Ukrainian Daughter’s Crock Pot Casserole: An easy Ukrainian feast in one pot

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It was only the morning after and my son was already in mourning. I couldn’t blame him, the day after Malanka is always a bit of a let down. Not only does the next one feel like a really long way away, I was also feeling considerably hungover.

My son loves Malanka more than anyone I know. But this year it was even more special for him than any other year.

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Pistachio Dessert- 30 minute St. Patrick’s Day Recipe

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I envisioned days, even weeks, stretched out in front of me, leisurely perusing Pinterest, looking for that perfect recipe (or even coming up with my own). Then the next thing I know, it’s closing in on me, only a few days away. Funny, when I first heard about the potluck, it felt like ages away.

I have a love-hate relationship with potlucks. I love the social part of course, sampling new and interesting dishes, not having to cook that day and deciding on what I’m going to bring. Yet I hate deciding on what I’m going to bring.

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Healthy Starts Round up – Our Growing Edge

This January I had the opportunity to host a blogger’s link up called “Our Growing Edge.” Our Growing Edge is all about bloggers trying and sharing new things. It’s also about adventure, growth and pushing the boundaries.

The theme for the month of January was “Healthy Starts,” which seemed fitting,  as most of us moved away from holiday baking and indulging and into a healthier new year. But eating healthy shouldn’t just be about January, it’s about the entire year.

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Raspberry Mocha Cinnamon Roll Lasagna – an easy Valentine’s Day breakfast or brunch

Cinnamon Roll Lasagna Recipe.jpgWhether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day on the weekend or on Valentine’s day itself, (which falls on a Tuesday this year) you can have this Raspberry Mocha Cinnamon Roll Lasagna for breakfast!

The beautiful thing about this breakfast/brunch recipe is that it can be whipped up (in less than 30 minutes) the night before or a couple of days in advance because it uses packaged cinnamon rolls.

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SAUTÉED HOISIN ORANGE CHICKEN: A Healthy 20 Minute Valentine’s Day Dinner

easy-hoisin-orange-chickenValentine’s Day is  just around the corner and you may be thinking about what to do for your valentine(s). Why not make dinner at home? Restaurants are over crowded and you really can’t beat home cooking. Plus,  it falls on a Tuesday this year and going out is not always ideal during the work week.

Commonly used in Asian cooking and often referred to as ‘Chinese BBQ sauce,  hoisin is such a versatile and delicious sauce. And this Hoisin Orange Chicken is one of my all time favourite dishes!

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Raspberry Tiramisu Cutie Pies: Valentine’s Day baking in 20 minutes

raspberry-tiramisu-cream-cutie-pie-recipeI don’t know what it is about tiramisu flavoured things that makes me weak at the knees. Maybe it’s the Kahlua, or the whipped cream, or perhaps it’s the mascarpone cheese. Oh and the coffee – I can’t forget the coffee. I love coffee! But mix it with raspberry and I am ready to declare my love from the rooftops!

Although I’m on a healthy theme this month, I’m stepping away to squeeze in a special quick and easy dessert just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s all about moderation anyway.

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Easy Spicy Peanut Pasta Salad (Vegan): Leftovers are the best

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Leftovers are one my favourite things in this world! There isn’t much that beats cooking once and eating twice, right? That’s why, as part of this month’s Healthy Starts theme, I wanted to share a healthy leftover recipe.

I like to make this Spicy Peanut Pasta Salad the day after I make spaghetti because I inevitably end up with too many noodles.

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Walnut Bran Muffins- the best bran muffin ever!

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These Walnut Bran Muffins are, hands down, the best bran muffins I have ever eaten. I mean, these guys are the KING of the bran muffins! And that’s no small feat since a good, much less GREAT, bran muffin is hard to come by.

In my quest to find a good bran muffin over the years, I choked down a lot of really bad bran muffins. I did it for the fibre and health benefits but the taste always left much to be desired. Then I was introduced to these Walnut Bran Muffins…. Continue reading

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Vegan Blueberry Cookie Butter Dream Smoothie

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January is all about Healthy Starts and smoothies are a great way to get a healthy and quick start to your day. This smoothie is not only filled with healthy fruit (that is easy to access all year round),  it also tastes like cookies.  And as an added bonus, it’s dairy free!

For the month of January, I am very excited to be hosting “Our Growing Edge,” a monthly link up for bloggers, with the theme “HEALTHY STARTS”

BLOGGING FRIENDS submit your healthy recipes here

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GREEK PASTA TOSS- Eat smart & healthy in 30 minutes!

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The new year is upon us and if you are anything like me, you are thinking about getting a healthy start. That’s why, for the month of January, I am very excited to be hosting “Our Growing Edge,” a monthly link up for bloggers, with the theme “HEALTHY STARTS”

BLOGGING FRIENDS – Submit your healthy recipe here!

This Greek Pasta Toss is the perfect recipe for YOUR healthy start because it’s also quick (30 minutes), as we all know that the new year doesn’t bring any extra time!

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