Black Beans and Brown Rice with Cauliflower

I figured out one of the reasons I do not see value in Instant Pot is because our meals are not centered around meat anymore. I’m in a habit of packing a large pot with veggies, whole grains and other wholesome plant-based ingredients in a matter of half an hour – 45 minutes, sprinkling cheese at the end for kids’ “wow” factor and serving it with more vegetables, for example tomato and red onion salad. There are always plenty of leftovers the next day, I spent 45 minutes…
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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. I keep ordering produce by boxes in advance, out of…
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Baby Kale Salad Recipe with Feta and Tomatoes

If you are bored of kale and quinoa (I am!), try baby kale! I am dead serious – baby kale tastes nothing like kale. Odd but true. Last week, this baby kale salad recipe was a breath of fresh air. With leftover brown rice, julienned sun dried tomatoes, sweet grape tomatoes from Mexico, toasted pine nuts, salty feta cheese, a crazy amount of fresh basil and homemade Greek vinaigrette. Nowadays, we use full grown kale for making smoothies and maybe an occasional sweet kale salad recipe because it is…
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Healthy Brown Rice Pudding

We are back from Mexico and it feels so good to be home. What feels even better is my own kitchen where knives are sharp, pots are stainless steel and stove is gas. Oh, how I have missed my kitchen! No place like home, even without an ocean view my home is so clean, new and beautiful. Now that 10 loads of laundry are done and put away, fridge is stocked and everyone is back into a routine, I can finally cook creatively again. As I was staring at…
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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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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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