Zucchini Lasagna

Comfort food lightened up with zucchini pasta “sheets” and made with simple 7 ingredients. I know there are many zucchini lasagna recipes out there but I thought I would share my healthy version simplified with store bought organic tomato sauce and without any extra steps to remove moisture from zucchini. Everything cooks in one pan and this recipe is quick enough to prepare even on a weeknight, just like my chicken zucchini with corn and zucchini bake with tomatoes and Parmesan recipes. My kids do not like zucchini, especially cooked (I…
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Easy Miso Soup with Meatballs

I’m not the one to make sushi at home. I’m quite creative and frugal when it comes to food, but sushi – we go out for, especially in Vancouver, the best American made sushi I ever had are here. Miso soup, I want to talk to you about making an easy miso soup with meatballs. It is so damn ridiculously simple recipe and has about 10 shades of flavour. And to make it clear – we are talking about the miso soup without dashi or fish sauce, and…
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Crock Pot Stuffed Pepper Casserole

I didn’t think stuffed pepper casserole cooked in a slow cooker for hours could be possible. I just didn’t know what would happen to the brown rice. But I got so many questions on my lazy cabbage rolls from readers asking if it can be cooked in a slow cooker that I had to try. I will attempt the lazy cabbage rolls in a slow cooker one day but for now I was craving unstuffed bell peppers casserole. In a sense, both dishes are similar – meat, rice and veggies cooked in…
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25 Cauliflower Rice Recipes

I thought we could all use some cauliflower rice recipes since we can all afford cauliflower now. I mean, did you see how much it cost a few months ago?! I explained in this chicken and cauliflower post why a tiny head of cauliflower cost as much as a pound of meat. I would bring it to the till a few times and cashiers asked me if I was sure. Must have been bad, so I left it. We (realistically my wonderful assistant, Eboni) scoured the internet for simple cauliflower rice recipes…
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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 vividly – bright red glossy leg hanging 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…
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Easy Braised Short Ribs

Yesterday, when I made these easy braised short ribs, was the most stupidest day of the year. Given the fact we are only 13 days into the year, probably not the worst day yet. I started my morning with looking at a 3rd kitchen island’s countertop replacement because 2 previous ones were defective. Mid day I was looking for a different hosting provider because iFOODreal’s traffic has skyrocketed after January 1st. And then were these legendary Tuesday Olena’s short ribs…

Beef and Bean Soup with Wild Rice

I love “stick to your ribs” soups, like slow cooker butternut squash soup, hearty minestrone soup, bean mushroom soup, and 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…
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Slow Cooker Balsamic Pot Roast

I did not have a pot roast recipe on iFOODreal until now because I never cooked one. For a million reasons. The biggest one because it seems such an Americanized recipe with an onion soup mix or whatever that is (you got me) that is against my clean eating religion. Then I rarely buy beef because my mom has been supplying us with venison. Venison needs special extra care so I didn’t want to mislead anyone saying recipe will work with beef. Well, it would definitely work but how…
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Quinoa Stew with Beef

I grew up with grandma’s steaming bowl of stew that would make my fingers sticky and smell like garlic. My husband grew up with the same stew on another side of the continent, 9,000 kms away. It tells me beef stew was an Eastern European traditional dish that fills your house and clothes with a stew smell. The same sweet smell of onions crawls from a neighbours’ house into my garage every morning I open it to take kids to school. I know exactly when grandma is cooking dinner. I find many…
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Healthy Beef Stir Fry with Cashews

Very, very easy and healthy beef stir fry with zucchini, bell peppers, snow peas and cashews. Super easy sauce with honey, soy sauce (Tamari for a gluten free version), garlic, ginger (optional but good) and thickened with organic cornstarch. The end result – tender browned meat with crisp vegetables coated in a delicious Asian sauce. All of this under 30 minutes and healthy.