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You know that salad kit with kale, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and poppyseed dressing everyone raves about?! I have heard about it from my friends, neighbours, sister in law; seen it on Instagram etc. OK, so I found it at the grocery store, automatically turned around to read the ingredients list and…I don’t want to sound pessimistic but I was short of being impressed. Read more »

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I do not hide the fact I’m super picky with protein powders – they gotta be clean! Last month I wrote why I ditched whey protein and what are my favourite good tasting and healthy plant-based protein powders. A few weeks ago, I watched a documentary “GMO OMG” and wrote about what I learnt from it – very sad overall but we can change that! With every organic purchase we make we cast a vote, and define the landscape of our food system – for us and our kids.

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This mushroom stroganoff is a great replacement for traditional Russian beef stroganoff. Made with brown mushrooms, Greek yogurt and brown rice pasta (my favourite for this recipe), this vegetarian dish is hearty and healthier than traditional heavy cream version. I was pleasantly surprised to see that even without meat and being full of pasta it has a whopping 20 g of protein per serving. Those mushrooms, pasta and yogurt…I used 2% organic Greek yogurt I found at Costco. I prefer it to 0% because it’s creamier and is better…
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I am not against a certain industry or corporation – I want to know what is in our food and if it is healthy. Because GMOs have been proven to be harmful for our health and ecosystem, and even worse – the long-term effects are somewhat unknown, I’m choosing to stay away from GMOs. My common sense tells me if something is unknown – stay away. Makes sense, right?! We put on seatbelt while driving and buy life/home/auto insurance because we want to protect what matters to us most. And yet we…
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If you are paying $3 for a 14 oz can of organic BPA free beans, I have a solution for you – buy dried beans, cook them and freeze in resealable sandwich bags for later. It is three times cheaper! If you are feeding a family of 3 – 5 people, it takes on average 2 cans of beans to prepare one meal. That is $6 for beans only! However, if you are buying regular canned beans not sure if cooking your own is cheaper. However, wait, why…
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In our household, we do not think of crepes as a delicate French dessert but rather an inexpensive breakfast for dinner with amazing lunch leftovers, for school or work (big “yaaay” for divided containers). Making crepes might seem like an intimidating long process but in reality it doesn’t take longer than preparing a casserole. I usually make crepes during a few hours meal prep I do a few times a week. Just like with waffles. While each crepe is cooking, I can work on other dishes. I find preparing large batches…
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One of the reasons I seriously love this little space of mine because I meet so many like minded people. I will try to be politically correct and brave enough to say that majority of people in my real life do not share the same health and wellness interests as us (you know what I mean?!). Many of our friends think we are just constantly dieting, working out to be skinny and are paranoid about food LOL. I know they are polite and don’t say it. And that’s fine. We…
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I grew up with grandma’s steaming bowl of stew that would make my fingers sticky and smell like garlic. My husband grew up with the same stew on another side of the continent, 9,000 kms away. It tells me beef stew was an Eastern European traditional dish that fills your house and clothes with a stew smell. The same sweet smell of onions crawls from a neighbours’ house into my garage every morning I open it to take kids to school. I know exactly when grandma is cooking dinner. I find many…
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If you like roasted broccoli, you will love this delicious version topped with crunchy and cheesy clusters. It turned out better than I expected! Honestly, when Nature’s Path asked me to help with a heart healthy recipe (February is a Heart Health Month) that is low in fat and sugar, high in fibre, vegetarian and contains no eggs, my brain went into a coma. Especially, right after vacation…One night we ended up eating this…

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On New Year’s Eve we hosted a Ukrainian dinner party for our friends. One of the dishes I made were cabbage rolls. Everyone loved how they were big and meaty. I, on the other hand, swore that day it was last time I made cabbage rolls. Honestly, it took me hours and I was so frustrated in the process I had to take a walk in the park. I followed others advice to freeze and thaw cabbage instead of boiling it. Well, that didn’t work well, so I ended up boiling it….
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