Thai Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bowl Recipe

  Lean chicken, crunchy veggies, toasted cashews, fresh cilantro tossed with lime juice, fish sauce and tamari. I love Thai food but haven’t had it in a while because, let’s say, it isn’t light. Lately, we have been taking boys to the pool on Fridays (and more) and after going out for a dinner. We always end up at a sushi restaurant because it’s easy to eat clean there. Last time, boys wanted Thai. We ended up at the Japanese restaurant again (guess who insisted?!) but I made…
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Quinoa Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Many years ago, while attending university, I used to work part-time at the post office located inside huge drug mart. I never brought dinner to work because there were freezers full of chicken pot pies for $0.99. Why would I bother to cook if there was so much cheap food at work. I’d rather get enough beauty sleep for my next Russian party. Yes, who needs to cook when you are busy partying (and studying)?! Then, after I had kids, I transitioned to a Betty Crocker chicken pot…
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Chicken Abruzzi

A few weeks ago, one Saturday afternoon, while shopping in the US (we live near the border and go across often), Kyle asked to have lunch at the Olive Garden. In my mind, I said good-bye to yesterday’s burnt 800 calories and off we went. You can imagine my eyes (we don’t eat out often, especially at Italian restaurants, duh) when I saw a lighter menu. Whaaaat?! Chicken Abruzzi was one of them. The description: Grilled chicken breast in a savoury broth simmered with cannellini beans, kale and garden…
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Lime Quinoa and Chicken Soup

This quinoa and chicken soup is a Mexican version of North American chicken soup. As soon as I saw Lindsay’s Jalapeño Lime Chicken Soup, I was in love with the flavours. She has many great ideas and is a pro in making comfort Mexican food. My recipe is completely different but incorporates the same flavours – fresh lime, jalapeños, cilantro and is served with multigrain tortilla chips. As I was preparing the soup, it wasn’t in my plans to post it on the blog at this time. But…
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Santa Fe Chicken Lentil Casserole

One morning I woke up to an email in my inbox – Take the Canadian Lentils Recipe Revelations Challenge and You Could Win $2,000! Mixed feelings right away. At 6AM. Good morning, Olena! 1. $2,000?! Whoa. Cool! The two week all-inclusive vacation in Mexico suddenly was in front of my eyes – me and Alex sunbathing, surrounded by servers with pina coladas and kids building the sand castles. 2. What on earth do you have to do with lentils in order to win $2,000?! I mean besides slow cooking the heck out…
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Healthy Crockpot Butter Chicken

Healthy Crockpot Butter Chicken is an ultimate comfort Indian food made lighter, healthier and in a slow cooker for an added convenience. And despite the name, this dish contains not a teaspoon of butter. Although nothing is wrong with a bit of organic butter in your diet. Traditionally butter chicken is made with yogurt and spices. Then I’ve seen Americanized versions with cups and cups of whipping cream. Or even better with jarred Tandoori sauce. Trust me, more than anything I would love to smother this crockpot butter…
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Cajun Chicken Recipe

This cajun chicken is perfect for healthy quick dinners and meal preps. If you are trying to lose weight, or get leaner and see more muscle definition, this Baked Cajun Chicken is perfect for your diet. Chicken breast, the leanest part of the chicken, rubbed with spices to add flavour without calories. And this Homemade Cajun Seasoning that I found at Kitchen Magpie’s blog is literally 20 calories with a small amount of sodium. Salt is another concern in healthy eating but not today.

Simple Baked Dijon Chicken

As my life gets busier, my recipes seem to get more simple. I think you and me are on the same page. Recently, you confirmed what I suspected – we share the same addiction – Mr. Crock Pot. Turkey chili, pulled pork, then chicken, rice & mushroom soup => all big love from you, guys. I should see if I can get a few crock pots for a giveaway for you. Took a note. How do you know your life is busy?! It’s when you buckled your toddler…
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Crock Pot Chicken, Rice and Mushroom Soup

Um, will you run away if I tell you this soup is made with cauliflower?! Like no flour and milk slurry to thicken the broth. A head of cauliflower. My $2.99 organic vegetable. A few month ago, while experimenting with soup recipes for my eBook, I discovered it does wonders in a crock pot. So, cauliflower, rice, 2 chicken breasts, stock, veggies and spices. Turn on and see you later. I’m addicted to my crock pot! I love my crock pot and he loves me back. It makes me feel…
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Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

The key to a good chicken noodle soup is clear chicken broth. I have been making chicken noodle soup and other kinds of clear soups for many years. My mom and grandma used to make them a lot. In fact, we never had creamy soups and the only non-clear soups we ate were green split pea soup and borscht. So, making a turkey or chicken broth based soup is like a second nature to me, I can make it in my sleep.