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You can pull off this turkey taco soup mostly with pantry ingredients and minimal effort, because this healthy taco soup is either ready quickly on a stovetop or cooks itself in slow cooker while you are gone. Whatever method you choose, I’m sure it will work perfectly for this chaotic time of the year with back to school and sports. I’m certainly feeling “under the weather” of math homework and hockey tryouts. But then summer is nice, but kids are home – no perfect scenario in this life exists….
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I always-always tell people when asked how I manage to cook healthy while raising 2 kids and running a business, that key to success is to cook big pots of soup, stews, stir fries and other types of throw together one pot meals. Healthy meals that are affordable because many times anything can go in that pot, quick because chop-chop and it doesn’t have to be perfect, and because you open the fridge or freezer and leftovers are staring at you! Meals like ground turkey stew, soba noodle stir…
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I can assure you, there is no perfect answer what are the healthiest cooking oils. It is super overwhelming and confusing to complete a simple task like choosing cooking oil today. It’s 2017 – many things are complicated that shouldn’t be. I have summed up 3 organic (non-GMO), affordable and healthy cooking oils after conducting a thorough research and using common sense, that I believe are good for our bodies. And the most important thing about my oils – 3 of them can be found in Costco for a reasonable…
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I hope you are not buying tomatoes at supermarket in September. OK, if you are, I hope you are making sure they are not from Mexico, in September. Because right now is prime tomato harvest season near you. Actually, ALL fruits and veggies coming down with a blasting speed, making me completely mad woman because I want to buy them ALL, and in fact I seem to be doing just that – see my last farmers market haul. Rice stuffed tomatoes is entirely European concept. Born in North…
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I am on a cauliflower kick this week – Thai cauliflower rice and cauliflower biscuits. I just want to clarify something – I’m fully aware that these are not real biscuits. And so isn’t cauliflower pizza crust recipe really a pizza and cauliflower breadsticks aren’t actual breadsticks. They don’t have a light airy fluffy texture but rather more of vegetable muffins or big cauliflower tots. They did resemble biscuits in a sense though and we all loved them. It was a nice change in our so beaten up menu. I wouldn’t make them often or…
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Once a week, June – October, I shop at local farm stand for produce that has been grown without use of pesticides in the most natural way. It is not certified organic, however it is local and as good as it gets. I recommend to do your best due diligence to ask farmers at your local farmers market about their growing methods and just concentrate on buying real food. For last week’s shopping, see farmers market haul in August. We are definitely in a prime harvest season for…
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In the past few years, cauliflower pizza crust has gained a huge popularity among people who are watching their carb intake.  Now you can indulge in “pizza”, America’s favourite comfort food, and eat it too. I held off making cauliflower pizza crust recipe until now, simply because I was confused by various cooking methods, and knew it would take me some time to come up with a foolproof recipe. And I was right, it took me 3 pizzas and 2 days, and here we are. You are looking at…
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Quick and healthy chicken with fresh tomatoes that are in their prime ripeness end of August – beginning of September, and that I can’t stop buying during my farmers market haul every week. So juicy, sweet and tender local tomatoes are nothing like supermarket’s “cardboard” tomatoes we are about to experience, so hurry up and eat them while you can. If you need help with eating tomatoes (half of mine disappear as slices sprinkled with salt), check out my tomato and red onion salad, lettuce tomato cucumber salad…
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I love quinoa in any shape or form, even in slow cooker breakfast quinoa and quinoa granola bars. Quinoa makes amazing quinoa falafel, quinoa bread recipe and quinoa granola. It is (relatively) new superfood and for a good reason – full of protein, complex carbs and high in soluble fiber. And it cooks in 12 minutes versus 45 minutes for brown rice. Quinoa can be pricey if bought in small packages. That’s why I always buy a huge bag at Costco (=> my healthy Costco shopping list). Making quinoa cakes has…
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I thought I would share all the foods we eat organic on a budget because everyone is curious what I buy. Besides eating clean and real food, we eat 80% organic (certified or not), pesticide free and chemical free food. Organic label isn’t always the best or necessary, I will share my common sense tips on how to save money by eating almost organic without paying a lot of money. Once we ditched processed and convenience foods, gazillion of toxic cleaning supplies, paper towels and etc. tissues, we…
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