July 30th, 2014

Cherry Vanilla Panna Cotta

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Panna cotta sounds intimidating. This Italian cooked cream dessert is velvety on the pallet and easily made by simmering a few simple ingredients and adding your choice of fruit.  Today, I am going to use whats fresh and in season: cherries.  These ruby morsels are rich in antioxidants and a sexy fruit all around! Why not make this panna cotta for date night?  Not only will your other half be impressed, but it could just end up being the cherry on top!

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July 28th, 2014

Shrimp Salad with Strawberry Sauce

Shrimp Salad with Strawberry Sauce

Ready for another delicious, fit summer salad?  This shrimp salad with strawberry sauce is light, healthy, and ready in under thirty minutes!  Great for a quick lunch or  for an afternoon BBQ!

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July 26th, 2014

Melon Sorbet

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This recipe for melon sorbet is a great low fat, dairy free, alternative to ice cream. Easily made in any ice cream machine, the sorbet is rich in fresh flavor and light on the palette!  It’s the perfect dessert to cool off with this summer!

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July 24th, 2014

Pan-Seared Scallops with Snow Pea Salad

I am SO thrilled this week to have Susan Irby (host of Bikini Lifestyles on KABC and author of multiple cookbooks) on my show. We’re going to show you how to prepare a very fresh, fun, and healthy dinner spread for 4 people, with scallops, cauliflower purée, and a lovely snow pea salad on the side. It’s a very colorful, low fat dinner option that I’m sure you and your family will love! It just goes to show you that you don’t need to skimp on the flavor to have an incredible, healthy meal!

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July 22nd, 2014

I host guest star Susan Irby!

Susan Irby coolking with Olga!

Susan Irby of The Bikini Chef and I get hot in the kitchen when we flambé scallops in Partida Tequila! Stay tuned for the video of us cooking up a great, light, sexy summer meal filled with healthy alternatives to keep your body bikini ready and taste buds wanting more!

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July 18th, 2014

Chicken in Butter Lettuce Cups

Asian chicken in butter lettuce cups

Looking for a healthy, flavor-filled, protein-packed lunch option? Look no further! This recipe for Chicken in Butter Lettuce Cups makes a great lunch, appetizer, or pre-date snack! The Asian-inspired combination of scallions, chili peppers, and shitake mushrooms makes a meal that’s far more exciting than your average chicken salad! Share with your friends or save some for quick, easy snacks throughout the week.

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July 16th, 2014

Branzino with Lemon and Thyme

Branzino with lemon and thyme

Here’s another healthy, summer dinner idea that’s SO easy to make and is ready in under an hour – Branzino with Lemon and Thyme! I typed up the recipe to be flexible, so that you can adjust it depending on however many fish your heart desires! Click below for the full write up and a cute, printable recipe card! Priyatnogo appetita!

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July 14th, 2014

Watermelon Sorrel Salad Stacks!

Back in May, I was featured as a guest on Jen Tapiero’s fabulous radio show, Jeneration Radio (part of the iHeartRadio empire!). It was so much fun that I decided to have her on my show as part of my healthy summer recipes series. I wanted to feature a unique, fresh, delicious recipe for those hot summer days when you’re desperately trying to maintain your bikini body. That’s how this recipe for watermelon sorrel salad stacks was born! Drink a little champagne and dig in! Priyatnogo appetita!

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July 11th, 2014

Next Week – Guest Star Jen Tapiero and Watermelon Salad!

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Stay tuned to OlgaCooks.com for an extra special guest star next week – Jen Tapiero from Jeneration Radio!! Jen was gracious enough to feature me on her show this past May, and I just had to return the favor and teach her a couple of my kitchen tricks! We’ll be making a scrumptious summer salad with watermelon and sorrel, so check back soon for the video! Priyatnogo appetita!

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July 9th, 2014

Citrus Lobster Salad

grapefruit arugula lobster salad

Happy summer, everyone! I created this recipe for a press event a little while ago, and it was such a big hit that I decided to bring it back for a photo post! The tanginess of the grapefruit is perfectly accented by the peppery flavor of the arugula, making this a perfect, crisp salad for spring and summer. And, as we all know, seafood is an aphrodisiac… ;) So, why not cook up a fancy little salad for your significant other tonight? I’m sure you’ll both love it!

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