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We love Parmesan zucchini sticks and I have baked tomatoes topped with Parmesan cheese a number of times. So, I thought why not to combine both with some garlic and make a zucchini bake?! Cheese with garlic is always a winning combo. In Ukraine, garlic and dill go together like lime and cilantro in Mexico. Great success! This zucchini tomato casserole literally took me 5 minutes of chopping and other 25 minutes I was working on grilled lemon rosemary chicken, while zucchini bake was in the oven. 

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For over a decade, I couldn’t believe that something as simple as brewed plain black tea was poisoned by hard to pronounce chemicals, artificial colour and various forms of highly processed sugar. Or that 16 oz could cost as much as $3. I always thought there must be a secret that makes store-bought iced tea special. Nope, there isn’t. After making kombucha from scratch, I became quite experienced with brewing tea in pots instead of cups, and three 1 lb bags of Numi organic tea are meant to…
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Ever since returning from San Francisco road trip, I have been living off of cold healthy brown rice pudding for breakfast, salads for dinner and healthy iced tea (recipe coming this week) in between. I came up with this savoy cabbage salad recipe one hot night when all there was in my fridge a savoy cabbage I couldn’t just pass by at the farm stand, empty veggie drawers and a container of Greek yogurt. I’m “addicted” to savoy cabbage this summer even though I have always thought of…
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At the beginning of July, we went on a 9 day road trip with kids from Vancouver, BC to as far as Big Sur, California; driving 3,800 kms, stopping at hotels along the way and making it one of the BEST experiences of our lives. Words can’t describe how many laughs we have had as a family and how beautiful Northern and Central California is. We left on July 1st, Canada Day, and in its honour we drove our way through Pacific Coast with a flag and tattoos….
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Low carb cauliflower bread recipe that is an alternative to traditional breadsticks. These homemade cauliflower breadsticks are flavourful, cheesy and with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Yes, this recipe is foolproof, just like my so popular cauliflower pizza crust recipe. However, I won’t lie and warn you that it is a bit time consuming, so I highly suggest to double the recipe. But these cauliflower breadsticks will come out right, you will be able to pick them up by hand. I know you are wondering about that –…
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Creamy healthy potato salad is possible with Greek yogurt and with a help of my Ukrainian heritage. I combined my childhood favourite egg, radish and cucumber salad with traditional North American potato salad, and the result is lighter and healthier potato salad without sacrificing the flavour. I tested recipe three times and me and my 10 year old (he is becoming one excellent cook with a dream of owning a food truck one day) agreed in unison that radishes and cucumbers add a delightful crunch, slicing potatoes in rounds…
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In Ukraine, there are as many variations of lettuce tomato cucumber salad as there are cooks. I grew up eating this salad in summer and it was always different depending on what was in my grandma’s garden and fridge. This is my version of traditional Eastern European garden salad, and believe it or not, it contains no garlic, rather one secret ingredient that makes this salad SO MUCH better than any other garden salads. I based my chickpea avocado salad on this lettuce tomato cucumber salad, and this shrimp avocado tomato…
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I have gathered most popular healthy potluck recipes on iFOODreal that everyone will be eager to try and yet the recipes that offer nutritional value. When it comes to potluck recipes, we all are looking for recipes that can be prepared ahead and travel well. Either a hearty quinoa salad, a make ahead guacamole that doesn’t brown or a healthy freezer pie, I got you covered with a real food recipe you can bring to your next gathering. Healthy summer potluck season to you! Memorial Day, 4th of…
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This cheesy cauliflower rice is a perfect way to use up summer’s bounty and “eat your vegetables” (and “have your cheese”). I came across “California snow” at Costco the other day and my fridge is overflowing with first local organic zucchini. If a cup of cheese helps us eat 7 cups of vegetables, so be it, correct?! This sauteed cauliflower and zucchini recipe comes together in minutes, takes 15 minutes to make, requires ingredients you more likely already have on hand, and keeps kitchen relatively cool. It is similar to a…
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Kombucha smoothie. No, I’m not kidding. Think of a root beer float, just instead of ice cream – pureed with creamy almond milk frozen fruit, and in place of pop – kombucha. The same sweet treat floating in a fizzy drink but healthy. And it literally takes 3-4 ingredients, blender and 2 minutes and. Perfection for summer and a breath of fresh air in a tired smoothie world. Don’t you think?! Did you think I would just stop with my “kombucha business”?! I’m literally obsessed, especially during hot…
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