Slow Cooker Chicken Lentil Soup

You know how some recipes have stories?! My story behind this to-die-for Tex Mex flavoured slow cooker chicken lentil soup with corn unfolded as following. Friday is my day off. Well, I mean a day off from being a blogger. Moms are really never off, let’s be real. Friday is the day when I do chores piled up over a week. So, this Friday a chore was painting doors and trims. I’m slowly refreshing all of them throughout the house. Yes, I love painting and handyman work. Alex jokes…
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Chicken Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

So, I finally gave in and got a spiralizer before Christmas. We do gifts for ourselves. Next on the list is a trip to Lululemon. I haven’t bought a piece of clothing for myself since August. After months and months of debating whether I need another kitchen gadget and liking all hand spiralizers so-so, I saw a countertop spiralizer at my grocery store for $25. That, my American friends, is a BIG DEAL because in Canada everything is so much more expensive and harder to find than in the US. 

Chicken Stuffed with Brie, Spinach and Cranberries

I got home from an evening workout and Alex jumped in a garage screaming “Crazy chicken!”. As soon as I stepped in the kitchen, oldest one requested it for Christmas Eve dinner (I was planning seafood though). Youngest one’s opinion doesn’t count – he would eat cereal 3 times a day if I let him. Just FYI, any cheese is totally Clean Eating compliant if it is eaten in moderation and preferably is organic or grass-fed. I eat brie cheese about 3 – 4 times a year. Especially with…
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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 can prepare Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Thighs and Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Chili. OK, it sounds better than a husband because…
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Almond Crusted Chicken

A healthy version of chicken strips that are baked instead of fried, and coated in ground almonds in place of breadcrumbs. 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 at a dinner…
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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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