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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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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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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Turkey Quinoa Meatballs with Sweet Onion

We just returned from Whistler on Sunday. And straight to hockey try outs so my head is spinning again. The trip was good but I took 0 pictures. Maybe 2 with my phone. Btw, you can see our last year’s trip which was exactly the same this year. We did a lot of pool time, hiking on the most gorgeous mountains and even water rafting. It was all great but I was exhausted. I think I am ready for school. I am tired from kids. And at this…
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Juicy Spinach Chicken Quinoa Casserole

I am not sure word “juicy” is the most appropriate for a casserole but “moist” sounds even worse. So, I am going with “juicy” to let you know that this chicken quinoa casserole is not dry which is often the case with quinoa bake recipes. I didn’t think word “creamy” was appropriate either because I barely used any dairy. And still this healthy casserole is so moist from zucchini, full of basil flavour and is protein and veggie packed. It all started with a whole chicken… A few…
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Quinoa Bread Recipe

+20 C outside and my slightly enlarged mid section after hibernation made me stop eating bread. I came to terms that low rise Lululemon pants are going on Ebay. Thankfully, it took them only about 10 years to start making high waist leggings. Hello?! Like what sane girl doesn’t want all her “junk in the trunk”?! Well, maybe except Tone It Up girls and 15 year olds. I do hope no suicides were committed among “normal” female population although I have seen a few broken hearts on Instagram. The girls look…
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Garlic Butter Shrimp, Quinoa and Asparagus

I made this shrimp quinoa with asparagus and garlic butter last Thursday before Easter and it was a big hit even among the kids. Who doesn’t like garlic butter or shrimp?! This recipe is large so if serving 2 people cut in half because I wouldn’t freeze the leftovers. However, for 4 of us it was so nice to have lunch leftovers on a day off. The stir fry also can be refrigerated for up to 3 – 5 days (lunches for work!). Easter really marked the beginning…
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