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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Cheesy Cauliflower Rice and Zucchini

This cheesy cauliflower rice is a perfect way to use up summer’s bounty and “eat your vegetables” (and “have your cheese”). I came across “California snow” at Costco the other day and my fridge is overflowing with first local organic zucchini. If a cup of cheese helps us eat 7 cups of vegetables, so be it, correct?! This sauteed cauliflower and zucchini recipe comes together in minutes, takes 15 minutes to make, requires ingredients you more likely already have on hand, and keeps kitchen relatively cool. It is similar to a…
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Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie is essentially a dog pile (a new word I learnt during Kyle’s last hockey game) of veggies. And just to forewarn you – I’m not a potato hater but rather lover (see my last weekend eats). How can I be Ukrainian and hate potatoes when we ate them every day?! Potatoes are not bad for you. I just wanted to have fun with cauliflower. And honestly I thought I had a genius new recipe on hands which proved to be a nonsense once I did my…
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Healthy Cauliflower Soup

Healthy cauliflower soup. Everywhere I look I see soup. I mean farmers market, grocery store and fridge. Waking up it is dark. Coming from the rink I am cold. Outside is so wet can’t even open a hottub. It is pouring cats and dogs in Vancouver non-stop. End of October is not the time to visit beautiful PNW. Let me tell you. Neither is November. It is still beautiful but don’t come. I have looked up tickets to Los Cabos in March and I need to rob a bank….
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Pasta with Cauliflower and Pumpkin Seeds

Today I cooked like Alex. Whenever he has to cook (please note has, Alex doesn’t love to cook) all his meals are made in a pot or a skillet with onions and garlic. All of them, and now my lentil casserole as well. And they are type of a stir fry. It is a typical Russian way of cooking. I remember my grandma’s hands always smelled like onions. In fact, I am typing with onion fingers right now. And even watermelon tasting like onions lol. I still cringe if…
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Peanut Butter Rice with Cruciferous Vegetables

On Saturday I missed farmers market because we went hiking on Mount Baker again. It was our dear Calgary friends’ last day in Vancouver so we wanted to make it memorable. Plus Alex just got back from Israel after one of the most stressful weeks of his life (see peanut butter protein pancakes). He wanted a breath of fresh air and to resume normal life ASAP. These two reasons were worth missing piles of cabbage, cauliflower and potatoes. I decided to catch up shopping at my grocery store’s organic…
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Smashed Cauliflower Bites

I find March to June the worst months to shop for quality produce. I am already tired of squash, kale and citrus. Asparagus – I made broiled asparagus with garlic and vegan asparagus soup. I had enough of fragrant bathroom trips. For almost 3 weeks I couldn’t find organic apples and now that I did they cost an arm and a leg. As I glance through magazines and blogs mentioning spring’s produce bounty I am honestly puzzled where do those people live?! Or are they talking about new greenhouse’s crops? So, I am…
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25 Cauliflower Rice Recipes

I thought we could all use some cauliflower rice recipes since we can all afford cauliflower now. I mean, did you see how much it cost a few months ago?! I explained in this chicken and cauliflower post why a tiny head of cauliflower cost as much as a pound of meat. I would bring it to the till a few times and cashiers asked me if I was sure. Must have been bad, so I left it. We (realistically my wonderful assistant, Eboni) scoured the internet for simple cauliflower rice recipes…
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Teriyaki Chicken and Cauliflower Skillet

I made true clean eating, one pan teriyaki chicken and cauliflower. Served with brown rice or could be quinoa. No hoisin sauces, mirin and sake wines, and of course no yucky bottles of teriyaki sauce. Hence, the lighter brown colour of clean homemade teriyaki sauce sans loads of brown sugar. Basically, teriyaki chicken skillet for 1 % of North Americans => us #beproud. I love to veg up meals with bulky veggies because…for obvious reasons. You might also like my chicken and cauliflower curry, shrimp quinoa with asparagus, and roasted cauliflower…
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Cauliflower Risotto

Eliminating added sugar (I mean honey and maple syrup) from my diet has worked very good  – I lost 2 lbs in the past month. So, I continue on cooking mostly savoury recipes: cheesy cauliflower rice with zucchini, Thai cauliflower rice, zucchini bake. However, I finally perfected the best in the world whole wheat flour banana bread made with only 1/3 cup honey. I had my 9 year old re-make it yesterday and it came out as beautiful and as delicious as Starbucks’ loaf. Somehow their baked goods look…
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