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Creating classic yet healthy all time favourite mashed “potatoes” recipe, I had a few things in mind: Thanksgiving is upon us. If you don’t know, Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated in the 1st half of October vs. at the end of November in the US. Every time I start looking for pumpkin in American stores at the end of August, I get weird blonde looks. I hate peeling vegetables. I wanted the mashers to be yellow. I was going after light, airy and fluffy texture. That’s why I…
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  The day Louise from Healthy Recipes Magazine was browsing Healthy Aperture and found me and my recipes, changed my life. Well, not in a way Alex and 2 kids changed my life, but still. Haha. She offered to publish my Coconut Cilantro Grilled Chicken in their magazine and I said a very dramatic “Yes”. Why not?! The magazine is totally up my alley, has beautiful design and Louise was sweet as a pea to work with.   Then when my recipe was published, she approached me and…
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I have a nice problem to have – I’m buried in frozen salmon up to my ears. (Very!) Hypothetically speaking, if me and Alex ever would get divorced, it would be over his fishing or driving. Love him to bits.:) This peanut butter salmon was special for a special occasion. Alex caught it during our last trip to Tofino, while Olena was babysitting…again. But I didn’t complain much. 1. We don’t buy farmed fish. 2. This kind and size of salmon would cost $70 at the fish market, $120…
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Hands down, this is the best clean pumpkin pie I ever had! It is quite easy to make delicious pie with a bunch of butter, flour and sugar. But when it comes to a clean dessert, it’s a challenge. I was up for it, although scared to death. In the last 3 days, I made 3 pumpkin pies. That’s why I want you to close your eyes and pretend you can’t see those small white dots of cream cheese. It was experiment #3 and a thought of making pumpkin…
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Today is not a story day. Today is super awesome Thai turkey meatballs day! I got my new dishwasher that can even make Thai meatballs.:) In all seriousness, we have a deal: I make the meatballs and he does the dirty job. And he knows his job really well. Meatballs don’t have to be smothered in tomato sauce (hello, slow cooker porcupine meatballs), nor they have to be simmered for hours (hi, meatless meatballs). They can have your favourite Thai flavours, be cooked in a skillet, within 30 minutes….
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Pasta e Fagioli means beans and pasta –  slow cooker pasta e ravioli soup with kale in my world. And I can’t believe I have only 6 soup recipes on my blog so far. Whaaaaaat?! I grew up on soups and I cook them quite often. Soups are fast, cheap and a great way to use any leftovers. You know that half tomato, yesterday’s sausage and 2 days old pasta?! Instead of garbage can, they go into Olena’s soups. If not for Alex, this soup wouldn’t be here…
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OMG, guys, this slow cooker pumpkin stew is phenomenal! Although it might be hard to tell what’s in my pumpkin stew, even if you stare at it for 20 minutes, it is awesome. Sweet, savoury and cozy pumpkin stew with chicken, quinoa, sweet potatoes and artichokes. So perfect for cool days that are not so cool.:) And drumroll, soccer and fit moms…It is cooking itself in your slow cooker and requires no pre-cooking. You don’t even need to mess a cutting board with chicken. No sautéing. And you can…
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Sunday. Today is a perfect day for muffins with blueberries, pumpkin and crumbs. It’s pouring rain and I’m sitting at Tim Hortons, sipping on green tea and feeling lucky. With wet showered hair, hungry from only lunch – pureed carrot-kale smoothie a.k.a green smoothie by Alex, and waiting for Kyle to finish the 3rd Birthday party of the month, I still feel awesome. Yeah…I do!

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It’s clean and healthy. I know what you are thinking. Corn chowder. Whaaat?! This girl must have watched too much Triple D’s. As in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. LOVE that show! Most stuff is totally gross but so cool to see different places, food and people. And the fact that Guy ate all of that…Honestly, I’m gonna be so blunt now and if he ever reads this, and it will be a matter of question to hire me or not, he would not! But I have to say…
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If you don’t like yams or sweet potatoes, listen before you give up on them completely. The same story with squash – I didn’t care for it until Stovetop Squash Mac and Cheese happened. That pillowy soft sauce is addictive by the spoon, straight from the blender. Read the comments. Neither did I like yams until the last camping trip, when Christie pan fried them with oil, garlic and salt. They caramelized and became my favourite dessert for dinner. Seriously! And that’s exactly how I cooked my yams for this…
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