Cheeseburger Quinoa Casserole

While the name suggests a completely unhealthy meal, this cheeseburger quinoa casserole is quite the opposite. Have you seen that WHO confirmed processed and red meat cause cancer?! That is not news to me but quite reassuring and a good reminder. Now to make it clear moderation and occasional consumption are OK but on a regular basis – that is where it gets risky. Overall, overconsumption of any animal products is not healthy – The China Study is an easy read about connection between meat and cancer.

Chickpea and Avocado Garden Salad

I have been waiting almost a whole year to post this chickpea avocado salad because it tastes best with vegetables straight from your garden or farmer’s market in my case.:) A typical Ukrainian (Russian) salad consists of most common summer produce in Ukraine – tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. Salt and black pepper are a must! We didn’t grow red onions but white and green ones. As a kid, I hated onions and my kids are the same. They pick onions out from their plates as me and Alex…
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Penne with Kalamata Olives, Garlic Roasted Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

Quick 30 minute pasta dinner that I made with a lot of Kalamata olives from a giant jar from Costco, farmer’s market tomatoes and organic soft goat cheese that had to be used up ASAP (leftover from making this salad). Then I added fresh garden basil and parsley, grown by me. I also quickly sautéed tomatoes in a new crop of garlic my neighbour gave me, for added flavour. Grape tomatoes would be great too, I just didn’t have any. I don’t wanna say this recipe is awesome because if…
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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.

Healthy Pasta with Pesto, Tomato and Broccoli

Organic pasta mixed with blistered grape tomatoes, broccoli, sun dried tomatoes, all natural pesto and topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Total time = 30 minutes, including the prep and clean up. This was delicious and healthy pasta! A few years ago, my kids couldn’t stand pesto. So, I stopped buying it and never made one. Actually, I went through a stage thinking it’s too fattening but these days I just know that moderation is key.

Cauliflower, Tomato and Chicken Sausage Quinoa Gratin

  When a cashier was nice enough to point out at a $5 price for a head of cauliflower, I was frankly surprised September is not a cauliflower season. Oh well, I went ahead and bought 2 heads anyways and made this delicious gratin. If you ever want to eat something without stressing about the calories, know it’s the vegetables. You will get full before you overeat them.

Zucchini Bake with Tomatoes, Garlic and Parmesan

We love Parmesan Zucchini Sticks and I have baked tomatoes topped with Parmesan cheese a numerous # of times. So, I thought why not to combine both with some garlic and make zucchini bake?! Cheese with garlic is always a winning combo. In Ukraine, garlic and dill go together like lime and cilantro in Mexico. Great success! This zucchini and tomato bake literally took me 5 minutes of chopping and other 25 minutes I was cooking Grilled Lemon Rosemary Chicken, while zucchini and tomatoes were baking. 

Quinoa Skillet with Chicken and Garden Veggies

Sautéed chicken with bell peppers, zucchini, broccoli and quinoa. All in one quinoa skillet and takes less than 40 minutes to make. I do love simple dinners and my chicken: chicken and cauliflower in homemade teriyaki sauce, chicken Abruzzi and one pot quinoa, chicken and broccoli. My garden is not overflowing with vegetables but my local farmer’s market is. As much as I love cooking, I equally do not enjoy gardening. This summer I haven’t planted even a single herb. Alex volunteered to stick 2 tomato and 2…
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Simple Tomato Basil Salad

  This delicious simple tomato salad is full of antioxidants, pairs well with almost everything and uses only one bowl to make. I absolutely love salads that do not require dressing preparation on a side. Like this Simple Tomato Basil Salad – cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and the rest are the spices in your fridge/pantry. You throw everything together in a bowl and gently stir. The end result – delicious full of flavour summer salad full of antioxidants, vitamins A + C, and folic acid. And of course with a bit…
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Easy Fish and Vegetables Skillet

  Tuna, eggplant and cherry tomatoes simmered in a delicious sauce with Tabasco and topped with fresh basil. Quick gluten free and paleo weeknight dinner. I feel like I’m following a paleo diet this week. Grilled Spicy Cilantro Fish Kebabs, Grilled Maple Basil Cherry Tomatoes and now more vegetables and lean protein. This quick skillet consists of tuna, eggplant and cherry tomatoes, simmered with Tabasco® Original Red Sauce, maple syrup & cider vinegar and topped with fresh basil. Perfect easy dinner for busy weeknights. Serve this skillet on its…
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