Pan Fried Cabbage with Apples

Phew, what a week besides yummy pan fried cabbage and healthy pumpkin brownies. So glad it is over! Between trying to regain normal self after a week in an all-inclusive resort without kids, my mom leaving and a painful period, do I need to tell you that I was having a glass of wine every night?! I came to a conclusion that I am better off never pausing and tasting a life without a wallet and with a bunch of servants. As much as heavenly a week in Mexico was,…
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Adjika Recipe

Ever since I posted cauliflower breadsticks recipe over 2 years ago and mentioned that I served them with my mom’s Ukrainian salsa, I have been constantly bombarded with requests for the recipe. I never anticipated “the breadsticks” to be such a hit and least expected Ukrainian salsa to be another hit. Just never know. So, I asked my mom for the recipe and she left the written version in Ukraine and her Canadian version is an eyeballed version. If you ever ask a European woman for a recipe you…
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Protein Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

This apple cinnamon smoothie is sponsored by Vega® and Silk® in an effort to help you Build a Better Smoothie. My apple tree is full of apples. Sour apples. Most of them have worms. But all organic. Periodically I go out, harvest a few and sort. Usually I make and freeze applesauce with wormed apples, which I use in baking recipes throughout the year. So far this year I have made one batch and still have a large stash from previous season. I should do a research on how to grow…
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Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs

Well, hello, gorgeous…maple ginger chicken thighs. How good do these look?! Not my recipe but rather my friend’s, Katie, from her new book Maple. This recipe confirms one more time how much I love chicken and how I could never give it up but rather enjoy local organic chicken in moderation. I just got a promotional email from an imitation meat company and another glance at ingredients list…nah, I’m a strong believer in rather eating good chicken. So, Katie’s book…is quite epic. Full of very simple mostly clean…
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Apple Oatmeal Bars with Honey

Well, hello, honey! Raw unpasteurized honey drizzled on top of crumbled pecans, covering juicy Granny Smith apples and moist oat and whole wheat crust. Delicious Fall inspired Apple Oatmeal Bars that remind me of Bear Paws cookies. You know those?! Moist and soft and for some reason my kids never liked them back in a day I used to buy store bought cookies. I loved them though, so this clean eating version of a soft bar hits the spot. Each Apple Oatmeal Bar contains only 1 tablespoon of sugar…
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O Organics Back to School Recipes

I’ve got some crazy awesome and simple ideas for you (and me) for back-to-school season. Can I say one more time how excited I’m not to hear “I’m bored!” and “What can I do?” anymore until about Christmas time?! Or write this post with 3 boys pillow fighting upstairs?! So, these back-to-school recipes are created not by me but rather by Safeway’s O Organics line of more than 400 products. All USDA certified organic and affordable (you can see photos of their produce sections I shared before here). I…
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Healthy Cobbler

This wholesome healthy cobbler recipe will become a staple on your menu this summer, especially when you have more fruit and berries than you know what to do with. I’m thinking Pacific Northwest blueberries, Okanagan peaches, neighbour’s plums, hundreds of figs and apples from my garden, wild blackberries and over ripen bananas. Apricots, pears, rhubarb, cherries – you name it! Here in Vancouver, BC our summer produce choice is insanely amazing. You could also use frozen fruit, go ahead! Mango – mmm-mmm-mmm.

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Cinnamon, Apples and Walnuts

This is such a mouth, throat (literally, you just wait until it goes down) and heart warming kale and quinoa salad with sweet and zesty cinnamon dressing. Toasted walnuts, crispy apples, nutty quinoa and super powerful kale come together in this plant-based one meal salad. I won’t suggest it as a sore throat remedy but rather a 20 minute clean eating dinner recipe, heck yeah! I’m trying really hard to maintain more plant-based diet and this salad is a quick way of doing so. And please don’t think that my kids were…
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Whole Wheat Apple Muffins

These whole wheat apple muffins are made with no sugar, rather naturally sweetened with dates, contain generous amount of apples, Fall spices and heavenly cinnamon sugar topping in every bite. Super moist, fluffy and light. Nobody would ever guess these whole wheat apple muffins are healthy! I made four batches of these easy healthy apple muffins in the last two weeks just to make sure the recipe works with both spelt and whole wheat flours. I have a huge bag of sprouted spelt flour I got from Costco and…
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Fall Quinoa Salad

Yesterday I went to my local farmers market and got lots of apples. Today was cooking and photo day for my new eBook – 30 Clean Dinners that comes out on January 5, 2014. Obviously, it was a daycare day for Adam. Amongst total kitchen chaos and my 2 month old broken dishwasher (again), I thought of my neighbours, and all of us of course. Our American friends celebrate Thanksgiving next week and I thought this fall quinoa salad with apples, cranberries, pecans & maple basil dressing would be perfect…
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