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. However, I finally perfected the best in the world banana bread made with whole wheat flour and 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 always so appetizing to me. 

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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Brown Rice and Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Chicken stuffed peppers are wonderful because bell peppers are easy vegetables to be stuffed (unlike cabbage leaves, hence Lazy Man Cabbage Rolls) and anything goes as for the stuffing. Therefore, the detailed name because I am planning on posting many other stuffing variations. Bell peppers are on a Dirty Dozen list so I’m taking an advantage of Fall farmer’s market while I can still get bell peppers grown without pesticides and herbicides. Organic bell peppers are pricey and we usually use them for snacks in winter.

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 and Portobello Mushrooms 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 Cranberry Stuffing with Mushrooms

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.

Acorn Squash Casserole with Mushrooms

This acorn squash casserole was mind blowing – simple, healthy and delicious! Sweet squash, meaty baby portobello mushrooms (just brown mushrooms!), crispy broccoli (my kids call them “trees”) baked in tomato sauce with organic sharp white cheddar cheese. Besides 20 minute prep (if you buy pre – cut broccoli and mushrooms even less) and 50 minute baking time, there is not much to do for this dish and it was to die for! I even convinced my 8 year old to give it a try and he loved…
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Hearty Bean and Mushroom Soup

A bowl of bean and mushroom soup is so comforting on a rainy Fall day or a snowy Winter night. Meaty, hearty and a tad creamy, this soup is also healthy: full of fiber, protein and low in fat. I have also included a slow cooker version for those who are super busy. The soup also freezes extremely well.