Things to Buy at Aldi

Best Things to Buy at Aldi

Best Things to Buy at Aldi
Best Things to Buy at Aldi

What I always must get when I shop at Aldi.

Aldi is the brand of two German family-owned discount supermarkets, and my family loves shopping at this grocery store.

You will need a quarter to get a cart unless you want to carry everything in your arms.

If you do not have a quarter, you may exchange a dollar at the cashier. Sometimes the cashier will give you a quarter so that you could use a cart, though, which shows just how amazing their customer service is. You may repay the kindness by returning that quarter later after you finish your shopping.

Regarding bags, you may use reusable bags in stores, repurpose empty cardboard boxes from inside the store, or purchase paper or plastic bags at checkout.

Paper bags are 7 cents, and plastic bags 10 cents in Nashville, TN.

Since coming to the USA, I’ve been doing grocery shopping at Aldi most of the time because their products are high-quality; I genuinely like what they offer.

Some of the things you must get that’s worth your buck:

Items for Charcuterie board

  • You will find so many different, High-quality and inexpensive cheeses that look and taste expensive at Aldi. Pretty impressive!
  • Dry salami, prosciutto, smoked fish, and deli meat.
  • Nuts: pistachio, peanuts, almonds, etc.
  • Dry Fruit: figs, apricots, etc.
  • Pickled vegetables: gherkins or pickles, olives, stuffed mini peppers, pickled jalapenos, etc.
  • Crackers: gluten-free options, pita chips, entertainment crackers, etc.
  • Fresh produce.

Best Things to Buy at Aldi

Fish, Bacon and Ground Beef

  • I love purchasing raw meat and fish at Aldi. It is always the best quality, and I have never seen their meat mixed with old ones; some stores are mixing old and new ground beef, which is disgusting and wrong.
  • I would highly RECOMMEND Aldi’s beef, fish such as salmon, pork/bacon, even the chicken. I have never had a problem with it, so put that on your list if you eat fish and meat.

Best Things to Buy at Aldi

Fresh Produce

I feel like everyone already knows about Aldi’s inexpensive produce.

  • Not only will you find a plethora of fresh fruit and veggies, but it’s all of excellent quality and pretty affordable. I get probably a week’s worth of produce. Most of the time, when farmer markets are closed during winter, I get all of it at Aldi because I love what they carry and how fresh it all looks.
  • Some of my favorite fresh produce from Aldi: mushrooms, mixed greens, assorted mini tomatoes, English cucumber, mini cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, pears, bananas, avocados, kiwi, etc.

Best Things to Buy at Aldi

Low-Carb Bread, Tortillas, or Wraps

Some of my favorite wraps come from ALDI.

When I started the low-carb and keto journey, I had to change my lifestyle; it was mostly to clear brain fog, help me mentally, and, of course, to lose weight.

This lifestyle gave me so much more. I love going to Aldi every week to find excellent products that fit and support my lifestyle. Their bread and wraps are a Lifesaver. I can make a quick snack or when a meal using their wraps.

They are fantastic, and even if you are not on a low-carb diet, they carry gluten-free bread, baked goods, and wraps, as well as regular carbolicious items. 

 

Share some of your favorite Aldi finds. Please tag me on social media or Instagram. @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking and let me know. Also. this post is not sponsored. I was not paid to talk about Aldi!

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Easy Homemade Beef Ragu

Easy Homemade Beef Ragu

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Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto’s first taste is like a spoonful of sunshine- it’s a tasty and super simple recipe. The other day, I woke up and had this mad craving for Mushroom risotto. Oh, how much I cherish this dish. I vividly remember when my aunt, who read more

Homemade Pierogi

Homemade Pierogi

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I love Pierogi probably my whole life, but homemade pierogi is entirely something different. Well, not really, but it’s homemade and they feel so much more special.

You put so much love in making them so they should feel special, right?

There are not many things that I do not like, so this is right my alley. I mean what is not to like here; dough, potatoes, cheese, caramelized onion, butter. I do not know a soul that would hate this.

Homemade Pierogi

That being said, have you ever tried these beauties? Have ever tried making them from the scratch? If not, what are you really waiting for, huh? go, run, get all the ingredients and make it.

They do not have to look perfect like from the store. Remember to give yourself some grace because they should look homemade and a bit rustic.

Pierogi is not hard to make at all. Yes, it requires a bit of patience and time but they are so much fun and plus extremely tasty. You will not o back to store-bought when you see e how easy these are.

I got this recipe from my friend’s mom. She has been making these for over 3 decades so I knew the recipe was incredible, and I got the proof. These are amazing!!!

 

Recipe for Homemade Pierogi

 

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STEP BY STEP:

 

Homemade Pierogi

To make the dough:

  1. Mix the flour and salt. Add the egg to the flour and combine. The dough will be quite clumpy at this stage.
  2. Gradually add water/egg mixture to the flour while stirring with the fork to evenly moisten all ingredients. Stir until ingredients come together. Dump onto a clean hard surface to knead.
  3. Knead for approximately 1 minute or until the dough is smooth. If the dough appears dry, add small amounts of extra water near the beginning of the kneading process. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour.
  4. Wrap the dough well in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes or up to 24 hours.

Homemade Pierogi

Filling: 

  1. Combine the warm mashed potatoes, onion and cheese, seasoning, and herbs.
  2. Stir and mash until the filling is cool to the touch.
  3. Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.

