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Easy and healthy Thai Chicken Salad Recipe with peanuts and Greek yogurt that is perfect for meal prep, with quinoa or in a whole wheat sandwich. | ifoodreal.com

Hola! I’m back from Mexico City and will share my trip as soon as we return from San Juan Islands, WA, the trip I will have to share too (can you tell that I think “life is short”?!). Like after any vacation, I was craving my homemade food, and now with both of us working from home I am very intentional about meal prepping. Yes, I did meal prep (which is on the list to share too) and this Thai chicken salad recipe was a huge part of it and a huge hit! We served it 3 days in a row with quinoa, in a sandwich on sprouted whole wheat bread, and by the spoon with tortilla chips while sipping on whiskey. Lots of things are happening and I present you this colourful salad video. Read more »

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Originally published Oct 2016. Healthy carrot soup made with carrots from Alberta. And potatoes too. Then paprika and coriander fried, of course, with onion and garlic. Everything cooked in homemade chicken stock with tender organic chicken. Yes, you can use store bought to save on time but not money. Depends on a day. I get it. My garage’s floor is covered with bags and boxes lined with newspaper full of mom’s earthy produce. Not exaggerating at all, she brought about 20 lbs of tomatoes, 15 lbs of beets, 30 lbs…
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Healthy Crockpot Butter Chicken is an ultimate comfort Indian food made lighter, healthier and in a slow cooker for an added convenience. And despite the name, this dish contains not a teaspoon of butter (neither does Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala which is similar but different). Although nothing is wrong with a bit of organic butter in your diet. Traditionally butter chicken is made with yogurt and spices. Then I’ve seen Americanized versions with cups and cups of whipping cream. Or even better with jarred Tandoori sauce. Trust…
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What I like about this slow cooker turkey meatloaf is that it’s lower on meat but rather is “beefed up” with red lentils, and contains zero breadcrumbs that are successfully replaced by oats. I love substituting some of the meat with lentils or beans in traditional recipes (on my to do list is half lentils bolognese sauce) because they help cut back on meat for health and budget reasons.

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Good news is that if you are a pumpkin fan – you will appreciate hints of pumpkin in a cheesy pasta pot, and if you are not a pumpkin fan (like my kids) – you won’t taste it as much and can easily substitute with a can of tomato sauce. But I suggest you try making this one pot taco pasta with pumpkin because its fiber, potassium and vitamin C content are so beneficial for our heart health, and you can barely taste it. Not to mention creaminess…
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Originally published in 2015. It is cold and crisp in PNW. -4 C in the morning is borderline state of emergency on the West Coast. I have a good laugh watching neighbours covering their cars with blankets after living in Alberta for 8 years. There, you turn heater on in the morning and AC in the afternoon in summer. Only in Alberta. In winter, plug your car below -25 C and other times just make sure to always have that scraper thing.

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I think I’m about 17 years behind with this healthy chicken wild rice soup. Since day one, as a brand new North American, creamy soup on any fast food joint’s menu made my heart stop – it looks SO good! Fast forward to 2017, and I’m proud to be making creamy healthy chicken wild rice soup without a cup of butter, heavy cream or white flour but still so creamy. And it literally won’t make our hearts stop. 

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I baked 8 lbs of spaghetti squash, used some for making extremely (!!!) delicious chow mein, and the rest is tucked in the fridge for a week. Well, the rest is only 2 lbs, which makes this spaghetti squash chow mein loaded with 6 lbs of squash, in addition to cabbage and carrots. I whisked my own imitation of healthy homemade oyster sauce, and kids were squeaking like a bunch of piglets with excitement, that’s while chomping on lbs and lbs of spaghetti squash. If you are brave…
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40 healthy spaghetti squash recipes including casseroles, boats, bowls and pasta, for real life without crazy amount of cheese and weird ingredients. I personally went through each recipe from other talented healthy cooks to make sure recipe is relatively easy, doesn’t contain a lot of ingredients, ingredients are simple, and spaghetti squash recipes are healthy because what is the point of eating spaghetti squash casserole if it’s loaded with 3 cups of cheese, right?! And although I haven’t tested every single recipe, I found at least one comment…
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Spaghetti squash mixed with organic cream of mushroom soup, tomato sauce, cheese and tender turkey pieces, then topped with crunchy Panko breadcrumb topping and baked until bubbly and golden. This spaghetti squash casserole was SO delicious, comforting and at same time guilt free. After trying spaghetti squash quiche with kale and mushrooms, I have experimented with  a few casseroles using spaghetti squash instead of traditional pasta (see vegetarian baked spaghetti squash casserole).