One Pot Chili Mac with Beer

In a true Thug Kitchen’s style, I should say holy f*** about this one pot chili mac with beer I made from their new cookbook Thug Kitchen 101. It is seriously, THE shit, in my own words. Chili meets macaroni and cheese, meets soup. The spices were spot on. Perfect winter comfort food like for right now when it is snowing AGAIN. I’m writing this post and soft snow is falling down on the ground, which means beautiful winter wonderland on one hand, and sliding car and no hockey…
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Spicy 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 rum balls and lunching with black bean nachos. As you can tell, in…
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Slow Cooker Mushroom Roasted Red Pepper Lasagna

I’m gonna make you drool in an appropriate way. Like drooling mentally because nobody really wants to see you or me drooling. Trust me on this one. Let’s keep to emojis and hashtags. Once again, prepare to be amazed with this 7 ingredient clean eating roasted red pepper lasagna with mushrooms made in a slow cooker. And all ingredients come from a jar, a can or a package. And still clean. If maybe, maybe, just slightly maybe, one of the ingredients is 98% clean promise you will bite…
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Chipotle Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins

Ah, nothing feels better this morning than eating two (or three) sweet potato oatmeal muffins, with a cup of coffee (yes!) after sending boys to school. My breakfast made yesterday (or two-ten days ago) with oats and sweet potato. Workout done yesterday. Kids walked to school. I’m still in PJ’s. Seriously, I am in my days of mom glory and there is no going back. Yesterday I did something very much outside of my comfort zone. Life changing. It is a surprise about which you will hear early…
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Veggie Mac and Cheese Muffins Recipe

Things are slowly settling back to normal after summer. Besides my mom coming for a long visit and me and Alex going for a dream team vacation of the decade, we are back to a routine. I did share on Tuesday oh how much I have missed school. I love summer but I equally love the first few months of fall when it is still warm enough, kids are busy and I have time for myself. Even walking by myself, even as close as to and from school makes…
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Zucchini Mac and Cheese

On Wednesday, I had a hard time getting off the couch to make this zucchini mac and cheese. But again there was nothing for dinner and I knew this 15 minute dinner had a big chance of being a winner. I love my job but at times I envy office workers typing 8 hours away on the computer. I cherish a few hours a day I get to work on laptop while sipping tea. Majority of my day is spent on feet – getting kids out the door,…
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Roasted Smashed Cauliflower

I find March to June the worst months to shop for quality produce. I am already tired of squash, kale and citrus. Asparagus – I broiled it and added to a soup. I had enough of smelly toilet 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…
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Baked Salmon with Cheese Recipe

Last Monday Alex took sockeye salmon fillet from the freezer and declared he will be making salmon stir fry on Tuesday night. Some weekends when both of us get to the end of the rope with life and kids, we go through a 10 minute pointing fingers “you don’t do this, and you don’t do this” exchange of love. Joys of marriage. That made me happy. For about an hour. Typical female behaviour. On Tuesday, I was on a couch thinking how it is our last stash of salmon, how I…
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Spaghetti Squash Quiche with Balsamic Vegetables & Feta

There is everything delicious about the balsamic veggies filling and nothing traditional about the crust of this spaghetti squash quiche. But I realize my entire life is far from “traditions” of the locals. Let me tell you how I see today’s North American everyday life through my Eastern European eyes. Briefly. Countertops are washed with Lysol and windows with Windex. Clothes is washed in Tide, with Downy and then dried with Bounce. Becel is butter. Scents are plugged in houses and cars. Bathrooms contain air freshener. Toilet paper is of…
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“Philly Cheesesteak” Stuffed Portobellos

When I first immigrated to Canada, we lived in a small town Red Deer, Alberta. My first job was a cleaner at a casino and later on I moved on to waitressing and bartending. Being new to the country I had no idea about the pub menu. BLT, nachos, steak sandwich…I had no idea what I was serving, honestly. And Philly cheesesteak was one of the menu items which I am sure I served often without ever trying it. I don’ think I ever tried it but how…
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