Crunchy Mexican Tostadas with Shredded Chicken

Homemade crunchy chicken Mexican tostadas recipe |

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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Family Style Marinated Grilled Flat Iron Steak

Marinated grilled flat iron steak sliced and served with coleslaw |

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 its 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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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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Barbecue Grilled Pepperoni Pizza With Vegetables

Homemade Barbecue Grilled Pepperoni Pizza With Vegetables |

How can anyone resist a crispy and cheesy piece of pepperoni pizza? This recipe has got the best of both worlds, salty cured meat, and fresh garden veggies. The universe is in perfect pie balance. Since its summer time, I enjoy making food outside. Recently I grilled a BBQ chicken pizza, and it was so good I decided to make a pepperoni pizza with vegetables a try, it’s a super easy and classic pizza recipe that is going to get devoured!… 

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10 Minute Crispy Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

Crispy Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza being sliced |

The grill isn’t just a means for firing up hearty pieces of meat, oh no my friend. If you haven’t thrown a pizza directly on your sizzling hot grates, then you have been missing out on crispy, doughy cheesy bliss in a matter of minutes! No need for a fancy outdoor pizza oven, or pizza stone in the oven that the dough gets irritatingly stuck to and has pockets of raw bites no matter what you do.

You will be amazed how easy and delicious it is to make pizza right on your barbecue grill. Right now I’m all about barbecue chicken, so I created a recipe inspired by flavors you may have in a BBQ feast all right into one heavenly slice of pie. Ready to get your BBQ chicken pizza on the grill? I sure am!… 

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Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce | #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 throwback 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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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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