Quinoa Falafel with Tahini Sauce

Quinoa falafel means baked instead of fried and let me tell you that quinoa in falafel goes AMAZING with chickpeas – texture, colour and nutrients wise. No need for egg or chilling the mixture before baking; falafels stay together like a charm! Sprayed with cooking spray they form nice golden crust on the outside (convection oven helps) revealing soft and moist inside through those sexy crinkles when lightly pressed. This quinoa falafel was approved by my husband who lived in the Middle East for years. He said it tasted a bit different…
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Quinoa Vegetable Soup

I thought I would share my go-to Russian soup recipe with you. It is super simple and tasty. Fills you up a cheap way – with liquids. Of course, some croutons, tortilla chips or cheese would make it even more delicious but I kept this quinoa vegetable soup vegan for health reasons! Animal products should be enjoyed in moderation and we need to eat more vegetables. I didn’t calculate nutritional info because frankly the pot was so huge, measuring it would take 10 minutes.:) Just enjoy wholesome food,…
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Quinoa Stew with Beef

I grew up with grandma’s steaming bowl of stew that would make my fingers sticky and smell like garlic. My husband grew up with the same stew on another side of the continent, 9,000 kms away. It tells me beef stew was an Eastern European traditional dish that fills your house and clothes with a stew smell. The same sweet smell of onions crawls from a neighbours’ house into my garage every morning I open it to take kids to school. I know exactly when grandma is cooking dinner. I find many…
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Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Casserole

I love quinoa casserole because it is quick. If you are trying to eat less meat, this recipe along with black bean quinoa casserole is for you. This spinach artichoke casserole is hearty, filling and full of flavours. I used an entire box of pre-washed baby spinach – my favourite, I truly love the convenience of washed organic greens. Spinach shrinks a lot, so don’t be scared by the amount this recipe calls for. I have a hard time finding frozen or marinated in water artichoke hearts. They are always packed in oil…
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Overnight Superfoods Oat Parfait

Although I do not commute to work, I love waking up to already made breakfast. No, Alex doesn’t cook me breakfasts, they cook themselves in the fridge or in the oven the night before. My cooking inspiration is just not there until about 10 AM. And when eating clean, preparation is key for breakfast and snacks. I have already tried chia pudding and overnight oats. I have also tested awesome overnight breakfast quinoa which I will share soon. This week we are eating these overnight parfaits made with…
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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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Quinoa Cranberry Stuffing with Mushrooms

If you are like me and prefer to make a turkey stuffing on a side, this recipe is for you. On Thanksgiving I tried to stuff turkey with uncooked quinoa, dried cranberries and celery in hopes the stuffing would come out like this. Well, the turkey was awesome and the stuffing sucked! So, I decided to take it to a stove top and this time it got an Oscar. I’m bringing this quinoa cranberry stuffing, my Easy Parmesan Mushrooms and a salad for a Christmas dinner with friends. I…
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Chocolate Quinoa Granola

For the past few weeks, I have been in a baking mood. Since Canadian Thanksgiving was last month, end November marks Christmas baking for me (absolutely new concept to a Ukrainian immigrant which I happily adopted). After dropping off kids at school and daycare (thank goodness for those establishments), I turn on Frank Sinatra radio, my oven and am having a blast making the biggest mess in my kitchen! Cooking is my therapy and lately I have added Christmas crafting to the list. Wine, cooking and crafting…I know……
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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). Make it with light coconut milk if you are calorie conscious or go full fat for a creamier version (next time I’m doing that). No matter what you decide to do, this dinner is speedy and healthy! Yesterday we went out for lunch with friends…
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Edamame Hummus Kale and Quinoa Salad plus a Giveaway

Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the “#SoyInspired for Thanksgiving” campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network on behalf of The Soyfoods Council. I was compensated for my time. However, I have been cooking with edamame beans forever and recommend only products that I love and are beneficial for our health. Thanksgiving in Canada is long gone and I wish I had created this salad a month ago. I always feel salads are suffering at Thanksgiving and Christmas tables, since hostess’ energy is poured into turkey, dessert…
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