Baby Kale Salad Recipe with Feta and Tomatoes

If you are bored of kale and quinoa (I am!), try baby kale! I am dead serious – baby kale tastes nothing like kale. Odd but true. Last week, this baby kale salad recipe was a breath of fresh air. With leftover brown rice, julienned sun dried tomatoes, sweet grape tomatoes from Mexico, toasted pine nuts, salty feta cheese, a crazy amount of fresh basil and homemade Greek vinaigrette. Nowadays, we use full grown kale for making smoothies and maybe an occasional sweet kale salad recipe because it is…
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Farmers Market Kale Tacos

On Saturday we slept in. Can you believe it there was no hockey?! Wait, we did go to our friends’ boy lacrosse game and then to Boston Pizza for dinner later. So, not like a weekend without a rink. But before that Alex made a lazy brunch with like 15 eggs and then I headed out to the farmers market. To buy more eggs. It was pouring rain. Seriously, is it summer yet where you live?! El Niño definitely left us. It was like +14C. No wonder I was…
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Buckwheat Stir Fry with Kale, Peppers & Artichokes

So, this buckwheat recipe that made you probably scratching your head thinking “what is this stuff, Olena?”… Let me introduce you to Ukrainian quinoa – buckwheat. I honestly am puzzled why buckwheat hasn’t exploded in America yet like quinoa has. Buckwheat takes the same 15 minutes to cook, is gluten free and with mind blowing nutritional properties just like quinoa. Very similar high protein and fiber numbers. And it is low glycemic. So, if you get tired of quinoa once in a while like I do, let me introduce you to a…
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Greens and Beans Recipe

Greens and beans recipe with artichoke hearts. If you like spinach and artichoke dip or loved my spinach artichoke quinoa casserole, then I can guarantee you will like this 20 minute vegetarian dinner. The day I made it was rainy and I was craving something warm, cozy and creamy. March is quickly becoming my least favourite month of the year. Kids get sick as temperatures rise, I suffer from constant headaches with weather changes and outside is simply disgusting – neither warm, nor cold and windy (no evening…
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Mint Green Smoothie Bowl

Greens for breakfast anyone?! And without eggs. Rather spinach, kale and full of whole grains organic Nature’s Path Love Crunch Granola Aloha blend, which is not only delicious but also socially and environmentally responsible (see below). Not savoury, not overly sweet, just the right amount of everything good for us and tasty. Because no matter how healthy meal is, if it is not tasty who wants to eat it, right?! I have been craving all things beachy, minty and pineapple-y lately. That is February for you with dreamy…
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Parmesan Kale Grilled Cheese

I am on a major Parmesan kick. Whenever I feel “blah” I crave Parmesan cheese, I eat it by the slice. I love its hard and crumbly texture, not to mention the taste. I have been feeling “blah” the past few days, starting Monday (shocking?!). It is a mixture of winter blues, my absolutely high maintenance 5 year old, work overload and things that have to be done at home. I need light in the evening and morning desperately. I can’t believe how exhausting a barely 4 feet tall…
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Slow Cooker Chicken Lentil Soup

You know how some recipes have stories?! My story behind this to-die-for Tex Mex flavoured slow cooker chicken lentil soup with corn unfolded as following. Friday is my day off. Well, I mean a day off from being a blogger. Moms are really never off, let’s be real. Friday is the day when I do chores piled up over a week. So, this Friday a chore was painting doors and trims. I’m slowly refreshing all of them throughout the house. Yes, I love painting and handyman work. Alex jokes…
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Chicken Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

So, I finally gave in and got a spiralizer before Christmas. We do gifts for ourselves. Next on the list is a trip to Lululemon. I haven’t bought a piece of clothing for myself since August. After months and months of debating whether I need another kitchen gadget and liking all hand spiralizers so-so, I saw a countertop spiralizer at my grocery store for $25. That, my American friends, is a BIG DEAL because in Canada everything is so much more expensive and harder to find than in the US. 

Vegan Kale Pesto

Lots of foliage in this vegan kale pesto to kick off 2016 right! And it is vegan not because I’m vegan but because I do not like Parmesan cheese in a pesto. I would rather sprinkle it on top of pesto noodles. And eating less dairy and more vegetables is a plus anyways. Pesto sauce is a tough food item in my clean eating books. It is impossible to find organic or at least non-GMO in my neck of the woods. I have tried a few homemade versions…
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Mediterranean Kale Salad

10 minute Mediterranean kale salad with dinosaur kale, chickpeas, bell pepper, avocado, tomato and feta cheese. I feel like I have seen this salad about 1,000 times but sometimes obvious isn’t so obvious to others. This raw kale salad is highly versatile and easy salad we make for dinners quite often. I always think of a main first, whether it is meat, fish or something vegetarian/vegan. Then a side dish is easy to come up with – I go through the jars in my pantry and pick what…
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