10 Awesome Summer Recipes

Summer RecipesWell it’s still Summer season here in Spokane Washington and the weather is nice warm and sunny. Sometimes it gets pretty hot. When it does get hot over here I love to enjoy something cold and refreshing. There are many kinds of dishes or deserts people make for themselves to cool down in Summer season. Since I lived close by Russia I remember and still enjoy from time to time some of the yummy Russian Summer dishes.

Below is a Fun list of 10 Yummy and Awesome Summer Recipes for you to consider. You’ll see some sweet recipes and some salty, some are healthy some are not ;) Some recipes are Russian, Korean, or American. Pick one you like and make it for yourself or your family. Also, if you know of any other good Summer recipes, then feel free to let us know in the comment section below. Read on, have fun, and enjoy :) Continue reading

Sunflower Oil Nutrients and Benefits

Have you ever tried the real Sunflower Oil? Have you ever smelled it? Have you ever seen the color of the real genuine 100% pure Sunflower Oil? It is amazing. Last time I tried that kind of Sunflower Oil was in Ukraine when I was about twelve years old. Me and my dad got the seeds from sunflowers and went to some place where they squeeze out the oil for you out of your seeds. When we got out of there and went home, we actually took some fresh bread and dipped it in that oil and ate it. And I think we used some salt, but I’m not sure. I will never forget that taste, the best of the best. I have been looking in stores for anything similar to it and I couldn’t find anything even close to that oil in any typical or organic stores. I tried a few of the ones we bought and still nothing was what I am looking for. But then we realized that Russian Grocery stores in America sell sunflower oils. So we started trying out different brands. All of the brands were still too far away from the real color, taste and smell, except for one sunflower oil brand called Kubanochka Unrefined Sunflower Oil, in Russian it is Кубаночка™. Yep, believe it or not, I finally found a brand in Sunflower oil that is actually reminds me of my childhood memories about the Real, Genuine, Fresh, and Tasty Sunflower Oil. The Real sunflower oil is really good for our health, if you enjoy it in the right amounts, just don’t overdose on it because of the Omega Fatty Acids and Vitamin E. The Nutrients in about 100 grams of Sunflower Oil are:
– Vitamin E (Extreme Amount)
– Vitamin K
– Calories (Good amount)
– Natural Fats (Extreme amount)
– Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Linolenic)
– Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Linoleic)
– Omega 9 Fatty Acids (Oleic)

Like I said before if you use just the right amount of Sunflower Oil in your foods, then you could enjoy these benefits and not overdose and get sick later:
– Protects skin from ultraviolet light
– Protects from free radicals
– Improves cell function
– May prevent from Prostate cancer
– Helps protect from Alzheimer’s disease
– Improves digestive system function
– Prevents tingling under skin
– Improves sensation under skin
– Reduces Gallbladder problems
– Reduces Liver issues
– Improves blood clotting
– Improves wound healing
– Reduces risk of CAD, Coronary Artery Disease
– Reduces bleeding
– Improves kidney function
– Improves bone growth
– May protect from osteoporosis
– Improves skin growth
– Improves hair growth
– Regulates Metabolism
– Maintains Reproductive Capability
– Improves brain function
– Improves brain growth

Gooseberries Nutrients and Benefits

gooseberry greenToday we would like to introduce you to a berry called Gooseberry, in Russian it is крыжовник, and you would say it in Russian something like that krizchovnik. Gooseberries usually have either green color or pinkish purple. They taste kind of sweet and kind of sour, and it is very fun to chew them because of their interesting texture. The European gooseberries are bigger than American ones and they taste better for some reason than American ones do. Either way, if you can get to any kind or color of gooseberries, then you should definitely buy them and eat them on a regular basis. About a cup of raw gooseberries provides these Nutrients:

– Vitamin A
– Vitamin B1, Thiamin
– Vitamin B2, Riboflavin
– Vitamin B3, Niacin
– Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid
– Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine
– Vitamin B9, Folate
– Vitamin C (large amount)
– Vitamin E
– Calcium
– Iron
– Magnesium
– Phosphorus
– Potassium
– Zinc
– Copper
– Manganese
– Selenium
– Omega 3 Fatty Acids
– Omega 6 Fatty Acids
– Natural Fats
– Dietary Fiber
– Carbohydrates
– Calories
– Protein

The Benefits of Gooseberries are:
– Improves eyesight
– Reduces Blood Sugar
– Helps protect from diabetes
– Improves immune system
– Strengthens muscles
– Supports Digestive system
– Improves Stomach Health
– Prevents bladder infections
– Helps protect from cancers
– Helps reduce aging effects
– Supports Hair health
– Supports Skin health
– Supports eye health
– Protects from free radicals
– Improves wound healing
– Helps protect from colds
– Helps protect from infections
– Support lung health

Russian Tomato Cucumber Salad

salad tomato cucumberFor some reason this seems to be a favorite salad or comfort food for lots of Russian people. It is very simple to make, but yet tastes delicious with almost everything!

Summer Salad Ingredients and Instructions:
– 4 Vine Ripe Tomatoes
– 1 English Cucumber
– 1 Onion
– Dill
– Salt
– Mayo

– Cut the tomatoes into little squares
– Slice the cucumber lengthwise in half, then slice those halves into halves again lengthwise also, and then just slice those halves into little pieces, but not too little…
– Slice & dice the onion
– Mix all the veggies together
– Sprinkle with either fresh or dried dill
– Salt to taste
– Mix everything with mayo (try using homemade instead of storebought)
– Enjoy!