Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup

It is cold and crisp in PNW. -4 C in the morning is borderline state of emergency on the West Coast. I have a good laugh watching neighbours covering their cars with blankets after living in Alberta for 8 years. There, you turn heater on in the morning and AC in the afternoon in summer. Only in Alberta. In winter, plug your car below -25 C and other times just make sure to always have that scraper thing.

Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs

Well, hello, gorgeous…maple ginger chicken thighs. How good do these look?! Not my recipe but rather my friend’s, Katie, from her new book Maple. This recipe confirms one more time how much I love chicken and how I could never give it up but rather enjoy local organic chicken in moderation. I just got a promotional email from an imitation meat company and another glance at ingredients list…nah, I’m a strong believer in rather eating good chicken. So, Katie’s book…is quite epic. Full of very simple mostly clean…
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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.

One Pot Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli

In Ukraine we have this dish, “plov”, made with chicken or lamb, rice and lots of spices. Basically a loaded pilaf. My dad made a wicked one with probably 1/2 cup of good quality olive oil and various parts of chicken. My sister in law makes a legendary one with lamb because her husband is from southwestern part of former USSR that is close to Iran and Pakistan where people love their spices. So, I made a similar one pot quinoa chicken with broccoli that is ready in…
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Just look at this slow cooker chicken tikka masala! Low and slow or high (hi) and bye. Fall and busy life quickly reminded me about my abandoned during summer months friend – slow cooker. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, better in the world than coming home from an ice rink to a warm cooked dinner waiting for you on a counter!!! If you work you must own a slow cooker! It cooks your breakfast while you sleep and makes your dinner while you are at work. OK, it…
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Almond Crusted Chicken Strips

A clean eating version of chicken strips that are baked instead of fried, and coated in ground almonds in place of breadcrumbs. An old almond crusted chicken recipe of mine that was desperately screaming for a picture makeover. Now, that the light in my kitchen is so much better with new countertops, you don’t have to ask me twice to grab a camera. This almond crusted chicken came out fantastic – crunchy on the outside, moist inside and full of flavour. We joked with our 4 year old…
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Brown Rice and Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Chicken stuffed peppers are wonderful because bell peppers are easy vegetables to be stuffed (unlike cabbage leaves, hence Lazy Man Cabbage Rolls) and anything goes as for the stuffing. Therefore, the detailed name because I am planning on posting many other stuffing variations. Bell peppers are on a Dirty Dozen list so I’m taking an advantage of Fall farmer’s market while I can still get bell peppers grown without pesticides and herbicides. Organic bell peppers are pricey and we usually use them for snacks in winter.

O Organics Back to School Recipes

I’ve got some crazy awesome and simple ideas for you (and me) for back-to-school season. Can I say one more time how excited I’m not to hear “I’m bored!” and “What can I do?” anymore until about Christmas time?! Or write this post with 3 boys pillow fighting upstairs?! So, these back-to-school recipes are created not by me but rather by Safeway’s O Organics line of more than 400 products. All USDA certified organic and affordable (you can see photos of their produce sections I shared before here). I…
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Chicken with Artichokes

I made this Chicken with Artichokes last week before we headed to Whistler and my kids said: “Mom, this tastes like a Thanksgiving dinner!”. Probably because I served it with Turkey Bacon and Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes with all the artichoke gravy flowing and mixing with potatoes. We had it at the lake and all my boys loved it. There were plenty leftovers as well.

Chicken Quinoa Bowls with Mango and Black Beans

Chicken quinoa bowls with quinoa, kale, chili chicken, mango, black beans, cilantro, jalapeños and creamy Cilantro Avocado Dressing. Customizable to each family member’s preference which is perfect for any family, especially with kids (haha, we all can talk about this one for hours).