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Eggplant Vindaloo is a healthy vegetable curry recipe with eggplants, coconut milk, mustard, vinegar, pine nuts or peanuts and cilantro. | ifoodreal.com

I am adding eggplant vindaloo curry full of healthy fats, carbs, protein and potassium to my meatless quick one pot dinner collection. I am always on a lookout for more quick and affordable plant based dinners. I grew up in a family where a meal without meat is considered not a meal. Still until this day when my mom comes over for a visit I can see she is kind of uncomfortable with my fridge. On one occasion she even asked me to pick her up a steak because she was about to faint.

Current situation – I didn’t cook meat for a week knowing she is coming over and almost every meal will be made with meat. I personally am going on a week long vacation (pinch me!). Kids are staying home and they will have to deal with the meat situation. I am sure they will survive, I will just detox them when I am back.

Eggplant Vindaloo is a healthy vegetable curry recipe with eggplants, coconut milk, mustard, vinegar, pine nuts or peanuts and cilantro. | ifoodreal.com

And yesterday grandma showed up loaded with garlic kielbasa, cheese buns and cheese. 10 year old had a slice of kielbasa and said he is good and doesn’t want to eat more processed meat. Ha! So kids will figure it out plus Kyle can cook quite many meals.

So, I often get asked this question: is Ukrainian cuisine healthy?! I immediately start to analyze what we ate, what Eastern European immigrants eat in the US and what my mom eats. Um…Hm…I would say so-so. Ukrainian food is made with A LOT of meat, dairy products, white flour and white sugar which do not define health to me. Is Ukrainian food cooked from scratch? Yes but so is Chinese food. To me, eating real food is a step above eating processed food. No doubt. But even real food diet can be so unbalanced IMHO.

Eggplant Vindaloo is a healthy vegetable curry recipe with eggplants, coconut milk, mustard, vinegar, pine nuts or peanuts and cilantro. | ifoodreal.com

I personally had to come up with staple recipes for my family. Dinners that are made more with plant-based hearty, volume and affordable ingredients like lentils, beans, squash, eggplant, tofu, mushrooms etc. Food that you can buy a lot of and make a filling dinner that is healthy and everyone will eat. I barely cook Ukrainian dishes for health and time reasons. My favourite is borscht. Read more »

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As I was pouring a bowl of steaming squash soup (test recipe) for Carole who cleans my house bi-weekly, I couldn’t stop thinking how food brings people together. I didn’t have to feed Carole. Carole came to clean my house in exchange for money. Coming for 5 hours Carole would have brought a snack with her if she wanted to. And yet pouring Carole a bowl of hot soup on a gloomy rainy day to help brighten her day full of cleaning my toilets felt like the most natural thing…
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Aaaand today is the first full day of Kindergarten. Aaaand my organically fed child is sick at home since Friday. Sigh. By this point I am starting to think I might have a kangaroo’s DNA in me. But I am intending to make the best out of this rainy sad Monday by embracing my cleaning lady, doing a killer HIIT workout and blogging what I can. I barely slept last night (just overwhelmed) but I will set that aside too. A few cups of black tea did their…
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Things are slowly settling back to normal after summer. Besides my mom coming for a long visit and me and Alex going for a dream team vacation of the decade, we are back to a routine. I did share on Tuesday oh how much I have missed school. I love summer but I equally love the first few months of fall when it is still warm enough, kids are busy and I have time for myself. Even walking by myself, even as close as to and from school makes…
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OMG SCHOOL IS BAAAACK! You have to understand. I have been waiting for 10 years for my kids to be taken care of by someone else besides me and Alex for free at least half a day!!! In PNW we do not start school until after the Labour Day. On top of that, add gradual entry to kindergarten with one day it is a 20 minute interview. Another day is off because another half class is attending. A day after come for a half day. Then oops, it’s…
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It was raining all week. Which I didn’t mind because I could finally bake and cook. On Wednesday I made a huge pot of this red lentil vegetable soup that lasted 2 days. Many of you might not know but I grew up with a single mom who had/has insomnia and anxiety issues. So, most days she was and still is not feeling well enough to do any normal daily activities that so many of us take for granted. On many of those days I heard her say “Let’s…
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This apple cinnamon smoothie is sponsored by Vega® and Silk® in an effort to help you Build a Better Smoothie. My apple tree is full of apples. Sour apples. Most of them have worms. But all organic. Periodically I go out, harvest a few and sort. Usually I make and freeze applesauce with wormed apples, which I use in baking recipes throughout the year. So far this year I have made one batch and still have a large stash from previous season. I should do a research on how to grow…
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Today I cooked like Alex. Whenever he has to cook (please note has, Alex doesn’t love to cook) all his meals are made in a pot or a skillet with onions and garlic. All of them. And they are type of a stir fry. It is a typical Russian way of cooking. I remember my grandma’s hands always smelled like onions. In fact, I am typing with onion fingers right now. And even watermelon tasting like onions lol. I still cringe if my mom or Alex cut any fruit…
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This purple plant-based 4 ingredient health amazingness is sponsored by Vega® and Silk® as part of Build a Better Smoothie campaign. I edited the pictures for this blueberry protein smoothie and felt an urge to workout. Something just didn’t feel right. I had to get my day going, adrenaline rushing and endorphins flowing. Now we can talk about all things plants, protein and health. No, this won’t be a boring talk. I promise. I will just share what is happening in iFOODreal’s household. Like real life. Very real. Hockey is back….
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I have been holding off to write this post for a few reasons. I substantially cut back on coffee and dairy in May and just wanted to make sure my experiment was successful. Secondly, I needed to make sure I could do this. Read on and you will understand why the selfie above. Coffee I have never been a coffee drinker until my 2nd child was born. With an active 4 year old I needed more energy after sleepless nights with the baby. Everyone around was drinking coffee so…
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