Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Chicken stuffed peppers are wonderful because bell peppers are easy vegetables to be stuffed unlike cabbage leaves, hence lazy cabbage rolls. Overall, I am a huge fan of stuffing food with food if it doesn’t take too long – stuffed portobellos “Philly Cheesesteak”, quinoa stuffed eggplant and easy Parmesan mushrooms recipe. And then there is crock pot stuffed pepper casserole when I feel like stuffed peppers but want them later. Bell peppers are on Dirty Dozen list so I’m taking advantage of Fall farmer’s market while I can still get bell…
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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).

Summer Fried Brown Rice

I love making fried rice because sky is the limit in terms of ingredients and it is a great “fridge cleaner”. I made one mistake this time by making it in a wok because I simply forgot to use a large skillet to make the rice crispy. In a wok, it comes out more steamed than fried. And crispy rice is the most fun part – crunchy, oily and fried previously cooked rice. It can be fried in a wok in restaurants because the heat is so high but at home…
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Buffalo Chicken Tacos

We love my ground chicken tacos, easy shrimp tacos, farmers market kale tacos and grilled fish tacos with mango salsa. These buffalo chicken tacos were also a hit and almost guilt free because I made my own blue cheese sauce by simply combining 4% plain yogurt with crumbled blue cheese, a bit of salt and freshly ground pepper. Mmmm, hit the spot! I have been craving something spicy buffalo with salty creamy blue cheese forever! Must have been that heat wave. As you can imagine, kids are not big fans of blue cheese…
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Green Beans and Chicken

This green beans and chicken is a 4 ingredient healthy dinner recipe, embarrassingly easy and saucy. Who doesn’t like sauce (“hi” peanut sauce chicken)?! My tomato sauce happens to be healthy and low calorie though. I wouldn’t call it a quick recipe but all work is really done by the stove and not you. Tomato paste really adds more depth to the tomato sauce. Plus this is a mess free recipe which I should develop more of. I spend hours cleaning my kitchen every single day.

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 made my own version using sliced zucchini instead of corn tortillas, however zucchini + corn tortillas make delicious crustless zucchini pie. 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, like I did in baked zucchini Parmesan.

Garlic Chicken, Zucchini and Corn

This Garlic Chicken, Zucchini and Corn is a 20 minute dinner idea that was inspired by my Ukrainian roots. Last Thursday, I received another organic produce delivery with extra zucchini that I substituted for potatoes. It is hot and my body is not craving comfort potato dishes. Zucchini bake, Pad Thai zucchini noodles and chicken zucchini casserole enchiladas? Yep.

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Well, my sweet potato Shepherd’s pie is kicked up a notch in nutrition using beans and less meat, sweet potatoes with skin on instead of white potatoes, and no dairy products. English people might raise their eyebrows but we are stepping outside the box. Truth is you could use white potatoes, parsnips or cauliflower mash on top (which I did a few years later=> cauliflower Shepherd’s pie). I felt like sweet potatoes because we had French Fries the night before. You could also add some butter or cheese to the…
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