And welcome to iFOODreal.
My name is Olena Osipov. I’m a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog.
I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. Many recipes are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.
I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. On that below.
In 2012 I ended up at home with 2 small kids, unemployed and a wee bit chubby. I started this blog thanks to Alex’s mad web design skills and in hopes to be able to work from home. Fast forward to 2020, I never could have imagined iFOODreal would grow into a business it is today! More on that below.
My food philosophy in short is – I don’t believe in diets (including Whole30 and Paleo – yes, those are diets!). That’s me, yay, and I’m brave enough to say it because that’s how I feel and because I tried them.
Diets ruin healthy relationship with food because they are unsustainable in long-term and short-term is not the solution. But you decide for yourself.
Nor do I think we were born to eat. This website reflects my healthy relationship with food to which took a while to arrive via diets.
What You Will Find Here
- Easy healthy recipes with simple ingredients.
- I share mostly dinners because “What’s for Dinner?” is never going away.
- I recently got obsessed with zero pre-cooking healthy freezer meals.
- I do quite like my Instant Pot. Honestly – obsessed! See next bullet point…
- Instant Pot video recipes on our Youtube channel – Thanks to my husband, Alex. And me. 🙂
- Nutritional information with every recipe as a guideline – I don’t count calories.
More importantly, I want to be upfront about my understanding of “family friendly” recipes. My kids eat almost everything thanks to my authority as a parent. Raised in Europe, I do believe that North American diet is out of control, especially kids’. Mainly thanks to adults. What every kid eats is completely up to his/her parent – 5 ways to make kids eat healthy.
So, there is that. Can we be friends?
A Little More About Us
In my “previous life” I received a Business degree, had a short career in accounting, and then a bit longer career in real estate.
In “a life even before that” I was raised by a single mom and grandma in Kiev, Ukraine until I came to Canada at the age of 19. We had little (very little) but we ate way healthier than majority of North America eats now with access to real food. That’s why I’m so passionate about reducing food waste and eliminating food snobbism as a whole.
That’s why I believe anyone can eat healthy! I believe anyone can find money for a bag of potatoes, a head of cabbage and chicken soup bones. I believe anyone can learn to cook, even the ones who don’t like it. Cooking is a life skill, not a choice. Eating healthy is all about choices. Anyone makes that decision every day with every $ they spent.
Our Home and Business
It is a true diamond in the rough and needs about 2 years of “polishing” a.k.a patience and money. But it’s OK. My over an acre backyard backs onto Pacific ocean.
It is a dream!
Above the garage we just finished iFOODreal studio. It is my office and that’s where I test and cook recipes for the blog. From here we will be giving a breath of fresh air into our Youtube channel => Subscribe. You can read all about our renovation process and virtually visit the studio here.
Studio was one of the main reasons why we moved from mainland to the island. To be able to have a separate space for our business. To have that line between life and work. Balance. And it has been one of the best decisions ever! Tearful, sweaty and painful but it is worth 100% to follow your dreams. Life is truly short and I know I’m too young to say that. But remember, I’m from Ukraine.:)
You can listen to my full interview on Dreaming Big with Bjork Ostrom of Food Blogger Pro.
It is always exciting to see my recipes featured by other publications.
- BuzzFeed featured my Thai salmon.
- The EveryGirl featured my Zucchini Noodles with Cilantro Lime Chicken.
- Food Blogger Pro Podcast – Interview with Bjork Ostrom “Dream Big”.
- Huffington Post featured my Quinoa Bake.
- Glamour featured my Crustless Zucchini Quiche.
Thank you so much for sharing!
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Comments in 2020
2020 has been a wild ride for every single one of us in one way or the other. And I believe we are not done just yet…
ifoodreal.com is receiving around 4 million visitors a month. 4 million people are interested in cooking and eating healthy – that’s amazing!!! I am so proud of every single one of you! And thank you for visiting and sharing my recipes!
It literally “takes a village” to run this website and offer it to you for free. We are a team of 3-4 people working full-time and part-time on grocery shopping, recipe development, clean up, photography, video, promoting recipes on social media and in a newsletter, replying to a hundred of comments a day and troubleshooting. It is a lot of work, not to mention expenses, and I know it is appreciated by most…
I try to reply to every comment and but please keep ifoodreal.com 2020 comment policy rules in mind:
- My ultimate goal is to help you cook healthy, tasty and quick meals. That’s why we are here.
- I am a home cook and am sharing my creations and recipes I enjoy. Not a professional chef but I kind of grew up around my grandma cooking in Ukraine from scratch. Anyone can be a chef of their own family.
- Ads might be annoying sometimes but they make recipes possible free of charge to you. Like you, I can’t work for free and have kids to feed. If ads bother you, I think buying cookbooks would be the best solution.
- I delete without reading and do not engage with negative, rude and inappropriate comments. We have a software installed that automatically detects and deletes negativity. You will be wasting your time if you are planning to unload your bad day or life on me. Life is too short and that is why I live on the island. 🙂
- I do not engage in arguments of any kind because I can’t possibly make all 4 million people happy. It’s OK to keep having different opinions.
- I can’t fulfill requests for any recipe changes due to your cultural beliefs, diet or preferences because they are my recipes.
- ifoodreal.com is a happy cooking place without judgement. If you feel like this place is not for you for whatever reason, please respect us by moving on just like we respect you for doing so.
- We live in an age when anyone can be easily offended. Please see point above.
- It takes a lot to put yourself out there and at the end of the day I have to come home to my family happy.
- My ultimate goal is to help you cook healthy, tasty and quick meals. That’s what matters rather than petty little things.
I hope you stay safe, healthy and appreciate small things because I am convinced 2020 is here to teach us that.