Grilled Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Coleslaw

Grilled Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Coleslaw | jessicagavin.com #bbq

I swear I just blinked and spring was pretty much over! It’s just a few more days until memorial day, which means it’s time to fire up the grill for the summer. I love grilling, there are less dishes to clean and I get to cook outdoors! We are big fans of pulled chicken sandwiches and I figured it was about time to make them at home.

I don’t own a crock pot, and don’t want to wait for hours for the chicken to slow cook in the oven. A great compromise is adding a generous amount of spices to tender chicken thighs, grill them over a hot flame, and your meat is ready to be smothered in BBQ sauce in way less time. I’m ready, how about you? Ready, set, grill!… 

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Easy Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa

Tortilla chip dipping into homemade restaurant style salsa | jessicagavin.com

There’s nothing more irresistible than a basket of golden crispy fried tortilla chips and ruby red spicy salsa. This girl cannot just stop at a couple of crunchy bites, no way, it’s almost like eating the first chip makes every next scoop even more addicting, am I right?

Whenever we get a chance for a date night, we head to our favorite local Mexican restaurant Javier’s. My eyes get real big and my mouth starts watering when the waiter places some freshly fried bowl of tortilla chips and fire roasted salsa on the table. It’s almost a race for who’s going to dive in first.

Restaurant style salsa is out of this world, and with Cinco de Mayo just days away, I was on a mission to make the quickest and easiest homemade salsa. Keep reading to see how this yummy journey turned out…… 

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Zesty Lemon Pepper Shrimp Pasta with Vegetables

Zesty Lemon Pepper Shrimp Pasta | jessicagavin.com

I’ve been a little pasta obsessed lately, especially for pretty ribbon noodle pasta! I was recently cruising through the aisles of my favorite local Trader Joe’s grocery store when some intriguing lemon pepper pappardelle pasta caught my eye. The food fairy must have been reading my mind because I needed some dinner inspiration. My mind was racing with culinary ideas as the box was staring me straight in the eyes. So I thought, why not?… 

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Blackened Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Avocado Lime Sauce

Blackened Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Avocado Lime Sauce | jessicsgavin.com #tacotuesday

This recipe for blackened Mahi Mahi fish tacos brings back some pretty epic memories for me. My husband Jason has always made a point of getting me out of my shell to try new things and sneaking a bit of adventure into our relationship. Jason led me just south of the border in Baja California, Mexico. I discovered plentiful little seaside villages with amazing food. These trips across the border created some awesome memories for us. The food is something to write home about, but even better yet, recreate when you get back!… 

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Crispy Vegetable Fritters with Avocado Yogurt Sauce

Crispy Vegetable Fritters with Avocado Yogurt Sauce | jessicagavin.com

I feel like vegetables never get enough praise, so today I’m going to let them shine! As a food scientist it still amazes me how healthy and wholesome food can nourish our bodies. You know I love my sweet desserts, but today its all about carrots, broccoli and zucchini.We’re going to combine them for crispy, golden brown, and super delicious vegetable fritters!

When these little guys are hot right out of the pan, you’re going to be tempted to eat them immediately. Before you eat all of these crunchy vegetable fritters straight out of the pan, I recommend whipping up a super creamy avocado yogurt sauce so you can dip and bite, then dip and bite again and again…… 

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Hearty Beef Bolognese Sauce with Pappardelle Pasta

Chunky Beef Bolognese with Pappardelle Pasta | jessicagavin.com #italian #foodblog

My comfort food growing up was a shiny blue box of Kraft macaroni and cheese which I will still love forever and ever. My husband Jason on the other hand, can’t resist a big bowl of spaghetti and meat sauce. Sometimes the simplest and most wholesome ingredients make the best dishes.

Nostalgia is a big hit in my family, so every once in a while I let Jason indulge in a huge bowl of carbs and some crusty bread for dipping in the sauce. My hearty beef bolognese sauce is the perfect chunky, meaty goodness that goes oh so nicely with some pappardelle pasta. Ciao bello!… 

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Jumbo Spicy Garlic Shrimp and Tomato Skillet

Incredible Spicy Garlic Shrimp Ready To Eat | jessicagavin.com #skillet

I’ve been craving shrimp and grits in the worst way since Mardi Gras, so now is time to feed the beast! The movie Forest Gump really put shrimp on its well deserved pedestal, so much so that the popularity of the movie spurred a chain of Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurants!

Shrimp on it’s own is so yummy, with the slight sweetness and mild flavor, versatility and rapid cooking, it’s everything you would want in a healthy meal. This spicy garlic shrimp and tomato skillet is super quick, easy and delicious, leaving you licking your fingers clean and asking for more!… 

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Creamy Pea and Bacon Risotto with Mint

Creamy pea and bacon risotto with mint | jessicagavin.com

Aww man this spring fever has hit our family hard! Our lil guy James got a cold and on top of that he’s teething. No bueno. So of course the rest of the family is gradually getting sick. Jason refers to James’s drool as getting slimed. Not to despair though, sometimes a big bowl of chicken soup will do the trick, but how about a nice hearty creamy bowl of pea and bacon risotto to make you feel all warm and cozy?… 

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Easy Skillet Gnocchi with Chicken Sausage

Gnocchi with chicken sausage and creamy tomato basil sauce | jessicagavin.com

Gnocchi’s are cute Italian pillows of potato dumplings that are perfect bite sized pieces. They are a nice alternative to pasta and each forkful is beyond satisfying. It’s simple to make homemade gnocchi, but with limited time during the weekdays and needing to nourish my dumpling cravings while feeding my hungry family, packaged pre-made potato gnocchi are a tasty timing saving blessing. This super easy skillet gnocchi with chicken sausage is just what you need to add to your weekday meal plan. This recipe quickly keeps your tummy  and taste buds happy without all of the fuss…. 

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Chicken Ragu Pasta with Mushrooms and Bacon

Chicken ragu paparadelle pasta with bacon and mushrooms | jessicagavin.com #italianrecipe

I’m savoring every warm and hearty last bite of comfort food that I can, why you ask? Because I’m not quite ready to trade in my cozy winter soups, stews and pastas recipes. I also know it’s still chilly in other parts of the world outside sunny California where I live, so this ones for you guys!

I usually look forward to the weekends because it gives me a chance to take my time in the kitchen, but not so much nowadays as I get quite distracted with James beggining to crawl and chasing after him, haha. If you’re like me, you really don’t have a lot of time to watch your pot simmer all day. This calls for a rapid recipe for chicken ragu pasta with mushrooms and bacon. My mouth is watering just thinking about the delicious taste. Now grab your biggest pot and let’s get going!… 

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