Easy Shrimp Tacos with Slaw

Yesterday was such a great day, not only because it was Valentine’s Day, but because my husband worked from home. I got things done around the house, Alex took boys for a run completely “killing” them, then he took Adam for immunizations and me and Kyle went grocery shopping for our celebratory easy shrimp tacos with slaw. Kids had no school and I took iPads away again, so they were looking for things to do. I have a 10 year old whose dream is to become a hockey…
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Avocado Bisque with Shrimp

OK, I didn’t particularly grow up eating cold soups in summer. There was one traditional chilled Ukrainian soup called “okroshka” made with kombucha type of drink (btw, I have mastered making kombucha from scratch at home), soma dairy (buttermilk or sour cream?), chopped ham and cucumbers…I believe. But even then grandma and mom never made it. My family was not a traditional Ukrainian family. We didn’t bake pies, spoke Russian at home and didn’t celebrate orthodox Christmas. It has always been different…I wasn’t allowed to eat food at the markets…
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Lemon Dill Shrimp, Zucchini & Peas in 15 Minutes

What a great true summer weekend we have had! How was yours? On Friday temperatures have soared up to +30s C and we couldn’t get enough. I went for a walk (Friday night) and run (Saturday morning which was dumb-dumb because of cottonwood allergies and crazy heat) on the dykes. Hit the farmer’s market (kids lost iPad privileges permanently) and fireworks with the family on Saturday. And on Sunday we cleaned up the yard and spent afternoon till sunset at the lake. At home I had a glass…
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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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25 Cauliflower Rice Recipes

I thought we could all use some cauliflower rice recipes since we can all afford cauliflower now. I mean, did you see how much it cost a few months ago?! I explained in this chicken and cauliflower post why a tiny head of cauliflower cost as much as a pound of meat. I would bring it to the till a few times and cashiers asked me if I was sure. Must have been bad, so I left it. We (realistically my wonderful assistant, Eboni) scoured the internet for simple cauliflower rice recipes…
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Bruschetta Shrimp Pasta

So, this bruschetta shrimp pasta. A few days ago we returned from a camping trip and I was out of dinner ideas. No more Mexican or Thai for a while. Then I noticed a few tomatoes from my garden laying on a counter in a desperate need of being used up. Alex also announced to kids there were a few more waiting for them in the garden but nobody has moved.

Shrimp Orzo Salad

The story behind this shrimp orzo salad is that we ended up in front of a shrimp freezer in Fred Meyer and “3” kids kept chirping in my ear how wonderful it would be to enjoy cold shrimp at the beach. I saw no loopholes with wild caught shrimp but kinda overlooked the fact it wasn’t deveined or thoroughly cooked. Needless to say, we brought it home and I added it to this salad inspired by recent visit to a food co-op. Made with kamut orzo, organic feta cheese, fresh…
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Black Bean Spaghetti with Garlic Shrimp Recipe

Have you ever heard of black bean spaghetti? I first discovered black bean pasta at Costco a year ago. Organic and gluten free, they contain 25 g of protein and 12 g of fiber per serving. Another lighter alternative to pasta besides zucchini noodles with chicken. The taste is very good, the texture is light and cooking time is 7 minutes. The texture and taste is of course different from wheat pasta but very satisfying. Nothing weird like those tofu shirataki noodles.

Shrimp Greek Salad with Arugula

While the rest of America is cooking turkey and baking pies, I seem to be on a salad kick. Thanksgiving in Canada has already passed and I’m not in a mood for turkey till Christmas. I make Greek salad every few weeks. Often with whatever I have on hand. I love it because it is chock full of vegetables and Mediterranean flavours – olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, lemon, oregano etc. Plus my kids eat it, especially olives and feta, minus red onion. Fair enough.

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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