Low Carb Chicken Enchiladas

I love enchiladas and who doesn’t?! The problem is calories add up quickly, like with any food. Isn’t that always a problem?!:) So, I tried to come up with lighter low carb chicken enchiladas recipe without sacrificing the flavour and taste. Swiss chard to the rescue! Why haven’t I thought of this before?! If you do not like Swiss chard or never cooked with poblanos, please do not run away and listen to me! The leafy green/lettuce has literally no noticeable taste, holds the firm texture after baking…
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Skinny Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole with Kale

I’m sure many of you know and love a good old chicken broccoli rice casserole which is delicious but not so light. I created a skinny version of America’s favourite comfort food by cutting down cheese, using brown rice, lean chicken breasts, upped the broccoli and added kale. The result was a delicious casserole without extra calories. My boys ate it twice this week and nobody complained. You don’t need canned soup or a pound of cheese to make this chicken broccoli rice casserole saucy and comforting. Adding just…
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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 with fresh lime, jalapeños, cilantro, and is served with multigrain tortilla chips. If you are looking for traditional chicken soup, try my grandma’s slow cooker chicken noodle soup or chicken noodle vegetable soup. As I was preparing the soup, it wasn’t in my plans to post it on the blog at this time. But it came out so good, I didn’t have to test it again. Warning: the recipe makes a lot, uses whole chicken…
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Santa Fe Chicken and 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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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 (neither does Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala which is similar but different). 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…
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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.

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. healthy turkey chili, healthy slow cooker 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…
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