Fresh Grilled Peach Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette

Healthy peach salad with crunchy walnuts and fresh cherries | jessicagavin.com

Hot summer days calls for cool, creamy, sweet and tangy salads. Not to fret, a quick and healthy grilled peach salad with cherry vinaigrette is here to save the day! Lately when we get home after a long day at the office and daycare for James, the house is pretty toasty. We immediately open the windows for some fresh air, and I dread heating up the house anymore by cooking in the kitchen to make dinner. That’s why I like to cook outdoors on my grill as much as possible and have a lighter dinner al fresco style.

Simple, fast and fresh is my summer food motto and it’s super easy to get inspired by all of the ripe fruits and vegetables at the market. Some blushing ripe peaches and ruby red cherries caught my eye during a recent shopping trip, and I knew just what to do. Keep reading to see all of the yummy details!… 

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Summer Peach and Blueberry Bread Pudding

Summer Peach and Blueberry Bread Pudding | jessicagavin.com

There are two things that I love most about summer, the sunshine, and the stone fruit! I just can’t resist a super ripe juicy peach. I made this peach and blueberry bread pudding recipe, but I couldn’t decide if this was a breakfast or a dessert, so I’ve been enjoying it for both meals! yum

I was also inspired to make this irresistible bread pudding because I received a gorgeous loaf of cinnamon brioche bread baked by the OC Baking Company. My sweet friend and neighbor Erica made a trip to our local Old Towne Orange Farmer’s Market to pick up some goodies. Jason and I couldn’t possibly eat the whole loaf in a day or two, so I knew that I needed to make the leftovers into something really special. This recipe seriously blew my mind, keep reading to find out why and be ready to make some at home!… 

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Savory Spiced Lamb Kabobs with Tzatziki Sauce

Savory Spiced Lamb Kabobs with Tzatziki Sauce served with quinoa tabbouleh | jessicagavin.com

It’s officially June which equals SUMMER!!!! This also means grilling, grilling and more grilling, yay! There is nothing quicker, easy and tasty as throwing some spiced lamb kabobs on a hot sizzling BBQ. It only takes a few minutes to make and I always like serving this dish with lots of side options, like a cool and creamy homemade tzatziki sauce. It really is the perfect condiment for eat savory lamb bite and grilled vegetables. Make sure you have a tank full of gas and fire that BBQ up. Let’s get the summer started right by making your neighbors jealous with the smell of savory spiced lamb kabobs with tzatziki sauce, whoot!… 

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Lactation Cookies

Whole grain oatmeal chocolate chip coconut lactation cookies | jessicagavin.com

Hey all of you incredible breastfeeding momma’s out there, this post is especially for you! Since it’s almost Mother’s Day, I thought this would be an awesome time to share with you a recipe for lactation cookies, what?!? Yep! Cookies especially made for mom’s who are still breastfeeding their little ones.

Last year was undeniably all about babies with many of our close friends growing their families, super fun! I’ve been so blessed to have the most amazing women in my life. My dear friend Tekoah had her gorgeous daughter Siaana just a few weeks before James. We definitely shared experiences and tips throughout our mommy journey together. Tekoah is a culinary and fitness guru (check out her website) and has given me great advice on homeopathic ways to increase milk production.

She recommended trying fenugreek supplements (which totally worked for me) and also baking some lactation cookies which had helped other moms. Each month I’ve been noticing my milk production decreasing since I started working full time again. Now that James is eating more solids, its honestly been really hard for me to see my supply drop with each passing month. When I found out there was a chocolate cookie with added milk-producing benefits, I was determined to do what I could to keep things flowing!

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Whole Wheat Vegan Blueberry Banana Bread with Oat Crumble

Whole Wheat Vegan Blueberry Banana Bread | jessicagavin.com #healthyrecipe #veganrecipe

This year I wanted to try baking with some vegan friendly ingredients, and I had no idea that you could get so many uses from one lovely tropical plant, coconuts! Of course my favorite form is a cold fresh cracked coconut with a pink umbrella and straw in it (someone please take me back to Bora Bora!), but coconuts are really a bakers best friend too. I wanted to make a healthier version of banana bread, so I thought this whole wheat vegan blueberry banana bread would be the most delicious way to go. And guess what…I’ve added a yummy oat crumble, the icing on the cake, err I mean, bread!… 

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Delicious Harvest Apple Cookies Recipe

Delicious Harvest Apple Cookies Recipe | jessicagavin.com

I am not quite willing to quit the December cookie season yet, so what’s a girl to do? I saw this amazing peanut butter apple oatmeal cookie recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod one morning as I was sifting through my emails. Needless to say I could not stop drooling!

I was literally so inspired to the point that I had to make the cookies that same day, immediately, like right now (thanks Maria!). I also had a long night of wake up calls from my boss – baby James, so I needed a little sugar in my life.

Luckily I had all the ingredients in my pantry and then some, whoot! So I was on my way to make some glorious fresh baked harvest apple cookies… oh yeah!… 

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Moroccan Lamb Stew with Couscous

Moroccan lamb stew recipe with couscous | jessicagavin.com

I’m a huge SPICE girl fan, and I don’t mean the ones from Britain! I mean the savory, sweet, spicy, earthy, pungent Kung pow kick spices that take your taste buds for a roller coaster ride. That’s why it’s hard not to crave a flavorful and hearty Moroccan lamb stew, especially as the weather starts to cool down and I can finally wear my boots and scarves without looking too silly in California. Stews are pretty awesome because you can use more affordable and less tender cuts of meat and transform them into a glorious, tender and rich meaty feast all in one pot. Cha Ching!… 

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Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pie Jars

Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pie Jars | jessicagavin.com

Good things come in small packages right? Especially the yummy ones! I’m a sucker for all things mini, especially if it’s individual servings of dessert so I don’t have to share, muahaha. Apple pie is such a classic treat that you can really enjoy it all year round. It’s just that in the fall you have more choices on the varieties. I like the idea of making little servings of apple pie so that it’s faster to bake and enjoy! Sweet crisp apples, luscious salted caramel sauce and flaky tender pie crust makes for the ultimate dessert, mini salted caramel apple pie jars. Ooohh you are going to be HAPPY to have one of these warm out of the oven!… 

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Homemade Orange Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Orange Cranberry Sauce Recipe | jessicagavin.com #thanksgiving

Put away those can openers because you’re making homemade orange cranberry sauce from scratch this year! Why? Because it’s so incredibly easy, quick (less than 30 minutes) and tastes a thousand times better. Cranberry sauce in a can is just an afterthought to the thanksgiving feast, where everything else is made with so much love and attention. Why not give these ruby red berries a little TLC by cooking them in a sweet citrus syrup, making a delicious and fresh sauce in a matter of minutes!… 

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

Sweet Potato Casserole recipe with Pecan Topping | jessicagavin.com

Whoo hoo! My hands down favorite holiday is almost here, Thanksgiving! It’s all about the food, football, wearing pants that stretch and getting that food coma “glow” with family and friends, it’s the best. There’s also no better time to turn a starchy sweet root vegetable into a dessert masked as a side dish. Those bright sunny orange fleshed sweet potatoes (also known as yams in North America, but that just doesn’t sound as yummy) are pretty amazing to eat just simply roasted or steamed. They have this incredible natural sweetness, yet are packed with healthy vitamins like beta carotene and dietary fiber. What’s not to like about a carb that tastes good and is healthier for you? I wanted to get a little more creative with my holiday sweet potato casserole recipe this year, oh man it’s addicting… I could’t stop sneaking bites!… 

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