Melt in your mouth pumpkin blondies on the menu this week! Fudgy, moist, rich and made without flour or eggs. I’m NOT joining a tribe of cooking weirdness, I promise, but I love to mix things up in my diet to keep it more balanced. Yes, you guessed it right – blondies with chickpeas. Aha. I promise there is 3 out of 150% chickpea taste in them. Test on the pickiest husband/boyfriend, if you have one. Mine will eat anything, even recipe tests I don’t like, Alex loves them. For example, last night’s school friendly granola bars.
Fudgy pumpkin blondies in my house begin with yellow pumpkin and ripped out backsplash in the background. Can you see it? It kind of adds a rustic look to the pictures haha. Should I just leave it at that and save $1,500?! Last week we started kitchen renos and all I could do is eat pumpkin recipes with my eyes on Pinterest. But this week I got my countertops, sink and faucet (which is THE BEST part of my new kitchen) and I’m on a roll again. I promise I will be doing a kitchen post very soon. Read more »
Eating pumpkin soup and celebrating all things Halloween is still new to me. I see how my kids’ eyes light up and I wish I could relate. Growing up in Ukraine, we celebrated Fall by juicing apples, canning apple juice and mushroom picking in a nearby forest. Fall also meant it was time to start eating jams canned during summer months as there was no fresh produce available till next summer. We really survived on canning everything, with salt and sugar of course.
Have you ever been to Los Angeles?! Disneyland with kids does not count. We just returned from a 5 day trip attending ShiftCon conference – all about organic and non-GMO food, although it might not look like looking at the pictures. I swear I spent 2 days in an air conditioned hotel conference rooms eating kale and quinoa. By the way, Marriott Manhattan Beach was fantastic. Not cheap with Canadian $ exchange rate but we live only once, right?! Well, I know for sure I’m not a cat and am…
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I just returned from Los Angeles and truly wished this Breakfast Quinoa was waiting for me on a counter this morning. I made this recipe and took pictures last week and am making again tonight. I had to send kids to school/daycare with emergency Costco’s cheese pizza and at least all organic packaged snacks and baby food pouches I brought from attending the ShiftCon. I’m staring at these photos and they are very refreshing compared to the collagen diluted in water and protein shakes I have consumed today….
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I think I can speak for everyone and say “We all love meatballs!”. When I told my kids I’m making meatballs for dinner, the eyes exploded with fireworks. I recently was at Ikea and saw their new vegetarian meatballs, and then their traditional meat meatballs which apparently are now made with more sustainably raised meat. Thanks for trying, Ikea! So, I got “turned on” by Ikea meatballs. Plus it is a true Fall weather which begs for warm cozy food.
This Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes” came out FANTASTIC!!! On a scale of 1 to 10, cauliflower taste = 0.5. Whoever came up with an idea for a cauliflower mash as a faux mashed potatoes is genius! You could easily swap it for mashed potatoes any time. I love mashed potatoes and eat them occasionally, more than that with turkey bacon and cream cheese, but I would make this for a lighter meal. Everything in moderation, my friends. And I’m so past the stage of deprivation. Mashed potatoes, bacon and cream…
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Epic vegan muffins! Low in sugar to make them breakfast worthy, and high healthy fat and fibre content keeps you satisfied for hours. And that crunch from Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola is mmm-mmm-mmm. Not to mention it is organic, delicious and affordable. These muffins in its all entirety are made with simple organic ingredients you can find in almost any store these days. Isn’t it wonderful how affordable and accessible organic food is becoming?! By the way, we are celebrating Organic Week in Canada, September 19 – 27, by…
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No secret I eat mostly organic food. In fact, this is what iFOODreal is about.:) I believe organic food is the most nutritious, delicious and the best food you can get today. Grandma’s garden is great but is not a reality for majority of us, including me. Therefore, I choose Organics – the most heavily regulated food system in Canada. Today, September 19th, is the first day of Canada’s National Organic Week – the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. The celebration offers wide variety of…
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Stuffed bell peppers are wonderful because they are easy vegetables to be stuffed (unlike cabbage leaves, hence Lazy Cabbage Rolls Skillet) and anything goes as for the stuffing. Therefore, the detailed name because I am planning on posting many other stuffing variations. Bell peppers are on a Dirty Dozen list so I’m taking an advantage of Fall farmer’s market while I can still get bell peppers grown without pesticides and herbicides. Organic bell peppers are pricey and we usually use them for snacks in winter.
We blinked and Fall is here! Summers are always intense and short. Get why?! Because summer lasts really only 2-3 months out of 12. So, yeah, it is short.:) I’m not sure I would want it to last longer though. Part of me is sad dinners at the lake are over but other part of me is happy about all things Fall: baking, crispy air, school, rain. I love any day in North America. Life is so easy here and worry free if you think about it on…
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