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In my post for Chicken Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce, you may have noticed that I served it with a side of fried shredded potatoes. I guess a neater version of these would be called a “shredded potato pancake”, but I move them around in the pan so much  that they don’t come out like a pancake in the end.

I don’t really have a specific recipe for these – I just put it together as I go along. The general idea is:

1. Shred potatoes (however many you want!) in a food processor:

2. Melt butter in a pan over medium heat:

3. Add potatoes and season with salt and pepper:

4. Every so often, flip/rotate the potatoes until evenly browned.

5. Serve. Here they are with my chicken schnitzel:

That’s it! Very very simple. This is one of the sides I make for Stan when we’re out of pasta, or when I’ve made him too many mashed potatoes!

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I found a zucchini recipe that Stas likes!

It wasn’t a huge surprise, though – this dish contains dill and sour cream (the 2 components of what I call ‘Russian crack’). If I haven’t mentioned this before in my blog, I have a theory that no Russian can resist dill or sour cream. This irresistableness (is that a word?) increases tenfold when the two are combined.

Anyway, on to the recipe…

Dilled Zucchini

equivalent of 6 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch slices
3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
1/2 cup sour cream (I used a combo of 1/4 cup fat free and 1/4 cup regular)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, sliced and separated into rings
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt
pepper

1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini, garlic, and onion and cook for 8-10 minutes (or until zucchini is light brown), stirring occasionally.

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zucchini and onions, before going into the pan

zucchini and onions: before

zucchini and onions: before

zucchini and onions: after

zucchini and onions: after

2. Season to taste with salt and pepper; remove from heat.

3. Mix the sour cream and dill; stir into the zucchini mixture.

sour cream and dill mixture

sour cream and dill mixture

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the finished side dish

4. Serve warm or at room temperature.

serves 6

(Weight Watchers points will depend on the type and amount of sour cream you use – adjust accordingly)


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As soon as I laid eyes on that massive zucchini, I started Gooling zucchini recipes. This was one of the first ones I found, and I knew right away that I’d love it. This is a great healthy alternative to mozarella sticks. I didn’t have any marinara sauce on hand to dip them in, but I plan on buying some and making these again!

I loved these – but Stas hated them… I ended up eating all of mine, PLUS his.

But in all fairness, he doesn’t care much for zucchini to begin with.

Baked Zucchini Sticks

  • equivalent of 3 medium zucchini, sliced into 3″ x 1/2″ sticks
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (or whatever cheese you have on hand)
  • cooking spray (or parchment paper)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt
  • fresh pepper

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2. In a small bowl, beat egg whites and season with salt and pepper. In a ziplock bag, place breadcrumbs, garlic powder, and cheese; shake well. Cove cookie sheet with parchment paper (or spray cookie sheet with cooking spray) and set aside.

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zucchini slices

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breadcrumbs and egg white

3. Dip zucchini sticks into eggs then into bread crumb and cheese mixture, a few at a time and shake to coat. Place the breaded zucchini in a single layer on parchment paper (optional: spray cooking spray on top).

zucchini sticks pre-baking

zucchini sticks pre-baking

4. Bake at 425 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

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baked zucchini sticks, plated

Serves 3

Here is the breakdown of Weight Watchers points:
zucchini = 0
1 egg white = 0
1/3 cup bread crumbs = 2
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese = 2

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Yesterday I made a big pot of borscht. I don’t like borscht (I hate beets) but Stas (of course) LOVES it, so he was a very happy man.

Whenever I make borscht, I end up with leftover beets and carrots. They usually just sit in my fridge for awhile, and eventually go bad. In addition to beets, I hate carrots… so I’m never motivated to actually use them – and I don’t know many recipes that call for them (besides borscht).

Until tonight…

I recently subscribed to Eating Well Magazine, through my Delta frequent flier miles. I’m not sure if I actually like the magazine yet, but I did get one good recipe out of this issue. And now I know exactly what to do with leftover beets or carrots!

Shredded Beet and Carrot Pancakes
from Eating Well, November/December 2008

1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup flour
3 tablespoons chopped scallions
1 tablespoon fresh dill (plus more for garnish)
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups peeled and shredded beets and/or carrots
oil, for frying (I used sunflower oil)
sour cream, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Combine egg, flour, scallions, dill, horseradish, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in vegetables.

3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook 4 pancakes per batch: place about 1/4 cup beet/carrot mixture into pan and flatten with a spatula (flatten so that they are 2 or 3 inch pancakes). Cook until crispy and golden, 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer them to the prepared baking sheet. Finish the remaining pancakes. When finish pan-frying, transfer them to the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Garnish with sour cream and dill.

Serves 6 (2 pancakes per person)


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Cute!

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I went to BJ’s today to stock up on things like laundry detergent, fabric softener and plastic wrap, and I just couldn’t resist these mini sweet bell peppers! Id never seen them before – and I’m a sucker for cute things.

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They were so tiny that the seeds were hard to clean out… After attempting to clean a few, I gave up and decided to leave them as-is.

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We (finally) finished off the beef stew leftovers as our main dish. Instead of eating the peppers raw like I usually do, I decided to roast them. I forgot how wonderful it is to roast veggies in the fall and winter months – the heat isn’t unbearable, and it leaves such a nice scent lingering in the house.

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I roasted them for about 30 minutes (15 minutes each side) at 400 degrees F. I didn’t bother to spray them with olive oil, and I had no problem with them sticking.

… and I always roast things on aluminum foil – it helps with the cleanup. One less thing for Stas to wash 🙂

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Tonight’s main dish was leftover beef stew from Saturday’s big batch. Stas had been asking for it for awile, and I had been promising it for awhile.

I normally use McCormick’s Beef Stew packets and just add my own vegetables and pre-cut “beef stew cuts”. But this time, I wanted to challenge myself. (Plus, Market Basket didn’t have any of the beef stew packages!)

I used a recipe for “Hearty Beef Stew” from Cook’s Illustrated. Now I’ve never liked beef stew – whenever my mom made it growing up, she’d always cook a separate meal for me. But I tried some of Stas’ on Sunday and LOVED it – so I was actually really excited to have some tonight:

But that’s not what this post is about. (I’ll blog about the stew and how to make it the next time I make it.)

This post is about the side dish. I’m a big fan of vegetables, so I wanted something extra to eat with my beef stew. I normally just heat up some frozen broccoli in the microwave, but I wanted a change.

I normally make a variation of this salad for Stas, using full-fat sour cream and I add in tomatoes or radishes. Stas looooooves this salad. Why? Because it combines the 2 types of “Russian crack”: dill and sour cream!

Sour cream is something else that I didn’t think I liked until this past weekend. I used to love it on my baked potatoes as a kid, but over the years I’ve acquired an aversion to most full-fat dairy. A couple of weeks ago, I bought a tub of the fat-free variety to use in a recipe (which I never did). Not wanting it to go to waste, I opened it last night and mixed some in with my sauteed mushrooms… and it was yummy!

So tonight, I wanted to enjoy more of it! Hence, my salad…

Step 1: Gather all ingredients:

  • seedless cucumbers (I like the mini seedless cukes, but European cukes work just as well)
  • dill
  • salt
  • sour cream (fat-free or regular)
  • optional: tomatoes or radishes

Step 2: Cut cucumbers into tiny quarter-sized slices:

Step 3: Sprinkle with salt and chopped dill (amounts will vary by taste):

Step 4: Add a dollop or two (or the whole tub if you’re Russian) of sour cream:

Step 5: Mix and enjoy!

It was a strange side to go with the beef stew, but oddly enough I was craving both of them, and they were extremely satisfying 🙂

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