One Pot Chili Mac with Beer

In a true Thug Kitchen’s style, I should say holy f*** about this one pot chili mac with beer I made from their new cookbook Thug Kitchen 101. It is seriously, THE shit, in my own words. Chili meets macaroni and cheese, meets soup. The spices were spot on. Perfect winter comfort food like for right now when it is snowing AGAIN. I’m writing this post and soft snow is falling down on the ground, which means beautiful winter wonderland on one hand, and sliding car and no hockey…
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Greens and Beans Recipe

Greens and beans recipe with artichoke hearts. If you like spinach and artichoke dip or loved my spinach artichoke quinoa casserole, then I can guarantee you will like this 20 minute vegetarian dinner. The day I made it was rainy and I was craving something warm, cozy and creamy. March is quickly becoming my least favourite month of the year. Kids get sick as temperatures rise, I suffer from constant headaches with weather changes and outside is simply disgusting – neither warm, nor cold and windy (no evening…
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Stovetop Zucchini Noodles Lasagna

No, there was no zucchini noodles lasagna or pasta lasagna on our dinner’s menu growing up in Ukraine. The closest I could get the taste of Italy was by hiding in a dark cold room with a knife and slicing leg of prosciutto my uncle brought from Italy. I still remember it clearly hanging juicy on a door. How can a 9 year old resist that?! So, now I know if I could slice food hanging in the air in the dark with a paring knife, my 9 year old…
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Wild Rice, Beef and Bean Soup

I love “stick to your ribs” soups like this beef and bean soup, and so do my kids. Good news because soup is cheap, makes great leftovers and can be easily made clean eating. In fact, most homemade soups are clean. The issue arises when you eat out. I never order a soup at a restaurant because that is not what I go to a restaurant for. Restaurant is for something I can’t make at home. Like a killer burger, chicken wings or pizza. I mean I could but that is…
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Hearty Minestrone Soup

Hearty minestrone soup recipe back from 2013, which I made while visiting mom’s farm in Alberta and used my son’s red T-shirt as “a napkin” for a photoshoot. Needless to say pictures needed a makeover, however the recipe was tip-top. Clearly on a million acres farm in +10 C summer days there was not much to do except watch TV, cook and drink wine. I still can’t believe I drove 1,100 kms each way with 2 little kids all by myself and gave Alex a 2 weeks vacation. Just like…
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Tex Mex Leftover Turkey Spaghetti Squash

  Do you know that Thanksgiving in Canada happens mid-October?! I always wonder, if you are American how it feels to eat turkey end of November and then a month later?! Does it still feel exciting?! We always can’t wait for a Thanksgiving turkey and then Christmas come…we are still pumped to spend $80 on turkey. Yes! That is how much I paid for my special, local and free range bird this year. My hand was shaking as I was passing my debit card to a cashier and…
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Black Bean Zucchini Burger Recipe

Who doesn’t like a good old juicy burger?! I will be honest and first to admit that I love everything about burger – aromas of grilled meat, messy ketchup and mustard all over my face and fingers, a huge bite, variety of layers, a savoury pickle in the middle, gooey cheese on a patty, a bun with crispy edges. I think pub burgers, heck even McDonald’s burgers, taste delicious! Yes, I think so! Of course I would never eat them because for obvious reasons. And because I can…
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Slow Cooker BBQ Beans

These slow cooker BBQ beans were such an accident and yet the most delicious beans you will ever make with the least effort! Great for potlucks and summer BBQ’s. I had a bag of organic dried pinto beans sitting on my pantry floor for months now. It was waiting for beans to be cooked and usually frozen for later use but this week we are expecting a company and I will be making my favourite The Biggest Loser Crock Pot Turkey Chili (with venison this time). It was Monday morning,…
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88 Superfood Salad Recipes for Spring

I LOVE salads! Everyone who knows me in person knows that. I always get asked to bring salads to any gathering. You should love salads too – often cheap, fridge cleaning and waist friendly (if you don’t add a cup of mayo or ranch dressing). This post was so much fun as I don’t remember last time I got to sit on a couch, browse recipes, look at pretty food and just copy paste titles and links all day long. I have included only Clean Eating approved superfood salad…
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Real Ukrainian Borscht Recipe

I can’t believe it took me 2.5 years since I started blogging to post Ukrainian borscht recipe – a true classic food every Ukrainian grew up on! There are as many variations of a Russian – Ukrainian borscht recipe as there are regions and families. Everyone makes it differently, even within the same family. It can be vegan, vegetarian, with beef, pork or even chicken. All of the girls in my family – mom, grandma, sister, aunt and me, made it differently. That is even in the same kitchen…
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