Pan Fried Cabbage with Apples

Phew, what a week besides yummy pan fried cabbage and healthy pumpkin brownies. So glad it is over! Between trying to regain normal self after a week in an all-inclusive resort without kids, my mom leaving and a painful period, do I need to tell you that I was having a glass of wine every night?! I came to a conclusion that I am better off never pausing and tasting a life without a wallet and with a bunch of servants. As much as heavenly a week in Mexico was,…
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Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

I keep working on my relationship with butternut squash => honey garlic butternut squash. I made a rule to buy it every few weeks and just “go for it” in the kitchen. Today in a form of butternut squash quinoa salad with dried fruits, smoked paprika and buttery warm dressing. Where paprika is not just paprika and “butter” is not really a butter.

Chicken Stuffed with Brie, Spinach and Cranberries

I got home from an evening workout and Alex jumped in a garage screaming “Crazy chicken!”. As soon as I stepped in the kitchen, oldest one requested it for Christmas Eve dinner (I was planning seafood though). Youngest one’s opinion doesn’t count – he would eat cereal 3 times a day if I let him. Just FYI, any cheese is totally Clean Eating compliant if it is eaten in moderation and preferably is organic or grass-fed. I eat brie cheese about 3 – 4 times a year. Especially with…
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Chia Jam Recipe

Am I the only one making jam in winter?! I tried making chia seed jam first time ever last December when I couldn’t pass by $2 bags of organic cranberries. And you don’t have to chop them like the photo suggests below (these cranberries were for Cranberry Cheesecake Bars), neither you have to cook the jam. Instead, you just process your choice of berries or fruit in a food processor or blender with some honey (maple syrup), lemon zest and vanilla extract. It keeps well for weeks and…
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Quinoa Stuffing

If you are like me and prefer to make a turkey stuffing on a side, this recipe is for you. On Thanksgiving I tried to stuff turkey with uncooked quinoa, dried cranberries and celery in hopes the stuffing would come out like this. Well, the turkey was awesome and the stuffing sucked! So, I decided to take it to a stove top and this time it got an Oscar. I’m bringing this quinoa cranberry stuffing, my Easy Parmesan Mushrooms and a salad for a Christmas dinner with friends. I…
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Clean Eating Cheesecake Bars with Cranberries

One of the readers left a comment on Healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Bars saying she made them with Greek yogurt and cottage cheese instead of cream cheese. I was intrigued right away because it sounded healthier. I was raised on rich homemade cottage cheese that resembles American farmer’s cheese. My mom and grandma would make it by boiling buttermilk, then draining in a cheesecloth hanging on a tap overnight. The result was dry, pressed and crumbly cottage cheese that we would eat with freshly made sour cream from a farmer’s…
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Cranberry Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bites

Not your traditional dessert – filled with superfoods like chia, hemp and buckwheat, these dark chocolate bites will be the star of your Holiday sweets table. Sweet cranberries with a hint of vanilla, paired with roasted salted pistachios and coated in a crunchy chocolate shell – to die for! And they are so easy to make, store and then just pull out of the freezer a few minutes before serving. Perfect for busy Holidays. I first saw Nature’s Path Qi’a at Costco almost a year ago. I have been buying…
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Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Last week I was craving lighter, nutty and full of season’s flavour cookies. Similar to almond flour thumbprint cookies I made last year. I was craving the taste of baked ground almonds in my mouth. Luckily I’m my own boss when it comes to food where as Alex and kids have to eat what I make. Right after dinner, I quickly went through my kitchen’s supplies and 40 minutes later I had these delicious cranberry orange oatmeal cookies. Delicate, airy and super moist. The next day I took a few…
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Healthy Cranberry Orange Bread

I’m not much of a delicate dessert baker but rather a quick bread chef. Breads are easier to make healthy, therefore make a perfect snack. Especially if you, like me, are living a dream and got a kid or two.:) I’ve got a few under my belt by now (breads and kids) – whole wheat pumpkin bread, whole wheat flour banana bread, healthy carrot cake bread, and healthy gingerbread loaf. Now, this ah-mazing healthy cranberry orange bread – full of fruit, berries, and nuts. So scrumptious looking and…
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Cranberry Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies

This Holiday Season I am so in line with the majority of North American population – I’m already baking, got a menu for the next 30 days, Christmas shopping list is in my iPhone, Alex installed the lights on the house and an inflatable Santa is waving from my porch. I should post a photo of my perfect Russian crazy home.;) I made and froze these almond flour thumbprint cookies at the end of November and they are all long gone by now. I don’t know why but…
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