Vegetable Florentine Pasta

How can you “eat your veggies” and also enjoy a bowl of pasta? Just make this florentine pasta recipe where fresh garden meets whole grains in a very generous amount of flavourful Greek yogurt based sauce. Because what pasta is good without sauce unless you are a 5 year old?! I won’t lie, there was a period of time when carbs were my enemy. I cooked spaghetti squash mac and cheese and baked cauliflower biscuits. And don’t get me wrong, these dishes are delicious but I am way more…
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Healthy Ramen Noodle Salad with Chicken

It has been a very rainy and cold spring so far, which I’m OK with. I might be biased after spending a month in the sunshine but I do like rain. It makes our PNW’s nature lush, streets clean and air fresh. Rain means I can spend endless hours of cooking (and cleaning up) without worrying about standing in a hot kitchen for hours. In the evening, there is nothing better than curling up with a real book in bed (not the case right now with our brand new…
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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken and Pasta

I always buy whole chicken, organic at Costco or from my local farmer, because it is much cheaper than buying chicken parts. All my boys LOVE my grandma’s slow cooker chicken noodle soup and last time Alex went to Costco, he got a 2 pack of organic whole chickens. I had one left in a freezer and decided to try making slow cooker whole chicken with rosemary, lemon, garlic and pasta. All magic happens right in a slow cooker. Hear me out how. No, I didn’t cook pasta for 8 hours in…
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One Pot Chili Mac with Beer

In a true Thug Kitchen’s style, I should say holy f*** about this one pot chili mac with beer I made from their new cookbook Thug Kitchen 101 (reminds me of my pasta with cauliflower in terms of layering flavours with plant-based ingredients). It is seriously, THE shit, in my own words (just like this healthy pasta). Chili meets macaroni and cheese, meets soup. The spices were spot on. Perfect winter comfort food like for right now when it is snowing AGAIN. I’m writing this post and soft snow is…
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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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Roasted Red Pepper Lasagna in Slow Cooker

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 ingredients healthy 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 the bullet….
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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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Pasta with Cauliflower and Pumpkin Seeds

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 now my lentil casserole as well. 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…
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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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