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Rice Salad with Tuna and Sweet Corn

This rice salad is very popular in Russia and can easily be prepared even by most inexperienced cooks. It's cheap, satisfying and can also be served as a side dish. Instead of tuna the Russians often use surimi crab sticks. The recipe can be changed according to taste by adding other ingredients such as chopped fresh tomatoes, peppers or hard boiled eggs.

Taiga Salad

Berries are the main ingredient of this salad. In the Russian Taiga - the vast coniferous forest in Siberia - grow many delicious and healthy berries. Cranberries and blueberries are especially popular in Russia. These little sweet-sour vitamin bombs contain a variety of antioxidants and phytochemicals such as flavonoids that help combat diseases and have strong anti aging properties.

Stroganoff Salad

Meat fans will love this salad. Like the famous Russian dish "beef stroganoff" it is made of strips of beef filet and onions sautéed in a sour cream sauce. Spring onions and peppers give the salad a fresh touch. The original recipe for the beef stew was invented at the end of the 19th century and named after Count Alexander Stroganov.

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Cabbage: Healthy and Delicious Energy-Booster

Already in ancient Russia cabbage was known as an important source of vitamins during long cold winters. Cabbage was first mentioned in Russian chronicles in 1073. After the Romans introduced cabbage to Russia it was rapidly adopted across the country. No wonder as this vegetable likes cold weather and keeps well for months if stored in cool, frost-free places.

Tomatoes and Potatoes in Mushroom Sauce

The mushroom sauce is the most important in this recipe. Mushrooms are used in many different ways in Russian cuisine. One of the reasons is the strict and long fasting of the Russian Orthodox Church. For more than half a year it was not allowed to eat meat and sometimes fish. As Russian forests were rich in mushrooms, people used them to spice up plain food. Choose mushrooms according to tastes and availability. Most popular mushrooms in Russia are: porcini, chanterelle, russule, armillaria or white button mushroom.

Omelet with Herbs

This simple and healthy omelet can be prepared just in few minutes. In summer, the Russians usually pick fresh herbs from the garden of their country house dacha. One can also use wild herbs such as bear's garlic, stinging nettle or dandelion. This omelet is rich in vitamins, provides valuable egg proteins and satisfies your appetite.

Fish with Carrots and Onions

This low-calorie dish is a tasty main course and can also be served as an appetizer. Fish steamed in carrot and onion marinade is very tender and juicy. It is especially delicious with white fish like cod.

Fish in Tomato Sauce

Fish in tomato sauce is very popular in Russia, fresh as well as canned. With this simple recipe, even most inexperienced cooks can prepare a delicious and healthy dish in minutes. Use saltwater or freshwater fish depending on taste.