Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

It is cold and crisp in PNW. Perfect for some velvety smooth, hearty and healthy slow cooker butternut squash soup. This weather made a soup making machine out of me. Remember I mentioned making slow cooker butternut squash soup before sausage barley soup?! The one that sent us all to bed hungry. So I remade it, loaded with more food and it couldn’t have been more delicious!

Chicken Chickpea Stew

I always-always tell people when asked how I manage to cook healthy while raising 2 kids and running a business, that key to success is to cook big pots of soup, stews, stir fries and other types of throw together one pot meals. Healthy meals that are affordable because many times anything can go in that pot, quick because chop-chop and it doesn’t have to be perfect, and because you open the fridge or freezer and leftovers are staring at you! Meals like ground turkey stew, soba noodle stir…
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Quinoa Cakes

I love quinoa in any shape or form, even in slow cooker breakfast quinoa and quinoa granola bars. Quinoa makes amazing quinoa falafel, quinoa bread recipe and quinoa granola. It is (relatively) new superfood and for a good reason – full of protein, complex carbs and high in soluble fiber. And it cooks in 12 minutes versus 45 minutes for brown rice. Quinoa can be pricey if bought in small packages. That’s why I always buy a huge bag at Costco (=> my healthy Costco shopping list). Making quinoa cakes has…
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Ground Turkey Quinoa Casserole with Spinach

If you have lots of leftover quinoa from last night’s dinner and ground turkey in the freezer, this ground turkey quinoa casserole with a giant pack of baby spinach is for you. Some of my favourite casseroles are made with quinoa: Tex Mex black bean quinoa casserole, spinach artichoke quinoa casserole and spinach chicken quinoa casserole. Quinoa is a queen of healthy whole grains, full of complete protein and contains all essential amino acids. Treat it like rice but quinoa is even better, simply just because it is ready in…
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Quinoa Breakfast Bake

This quinoa breakfast bake has been waiting for me every morning during the past week. Delicious, nutritious and the best part is I didn’t have to cook it. Just place a slice on my plate, top with a dollop of Greek yogurt (highly recommended) and a few berries or bananas. I even didn’t warm it up because we don’t have a microwave. This quinoa breakfast bake is highly customizable. You can use quick or rolled oats, no problem. Also eggs, egg whites or even flax egg replacer for a…
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Easy Miso Soup with Meatballs

I’m not the one to make sushi at home. I’m quite creative and frugal when it comes to food, but sushi – we go out for, especially in Vancouver, the best American made sushi I ever had are here. Miso soup, I want to talk to you about making an easy miso soup with meatballs. It is so damn ridiculously simple recipe and has about 10 shades of flavour. And to make it clear – we are talking about the miso soup without dashi or fish sauce, and…
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30 Minute Chicken and Cauliflower Curry

With a perfect balance of lean protein and vegetables, this chicken and cauliflower curry recipe can be made all vegan using extra cauliflower and served over brown rice or quinoa. Mild enough for the little ones. Large skillet for leftovers, I love them – teriyaki chicken and cauliflower skillet, shrimp quinoa with asparagus and garlic butter, and quinoa skillet with chicken and garden veggies. 

Quinoa Egg Muffins with Sundried Tomato & Spinach

These quinoa egg muffins are a complete breakfast on the go or a snack, filled with complex carbs from quinoa and healthy fats from flax or chia seeds. So easy and delicious, I recommend to double the recipe and freeze. Also make sure to try my sweet potato egg bake with taco seasoning. These quinoa egg muffins are great for using up leftover quinoa, wilted spinach and old sun dried tomatoes sitting at the bottom of a big Costco jar. You could also make this recipe into an egg bake…
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Red Lentil Vegetable Soup with Two Spices

It was raining all week. Which I didn’t mind because I could finally bake and cook. On Wednesday I made a huge pot of this red lentil vegetable soup that lasted 2 days. Many of you might not know but I grew up with a single mom who had/has insomnia and anxiety issues. So, most days she was and still is not feeling well enough to do any normal daily activities that so many of us take for granted. On many of those days I heard her say “Let’s…
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Protein Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

This apple cinnamon smoothie is sponsored by Vega® and Silk® in an effort to help you Build a Better Smoothie. My apple tree is full of apples. Sour apples. Most of them have worms. But all organic. Periodically I go out, harvest a few and sort. Usually I make and freeze applesauce with wormed apples, which I use in baking recipes throughout the year. So far this year I have made one batch and still have a large stash from previous season. I should do a research on how to grow…
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