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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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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Haricot Verts with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

haricot verts with mushrooms and caramelized onions | jessicagavin.com

I’m in need of some fresh vegetables in my life, because yes I’m still recovering from the holiday feasts. Have you met the string beans french cousin haricot verts? Kinda like the new hot foreign exchange student in high school, these long, slender and crisp beauties are a little more sleek and sexy than your typical bean. These haricot verts with mushrooms and caramelized onions will steal the dinnertime show!… 

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Citrus Green Beans with Almonds

A healthy serving of Citrus Green Beans with crunchy almonds | jessicgavin.com #greenbeans #recipe

Have you ever had really mushy and overlooked green beans that seem more like a punishment than a delight to eat? I’ve never had a bad relationship with green beans unless you try and give them to me from a can, yuck! I wanted to keep this citrus green bean with almonds recipe really easy and flavorful. It will take under 20 minutes to prepare, no lie! This is the perfect holiday or weekday side because it can be the last thing you cook before serving, and it’s so simple! No need to make meal time any more difficult, this dish is operator friendly…. 

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Summer Succotash Salad

summer succotash salad with dressing | jessicagavin.com

It’s officially summer and with the warm weather brings more time outdoors, especially picnics and barbecues. Strolling the aisles of grocery stores and farmer’s markets, the produce sections are showing much more vibrant colors as the summer fruits and vegetables are ripe and ready to eat. Whenever I see sweet white corn appear that’s when I know it’s time to fire up the grill! To take advantage of the beautiful produce now available, I wanted to create a more hearty yet healthy salad that would be perfect to serve on those warmer days with those savory barbecue feasts. My summer succotash salad features all of these yummy vegetables in one bowl!… 

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Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms

chicken marsala with mushrooms recipe | jessicagavin.com

You can find chicken Marsala with mushrooms on most Italian restaurant menus and for good reason, it’s simple to make and delicious. I typically order handmade ravioli when I’m having Italian food, however I recently wanted to try something new. I was pleasantly surprised to see how quick and easy it is to make this timeless chicken Marsala dish. Not to mention, the sweet and savory Marsala mushroom sauce is simply addicting!… 

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Delicious Surf and Turf Recipe

Delicious Surf and Turf recipe

I wanted to start off 2014 with an amazing meal that would set the tone for recipes to come in 2014. There is no better way to celebrate and indulge than with a homemade steak and lobster tail dinner. This Surf and Turf recipe is the ultimate elegant meal featuring the king and queen of proteins. Beautiful tender and juicy filet mignon and succulent fresh lobster tail. Cheers to a good year!

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Stir-fried Bitter Melon Recipe

stir-fried bitter melon recipe with Black Bean Sauce

If there is one taste I have a challenge enjoying, its bitter. Growing up in a Chinese family, I could not avoid the occasional super healthy bitter melon soup my grandparents would make, or a saucy bitter melon dish that I would let pass me on the lazy susan at Chinese restaurants. On the flip side, we all know that typically a vegetable that doesn’t taste great, is usually good for you…. 

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Fried Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Ricotta

Fried squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta cheese | jessicagavin.com

The summer season yields not only delicious summer squash, but mother nature produces wonderful bright orange edible blossoms. You can typically find these eye catching blossoms at your local farmers market, I purchased mine at a recent visit to Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market…. 

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Grandma’s Italian Meatball Recipe

Grandmas Italian meatballs recipe | jessicagavin.com #italianfood

On our wedding day, I made a very special vow to my husband… “I promise to always nurture, listen, comfort, and feed you, making sure to cook your grandmother’s famous meatballs at least once a month.” It may seem like a silly promise, however my husband Jason’s love for his Grandma’s Italian meatball recipe always brings him a sense of comfort and happiness. For me to be able to recreate a dish that he loves is really important to me. When he walks through the door at the end of a long day and smells fresh tomato sauce and meatballs broiling in the oven, his big smile is priceless!… 

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