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I made true clean eating, one pan teriyaki dinner with chicken and cauliflower. Served with brown rice or could be quinoa. No hoisin sauces, mirin and sake wines, and of course no yucky bottles of teriyaki sauce.

Hence, the lighter brown colour of clean homemade teriyaki sauce sans loads of brown sugar. Basically, teriyaki chicken for 1 % of North Americans => us #beproud. I love to veg up meals with bulky veggies because…for obvious reasons. You might also like my chicken curry with cauliflower.

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Greens for breakfast anyone?! And without eggs. Rather spinach, kale and full of whole grains organic Nature’s Path Love Crunch Granola Aloha blend, which is not only delicious but also socially and environmentally responsible (see below). Not savoury, not overly sweet, just the right amount of everything good for us and tasty. Because no matter how healthy meal is, if it is not tasty who wants to eat it, right?! I have been craving all things beachy, minty and pineapple-y lately. That is February for you with dreamy…
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You might think I’m getting ready for a Superbowl. In fact, I am not. I realized what are those black smudges on players’ faces just last year. I’m getting better though – I used to think it is dirt only realizing they play on a turf field years later. I was puzzled why would you play in a crisp white clothes on a muddy field?! Just like I’m still puzzled by baseball’s uniform or hockey players wearing suit and tie arriving for the game. What the heck?! I mean it…
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I am on a major Parmesan kick. Whenever I feel “blah” I crave Parmesan cheese, I eat it by the slice. I love its hard and crumbly texture, not to mention the taste. I have been feeling “blah” the past few days, starting Monday (shocking?!). It is a mixture of winter blues, my absolutely high maintenance 5 year old, work overload and things that have to be done at home. I need light in the evening and morning desperately. I can’t believe how exhausting a barely 4 feet tall…
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I can’t believe I just said that I’m not willing to get help and am posting now looking for help. I guess it took me to say it out loud to realize how swamped I am and face it that I need help badly. I do have a separation anxiety letting it go some of control over iFOODreal but I can’t be one woman operation. I need to get back in the kitchen and away from the computer screen.

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Why acai smoothie bowls? Why not a mango lassi smoothie bowl topped with all my tropical favourites: Nature’s Path Coconut Chia organic granola, goji berries, coconut flakes, Brazilian nuts and kiwi. I have to confess I have never made a smoothie bowl in my life. However, as part of my healthy path journey I’m trying to step outside of my comfort zone. And it is true – if you want to be healthy not “on” and “off” you have to incorporate new types of meals and foods otherwise…
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I find breakfast the most boring meal of the day. And I think it is not only me because health world has embraced chia pudding, egg quinoa muffins and smoothie bowls with a big fat “welcome”. If you are not health conscious you can grab a size of your head muffin at a bakery in your office building, order an egg sausage sandwich at the nearest drive thru or eat a bowl of sugary cereal. 3-4 bucks and you are done. Sigh, that is easy but is not an option…
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Once my mom asked what she could help with in the kitchen. I said “Please peel and cut the squash”. By the time she was chopping it I have heard many complaints and the last one was “That is exactly why squash is so cheap!”. And that is exactly why I have barely any squash recipes on iFOODreal – I was simply never offered it. But I’m a big girl now who can decide what she eats. Ha! And I’m buying squash of all shapes and colours because…
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Let me tell you how I envision my healthy path in 2016 since we started talking about yours. I really upped my game in a smoothie department and I’m shocked how fun it is to whip up different smoothies! Like this pina colada smoothie made with Nature’s Path Coconut Chia granola, frozen pineapple chunks and Greek yogurt…So-so-so good and who would think to add granola to a smoothie, right?! But it totally works making one heck of a healthy milkshake high in fat, fibre and protein without the protein powder.

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Food photography depends on weather like I depend on wine while raising my children. Today was a very grey day with never ending rain. So, I digged through my “to post” folder and found this winter citrus salad dressing. It is sweetened by oranges and spiced by fresh ginger. It is so good it deserves a post of its own. I already used it in making Winter Fruit Kale and Citrus Quinoa Salads. I guess it is that good!