Easy Braised Short Ribs

Yesterday, when I made these easy braised short ribs, was the most stupidest day of the year. Given the fact we are only 13 days into the year, probably not the worst day yet. I started my morning with looking at a 3rd kitchen island’s countertop replacement because 2 previous ones were defective. Mid day I was looking for a different hosting provider because iFOODreal’s traffic has skyrocketed after January 1st. And then were these legendary Tuesday Olena’s short ribs…

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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Cauliflower Risotto

Eliminating added sugar (I mean honey and maple syrup) from my diet has worked very good  – I lost 2 lbs in the past month. So, I continue on cooking mostly savoury recipes: cheesy cauliflower rice with zucchini, Thai cauliflower rice, zucchini bake. However, I finally perfected the best in the world whole wheat flour banana bread made with only 1/3 cup honey. I had my 9 year old re-make it yesterday and it came out as beautiful and as delicious as Starbucks’ loaf. Somehow their baked goods look…
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Meatless Meatballs with Parmesan

Oh-la-la… My meatless meatballs that actually contain zero meat. Where do I begin?! First of all, this vegetarian meatballs recipe is here to help you feel #soyinspired this Fall in partnership with the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network and the Soyfoods Council. And you should listen to me – all these Holidays upon us mean a lot of animal products and saturated fat at the table. My meatballs are made of lean, healthy and zero cholesterol source of protein… with a liiiiiiiitle sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Just a little bit. Who…
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Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Chicken stuffed peppers are wonderful because bell peppers are easy vegetables to be stuffed unlike cabbage leaves, hence lazy cabbage rolls. Overall, I am a huge fan of stuffing food with food if it doesn’t take too long – stuffed portobellos “Philly Cheesesteak”, quinoa stuffed eggplant and easy Parmesan mushrooms recipe. And then there is crock pot stuffed pepper casserole when I feel like stuffed peppers but want them later. Bell peppers are on Dirty Dozen list so I’m taking advantage of Fall farmer’s market while I can still get bell…
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Summer Fried Brown Rice

I love making fried rice because sky is the limit in terms of ingredients and it is a great “fridge cleaner”. I made one mistake this time by making it in a wok because I simply forgot to use a large skillet to make the rice crispy. In a wok, it comes out more steamed than fried. And crispy rice is the most fun part – crunchy, oily and fried previously cooked rice. It can be fried in a wok in restaurants because the heat is so high but at home…
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Broccoli Mushroom Stir Fry

This might not be a traditional stir fry but it’s delish! It’s my version of broccoli mushroom stir fry with tons and tons of green veggies and nuts. I was going to say it is vegetarian but I just realized it’s vegan. Even better. I used all ingredients I usually have on hand – walnuts (I buy pieces because they are cheaper), frozen peas and broccoli. I don’t usually have portobello mushrooms on hand but this time I did. They are meaty and add a lot of flavour.

Healthy Mushroom Stroganoff

This healthy mushroom stroganoff is a great replacement for traditional Russian beef stroganoff. Made with brown mushrooms, Greek yogurt and brown rice pasta (my favourite for this recipe), this vegetable stroganoff is hearty and healthier than traditional heavy cream version. I was pleasantly surprised to see that even without meat and being full of pasta it has a whopping 20 g of protein per serving. Those mushrooms, pasta and yogurt. I used 2% organic Greek yogurt I found at Costco. I prefer it to 0% because it’s creamier and is…
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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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Easy Parmesan Mushrooms Recipe

Only four ingredients, including salt and pepper, 20 minutes and you have a healthy crowd pleaser – Parmesan Mushrooms. We even had these mushrooms for dinner on top of quinoa because that’s how food blogging business runs – you eat what you cooked that day. These were absolutely delicious and so easy to prepare! With all the Holidays parties and potlucks, these juicy stuffed mushrooms will save you so much time! You can even prepare them in advance and bake right before serving. Great for transporting too.