5 breakfast ideas “outside the cereal box”

5 breakfast ideas “outside the cereal box”

If your family is like many others, breakfast is one of those meals where variety seems to be harder to achieve. When everyone is  focused on getting out of the door and not to forget backpacks, laptops and lunch boxes, it seems like there is not time for...
How to make pita chips and hummus at home

How to make pita chips and hummus at home

We had a lively discussion on Facebook recently about the ways to save on groceries and still buy mostly organic food, which is lower in pesticides and fertilizers, GMO free and better for the planet. In this post I would like to share some of the great ideas we came...
Soup-based Lunchbox Roundup

Soup-based Lunchbox Roundup

  This is the next post in my series of lunchbox roundups that features different types of lunchboxes I pack for my daughters. I post them almost daily on my Pinterest and Facebook pages, so make sure to come by and say hi.  Here I am sharing some...
Sandwich Lunchbox Roundup

Sandwich Lunchbox Roundup

This is the next installment in my series of lunchbox roundups that features different types of lunchboxes I pack for my daughters and post almost daily on my Pinterest and Facebook pages. When packing lunchboxes, I always try to include three types of foods: Grow...
Apple chips

Apple chips

If you give a mom an apple…. or, to be precise, about 6 pounds of apples (a seasonal bargain from farmers' market), she will make chips out of it. This is a super simple and surprisingly addictive treat that requires almost no preparation work and will become a hit...
Super easy lentil kale soup

Super easy lentil kale soup

Lentil soup appears on our family's dinner table at least once a week. It is hard to imagine that I did not know lentils existed until about 10 years ago. Once a staple food and one of the main export crops, lentils became a forgotten ingredient in Russian cuisine. If...
Avocado sushi rolls

Avocado sushi rolls

  Making your very own avocado sushi rolls at home is super-easy once you get the intricacies of cooking the sushi rice. It is also a great way to engage your kids in the kitchen. The rolls make a simple and nutritious lunch or afterschool snack (my 7 year old...
Veggie-rich Shepherd’s pie

Veggie-rich Shepherd’s pie

Yesterday we had a very chilly and windy day in New York city. I was so cold during the school trip to a farm with my daughter's class that all I could think in the afternoon was curling up on a sofa with a huge cup of tea. As dinner time approached, nothing but...
Stir-fried tofu with mushrooms and celery

Stir-fried tofu with mushrooms and celery

  If your family does not like tofu, you should definitely try this recipe. So far everyone who tried it became converted into a tofu-lover. And in case you wondered if tofu was good for you, here are some of the benefits: tofu is very rich in iron, providing...