Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce | jessicagavin.com #italianrecipe

These cheesy pasta shells make me smile. The first time I had oozy cheesy stuffed pasta shells, I was hooked! It’s such a simple yet comforting meal, and I think being a kid I thought the shape was really neat. In fact my mom used to buy a big bag of these pre-filled pasta shells from Costco so I could just heat them up, top with sauce and have them whenever my heart desired. Nothing fancy, but I really liked them haha.
My husband Jason also grew up eating stuffed shells but he was lucky enough to have his Italian mom Joan make them from scratch! I wanted to make a throw back nostalgic dish for the both of us so I stuffed jumbo pasta shells with spinach and cheese filling and them topped it with some homemade tomato sauce with sausage. Each cute little shell was delicious and satisfied our childhood cravings. I hope you enjoy this spinach and cheese stuffed shells with meat sauce recipe as much as our family does!

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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 more quick, 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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Quinoa Tabbouleh with Lemon Garlic Dressing

Quinoa Tabbouleh with Lemon Garlic Dressing | jessicagavin.comTabbouleh is hands down my favorite vegetarian side dish at any Middle Eastern restaurant. This salad features all of the freshest vegetables, herbs and grains, then tossed in a pungent olive oil and lemon dressing. It’s really nice and light, refreshing and simple to make. I made a super healthy quinoa tabbouleh version that is packed with protein and vegetables that I’m sure all of you tabbouleh fans will enjoy…. 

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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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