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The best part about this tomato feta pasta salad is that it tastes juicy, flavourful and fresh any time of the year. End of summer, I use local beefsteak or roma tomatoes, and in winter green house grown tomatoes on the vine are flavourful and sort of affordable. If you are a Costco lover like me (my healthy Costco shopping list), you can buy that big tub of grape tomatoes (often just $1-2 more than conventional) and make this healthy pasta salad with feta cheese, bell pepper, parsley…
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As part of new website coming later this Fall, I’m introducing new weekly series – Farmers Market Haul. 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. Tomatoes:…
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The best homemade protein bars I ever made. These are to die for! Delicious, moist and extremely crunchy inside and outside. Even if you skip the topping, protein bars are crunchy. Although that means missing out on toasted almonds and chocolate. I made protein bars high fat instead of high in carbs and sugar on purpose. I’d rather eat healthy fats than sugar. And that’s my main problem with all commercial protein bars, not to mention a horrible list of ingredients.

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Comfort food lightened up with zucchini pasta “sheets” and made with 7 simple ingredients. I know there are many zucchini lasagna recipes out there but I thought I would share my healthy version simplified with store bought organic tomato sauce and without any extra steps to remove moisture from zucchini. Everything cooks in one pan and this recipe is quick enough to prepare even on a weeknight, just like my chicken zucchini with corn and zucchini bake with tomatoes and Parmesan recipes.

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Hey, hey, hey. I thought it would be only fair I showed up with a life update, because last time we talked was April. And let’s be honest, I was a bit of an emotional mess. I owe you an update, which I decided to do separately from tomato and red onion salad from now on. Many things have happened since April, many good things, that I will share. Therapy In spring, I decided to address the skeletons in my closet and see a counsellor to improve communication…
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Take full advantage of local tomato season before we are forced to eat supermarket tomatoes. My favourite way to eat this fruit is with salt and pepper, and this tomato and red onion salad is a direct reflection of my tastebuds – any kind of tomatoes, generous amount of sliced red onion, a tiny garlic clove tossed in Greek yogurt, salt and pepper. That’s it, simple like my simple tomato salad. So fresh, juicy, delicious and takes 10 minutes to make! For this tomato salad, any kind of…
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When I still had post-baby weight to lose, every Monday night I would watch The Biggest Loser. I found show motivational and relatable. One episode, there was healthy turkey chili recipe made and that recipe became a staple in our house, for over 5 years now. This ground turkey chili is healthier than its traditional counterparts because it’s made with leaner turkey instead of beef, chock full of vegetables and uses simple preservative-free spices like organic taco seasoning and chili powder (=> 3 must have homemade spice recipes)….
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Soft and moist little breads made 100% whole wheat, sweetened only with dates, filled with scrumptious organic cream cheese and topped with out of this world cinnamon pepita crumb topping. And of course, pumpkin in every bite with a bit of cream cheese. These whole wheat pumpkin muffins have a spot on amount of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and cream cheese. Delicious! My kids are super picky with sweets, any kind. I probably said that many times. I thought cream cheese muffins would be more appealing to them. I was…
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If you have lots of leftover quinoa from last night’s dinner and ground turkey in the freezer, this ground turkey quinoa casserole with a giant pack of baby spinach is for you. Some of my favourite casseroles are made with quinoa: Tex Mex black bean quinoa casserole, spinach artichoke quinoa casserole and spinach chicken quinoa casserole. Quinoa is a queen of healthy whole grains, full of complete protein and contains all essential amino acids. Treat it like rice but quinoa is even better, simply just because it is ready in…
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A few years ago, a health conscious neighbour shared delicious crustless quiche recipe that I loved taste of but my stomach didn’t agree with amount of dairy in it. Never being able to forget an experience of a cold savoury quiche on a summer morning, which created heaven in my mouth, this year I was set to come up with my own super simple and healthy crustless zucchini quiche recipe using only a few ingredients: lots and lots of grated zucchini, many fresh local eggs and a small…
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