Perfect Picnic Crunchy Caribbean Coleslaw

Ingredients for a crunchy and creamy Caribbean style coleslaw | jessicagavin.com

I love rainbows, especially when they are in my bowl! What do I mean? I truly believe that if you can incorporate different colorful fruits and vegetables into your diet, you can reap the nutritional benefits with each bite. I didn’t always eat this way, I grew up eating a lot of macaroni and cheese (which I still enjoy), however my overall diet is much more balanced now.

Working for a nutrition company, I’ve learned a lot about phytonutrients. Those natural nutrients which can only be found in plants and are beneficial to human health. That’s why it’s so great to incorporate them into your meals everyday. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables doesn’t have to be boring and bland, this Caribbean coleslaw recipe is flavor packed and a nutrition powerhouse. Just grab a cutting board and your favorite chef’s knife and let’s get chopping!… 

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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 any more 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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Chia Seed Pudding with Berries and Almonds

Healthy chia seed pudding with berries and crunchy almonds | jessicagavin.com #veganrecipes

Ch-ch-ch chia! Ok, now that I got that out of my system lets talk about why chia seeds may be your new favorite breakfast ingredient. If you’re a child like me who grew up in the 80’s, you may be very familiar with the fun terracotta easy to grow plant Chia Pet chatski that many of us owned once in our lives. Besides being a sort of random home decor, did you know that chia seeds actually have a lot of health benefits as a food? I’m a creature of habit and always have a consistent oatmeal regiment each morning, so to stir things up a little, I decided to give chia seeds a try.

I still wanted something that was packed with fiber and fruit to give me an energized start to the day. I decided to make a super duper easy chia seed pudding topped with fresh berries and sliced almonds. To my surprise I really enjoyed it, no kidding! The best thing is you can make the pudding overnight so that it’s ready to go and you don’t have any cooking to do, sounds like a good plan to me!… 

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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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Crunchy Honey Mustard Salmon with Ginger Citrus Sauce

crunchy-honey-mustard-salmon-with-ginger-citrus-sauceCool salty ocean breezes, warm white sand beneath my toes, ahhh I am so ready for a trip to paradise! But alas, my dreams will have to wait until the fall. I’ve been doing a lot of travel research for an upcoming trip to the Caribbean. My best friend Jasmin is planning a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic, and boy do those all-inclusive resorts with endless food and drinks look a-mazing!

I got a little food inspiration from day dreaming of fruity rum cocktails with those cute colorful umbrellas on the beach. To give our salmon Monday’s a little bit of island and Asian twist, I came up with an irresistibly simple crunchy honey mustard salmon with ginger citrus sauce recipe. If you’re ready for an exotic food getaway then keep reading…

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Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna with Soy Ginger Lime Sauce

Sesame crusted ahi tuna with soy ginger sauce | jessicagavin.com

I’ve been daydreaming about tropical Palm trees, sandy beaches and warm waters lately, I think momma needs a vacation! Well if I can’t get on a jet plane, I can at least bring some fresh island cuisine to us. At the market I’m always keeping my eye out for some good fresh fish and recently I scored two beautiful ahi tuna steaks and I knew just what to do. Nothing is easier and more delicious than sesame crusted ahi tuna that has been lightly seared and served rare with some tangy soy dipping sauce…. 

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Honey Lime Glazed Salmon with Sesame Rice Noodle Salad

Honey Lime Glazed Salmon with Sesame Rice Noodle Salad | jessicagavin.com

Monday nights at the Gavin house are all about salmon. Why you might ask? Because it’s fast, healthy and versatile. I actually love making my broiled molasses salmon recipe, I know it by heart and can probably make it blindfolded…fifty shades of salmon, wait what?! Sorry I just saw that movie. Any hoo… In order to battle flavor fatigue, I try to switch it up every now and then.

I’m a creature of habit so I kept the same super duper fast broiling method to cook the salmon, but made more of an Asian inspired flavor. Honey lime glazed salmon may be my new go to recipe, it’s also served with an addicting crunchy sesame rice noodle salad that will leave you asking for more!… 

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Baked Zucchini Parmesan Fries with Mustard Basil Dip

Delicious serving of healthy baked zucchini parmesan fries with dipping sauce | jessicagavin.com

Aren’t french fries one of the most awesome foods created by man? I was just having a convo with my husband Jason about how happy I am when I eat those tantalizing spuds, but also how guilty and oily I feel after consuming one too many. It was time for a solution. Of course nothing can really trump a crispy golden potato, but I have an alternative that I think you will enjoy and feel much better woofing down!

Enter, the super zucchini! Baked zucchini Parmesan fries are crunchy and ready to be dipped and devoured in a mustard basil sauce. These oven baked zucchini fries are a healthy, family friendly alternative for a delicious appetizer or side dish, so crank those temperatures up to 425°F so we can pop them in the oven! I’m hungry now, whose ready to dig in?… 

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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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Apricot Almond Granola Bars

delicious apricot almond granola bars | jessicagavin.comDo you ever feel like apricot season is over in a flash? I love summer stone fruit, especially when apricots are super sweet and tender, yum! Just because summer has come to an end, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some delicious snacks that have summer flavors. Luckily most seasonal fruits can be found in their dried versions, making the flavors even more concentrated and naturally sweet…. 

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