Tag Archives: healthy

BROCCOLI AND CHEDDAR SOUP

  This Broccoli and Cheddar soup is on a regular menu rotation at our house. It is creamy, delicious and healthy soup without any junk. There are, of course, so many variations of this soup, but this one is my favorite. It is so smooth and silky, lightened up with coconut milk, instead of cream, and… Continue reading »

UKRAINIAN WHEAT BERRY PUDDING (KUTIA)

This Wheat Berry Pudding is a traditional Ukrainian Christmas dish, also known as Kutia. Ukrainian Orthodox Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on January 7th. Merry Ukrainian Christmas everyone! :)Traditionally, they would attend overnight church service, and feast on Christmas day, singing carols and eating Kutia.  No Santa Clause on Christmas, and no gifts!  I’ve also read that… Continue reading »

QUINOA SALAD WITH POMEGRANATE

This Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate is super easy yet delicious quick lunch fix that is perfect, especially during holiday season. It is healthy, light salad that has all the nutrients needed to fill you up during the day, leaving room for a nice indulgent dinner. Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa 1+3/4 cup vegetable or chicken stock… Continue reading »

DAD’S VEGETABLE SALAD

This Vegetable Salad is not just ordinary Salad. Its made out of garden-fresh ripe vegetables that are full of flavors, and my dad is the one who thought of this perfect combination! He flew from East Coast for my sister’s wedding this summer, and we had some great time exploring our beautiful Northwest outdoors, as well… Continue reading »

ZUCCHINI PANCAKES

  Zucchini pancakes are very well known and loved in every Easter European home. This was the very first thing that I’ve learnt to cook. Back in Ukraine, at school we used to have a Meal Management class just for girls, and even though there were many deficits in a country, zucchinis were always available…. Continue reading »

REAL COCONUT MILK

I’m so excited to share this recipe of real coconut milk with you all. Just letting you know, you do not need to crack a coconut! It is so simple that I’m not sure if its even a recipe, but it is so good that I’m never going back to a store-bought coconut milk. I’m… Continue reading »

CARROT SALAD AND A BEAUTIFUL TULIP FIELD

This Carrot Salad is a perfect salad to serve at your Easter Brunch or Dinner. It is very easy to make, very flavorful and healthy. Also, it was a perfect way to use up a big bag of organic carrots. Make sure to scroll down for some pictures of a beautiful tulip field that we have… Continue reading »

KALE-AID GREEN SMOOTHIE

Today, I’d like to share a recipe of a green smoothie that has won my kids over any other drink. “Kale-Aid” I thought was pretty cool name for it. With the help of kale and spinach this green smoothie is like an explosion of vitamins that our bodies need so much, especially during cold winter… Continue reading »

NO MICROWAVE POPCORN RECIPE

My kids love popcorn. They usually munch on it while watching a movie on Friday or Saturday night. I used to buy bags of popcorn, pop the bag into a microwave, and there you have it, simple as that. The only things that have bothered me are the smell, and the ingredient list on those popcorn bags. The moment… Continue reading »

GREEN SALAD WITH POPPY SEED DRESSING

When it comes to salad, for me, it has to be healthy, well dressed and satisfying. Most of the time I would turn to romaine lettuce, Ranch or Caesar dressing (homemade of course), but this time I really wanted to try going beyond usual lettuce and try something more interesting. This Green Salad with Poppy… Continue reading »

PUMPKIN PIE TARTLETS

The holiday season is quickly approaching. The season of good food, delicious desserts, warm feelings, family, friends, and of course, good memories. These Pumpkin Pie Tartlets are guaranteed to please all your family and friends, and leave good memories for the years to come. Not only because they’re so good, but also because this is a guilt-free… Continue reading »

ZUCCHINI SPREAD (Kabachkovaya Ikra)

Summer is here, my garden is overflowing with vegetables. This is a perfect time for canning, so we can enjoy them later in the year when fresh vegetables are only a memory. Zucchini Spread or Kabachkovaya Ikra is a very traditional Slavic food. There were times in former Soviet Union when the shelves in stores were empty,… Continue reading »

CUCUMBER DIP

Vegetables are at their best in the summer months. What could be better to serve your veggies with than a perfectly perfect fresh dip. The moment I put veggies on the platter, and have the dip besides it, my children devour it within minutes. How do you like that? I used to buy ranch for that purpose, but… Continue reading »

BUCKWHEAT KASHA WITH BRAISED BEEF

Where do I begin? We love Buckwheat and you should too! Buckwheat is very nutritious gluten free grain-like seed of a leafy plant related to rhubarb. That’s right, it is neither a cereal, no grass, it is a seed. Buckwheat seeds are rich in starch, proteins, minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and antioxidants. Speaking… Continue reading »

STUFFED MINI BELL PEPPERS

STUFFED MINI BELL PEPPERS

This is a perfect busy weeknight or lazy weekend dinner that is ready in 45 minutes. I usually cook rice the day before, so it cuts the cooking time, and instead of eating out, or chewing on cereal for dinner, I’m able to feed my family a nice healthy dinner in no time. There are times that… Continue reading »