Grandma’s Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

I consider myself a chicken noodle soup expert because I grew up on it and observed my grandma’s tricks for over a decade. I do know my chicken noodle soup business and I will share it with you, because America needs to know that chicken noodle soup is SUPER easy to make at home, and it has nothing in common with bright yellow packaged or canned stuff that has no chicken in it. There is nothing neon yellow about real chicken soup! The key to good chicken noodle…
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Chicken Chickpea Stew

I always-always tell people when asked how I manage to cook healthy while raising 2 kids and running a business, that key to success is to cook big pots of soup, stews, stir fries and other types of throw together one pot meals. Healthy meals that are affordable because many times anything can go in that pot, quick because chop-chop and it doesn’t have to be perfect, and because you open the fridge or freezer and leftovers are staring at you! Meals like ground turkey stew, soba noodle stir…
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Chicken Breast with Tomatoes and Garlic

Quick and healthy chicken with fresh tomatoes that are in their prime ripeness end of August – beginning of September, and that I can’t stop buying during my farmers market haul every week. So juicy, sweet and tender local tomatoes are nothing like supermarket’s “cardboard” tomatoes we are about to experience, so hurry up and eat them while you can. If you need help with eating tomatoes (half of mine disappear as slices sprinkled with salt), check out my tomato and red onion salad, lettuce tomato cucumber salad…
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Miso Marinated Chicken

This miso marinated chicken is one of those recipes that you can quickly throw together and forget about for a few days, preparing in advance for the occasion (Father’s Day?!) or cook as time allows (going camping?!). Perfectly seasoned, juicy and super easy miso marinated chicken recipe that is a sure crowd pleaser, for adults and kids. Miso marinade for chicken is based on miso paste, a fermented mix of soy and rice that is rich in probiotics. You can pick it up in a refrigerated health/natural food section of…
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Ground Chicken Tacos

These ground chicken tacos are the most simple tacos I have made yet. To make the taco filling healthy, I used only 1 lb of ground chicken breast and loaded it with over 1 lb of veggies. And the best part is – there aren’t much extra fixins to prepare because they are all mixed in one humongous size skillet. For once, I made Taco Tuesday a real thing within half an hour. If you personally do not feel like chicken tacos right now, check out my easy shrimp tacos…
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Healthy Ramen Noodle Salad with Chicken

It has been a very rainy and cold spring so far, which I’m OK with. I might be biased after spending a month in the sunshine but I do like rain. It makes our PNW’s nature lush, streets clean and air fresh. Rain means I can spend endless hours of cooking (and cleaning up) without worrying about standing in a hot kitchen for hours. In the evening, there is nothing better than curling up with a real book in bed (not the case right now with our brand new…
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Easy Miso Soup with Meatballs

I’m not the one to make sushi at home. I’m quite creative and frugal when it comes to food, but sushi – we go out for, especially in Vancouver, the best American made sushi I ever had are here. Miso soup, I want to talk to you about making an easy miso soup with meatballs. It is so damn ridiculously simple recipe and has about 10 shades of flavour. And to make it clear – we are talking about the miso soup without dashi or fish sauce, and…
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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken and Pasta

I always buy whole chicken, organic at Costco or from my local farmer, because it is much cheaper than buying chicken parts. All my boys LOVE my grandma’s slow cooker chicken noodle soup and last time Alex went to Costco, he got a 2 pack of organic whole chickens. I had one left in a freezer and decided to try making slow cooker whole chicken with rosemary, lemon, garlic and pasta. All magic happens right in a slow cooker. Hear me out how. No, I didn’t cook pasta for 8 hours in…
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Sheet Pan Chicken and Potatoes with Roasted Garlic

I can’t declare that this sheet pan chicken and vegetables is the most exciting dish I ever produced, but that is exactly why I turned to a one pan dinner in the first place – I wasn’t very excited about cooking supper. The thing is that it works, in so many ways. So, I thought I would share although the process of roasting chicken, potatoes and broccoli might be the “I’ve been doing this forever” obvious to you, but I won’t know it until I share.

Peanut Sauce Chicken

Yesterday, I went to a local farm market store to get chicken thighs to make peanut sauce chicken, I teased you with a few weeks back, and came out with so much more (as always). In my bags was: cream top grass-fed yogurt I couldn’t absolutely resist because it was 1.5kg, with 3.5% fat, plain yogurt without added sugar; local bakery’s whole wheat buns, bread and regular pretzel sticks; pirogies (my emergency meal for the weekend) and 10 slices of bacon! Oh, and I didn’t use my reusable…
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