Lettuce Tomato Cucumber Salad

In Ukraine, there are as many variations of lettuce tomato cucumber salad as there are cooks. I grew up eating this salad in summer and it was always different depending on what was in my grandma’s garden and fridge. This is my version of traditional Eastern European garden salad, and believe it or not, it contains no garlic, rather one secret ingredient that makes this salad SO MUCH better than any other garden salads. I based my chickpea avocado salad on this lettuce tomato cucumber salad, and this shrimp avocado tomato…
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Avocado Greek Yogurt Dip with Buffalo Sauce

Warning: Completely random thoughts while whipping up majestic fluffy Buffalo avocado dip. Mixing romaine with hot sauce. Frank’s Red Hot sauce smells totally like a pub. Circa 2001. Along with beer, deep fryer’s grease and smoke. You could smoke in bars back then. How much of that did I inhale?! Hot sauce is yummy, the acidic vinegar smells gooooood. I am glad I didn’t add chicken. Anyone can just eat chicken. This dip should be totally veggie loaded. Shock the Super Bowl party food table. Whipping the yogurt with…
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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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Healthy Chef Salad Recipe

Chef salad has been one of my favourite North American recipes ever since I landed on this prosperous land. Seriously, if you still don’t know, we got it all and way more. Trust me on this one. LIfe is crazy! My house is loud, gets messy (I’m a clean freak and paying for it) and there are always bazillion things on the schedule. By Thursday, I’m usually ready for a hot tub and wine but this week I did something different. I got back to working out regularly,…
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