Hi and Welcome to ifoodreal.com
My name is Olena and this is my website where I share simple real food recipes with an Eastern European flare.
I’m married to Alex who helps me run this website and turns my cooking into videos. True magic, all of it. Together we are raising 2 boys, Kyle and Adam.
I grew up in Ukraine and immigrated to Canada when I was 19. After a Business degree, a short career in oil and gas industry, and working as a Realtor for 4 years, I ended up at home with 2 babies, a bit of extra weight and unemployed. It was a bit tough, I won’t lie. But then in 2012, ifoodreal was born thanks to Alex (I told you he is magic).
It’s been wonderful 5 years thanks to all of you, my readers!
About our food
It’s very-very-very simple. Life is busy, we get it, so putting healthy quick meals on the table is our priority too. After years of trying various diets, fat burning workouts and counting calories, I am now more confident than ever that cooking “normal” recipes with wholesome ingredients, engaging in physical activity that I truly enjoy, drinking an occasional glass of wine, and enjoying treats in moderation is what my body needs.
On ifoodreal.com you will find classics made healthier, “new” foods like quinoa prepared simply, many dishes with a vegetable overload and meat in moderation. Whenever it helps us to eat healthy faster, we are all in for utilizing a slow cooker, one pot and single sheet pan. Meal prep and freezer are our friends. All of my recipes have easy to follow instructions (some with a video demo), are quick to make, and use ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store. And Costco, oh how I love Costco for its healthy food choices, and their prices!
Get Back on Track Challenge
Feeling down and don’t know where to start? Why don’t you join our Get Back on Track Challenge, it’s completely FREE! For a whole month, we will tell you what to eat, emailing a meal plan + shopping list to you every week. We run this challenge twice a year, so join now not to miss the next one. You will be glad you did! Healthified traditional dishes, no deprivation, more energy and weight loss. I promise you will lose weight unless you drink pop daily. Don’t hold me accountable then, K?!
Stay in touch
If you have any questions (I mean it), feel free to email me. There are no silly questions when it comes to cooking and I reply to every single comment and email.
If you would like to work with me or request a media kit, email me as well. Please note I work only with brands that truly fit a definition of “real food”.
Olena and Family