Easy Quinoa Chili with Slow Cooker Option

I’m not vegan and am very picky with vegetarian meals, and I loved this vegetarian quinoa chili with a slow cooker option. Particularly using quinoa instead of ground meat was awesome! I contemplated for the whole day whether to add ground turkey or not and am glad I didn’t. I do not like overly starchy meals which many vegetarian comfort foods are. Quinoa is a seed with a complete protein profile and it made this chili awesome. Very smooth, decadent and comforting. This vegan meal was far away from boring and…
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Hearty Bean and Mushroom Soup

A bowl of bean and mushroom soup is so comforting on a rainy Fall day or a snowy Winter night. Meaty, hearty and a tad creamy, this soup is also healthy: full of fiber, protein and low in fat. I have also included a slow cooker version for those who are super busy. The soup also freezes extremely well.

Creamy Mexican Kale Salad

Oh, this Mexican kale salad is sooo good! Hearty and crunchy salad, where veggies are “swimming” in a cilantro avocado dressing. Kale, black beans, corn and tomatoes combined with a bit of jalapenos for a heat kick, red onion, cilantro and tossed in a tangy, creamy with a cumin flavour punch dressing. Serve alongside grilled chicken and your dinner is done!

Healthy 7 Layer Dip

Life is crazy and we try to unwind on weekends. With good food, good friends and with a glass of good wine. If hockey is on, Alex is all in. That means little boys are glued to TV too. I really have no choice but to like hockey. Hey, we are Canadians. We love hockey! Past weekend we did just that and part of the menu was this Healthy 7 Layer Dip Recipe. It was nice to bring a variety to the table with something fresh and vegetarian…
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Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Chili

When I hear buffalo chicken, I immediately think of buffalo wings and Frank’s Red Hot sauce. Then celery and carrots come to mind. So, imagine all of that cooked in a slow cooker and making the yummiest Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Chili. I think, we all have to thank Rachel Ray for inventing this crockpot chicken chili. It’s all over the net. But I made my own version – clean and simple. As I always do, when trying to recreate the recipe. I just look at the ingredients list…
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Chili Chicken, Kale and Quinoa Casserole

Last night was a hot tub, wine and staring at the stars kind of night. Last night was here-is-your-child-daddy, as soon as Alex walked in the door kind of night. It was time to shut off, for me. I honestly had no idea 2nd kid makes a difference in life. LOL, he did! Fitness, healthy eating a.k.a cheeseburger quinoa casserole, and those nights like yesterday keep me sane, while I’m fully enjoying the ride on a roller coaster of the sweetest years with my kids. Really?! These are…
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Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup with Kale

Pasta e Fagioli means beans and pasta –  slow cooker pasta e ravioli soup with kale in my world. And I can’t believe I have only 6 soup recipes on my blog so far. Whaaaaaat?! I grew up on soups and I cook them quite often: buckwheat soup, Ukrainian borscht, slow cooker chicken noodle soup. Soups are fast, cheap and a great way to use any leftovers. You know that half tomato, yesterday’s sausage and 2 days old pasta?! Instead of a garbage can, they go into Olena’s…
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Crockpot Chicken Chili Queso

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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Black Bean Quinoa Casserole

To me, an obvious healthy food enthusiast, there is nothing better than making a healthy dinner with fresh vegetables and herbs on a summer day. And this black bean quinoa casserole is perfect for that. Its flavours scream summer: black beans, corn, bell peppers, cilantro, scallions and coconut milk. A hybrid of modern Mexican and Thai cuisines. Makes a perfect easy, healthy, vegetarian and gluten free dinner!