Polish food

To fill the pierogi: 

  1. Roll half the dough about 1/8″ thick. Use a glass or a round cutter to cut circles of dough; make sure to sip in the bit of flour to prevent it from sticking.
  2. Place half to one tablespoon or so of filling on each round of dough.
  3. Fold the dough over, forming a pocket around the filling. Pinch the pierogi’s edges to seal, then seal again with the fork; This will create a nice edge.
  4. Only cook about 5-7 pierogi at a time, unless you have an extra-large pot so that they have room to float without sticking. They are done when the pierogi float on the top, just like ravioli; This does not apply when pierogi are frozen.
  5. Sauté about 1/4-1/2 onion in the butter in a skillet until the onion begins to slightly brown. Add well-drained pierogi and cook until browned. Serve hot with additional sour cream.

Well, I hope you guys make these delicious Homemade Pierogi also known as European or Polish dumplings. If you make them please tag me on the Instagram @sandraseasycooking Thank you all for your support!

Homemade Pierogi
Yield: Makes about 36-40 Pierogis

Homemade Pierogi

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Homemade Pierogis are foods that I grew up with. I loved it as a child and I still love it as an adult. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Ingredients

Dough

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup water (more if needed)

Potato and Cheese Filling

  • 4 potatoes, Russet (potatoes for baking); if they are too large use 3
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 1 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. teaspoon salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper

For frying:

  • 1 medium (156g) onion, sliced or diced
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter

Instructions

To make the dough:

  1. Mix the flour and salt. Add the egg to the flour and combine. The dough will be quite clumpy at this stage.
  2. Gradually add water/egg mixture to the flour while stirring with the fork to evenly moisten all ingredients. Stir until ingredients come together. Dump onto a clean hard surface to knead.
  3. Knead for approximately 1 minute or until the dough is smooth. If the dough appears dry, add small amounts of extra water near the beginning of the kneading process. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour.
  4. Wrap the dough well in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes or up to 24 hours.

Filling: 

  1. Combine the warm mashed potatoes, onion and cheese, seasoning, and herbs.
  2. Stir and mash until the filling is cool to the touch.
  3. Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.

To fill the pierogi: 

  1. Roll half the dough about 1/8" thick. Use a glass or a round cutter to cut circles of dough; make sure to sip in the bit of flour to prevent it from sticking.
  2. Place half to one tablespoon or so of filling on each round of dough.
  3. Fold the dough over, forming a pocket around the filling. Pinch the pierogi's edges to seal, then seal again with the fork; This will create a nice edge.
  4. Only cook about 5-7 pierogi at a time, unless you have an extra-large pot so that they have room to float without sticking. They are done when the pierogi float on the top, just like ravioli; This does not apply if they are frozen.
  5. Sauté about 1/4-1/2 onion in the butter in a skillet until the onion begins to slightly brown. Add well-drained pierogi and cook until browned. Serve hot with additional sour cream.
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Air Fryer Mushroom and Cheese Taquitos

Air Fryer Mushroom and Cheese Taquitos

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Weekend Breakfast Board

Weekend Breakfast Board

Weekend Breakfast Board
Weekend Breakfast Board

This post is sponsored by Pure Farmland™. The opinions and text are all mine.

Don’t you just love a big and beautiful breakfast board? I am telling you if you make it, it is a feast for the eyes!

 

We have these almost every weekend, and my family loves it.

What if I told you that everything on my table is plant-based? Even the sausage patties!

 

My family and I enjoy plant-based meals at least a few times a week. I started with this a few years ago.

 

I feel like making a couple of meals a week without any animal products is an excellent idea, and I can see that my family and my followers appreciate that too.

 

Weekend Breakfast Board Recipe

Anyways, I purchased Pure Farmland™ Savory Original and Maple Plant-Based Breakfast Patties at Publix in the frozen aisle along with other plant-based proteins.

 

These are wholesome, gluten and dairy-free, non-GMO, made with all-natural ingredients, plus they are most certainly a good source of protein. 

 

Fun facts about this product, they are proudly crafted in the USA, and their packaging trays are made from more than 50% recycled material.

 

I am more of a savory type of person, so I love original Pure Farmland Plant-Based Breakfast Patties, and my boys really enjoy the maple. The original has this savory and spicy mix, which I love, but honestly, I think both varieties are delicious.

Plant based meal

 

Regardless, these patties tasted absolutely delicious. I can see myself prepping a tofu scramble and making a vegan breakfast quesadilla in my near future.

The fact is, there are so many different things that you could make using Pure Farmland Plant-Based Breakfast Patties and their meatballs as well.

 

Even if you are not vegetarian, I have a strong feeling that you will like these. Take it from my family and me!

 

What do you think of my unique and tasty plant-based weekend breakfast board?

 

There is something for everyone!

 

I have here tasty chocolate waffles, blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes, and fresh fruit such as bananas, berries, and citrus are always a great idea to add-on to your breakfast board, spreads, and syrups. You can add beverages such as tea, coffee, smoothies, and juice of your choice.

 

Didn’t I tell you it is a feast for your eyes?!

 

Weekend Breakfast Board

 

You can get everything in one trip at Publix, from Pure Farmland Savory Original and Maple Plant-Based Breakfast Patties to fruit and everything else that you and your family might need to make this breakfast board a success.

 

That being said, you can include your kids and other family members to help you build this incredibly appealing and tasty breakfast board.

 

It is so much fun to give each person an assignment, such as one could make these breakfast patties, the other flip pancakes or make waffles, and somebody could set the table or cut fruit. There is always a job for everyone, and to be frank, that is how we work in our house. We create memories to last a lifetime!

 

Creating memories in the kitchen and around the kitchen table is the best, especially when everyone works together.

 

Weekend Breakfast Board
Weekend Breakfast Board

 

I really do hope you try recreating my plant-based weekend breakfast board. Don’t forget to follow @sandraseasycooking on Instagram.

 

Note:

 

The cooking method for patties are on the back of the package. Please follow instructions for the best results.

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