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Well, today is Friday and perfect burger time! Juicy chicken burger with mashed avocado and homemade sweet with heat mustard sauce. If you are not Canadian you might not know this sauce. No, it is not the sweet heat BBQ sauce I found in Google. I do not think there is anything like this in the US or is there?! Sweet with heat mustard is basically a combo of yellow mustard, red bell pepper, honey and red pepper flakes. So, it is sweet with heat. Pairs extremely well…
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A mushroom spinach salad that happened by a total accident. This is yet the tastiest spinach salad I have ever tried! I know there are so many spinach salad recipes and every year summer comes and goes, and I do not have a staple recipe I rely on. Just the way it was and no other explanation. Until I took my 5 year old grocery shopping with me last week… He wasn’t excited but I handed him a basket on wheels and said “Load it up”. Most kids love doing…
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As awkward as mushroom vinaigrette may sound, it was one of the most delicious salad dressings I ever made! It is not made with actual mushrooms (that I think would be awkward) but rather a liquid coming out from mushrooms during sautéing. Aha, the one you drain. Why did I do that before?! Aaaaaa. You can also use organic mushroom broth. The spinach salad I will post on Wednesday was swimming in this mushroom vinaigrette mixed with melted goat cheese. The rest is top secret – coming out…
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This ground chicken patties recipe (also known as cakes and chicken mince burgers) will knock your socks off! And the best part is they are super lean, use minimum ingredients and kids love them. Growing up in Ukraine my grandma made these all the time and we used to say they are like spitz – highly addictive. Grandma didn’t make her chicken mince patties with chicken breasts but rather with any part of chicken. She fried them with oil and flour. I used no flour. To help patties stay together…
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Honestly, there is a reason I don’t bake. If I start experimenting with baking I just know that I will be eating non-stop. Eating is a part of my job. Like with this honey almond cake recipe – I swear me and Alex ate most of it when I first made it for Easter. Yes, it is a healthier cake but it is still sugar and a cake. I ain’t gonna fool myself. I can’t stop with desserts so I trained myself better not to start at all. Plus I…
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On Monday I was supposed to make strawberry honey almond cake that I tested for Easter and posted on Instagram. It was Alex’s birthday. We are generally not the adults who love to celebrate our birthdays in a traditional way. We had an active weekend  exploring the beaches and hiking in Larrabee park. That is how we like to celebrate – do something new, fun (mostly outdoors), followed by a nice restaurant meal. I wish this didn’t cost a million. I checked on zillow. I have to remember to come…
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OK, my friends. So, I have been a really good girl these past 3 weeks – I cut out wine, added sugar (including maple syrup and honey) and bready carbs from my diet. You are probably tired of hearing it from me – my jeans suffocate me. So, something has got to give. And it is not my jeans. It has to be the food. Since I can’t duct tape my mouth, I better learn to control my hands that move food into that same mouth. So, I thought…
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I find March to June the worst months to shop for quality produce. I am already tired of squash, kale and citrus. Asparagus – I broiled it and added to a soup. I had enough of smelly toilet trips. For almost 3 weeks I couldn’t find organic apples and now that I did they cost an arm and a leg. As I glance through magazines and blogs mentioning spring’s produce bounty I am honestly puzzled where do those people live?! Or are they talking about new greenhouse’s crops? So, I…
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Meat is expensive. Can’t deny that. Organic meat costs even more. So, I find my ways to save money on meat in 2 Ukrainian ways: Back doors – just like with Chernobyl train tickets I got my ways to get free organic meat. My mom supplies us with venison her and her husband hunt in the prairies. I turn cheap ingredients like veggies and grains into large volume soups and filling fritters, burgers and cakes. Yesterday it was vegetarian oatmeal patties. What happened yesterday anyways?! By noon, I found myself pulling…
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Last Monday Alex took sockeye salmon fillet from the freezer and declared he will be making salmon stir fry on Tuesday night. Some weekends when both of us get to the end of the rope with life and kids, we go through a 10 minute pointing fingers “you don’t do this, and you don’t do this” exchange of love. Joys of marriage. That made me happy. For about an hour. Typical female behaviour. On Tuesday, I was on a couch thinking how it is our last stash of salmon, how I…
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