Cilantro Salmon Tomato Soup

Seriously, THANK YOU SO MUCH for filling out the reader’s survey (you can still do it – I’m still reading). It was so much fun to read your responses since it is mostly me who is talking here. On the weekend, one of my son’s coaches got hit with a puck and it fractured his jaw. POOR GUY, no doubt. He needs a surgery as he couldn’t talk all weekend. But sad things aside, the minute I saw him I thought to myself Alex would like me not talking for a few days. He wouldn’t wish…
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Adjika Recipe

Ever since I posted cauliflower breadsticks recipe over 2 years ago and mentioned that I served them with my mom’s Ukrainian salsa, I have been constantly bombarded with requests for the recipe. I never anticipated “the breadsticks” to be such a hit and least expected Ukrainian salsa to be another hit. Just never know. So, I asked my mom for the recipe and she left the written version in Ukraine and her Canadian version is an eyeballed version. If you ever ask a European woman for a recipe you…
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Chicken and Whole Wheat Spaghetti Recipe

This 30 minute one pot healthy pasta recipe is sponsored by Texture. Whole wheat spaghetti is the most cooked type of pasta in my kitchen. For two good reasons. Reason #1 – Costco. It sells the largest most affordable giant box of organic noodles. Reason #2 – kids. They particularly love spaghetti. I don’t think they even know what white pasta tastes like so we have no problem with more nutritious whole wheat. So, on Wednesday was whole wheat spaghetti recipe turn…after lentils, brown rice and quinoa it…
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Easy Braised Short Ribs

Yesterday, when I made these easy braised short ribs, was the most stupidest day of the year. Given the fact we are only 13 days into the year, probably not the worst day yet. I started my morning with looking at a 3rd kitchen island’s countertop replacement because 2 previous ones were defective. Mid day I was looking for a different hosting provider because iFOODreal’s traffic has skyrocketed after January 1st. And then were these legendary Tuesday Olena’s short ribs…

Chicken Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

So, I finally gave in and got a spiralizer before Christmas. We do gifts for ourselves. Next on the list is a trip to Lululemon. I haven’t bought a piece of clothing for myself since August. After months and months of debating whether I need another kitchen gadget and liking all hand spiralizers so-so, I saw a countertop spiralizer at my grocery store for $25. That, my American friends, is a BIG DEAL because in Canada everything is so much more expensive and harder to find than in the US. 

Mediterranean Kale Salad

10 minute Mediterranean kale salad with dinosaur kale, chickpeas, bell pepper, avocado, tomato and feta cheese. I feel like I have seen this salad about 1,000 times but sometimes obvious isn’t so obvious to others. This raw kale salad is highly versatile and easy salad we make for dinners quite often. I always think of a main first, whether it is meat, fish or something vegetarian/vegan. Then a side dish is easy to come up with – I go through the jars in my pantry and pick what…
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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.

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 kale blueberry 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…
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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.