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

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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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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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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Avocado Chickpea Dip

Cheesy appetizers season is upon us, with 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 cafe…
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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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Thai Lime & Chili Roasted Chickpeas

These Thai 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…
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