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 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


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!


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


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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Triple Berry Crumble

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This is one of my favourite, quick and healthy dessert recipes. It’s a simple recipe that can be thrown together last minute for a potluck or holiday gathering.  And it’s the perfect easy recipe if you are charged with bringing dessert but are short on time.

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Healthy Yogurt Hummus- in 10 minutes!

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This is one of my favourite dips to serve on New Year’s eve or at any holiday party. In fact, this is the best hummus I have ever had and it’s actually adapted from a Weight Watchers cookbook recipe. It only takes 10 minutes to throw together so it’s perfect for prepping during busy holiday times. Continue reading

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Festive Red Velvet Brownie Balls: Keeping it real


Sometimes mistakes are just meant to be. That is exactly how these festive Red Velvet Brownie Balls were born…

But here’s what I was actually trying to make:

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Scottish Cabbage Rolls


With Christmas around the corner, I wanted to share one of my ultimate favourite Ukrainian  Christmas comfort food recipes – the best cabbage rolls! Although I am Ukrainian and adore Ukrainian food, these are not your typical traditional Ukrainian cabbage rolls. These are what my family likes to call, “Scottish Cabbage Rolls.” You can read the story behind how these rice and ground beef stuffed cabbage rolls came to be in Clay Pot magazine!

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