Healthy Carrot Soup

Originally published Oct 2016. Healthy carrot soup made with carrots from Alberta. And potatoes too. Then paprika and coriander fried, of course, with onion and garlic. Everything cooked in homemade chicken stock with tender organic chicken. Yes, you can use store bought to save on time but not money. Depends on a day. I get it. My garage’s floor is covered with bags and boxes lined with newspaper full of mom’s earthy produce. Not exaggerating at all, she brought about 20 lbs of tomatoes, 15 lbs of beets, 30 lbs…
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Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

I baked 8 lbs of spaghetti squash, used some for making extremely (!!!) delicious chow mein, and the rest is tucked in the fridge for a week. Well, the rest is only 2 lbs, which makes this spaghetti squash chow mein loaded with 6 lbs of squash, in addition to cabbage and carrots. I whisked my own imitation of healthy homemade oyster sauce, and kids were squeaking like a bunch of piglets with excitement, that’s while chomping on lbs and lbs of spaghetti squash. If you are brave…
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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Soup

This slow cooker vegetarian lentil soup is made only with vegetables, and is perfect for real life when your fridge drawers have to be cleaned out and you wish you could just throw everything in a crock pot and go to work. If you leave house early, you can prepare all ingredients in the evening and just plug in the slow cooker in the morning. And with this kind of lentil soup, the longer it cooks, the better it gets – potatoes and lentils get their chance to…
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Carrot Cake Truffles

I am on a huge carrot kick (baked oatmeal breakfast bars), probably because I should be, because it is almost Easter?! Yep, when I got home from Mexico and saw all the carrot craziness on Pinterest, I was like “Not a papaya/watermelon season? Works for me”. So here we are, making the most easy, delicious and healthy carrot cake truffles with shredded carrots, coconut flakes, oats, raising and raw almond butter. What I’m trying to say is – in case you are entertaining this Easter and want to…
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Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars with Carrots

My right thumb’s knuckle can’t heal properly because I keep grating carrots day after day, baking oatmeal breakfast bars and scooping carrot cake truffles. As I grow up, the more I follow my heart – doing what makes me happy. And right now happy means a lot of carrots baked with a million of superfoods, topped with creamy Greek yogurt “frosting” and eaten for breakfast. Skies know, I suck at cooking breakfast more than oatmeal, so it better be ready for me in the morning. Because honestly what…
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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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Vegetarian Oatmeal Patties

Meat is expensive. Can’t deny that. Organic meat costs even more. So, I find my ways to save money on meat in 2 Ukrainian ways: Back doors – just like with Chernobyl train tickets I got my ways to get free organic meat. My mom supplies us with venison her and her husband hunt in the prairies. I turn cheap ingredients like veggies and grains into large volume meals like healthy carrot soup, healthy corn fritters, black bean zucchini burger and quinoa cakes. Yesterday it was vegetarian oatmeal patties. What happened…
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Carrot Ginger Salad Dressing

On Thursday, I had a jar of olives, box of spinach and can of club soda staring at me from the fridge. My fruit basket displayed 4 lonely bananas, 2 wrinkly mangos and going bad but I will keep you lime. What is for dinner? What IS for dinner, really? This question along with next question once dinner is on a plate “What is THIS?” are pulsating in my head 24/7. Many days I am already stressed about dinner the minute I wake up. I’m not going to sit here and…
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Bok Choy Noodle Bowl with Tofu

This bok choy noodle bowl started out as an idea I got from the latest Cooking Light issue on a flight back home from vacation last week. I turned this light side dish into a main meal – salad/bowl that is vegan and gluten free. I thought it was simply genius to shred the bok choy into pieces. At the end of the day it’s Chinese cabbage, so why not?! Baby bok choy or large bok choy work.