Slow Cooker 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 man cabbage rolls recipe 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,…
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Ukrainian Salsa 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 recipe blew my mind once again. All you need is chicken, mushrooms, bell peppers, onion 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 style is programmed…
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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, 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 broccoli,…
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Brown Rice and Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Chicken stuffed peppers are wonderful because bell peppers are easy vegetables to be stuffed (unlike cabbage leaves, hence Lazy Man Cabbage Rolls) and anything goes as for the stuffing. Therefore, the detailed name because I am planning on posting many other stuffing variations. Bell peppers are on a Dirty Dozen list so I’m taking an advantage of Fall farmer’s market while I can still get bell peppers grown without pesticides and herbicides. Organic bell peppers are pricey and we usually use them for snacks in winter.

Poblanos and Sausage Quinoa Recipe

Nutrition Info is back at the bottom of recipes…I mean, I will do my best whenever I can.:) Boy, this 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 this…
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Summer Fried Brown Rice

I love making fried rice because sky is the limit in terms of ingredients and it is a great “fridge cleaner”. I made one mistake this time by making it in a wok because I simply forgot to use a large skillet to make the rice crispy. In a wok, it comes out more steamed than fried. And crispy rice is the most fun part – crunchy, oily and fried previously cooked rice. It can be fried in a wok in restaurants because the heat is so high but at home…
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