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 | jessicagavin.com #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 | 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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Blackened Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Avocado Lime Sauce

Blackened Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Avocado Lime Sauce | jessicsgavin.com #tacotuesday

This recipe for blackened Mahi Mahi fish tacos brings back some pretty epic memories for me. My husband Jason has always made a point of getting me out of my shell to try new things and sneaking a bit of adventure into our relationship. Jason led me just south of the border in Baja California, Mexico. I discovered plentiful little seaside villages with amazing food. These trips across the border created some awesome memories for us. The food is something to write home about, but even better yet, recreate when you get back!… 

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Hearty Beef Bolognese Sauce with Pappardelle Pasta

Chunky Beef Bolognese with Pappardelle Pasta | jessicagavin.com #italian #foodblog

My comfort food growing up was a shiny blue box of Kraft macaroni and cheese which I will still love forever and ever. My husband Jason on the other hand, can’t resist a big bowl of spaghetti and meat sauce. Sometimes the simplest and most wholesome ingredients make the best dishes.

Nostalgia is a big hit in my family, so every once in a while I let Jason indulge in a huge bowl of carbs and some crusty bread for dipping in the sauce. My hearty beef bolognese sauce is the perfect chunky, meaty goodness that goes oh so nicely with some pappardelle pasta. Ciao bello!… 

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Jumbo Spicy Garlic Shrimp and Tomato Skillet

Incredible Spicy Garlic Shrimp Ready To Eat | jessicagavin.com #skillet

I’ve been craving shrimp and grits in the worst way since Mardi Gras, so now is time to feed the beast! The movie Forest Gump really put shrimp on its well deserved pedestal, so much so that the popularity of the movie spurred a chain of Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurants!

Shrimp on it’s own is so yummy, with the slight sweetness and mild flavor, versatility and rapid cooking, it’s everything you would want in a healthy meal. This spicy garlic shrimp and tomato skillet is super quick, easy and delicious, leaving you licking your fingers clean and asking for more!… 

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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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Easy Skillet Gnocchi with Chicken Sausage

Gnocchi with chicken sausage and creamy tomato basil sauce | jessicagavin.com

Gnocchi’s are cute Italian pillows of potato dumplings that are perfect bite sized pieces. They are a nice alternative to pasta and each forkful is beyond satisfying. It’s simple to make homemade gnocchi, but with limited time during the weekdays and needing to nourish my dumpling cravings while feeding my hungry family, packaged pre-made potato gnocchi are a tasty timing saving blessing. This super easy skillet gnocchi with chicken sausage is just what you need to add to your weekday meal plan. This recipe quickly keeps your tummy  and taste buds happy without all of the fuss…. 

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Tuscan Tomato Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

Tuscan tomato tortellini soup with Italian sausage | jessicagavin.com #recipe

My husband is half Italian, so we eat a lot of pasta at our house. Typically it has been ravioli that makes its way to the dinner table at least once a week. It’s sort of my special treat for Jason because I know he loves those little fluffy cheesy pillows of goodness, I don’t blame him! However, lately I’ve been in a pasta rut. I’ve been making the same meal each week mostly because it’s easy, and because I need simplicity as James is starting to crawl. Yikes! Little man on the move!

tomato soup with cheese filled tortellini | jessicagavin.com #recipe

One day as I was searching for some dinner inspiration, I came across this enticing tortellini soup by Two Peas and Their Pod. It was like I was struck by lightning because as I began to drool over their pictures.

I was totally inspired to try something like this for our next pasta dinner. For my recipe I added some fresh Tuscan kale and spinach to the tomato tortellini soup with Italian sausage. I always try to get some healthy greens into each meal. I also toasted up some nice crunchy sourdough bread and dinner was ready in no time!… 

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