Easy Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie is essentially a dog pile (a new word I learnt during Kyle’s last hockey game) of veggies. And just to forewarn you – I’m not a potato hater but rather lover (see my last weekend eats). How can I be Ukrainian and hate potatoes when we ate them every day?! Potatoes are not bad for you. I just wanted to have fun with cauliflower. And honestly I thought I had a genius new recipe on hands which proved to be a nonsense once I did my…
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Chipotle Sweet Potato Hummus

Man, oh man, oh man…Sweet potato hummus in June? Why not! At last, summer is full of beach and backyard snacking. Last week our dear friends flew over for a short visit from Calgary. We met Jenn and Denis 9 years ago on the airplane on the way to Cancun. We both were running away from a small child, for a week, to the same resort. We borrowed their pen and then obnoxiously stalked them on a bus. The rest is history. Me and Jenn are a deadly…
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Mushroom and Chickpea Lettuce Wraps

An honest story behind my chickpea lettuce wraps with portobello mushrooms and delicious tahini sauce. One Saturday in December, we celebrated Christmas with friends until 3 AM-ish. MANY things were consumed that should not have been consumed. What can I say – we like to have fun and sometimes we just go for it. Kids slept in their clothes sharing the bunk bed with friends and I think no blankets. What can I say?! Sometimes we let it go all the way. Good thing we didn’t drive and…
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Chickpea and Avocado Garden Salad

I have been waiting almost a whole year to post this chickpea avocado salad because it tastes best with vegetables straight from your garden or farmer’s market in my case.:) A typical Ukrainian (Russian) salad consists of most common summer produce in Ukraine – tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. Salt and black pepper are a must! We didn’t grow red onions but white and green ones. As a kid, I hated onions and my kids are the same. They pick onions out from their plates as me and Alex…
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Quinoa Falafel with Tahini Sauce

Quinoa falafel means baked instead of fried and let me tell you that quinoa in falafel goes AMAZING with chickpeas – texture, colour and nutrients wise. No need for egg or chilling the mixture before baking; falafels stay together like a charm! Sprayed with cooking spray they form nice golden crust on the outside (convection oven helps) revealing soft and moist inside through those sexy crinkles when lightly pressed. This quinoa falafel was approved by my husband who lived in the Middle East for years. He said it tasted a bit different…
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Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

I met Karina last year on Instagram. Right away I admired her strength as a stage 4 blood cancer survivor as a young mother of 3, a story she later on shares in her book. What amazed me next was her glorious food! So, I got her over here to share a recipe because you have to discover Cafe Delites. Many Karina’s recipes fit or can be adjusted to fit Clean Eating lifestyle. On Thursday I baked these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies and had 4 right away, I couldn’t stop!…
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Chunky Jalapeno Avocado and Bean Dip Recipe

Cheesy appetizers season is upon us, with the Holidays just around the corner (hard to believe) and all the sports games happening on TV. In my house it’s hockey non-stop. Not to mention rain, snow and cold that makes us spend weekends hibernating and eating. So, I thought you would appreciate a healthier snack option. Those of us who care anyways. A small group of us.:) Me and Alex often wonder why there are no healthy fast food joints and thoughts of opening one appears. However, by passing Costco’s…
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Whipped Garlic Hummus Recipe

I finally got tired of a store bought hummus, particularly the process of revamping it in my kitchen. I love hummus and every time I buy one, it would seem dry in a few days. I would throw it in a food processor and add garlic, olive oil and tahini paste. Ever since we got a Ninja Ultima blender, our lives have literally transformed. I use it at least once a day to make green smoothies, brownies and now hummus. Hummus is easy to make – you just throw all…
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Thai Lime & Chili Roasted Chickpeas

These roasted chickpeas are a copycat version of Thai Lime & Chili Cashews from Trader Joe’s. You know my (and yours if you are in the US) addiction to Trader Joe’s. Although you still have to read labels because I found a few items with colours, preservatives and generally not clean in there. So, we bought these cashews twice. And then we had a problem. Cashews are awesome and so good for you but high in fat and should be consumed in moderation. The problem was these cashews…
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Mango, Chickpeas and Feta Roasted Yams Salad

If you don’t like yams or sweet potatoes, listen before you give up on them completely. The same story with squash – I didn’t care for it until Stovetop Squash Mac and Cheese happened. That pillowy soft sauce is addictive by the spoon, straight from the blender. Read the comments. Neither did I like yams until the last camping trip, when Christie pan fried them with oil, garlic and salt. They caramelized and became my favourite dessert for dinner. Seriously! And that’s exactly how I cooked my yams for this…
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