Chickpea and Avocado Garden Salad

I have been waiting almost a whole year to post this chickpea avocado salad because it tastes best with vegetables straight from your garden or farmer’s market in my case.:) A typical Ukrainian (Russian) salad consists of most common summer produce in Ukraine – tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. Salt and black pepper are a must! We didn’t grow red onions but white and green ones. As a kid, I hated onions and my kids are the same. They pick onions out from their plates as me and Alex…
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Chicken Quinoa Bowls with Mango and Black Beans

Chicken quinoa bowls with quinoa, kale, chili chicken, mango, black beans, cilantro, jalapeños and creamy Cilantro Avocado Dressing. Customizable to each family member’s preference which is perfect for any family, especially with kids (haha, we all can talk about this one for hours).

Cilantro Avocado Dressing

So, reality of my kitchen and closet is that it is August and I feel very uncomfortable wearing jeans. I will not be going on a scale, jeans are the best reality check, aren’t they?! Why can’t girls eat chocolate, drink wine and stay skinny?! Life isn’t fair.:) 5 lbs are easy to fix though, so I say to myself. I absolutely despise meal planning, I dread it. I love to create on a whim. I am so not a grocery list print outs clipped on a board…
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Cacao Nibs Brownie Bites Recipe

If you need a late afternoon kick in the butt, these Cacao Nibs Brownie Bites are for you. I have an issue with a word “balls” lately, for example moist balls, let’s stick to bites… So, this cacao nibs recipe is naturally sweetened and full of a caffeine kick from raw cacao powder and cacao nibs crunch. I just love the crunch, so more brain satisfying than just a smooth snack. Skip metabolism and sleep scrutinizing cup of coffee, and stay away from messing with your brain processed sugars. Have…
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Guilt Free Chocolate Fudge Cake

Decadence and health are the utmost right words for this heavenly dessert! Made entirely with fruit and nut derived products. Yes, it’s rich in calories and should be consumed in moderation, but nothing can beat the nutrition and health benefits of plant based food. So, enjoy your slice and share a few. This chocolate cake was inspired by this video of children working in slavery on African plantations, harvesting cocoa for our first world kids Halloween candy, poisoned with chemicals and in shiny wrappers. Majority of which ends up in garbage on November…
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Chunky Jalapeno Avocado and Bean Dip Recipe

Cheesy appetizers season is upon us, with the Holidays just around the corner (hard to believe) and all the sports games happening on TV. In my house it’s hockey non-stop. Not to mention rain, snow and cold that makes us spend weekends hibernating and eating. So, I thought you would appreciate a healthier snack option. Those of us who care anyways. A small group of us.:) Me and Alex often wonder why there are no healthy fast food joints and thoughts of opening one appears. However, by passing Costco’s…
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Grilled Peach, Avocado and Chicken Kale Quinoa Salad

Three things are grilled here: peaches, avocado and chicken. Then mixed with nutty quinoa and crunchy kale, sprinkled with feta for a savoury kick. And all of this Grilled Peach Salad is literally swimming in out of this world healthy Peach Ginger Dressing. One of the best salads I ever tasted and made! And one of the best ideas I ever had for a salad dressing…Sweet, zesty and spicy. We had the salad for dinner with a glass of chilled Moscato sitting on a patio. For dessert: organic…
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Blueberry, Avocado and Toasted Pecans Quinoa Salad

  Healthy one meal salad with Lime Basil Dressing. Perfect for summer and keeps well refrigerated. Did I tell you, guys, I stopped eating any bread products? Even Ezekiel ones?! Just occasionally I would eat half a toast with peanut butter. It happened unintentionally. By eating more whole foods like grains, seeds, vegetables and fruits, I had no room left for bread. And yes, I did see a change in my body definition. This quinoa salad is one of my new whole food meals inspired by Dara’s of Cookin…
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Creamy Mexican Kale Salad

Oh, this Mexican kale salad is sooo good! A heat wave hit Vancouver and I have been spending every day at the beach. Plus, my mom has been visiting, which is a precious gift. Needless to say, it’s too hot and little time to cook. My new gas stove warms up the kitchen way faster than my old electric one. Salads and grill are my best friends right now. And this Mexican kale salad is on top of the list – veggies combined with a bit of jalapenos for…
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Avocado and Egg Spaghetti Squash Boats Recipe

Light breakfast for dinner couldn’t be easier than these Avocado and Egg Spaghetti Squash Boats. Besides cutting and fluffing the squash, dicing an avocado and cracking the egg, this recipe doesn’t require much work. It is truly a no hassle weeknight healthy dinner. Just the baking time during which you could spend time with the kids or work out.:) One night I just opened my fridge and saw 2 spaghetti squash I bought for something. Tested a few times and this recipe is a perfection. I love baked avocado…
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