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Hi! I’m Sneji.

Nice to meet you!

I am more commonly known as “The Modern Nonna” on social media where I create easy home cooked meals with a modern twist. I was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria and learned how to cook at the best culinary school in the world – my grandma’s kitchen. I lived in Greece on the Island of Crete with my parents for a while and then moved to Toronto, Canada when I was in grade 5. I started to really cook and experiment with food 11 years ago when I was 21 years old. Everything I currently know is a reflection of some part of my life…

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My Latest

Easy Home Cooked Meals

Plate of pasta with bacon on top
European Inspired


Carbonara is a classic Italian pasta dish that is loved in every Italian household. With its origins shrouded in history, this recipe offers a taste of Italy’s rich culinary heritage, featuring guanciale, velvety eggs, and a sprinkle of Pecorino

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plate with roasted sweet potato on top and a fork in the middle
Air fryer

Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Indulge in the flavors of fall and winter with my caramelized Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes, paired with a delicious Maple Cinnamon Butter and walnuts. This side dish is a holiday staple that’s comforting and nutritious. Why You’ll Love These

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Plate of green beans with chopsticks

Asian Style Green Beans

Elevate your dinner with my Asian Style Green Beans! This easy side dish pairs with a variety of proteins, whether it’s shrimp, salmon, or your favorite meat. The true magic of this recipe lies in its incredible sauce, which

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picture of ramen soup

Ramen Noodle Soup

This comforting Ramen noodle soup is perfect for those chilly autumn days or when you’re feeling under the weather. This heartwarming bowl of goodness is not only delicious but also quick and effortless to prepare. With a flavorful chicken

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Dates in a bowl stuffed with coconut and dipped in melted chocolate
Cookies & Snacks

Bounty Dates

These Healthy Bounty Dates are going to be your new snack obsession. Come mid-afternoon, I’m usually craving a little sweet treat. These are perfect one-to-two bite desserts that fulfill my sweet tooth and are made from nourishing ingredients, like

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Plate with fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes on it with lemon on top.
Breakfast Foods

Healthy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

My Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are fluffy, soft, sweet, and have a big secret: they’re some of the healthiest pancakes you’ll ever make. At 30g of protein, and gluten-free, these are pancakes I could eat every morning without worrying about

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picture of gazpacho with basil
Soups & Stews


When tomatoes are in season, gazpacho is a must! I could eat this refreshing, healthy soup every day. Gather the juiciest ripe tomatoes you can find, and your blender, and you are well on your way to making a

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plate of lemon orzo with chicken and veggies

Lemon Orzo Bake

My meal prep lemon orzo bake is a game changer for healthy weekday eating. This is the ultimate one-pan, “set it and forget it” meal. It takes a few minutes to prep, 40 minutes to bake, and lasts in

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Bowl with cooked chicken rice and spinach in it.

Meal Prep Chicken Bake

My meal prep chicken bake is a game changer for healthy weekday eating. This is the ultimate one-pan, “set it and forget it” meal. It takes minutes to prep, 40 minutes to bake and lasts in the fridge for

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Viral Frozen Watermelon Shaved Ice

This is the summer of fruit, and my Viral Frozen Watermelon Shaved Ice is a brilliant way to transform watermelon into a healthy frozen dessert that everyone will love. The first time I made my own version of the

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Watermelon Carpaccio

This watermelon carpaccio is a fancy-sounding, fancy-looking dish that is actually so easy and fun to make. Carpaccio is traditionally a dish of thinly sliced meat or fish, but here I’m using the term loosely, since thinly sliced watermelon

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picture of shrimp springrolls with peanut dipping sauce on a plate

Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

These Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce are as beautiful as they are delicious! Spring rolls are one of my favorite nutritious, colorful, flavor-packed meals. After a little bit of practice and patience learning to handle rice paper wrappers,

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