Healthy Instant Ramen

Whether on “Oops, what’s for dinner?!” day, lunch or after an exhausting shopping trip to Costco, I have made healthy instant ramen numerous times in the past month. We haven’t bought ramen for over a decade for health reasons but Costco has convinced me I should get not 1 but 2 packs of Lotus Foods organic ramen on sale. Inside are plain noodle blocks which at first upset me (no poisonous packets but no healthy seasoning either), but I quickly saw fun in making the most flavourful healthy instant…
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Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie is essentially a dog pile (a new word I learnt during Kyle’s last hockey game) of veggies. And just to forewarn you – I’m not a potato hater but rather lover (see my last weekend eats). How can I be Ukrainian and hate potatoes when we ate them every day?! Potatoes are not bad for you. I just wanted to have fun with cauliflower. And honestly I thought I had a genius new recipe on hands which proved to be a nonsense once I did my…
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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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Coleslaw Macaroni Salad

I am not sure where I am heading with no dairy in my diet but for now I have to stick to vegan salad dressings. Like lemon mint vinaigrette in this coleslaw with brown rice elbow macaroni, corn and edamame. It was delicious, crunchy and refreshing! A few years ago I started to develop acne along my jaw line. Acne I never had before. Apparently it is common among adult women. I also felt my hormones were completely out of whack around ovulation and period times, where as all…
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Sweet Chili Quinoa and Wild Rice Salad

This Thai flavours salad is inspired by a grocery store salad, believe it or not, that I grabbed around Christmas time when my son had a hockey tournament all day. I was frankly impressed although I have no idea what were the dressing ingredients and thank goodness most of it drained to the bottom of the container. But it was super delicious and I have created my better version we have been eating for a few weeks now. First of all, this is the salad that keeps on…
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Rice with Peas & Pine Nuts Recipe

You know how plain rice can get boring, right?! This recipe is a quick alternative to add a variety to your rice side dishes menu. Especially on weeknights, when you are mostly short on time. Just good old brown rice with frozen peas and toasted pine nuts. No turning on the oven, sautéing garlic/onions or defrosting the peas. Just toasting the pine nuts, but that part is easy. I promise! This rice dish is also vegan, vegetarian and gluten free.