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One of the readers left a comment on Clean Eating Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars saying she made them with Greek yogurt and cottage cheese instead of cream cheese. I was intrigued right away because it sounded healthier.

I was raised on rich homemade cottage cheese that resembles American farmer’s cheese. My mom and grandma would make it by boiling buttermilk, then draining in a cheesecloth hanging on a tap overnight. The result was dry, pressed and crumbly cottage cheese that we would eat with freshly made sour cream from a farmer’s market, homemade jam or fruit. It was our cheesecake.:)

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In Ukraine dairy was much healthier than today in North America. It is so hard to find good cottage cheese, even organic. Usually it’s low fat and contains additives. I’m not a fan of them but it’s reality, therefore cottage cheese is a treat. Read more »

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With all Holidays, sports events and many indoors gatherings during long winter months I thought I would share a Clean Eating dip that you can feel good about sharing with your friends. I used to think low fat, low carb and no calories food was the answer to a weight loss problem. As I get older and hopefully smarter, I learnt it’s not about the numbers but rather the quality of food and balance. Nowadays, I can eat this dip with a few multigrain chips and have a…
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Not your traditional dessert – filled with superfoods like chia, hemp and buckwheat, these dark chocolate bites will be the star of your Holiday sweets table. Sweet cranberries with a hint of vanilla, paired with roasted salted pistachios and coated in a crunchy chocolate shell – to die for! And they are so easy to make, store and then just pull out of the freezer a few minutes before serving. Perfect for busy Holidays. I first saw Nature’s Path Qi’a at Costco almost a year ago. I have been buying…
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Last year I attempted my first gingerbread cookies but they were nothing spectacular. This year kids were on my case about making gingerbread men cookies for Santa. Just like with gingerbread loaf, gingerbread men cookies are a new concept to me. Heck, most North American staple dishes are new to me. I first have to taste the original and then come up with a clean version of it. Before we started eating clean I never made gingerbreads because I didn’t have kids, like I say “all there”, to realize…
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Last week I was craving lighter, nutty and full of season’s flavour cookies. Similar to Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies I made last year. I was craving the taste of baked ground almonds in my mouth. Luckily I’m my own boss when it comes to food where as Alex and kids have to eat what I make. Right after dinner, I quickly went through my kitchen’s supplies and 40 minutes later I had these delicious gluten free cookies. Delicate, airy and super moist. The next day I took a few for my…
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For the longest time I have hesitated to post this recipe. Simply because these healthy cookies don’t look nearly as pretty and are not chewy as their sugar loaded counterparts. Then the other day I was browsing Internet for cookies made without sugar and came across Tessa’s (Handle the Heat) The Ultimate Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies. She showed a version made with whole wheat flour and maple syrup => I got inspired. That night I experimented making 4 batches of cookies and my kids absolutely loved them! I even…
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I have never made a gingerbread loaf before but that bottle of organic molasses looked too sexy not to buy. I’ve been eyeing it for a year now. I always stayed away from molasses thinking they are unhealthy being a byproduct of sugar manufacturing. Ha, not the case, particularly with unsulphured organic molasses. It is a healthful sweetener containing a handful of nutrients and minerals. I have put together a page with Clean Eating ingredients I Buy where I list products I use on a regular basis. While I find savoury…
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Only four ingredients, including salt and pepper, 20 minutes and you have a healthy crowd pleaser. We even had these mushrooms for dinner on top of quinoa because that’s how food blogging business runs – you eat what you cooked that day. These were absolutely delicious and so easy to prepare! With all the Holidays parties and potlucks, these juicy stuffed mushrooms will save you so much time! You can even prepare them in advance and bake right before serving. Great for transporting too.

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Chicken meatballs lightened up with zucchini in place of breadcrumbs and simmered in scrumptious balsamic harissa sauce. Ready in under 40 minutes and are mild enough for the kids. Serve as a main dish with brown rice, quinoa, salad or as an appetizer. Healthy comfort food at its best. These were soooo good! I love meatballs, especially chicken!!! I could never be vegan but I’m doing my best to eat plant based as much as I can. These were so juicy and tender. Traditionally harissa sauce is used in lamb dishes…
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For the past few weeks, I have been in a baking mood. Since Canadian Thanksgiving was last month, end November marks Christmas baking for me (absolutely new concept to a Ukrainian immigrant which I happily adopted). After dropping off kids at school and daycare (thank goodness for those establishments), I turn on Frank Sinatra radio, my oven and am having a blast making the biggest mess in my kitchen! Cooking is my therapy and lately I have added Christmas crafting to the list. Wine, cooking and crafting…I know……
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