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 wiping 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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Tuscan Tomato Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

Tuscan tomato tortellini soup with Italian sausage | jessicagavin.com #recipe

My husband is half Italian, so we eat a lot of pasta at our house. Typically it has been ravioli that makes its way to the dinner table at least once a week. It’s sort of my special treat for Jason because I know he loves those little fluffy cheesy pillows of goodness, I don’t blame him! However, lately I’ve been in a pasta rut. I’ve been making the same meal each week mostly because it’s easy, and because I need simplicity as James is starting to crawl. Yikes! Little man on the move!

tomato soup with cheese filled tortellini | jessicagavin.com #recipe

One day as I was searching for some dinner inspiration, I came across this enticing tortellini soup by Two Peas and Their Pod. It was like I was struck by lightning because as I began to drool over their pictures.

I was totally inspired to try something like this for our next pasta dinner. For my recipe I added some fresh Tuscan kale and spinach to the tomato tortellini soup with Italian sausage. I always try to get some healthy greens into each meal. I also toasted up some nice crunchy sourdough bread and dinner was ready in no time!… 

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Chinese Five Spice Beef Soup with Bok Choy

A hearty recipe for Chinese Five Spice Beef Soup with Bok Choy | jessicagavin.com

It finally got me, and got me good! You know that pesky, sneaky, winner takes all cold. Yep! My mommy immune strength has served me well as I was able to dodge the holiday cold and flu season. I even made it a fair amount into James going to daycare with all those kid germs. That poor little guy hasn’t gotten a break since he started, he’s been sick three times already! I’m not surprised it finally caught up with me, I’m thinking those long sleepless midnight feedings, with the blue nose sucker in hand and humidifier blasting to help with babies congestion didn’t help.

Now mama needs some TLC and nothing sounds better than some hot and savory soup! But not the old standby chicken noodle version, I need the big guns to get through this cold. I’m loading up on a beefy and more spicetastic (I think I made up a new word) recipe from the Far East. That’s right, I’m talking about Chinese five spice beef soup with bok choy and other healthy vegetables to save the day!… 

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Panko Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Vegetables

Panko Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Vegetables | jessicagavin.com #recipe

My husband Jason and I have celebrated over 10 Valentine’s days together… probably more but I’ve started to lose count, ha! I love you sweetie! We’ve definitely done the fancy dinners at steak houses, some good then some okay. You know the ones where everyone is packed in like sardines, offered an overpriced prix fix menu and rushed through it for the next seating, soooo romantic!

Times have changed now that we have baby James joining us for our romantic date, I plan to light some candles, put on a Marvin Gaye vinyl record and cook an awesome feast at home! This Valentines Day treat calls for a mouthwatering panko herb crusted rack of lamb with fresh vegetables. Followed by one heart-shaped box of chocolates provided by my husband (wink wink I hope you’re reading this Jason!)…. 

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Pork Stir-Fry with Sugar Snap Peas and Cashews

Easy pork stir-fry with sugar snap peas and cashews | jessicagavin.com #chineserecipes

There are some nights that I just really don’t want to cook, but I reluctantly peak into the fridge and realize that I have everything I need for an easy Asian inspired stir-fry, yes! I forgot how totally awesome stir-frys are because they are great when you’re pinched for time, but still want a protein and veggie packed meal. There is really no measuring needed except for the sauce, just a few chop! chop! chops! on your cutting board and your ready to go. I like to make a seriously easy pork stir-fry with sugar snap peas and cashews. One wok, minimal mess, and dinner is ready to be inhaled quicker than you can finish catching up on the days Facebook happenings, umm hmm…. 

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