One Pot Taco Pasta with Pumpkin

Good news is that if you are a pumpkin fan – you will appreciate hints of pumpkin in a cheesy pasta pot, and if you are not a pumpkin fan (like my kids) – you won’t taste it as much and can easily substitute with a can of tomato sauce. But I suggest you try making this one pot taco pasta with pumpkin because its fiber, potassium and vitamin C content are so beneficial for our heart health, and you can barely taste it. Not to mention creaminess…
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Rice Stuffed Tomatoes with Enchilada Sauce

I hope you are not buying tomatoes at supermarket in September. OK, if you are, I hope you are making sure they are not from Mexico, in September. Because right now is prime tomato harvest season near you. Actually, ALL fruits and veggies coming down with a blasting speed, making me completely mad woman because I want to buy them ALL, and in fact I seem to be doing just that – see my last farmers market haul. Rice stuffed tomatoes is entirely European concept. Born in North…
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Black Bean Brownies Recipe

This black bean brownies recipe is THE BEST healthy brownies I ever tried! Well, besides all of my other brownies recipes: healthy pumpkin brownies, no bake black bean brownies, and healthy zucchini brownies (yes, lots of brownies). I held off making black bean brownies for a while because I knew they wouldn’t have a crust on top like the unhealthy versions. WHO CARES?! We gobbled up the whole pan in 24 hours. Fudgy, moist and with a distinct chocolate flavour. And even sort of with a crust.

Tex Mex Rice and Beans with Zucchini

Well, hello there. I’m back. I disappeared from here for like 4 days, which is unusual for me. I feel like Friday – Sunday, and even Monday this week, have been a blur. A good blur of happy family life but still a blur of hundred bank/car/mall/paperwork errands, kids’ hockey at 7AM and socializing with a bunch of screaming kids and the most fun adults. Which is all great because this is normalcy you crave once the real life problems strike! We all go through black and white phases in…
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Black Bean Nachos

Woof, what a craziness this time of the year is. Alex suggests if I stop washing windows at same time as decluttering kitchen while decorating the house for Christmas, life will be much easier. I agree, in theory. So, really it is all my fault. I agree again. I have been really going with the flow and taking not one day at a time but one hour at a time. In other words, snacking on healthy rum balls, making kombucha from scratch and lunching with black bean nachos….
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Butternut Squash Noodles Tex Mex Style

These butternut squash noodles were so full of flavour. Just like with my spaghetti squash boats Tex Mex, I used traditional South of the border flavours – taco seasoning, corn, black beans, cilantro, a bit of cheese and avocado. However, this vegetarian spiralizer recipe is much faster than the boats. I would say this is 15 minute quick dinner. You can add any protein you like. I have to say with salsa and Greek yogurt, I found it very filling.

Quinoa Stuffed Eggplant Tex Mex Style

When I was a kid, August always meant an abundance of eggplant dishes at dinner table. That is when eggplant is in season in Ukraine and we better “stock up” our bodies with potassium because you won’t get it for another 11 months. There was no bananas which explains why 16 years later after immigration and I still can’t stop eating them. My favourite fruit ever! Anyways, traditional Ukrainian eggplant dishes consisted of panfried eggplant rounds dipped in flour, garlic, salt and pepper. Or the same rounds without flour but layered…
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Chicken Quinoa Bowls with Mango and Black Beans

Chicken quinoa bowls with quinoa, kale, chili chicken, mango, black beans, cilantro, jalapeños and creamy Cilantro Avocado Dressing. Customizable to each family member’s preference which is perfect for any family, especially with kids (haha, we all can talk about this one for hours).

No Bake Black Bean Brownies

Don’t let anyone know these no bake brownies are made with black beans and applesauce, let them try first. I have heard it many times from my readers and friends, they say none of their family or friends can taste black beans and brownies are usually gone in no time.

Lighter Fajita Quesadillas Recipe

Quesadillas makes a quick lunch or dinner. I found a way to make them healthier with sprouted whole grain tortillas, only 2 tbsp of cheese and stuff as many veggies as I can. I left the choice of protein up to you – leftover chicken or turkey work great. I personally saw these quesadillas as a chance for a vegetarian dinner and used organic medium firm tofu. Because of so much flavour going on here, the kids thought tofu was chicken. And tofu is pretty tasteless on its own and absorbs flavours…
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