Citrus Polenta Cake with Fig Caramel Sauce

Citrus Polenta Cake with Fig Caramel Sauce |

When I visit my favorite local farmer’s market in Orange, I always leave feeling inspired to create recipes with seasonal ingredients. This recent trip was especially memorable because I took baby James with me. I could tell he was in awe of all of the different fruits and vegetables, colors, shapes and buzz around the market, having a shopping buddy there was a special treat.

I almost always want to take a  little of everything home, but I particularly had my eye on snagging some gorgeous figs. I already had a vision of baking the jewel-shaped fruit into a fragrant citrus polenta cake with a rich fig caramel sauce to drizzle on top. The perfect combination of sweet, savory and fresh into one golden brown dessert…. 

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No-Churn Vanilla Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream

Yummy bowl of No-Churn Vanilla Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream | #DIY

I can’t help but want to stop by every ice cream shop this summer, it’s been a warm one and I have a dessert radar! I might have missed out on the official July national ice cream month (how did I not know this!?), but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed all the time, especially when it’s homemade. Yes, this is a very dangerous proposal, and the method I’m using requires absolutely NO fancy equipment.

I don’t own an ice cream maker, mostly because it would just take up room in my already cluttered kitchen and collect dust. However, some culinary genius has thought of a clever way to create a shortcut to frozen bliss. This has to be the easiest no-churn ice cream method I’ve ever tried, and I’ve got some gorgeous vanilla raspberry ice cream tempting me in my freezer to prove it…. 

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15 Minute Easy Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

15 Minute Easy Greek Pasta Salad Recipe | #greeksalad

It is a hot and sticky, open the windows and turn on the fan kind of night right now in California, and I’m eating a popsicle as I write this post to help cool down at 8 pm, haha. If the meteorologists are correct which I’m guessing is about 40% of the time, this week isn’t going to get any less sweltering. That means we need a fast, simple and sweat free food solution.

In the time it takes you to boil a pot of water, cook your pasta and prep your veggies, dinner can be ready in less time that it takes to watch an episode of Jeopardy. Greek cuisine is awesome because it incorporates ripe, fresh ingredients, with tangy cheese’s and aromatic herbs. It’s no wonder that the Mediterranean diet is so popular, guilt free delicious eating sounds like a good idea to me. This 15 minute easy Greek pasta salad recipe is the answer to your summertime food slump, now let’s get cooking friends!… 

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Perfect Picnic Crunchy Caribbean Coleslaw

Ingredients for a crunchy and creamy Caribbean style coleslaw |

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 every day. 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 |

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 anymore 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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Savory Spiced Lamb Kabobs with Tzatziki Sauce

Savory Spiced Lamb Kabobs with Tzatziki Sauce served with quinoa tabbouleh |

It’s officially June which equals SUMMER!!!! This also means grilling, grilling and more grilling, yay! There is nothing quicker, 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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Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa and Sriracha Sauce

Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa and Sriracha Sauce | #tacotuesday

Well hello there super crispy shrimpies, you look so irresistible! Okay, so I’m a big fan of tempura anything but these big prawns dipped in a fizzy flour and cornstarch batter, oh baby! Now combine these irresistible golden fried shrimps in a warm tortilla and make it a taco party! These beer battered shrimp tacos with mango salsa are going to make you smile, especially when you drizzle tons of spicy Asian chile sauce on top with each bite!… 

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Easy Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa

Tortilla chip dipping into homemade restaurant style salsa |

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 |

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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