Chicken Chickpea Stew

I always-always tell people when asked how I manage to cook healthy while raising 2 kids and running a business, that key to success is to cook big pots of soup, stews, stir fries and other types of throw together one pot meals. Healthy meals that are affordable because many times anything can go in that pot, quick because chop-chop and it doesn’t have to be perfect, and because you open the fridge or freezer and leftovers are staring at you! Meals like ground turkey stew, soba noodle stir…
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Chickpea Avocado Salad

This chickpea avocado salad is the best chickpea salad recipe I ever made – with tomato, avocado, cucumber and simple dressing consisting of olive oil, salt and freshly cracked pepper; with red onion slices big enough for kids to pick out and adults to enjoy. The salad is so hearty, it can be a main course for lunch, mixed with quinoa or pasta for dinner, or a potluck star. This chickpea avocado salad recipe is similar to my other hearty salads recipes: Mango Black Bean Salad, Creamy Mexican Kale Salad or…
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Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie (Video)

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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Quinoa Falafel

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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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 Ninja Ultima blender, our lives have literally transformed. I use it at least once a day to prepare superfood green smoothie, black bean brownies recipe and now hummus. Hummus is easy to make – you just…
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