Lazy Cabbage Rolls

The story behind these lazy man cabbage rolls follows as this. On New Year’s Eve we hosted a Ukrainian dinner party for our friends. One of the dishes I made were lazy cabbage rolls. Everyone loved how they were big and meaty. I, on the other hand, swore that day it was last time I made cabbage rolls. Honestly, it took me hours and I was so frustrated in the process I had to take a walk in the park. I followed others advice to freeze and thaw cabbage instead of…
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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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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. 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…
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Baked Cauliflower Parmesan Steaks with Wild Rice Salad

If you are running out of ideas how to cook cauliflower, here is a new fun way in a form of steaks. Plus they are crunchy, pretty and delicious. My kids loved these and even ate the salad. Overall, easy and clean meatless dinner. I baked cauliflower directly on a well oiled baking sheet for that nice crispy outside.

Thai Shrimp Curry with Squash

I love homemade Thai food: Thai mango curry, slow cooker Thai chicken thighs and Thai salmon. This Thai shrimp curry is one of those weeknight dinners quickly thrown together in a skillet and you have a healthy restaurant quality meal. Easy curry with coconut milk, shrimp, butternut squash and a blend of simple Thai spices, this curry is quick, decadent and with a bit of a fiery kick. Not too much because of little people. You can definitely kick the heat up a notch by adding more curry…
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Eggplant Marinara with Pepper and Rice

Sautéed eggplant and bell peppers with simple marinara sauce and served over brown rice – a quick and healthy vegetarian dinner. Full of flavour and affordable too. This eggplant marinara was delish! I love eggplant and am completely puzzled why many people don’t. It’s highly underrated vegetable in America. Its texture makes a great substitute for meat. Once cooked, it develops tender texture and complex rich flavour. In my Ukrainian opinion, it tastes best with tomatoes, garlic and fresh herbs.:)

Skinny Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole with Kale

I’m sure many of you know and love a good old chicken broccoli rice casserole which is delicious but not so light. I created a skinny version of America’s favourite comfort food by cutting down cheese, using brown rice, lean chicken breasts, upped the broccoli and added kale. The result was a delicious casserole without extra calories. My boys ate it twice this week and nobody complained. You don’t need canned soup or a pound of cheese to make this chicken broccoli rice casserole saucy and comforting. Adding just…
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Crock Pot Chicken, Rice and Mushroom Soup

Um, will you run away if I tell you this soup is made with cauliflower?! Like no flour and milk slurry to thicken the broth. A head of cauliflower. My $2.99 organic vegetable. A few month ago, while experimenting with soup recipes for my eBook, I discovered it does wonders in a crock pot. So, cauliflower, rice, 2 chicken breasts, stock, veggies and spices. Turn on and see you later. I’m addicted to my crock pot! I love my crock pot and he loves me back. It makes me feel…
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Chicken Rice Pilaf

In Russia, Chicken Rice Pilaf is called “plov”. It is basically chicken with rice, vegetables and spices. It is very popular in all former Soviet Union republics and is one of my favourite rice dishes. Traditionally it is made with lamb and comes from Uzbekistan. It has been adapted and made with chicken, pork and beef. I personally like it with chicken. It may seem hard to make but it’s not. Here are the rules for successful making of Chicken Rice Pilaf: