Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles Salad

Oh my, this cold and saucy Pad Thai Zucchini Noodles Salad wow-ed me and I thought I can’t surprise myself anymore. Somehow, for the longest time I thought bean sprouts would go so well together with zucchini noodles, and I was right. Crunchy and fresh veggies, combined with lightly browned tofu, scrambled eggs, sweet shrimp, roasted peanuts and “drowning” in healthy version of Pad Thai sauce.

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. 

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Cilantro and Lime

Zucchini noodles, weird and interesting, right?! I will be honest: when I first saw them on Pinterest last year, I was like “Whaaaat?! Why?!”. Pinterest is awesome but it’s full of weird ideas that are not practical. Many recipes look pretty, I agree, but it’s either a very time consuming or an unnecessary idea, in my opinion.

One Pan Skinny Tex Mex Chicken and Zucchini

  Chicken and zucchini…Summer is flying by so fast, I’m afraid I won’t have enough time to cook all the dishes I have in mind with summer’s fresh produce. I admit, I prefer grocery shopping to the clothes one. I can wonder aisles of food for hours. My preferred way to do it – on my own. Can you blame me?! Every time I enter my local farm market type of a grocery store, I’m about to faint. Local blueberries, zucchini, cherries, young potatoes, dill cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes,…
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Mediterranean Baked Zucchini Sticks

It’s zucchini season, yay! I have recently discovered my love for raw zucchini, especially in a form of chips. Slice them thinly and use instead of chips to dip into salsa, hummus or a layered dip. This way, you can enjoy more of an appetizer itself. Even with a healthy dip, calories add up quickly when digging into it with chips.

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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Chocolate Protein Oatmeal Muffins

Basically, breakfast for “lazy” healthy people who love chocolate and protein. I fit in. And I guarantee you will love these protein oatmeal muffins – simple ingredients, one bowl and can be enjoyed on the go. They are also: freezer friendly, double batch necessary, playground/hockey game snack, purse-able, high in protein, fiber and chocolate. Zucchini make the cups moist and bananas add natural sweetness. No added sugar here. My kids, who hate zucchini, went crazy for these and still haven’t realized it was there. In fact, that’s an awesomeness of…
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Healthy Beef Stir Fry with Cashews

Very, very easy and healthy beef stir fry with zucchini, bell peppers, snow peas and cashews. Super easy sauce with honey, soy sauce (Tamari for a gluten free version), garlic, ginger (optional but good) and thickened with organic cornstarch. The end result – tender browned meat with crisp vegetables coated in a delicious Asian sauce. All of this under 30 minutes and healthy.

Balsamic Grilled Vegetables

Balsamic grilled vegetables have authentic Italian flavours – olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and parsley/basil. Very similar to Ukrainian traditional flavours of dill and garlic, minus the balsamic vinegar. Commonly used in Ukrainian cooking oil is unrefined sunflower oil, similar in taste to a sesame oil, just not as concentrated. In this recipe, olive oil plays a role mainly of a moisturizer and balsamic vinegar adds a nice punch of flavour. My choice of vegetables were zucchini, bell peppers and white onion. White/brown mushrooms, Portobellos, eggplant or asparagus would be great as well….
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Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

It’s zucchini season…in Mexico. You are probably sick and tired of cardboard tomatoes and imported green beans?! Me too. But it is what it is. Gotta eat our veggies. During my last grocery trip I noticed zucchini at a whopping $0.90 per lb, hauled a few pounds home and off on Pinterest I went. Sometimes I run out of recipe ideas just like anyone else. This particular recipe from Nutrition Ella caught my attention. Easy, low in calories and who doesn’t like golden Parmesan cheese crust?! Parmesan zucchini…
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