“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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Baked Chicken with Peppers & Mushrooms

Feeling like a million bucks after a morning run, I’m sitting on a couch and writing about this gorgeous baked chicken with peppers and mushrooms I made the night before. The simplicity of this chicken recipe blew my mind once again. All you need is chicken, mushrooms, bell peppers, onion and cheese. My neighbour made it the same night and husbands were outside after dinner sharing experiences, about chicken. Her husband said it was very European. And I guess so – minimum fresh ingredients. This cooking style is programmed…
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Greens and Beans Recipe

Greens and beans recipe with artichoke hearts. If you like spinach and artichoke dip or loved my spinach artichoke quinoa casserole, then I can guarantee you will like this 20 minute vegetarian dinner. The day I made it was rainy and I was craving something warm, cozy and creamy. March is quickly becoming my least favourite month of the year. Kids get sick as temperatures rise, I suffer from constant headaches with weather changes and outside is simply disgusting – neither warm, nor cold and windy (no evening…
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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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Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese

This Fall I have 2 addictions: spaghetti squash and my blue dutch oven. I keep buying spaghetti squash every week, roasting it in the oven and then throwing into this pot waiting for magic to happen…or not. Feeling like a mad scientist is the most satisfactory part of cooking for me. I honestly can’t wrap my head around the fact some people do not like to cook. But I get it – that is like I can’t stand anything to do with horses. So, fair enough. So far,…
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Cheeseburger Quinoa Casserole

While the name suggests a completely unhealthy meal, this cheeseburger quinoa casserole is quite the opposite. Have you seen that WHO confirmed processed and red meat cause cancer?! That is not news to me but quite reassuring and a good reminder. Now to make it clear moderation and occasional consumption are OK but on a regular basis – that is where it gets risky. Overall, overconsumption of any animal products is not healthy – The China Study is an easy read about connection between meat and cancer.

Cauliflower Biscuits

I am on a cauliflower kick this week. Cauliflower rice, cauliflower biscuits…I just want to clarify something – I’m fully aware that these are not real biscuits. And so isn’t Cauliflower Crust Pizza really a pizza and Cauliflower Breadsticks aren’t actual breadsticks. 2015 is an era of everything mock and limited – cashew and cauliflower sauce instead of a dairy sauce, “gluten free” frozen peas and muffins made with 3 ingredients. Some substitutes I can take and some…Honestly, I find some things weird…Like, zucchini noodles with sun dried tomatoes cashew sauce, goat cheese,…
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Chicken Zucchini Casserole Enchiladas

After I made Zucchini Lasagna and everyone loved it, I was super eager to make another casserole using zucchini instead of other heavier layers. I was browsing new Cooking Light Issue and saw Chicken Enchilada Casserole. Chicken zucchini casserole – bingo! I made my own version using sliced zucchini instead of corn tortillas. Gigantic garden zucchini would be perfect for that. I was always amazed at a difference between store-bought perfect shape zucchini and garden giants. You could even use sliced rounds if your zucchini is huge.

Zucchini Lasagna

Comfort food lightened up with zucchini “noodle sheets” and made with simple 7 ingredients. I know there are many zucchini lasagna recipes out there but I thought I would share my clean eating version simplified with store bought organic tomato sauce and without any extra steps to remove moisture from zucchini. Everything cooks in one pan and this recipe is quick enough to prepare even on a weeknight.

Clean Eating Nacho Kale and Black Bean Bake

This bake is a 30 minute recipe! Vegetarian, cheap and easy. I made this casserole on Sunday night after a day of cleaning and a family walk to a neighbourhood store. I was too tired to cook but was craving greens and veggies for a lighter dinner.