Healthy Pasta Salad with Feta, Tomatoes and Pecans

I’m slowly getting back to my normal routine here. December was mind blowing with all the Christmas craziness, hockey, Kyle’s almost pneumonia cold and skiing. Having a child born on January 1st extends celebrations well into January making 1.5 months a complete blur of who me and Alex are (more me). I still have a 6 year old’s birthday party to survive and after that when I close my eyes, I will be seeing never ending waves which are getting more and more real. For now, I’m keeping my eyes open…
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Slow Cooker Mushroom Roasted Red Pepper Lasagna

I’m gonna make you drool in an appropriate way. Like drooling mentally because nobody really wants to see you or me drooling. Trust me on this one. Let’s keep to emojis and hashtags. Once again, prepare to be amazed with this 7 ingredient clean eating roasted red pepper lasagna with mushrooms made in a slow cooker. And all ingredients come from a jar, a can or a package. And still clean. If maybe, maybe, just slightly maybe, one of the ingredients is 98% clean promise you will bite…
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Veggie Mac and Cheese Muffins Recipe

Things are slowly settling back to normal after summer. Besides my mom coming for a long visit and me and Alex going for a dream team vacation of the decade, we are back to a routine. I did share on Tuesday oh how much I have missed school. I love summer but I equally love the first few months of fall when it is still warm enough, kids are busy and I have time for myself. Even walking by myself, even as close as to and from school makes…
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Pumpkin Seed Cauliflower Pasta

Today I cooked like Alex. Whenever he has to cook (please note has, Alex doesn’t love to cook) all his meals are made in a pot or a skillet with onions and garlic. All of them. And they are type of a stir fry. It is a typical Russian way of cooking. I remember my grandma’s hands always smelled like onions. In fact, I am typing with onion fingers right now. And even watermelon tasting like onions lol. I still cringe if my mom or Alex cut any fruit…
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Chicken and Whole Wheat Spaghetti Recipe

This 30 minute one pot healthy pasta recipe is sponsored by Texture. Whole wheat spaghetti is the most cooked type of pasta in my kitchen. For two good reasons. Reason #1 – Costco. It sells the largest most affordable giant box of organic noodles. Reason #2 – kids. They particularly love spaghetti. I don’t think they even know what white pasta tastes like so we have no problem with more nutritious whole wheat. So, on Wednesday was whole wheat spaghetti recipe turn…after lentils, brown rice and quinoa it…
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Zucchini Mac and Cheese

On Wednesday, I had a hard time getting off the couch to make this zucchini mac and cheese. But again there was nothing for dinner and I knew this 15 minute dinner had a big chance of being a winner. I love my job but at times I envy office workers typing 8 hours away on the computer. I cherish a few hours a day I get to work on laptop while sipping tea. Majority of my day is spent on feet – getting kids out the door,…
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Creamy Minestrone Soup

Hearty minestrone soup recipe back from 2013, which I made while visiting mom’s farm in Alberta and used my son’s red T-shirt as “a napkin” for a photoshoot. Needless to say pictures needed a makeover, however the recipe was tip-top. Clearly on a million acres farm in +10 C summer days there was not much to do except watch TV, cook and drink wine. I still can’t believe I drove 1,100 kms each way with 2 little kids all by myself and gave Alex a 2 weeks vacation. Just like…
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Penne with Kalamata Olives, Garlic Roasted Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

Quick 30 minute pasta dinner that I made with a lot of Kalamata olives from a giant jar from Costco, farmer’s market tomatoes and organic soft goat cheese that had to be used up ASAP (leftover from making this salad). Then I added fresh garden basil and parsley, grown by me. I also quickly sautéed tomatoes in a new crop of garlic my neighbour gave me, for added flavour. Grape tomatoes would be great too, I just didn’t have any. I don’t wanna say this recipe is awesome because if…
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Feta, Herb and Shrimp Orzo Salad

The story behind this salad is that we ended up in front of a shrimp freezer in Fred Meyer and “3” kids kept chirping in my ear how wonderful it would be to enjoy cold shrimp at the beach. I saw no loopholes with wild caught shrimp but kinda overlooked the fact it wasn’t deveined or thoroughly cooked. Needless to say, we brought it home and I added it to this salad inspired by recent visit to a food co-op. Made with kamut orzo, organic feta cheese, fresh garden herbs…
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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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