Ground Chicken Tacos

These ground chicken tacos are the most simple tacos I have made yet. To make the taco filling healthy, I used only 1 lb of ground chicken breast and loaded it with over 1 lb of veggies. And the best part is – there aren’t much extra fixins to prepare because they are all mixed in one humongous size skillet. For once, I made Taco Tuesday a real thing within half an hour. If you personally do not feel like chicken tacos right now, check out my easy shrimp tacos…
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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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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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Ukrainian Dill Coleslaw

Moving to West Coast 8 years ago made me feel the way I never expected to – I miss snow (just sometimes). A powder that squeaks under heavy footsteps. The one that makes entire world so quiet. I used to have it every winter as a kid. Once a week after dinner my uncle would order me and my cousin to dress warm. We would pull on real fur and leather winter boots, put on rabbit knitted toques and tighten the belts on wool coats. Grab a linen bag and we…
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Buckwheat Stir Fry with Kale, Peppers & Artichokes

So, this buckwheat recipe that made you probably scratching your head thinking “what is this stuff, Olena?”… Let me introduce you to Ukrainian quinoa – buckwheat. I honestly am puzzled why buckwheat hasn’t exploded in America yet like quinoa has. Buckwheat takes the same 15 minutes to cook, is gluten free and with mind blowing nutritional properties just like quinoa. Very similar high protein and fiber numbers. And it is low glycemic. So, if you get tired of quinoa once in a while like I do, let me introduce you to a…
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Baked Chicken with Peppers & Mushrooms

Feeling like a million bucks after a morning run, I’m sitting on a couch and writing about this gorgeous baked chicken with peppers and mushrooms I made the night before. The simplicity of this chicken and bell peppers recipe blew my mind once again. All you need is chicken, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions and cheese. My neighbour made it the same night and husbands were outside after dinner sharing experiences, about chicken. Her husband said it was very European. And I guess so – minimum fresh ingredients. This cooking…
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Canned Salmon Salad Recipe

After revealing my love for wild canned salmon, I felt like it was just about time to share my favourite canned salmon salad recipe. In the last year, I found myself buying packs of canned salmon and tuna every Costco trip. I blame it on kids’ hockey which leaves me lifeless by the time weekend rolls in. Anyways… Technically, canned fish is clean food. Yes it is canned in BPA cans and processed but technically it just has been cooked and preserved with salt and water. So, in my…
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Sausage Barley Soup

Past week has been a complete blur for me as we started repainting and redecorating the main floor of our “tiny” house combined with three early AM hockey practices – no wonder it has been a blur. What saves me in my crazy awesome life is coconut oil fudge in place of chocolate, spaghetti squash mac and cheese as a quick light dinner and soups, like this sausage barley soup, as boys’ belly filler. You can’t imagine how many soups I make throughout the year! Majority of my soups are not cream of…
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Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Chicken stuffed peppers are wonderful because bell peppers are easy vegetables to be stuffed unlike cabbage leaves, hence lazy cabbage rolls. Overall, I am a huge fan of stuffing food with food if it doesn’t take too long – stuffed portobellos “Philly Cheesesteak”, quinoa stuffed eggplant and easy Parmesan mushrooms recipe. And then there is crock pot stuffed pepper casserole when I feel like stuffed peppers but want them later. Bell peppers are on Dirty Dozen list so I’m taking advantage of Fall farmer’s market while I can still get bell…
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Sausage Quinoa with Poblanos

Nutrition Info is back at the bottom of recipes…I mean, I will do my best whenever I can.:) Boy, this sausage quinoa recipe has a kick. I originally wanted to make it with rice but because I also made rice pudding the same day (coming next), I chose quinoa. It was quite spicy, however if you are one of those who commented “I doubled the spices” on my Crock Pot Butter Chicken, you should be fine and might have to just half double poblanos here. I’m more of a mild girl and…
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