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A healthy version of so popular Chinese takeout dish – Bourbon Chicken. It is a hybrid of Chinese and Southern US cuisines and is named after Bourbon Street in New Orleans. As the name suggests, the original recipe contains bourbon whiskey, but chances are you are like me and don’t have it in your bar. I could easily make Red Wine Chicken though.:) I found this recipe on Food.com and with some adjustments created a light version of juicy, sweet, spicy and salty Bourbon Chicken. To thicken the sauce, I…
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I have never been a squash fan. Squash. Whaaaaat?! I just, honestly, didn’t know what to do with it and let’s be honest – do your kids like squash? I don’t cook separate meals, so I try to split the suffering between us and the kids 50/50. Yesterday, it was Adam’s turn to whine and nobody else’s. But that little bugger…love him to death, my precious child…wouldn’t eat neither chicken chili con queso nor cabbage rolls casserole. I got away with pear & chia whole wheat pancakes though….
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One weekday morning last week, while still in the summer mode full of beach times, school free and potty training less, I made the boys these crunchy, fluffy and moist whole wheat pancakes. To be clear – I do not make pancakes on weekdays, not even from a mix. And if you do, then you are perfectly perfect, just like these pancakes. For me, pancakes are a weekend thing. Are we still friends? Juicy & fragrant pear, crunchy & nutty chia seeds, only 1 tbsp of agave, egg,…
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How was your long weekend? Mine was extremely busy with painting our house’s trim, entertaining and kids. But it was great and the weather helped.:) Amongst all the cooking I got done during the weekend, was this fragrant, creamy and cheesy Crock Pot Chicken Chili Con Queso – a hybrid of chicken chili and famous Tex Mex cheesy dip known as Chile Con Queso. Just to make sure we are on the same page, this recipe is not a dip. But rather an easy and clean main course…
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Being from Ukraine, I ate a lot of cabbage rolls in my life. My grandma used to make the best cabbage rolls and they were simple. Over the years in Canada, I have tasted some store-bought and deli made cabbage rolls. They were small, full of rice and bacon and made with sour cabbage. For me, a cabbage roll is the size that you can eat only 2 or 3, meaty and juicy. You mash it in your plate, make a big unappetizing looking mess with sour cream on…
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Healthy mango granola bars, just in time for back-to-school/work season. Are you ready? I’m sooooooo ready for school, it’s about time. If you have kids, you get it. 8 PM bedtime, 1 child free, homework, soccer games and lunch packing… Oh, well, life goes on and my life is full of Mango Coconut Nut & Seed Bars these days. Made them 3 times in 2 days. Tested on Alex, kids, 3 of my neighbours, Alex’s co-worker, Alex’s train buddy, you name it. All thumbs up. Roasted peanuts (can be…
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At the end of summer, when vegetables and herbs are in abundance, I love to make a vegetable ratatouille. It’s fast, easy and an extremely fresh vegetarian dish. And with a little bit of balsamic vinegar and a hottie pepper, you get a ratatouille with a kick. Can be a main meal or a side.

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If you have never been to Tofino, you should go!It is located on the west side of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. A surfing capital of Canada, a cold one though.:) Tofino is a small town, known for the Long Beach, surfing, fishing and whale watching. Very different! The only way to get there is by ferry from Vancouver. And then a 3 hour windy road and a gorgeous drive. Total = 7 hours. Not close, so go for at least 3-4 days. If it’s your first time here,…
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If you love mojitos and shrimp, then serve this no mess summer appetizer at your next BBQ party. Summer is not over, not yet! In Vancouver, we get gorgeous Indian summer up until the end of September. I won’t lie, shrimp is expensive and higher in cholesterol but at same time it’s full of protein, omega 3 and is full of concentrated source of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient called astaxanthin. Also, it’s hard to find wild or sustainably raised variety. That’s why moderation is key.