Crunchy Mexican Tostadas with Shredded Chicken

Homemade crunchy chicken Mexican tostadas recipe | jessicagavin.com

What’s a girl to do with a bunch of lonely leftover chicken? Sometimes a mom’s gotta get a little bit creative with meals, but that doesn’t mean it’s got to lack in the flavor department, am I right? You know what is awesome? Crunchy things, like a fried corn tortillas. Who doesn’t like those cute little crispy triangles, especially dipped in some guacamole. My self control goes right out the window!

However something even more glorious is layering different flavors on top of each golden crisp tortilla, and Mexican tostadas are like a mariachi band serenade of flavors and texture for your taste buds. You won’t think this is silly once you try it and start dancing, show me what you got!… 

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Spicy Sriracha Honey Chicken Stir-Fry

Fast recipe for stir-fry honey Sriracha sauce chicken | jessicagavin.com

When 6 o’clock rolled around at my house when I was just a little sprout, I would instantly hear the rustlings of my mom and grandpa busily shuffling around the kitchen. They were conjuring up something seriously delicious for dinner. Within a few moments, the sounds of cool meat sizzling in hot oil appeared and then the rhythmic clang of a hard metal spatula hitting the side of a hot wok continued until a feast for a hungry family of six was presented on the table.

It was pretty awesome how quickly dinner could be ready, plus so much flavor infused into each enticing bite. Cantonese cooking is all about the sauce, typically a yummy savory and sweet sauce to toss with any protein or vegetable.

Now with my own family to care for, I’m short on time from daycare pick up to bedtime. Fast and flavorful meals have become a necessity. I recently began my obsession with Sriracha, the spicy ruby red thick chili sauce that people use on just about anything! I’ve discovered that it’s even more incredible in a big bowl of steaming hot sriracha honey chicken stir-fry, nom nom nom!… 

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Asian Soba Noodle Salad With Soy Dressing

Bowl of Asian soba noodle salad with citrus dressing | jessicagavin.com

When I think of Asian noodles, a hot steamy bowl of pho always come to mind. However summertime calls for a cool and refreshing noodle salad to satisfy your taste buds. An Asian soba noodle salad with soy dressing is just what you need. Healthy, light and really delicious meal packed with fresh vegetables! Trust me, you NEED this and you will be happy you spent 30 minutes or less chopping up a storm in the kitchen for this blissful dish. … 

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Family Style Marinated Grilled Flat Iron Steak

Marinated grilled flat iron steak sliced and served with coleslaw | jessicagavin.com

Hey you juicy piece of steak, get in my belly NOW! Wow, you guys won’t believe how unbelievably tender and delicious this marinated grilled flat iron steak is, it’s pretty amazing. I was inspired by our recent restaurant visit to Ad Hoc in Yountville, CA during our anniversary trip to Napa.

Jason and I had a similar dish and I wanted to recreate all of the goodness at home. This cut of beef is really lean and tasty on it’s own, but adding marinade for a few hours, or even days, if you have time really infuses more flavor and tenderness into each irresistible bite. Excuse me as I stop drooling so we can talk more about how to make this family style feast happen!… 

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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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