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Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Hi everyone! I’ve been a little behind on the blog lately, but I’m bringing things back with a bang with this AMAZING shrimp recipe. To me, tapas make the perfect meal. As many shareable veggie and protein dishes as you heart desires, along with a ton of bread to soak up the delicious sauces…what’s not to love? Shrimp and garlic, or gambas al ajillo, is one of our favorites at our go-to Spanish date night spot: Si Tapas.

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Gambas al ajillo AKA garlic shrimp.

With a little help from Food & Wine‘s recent travel issue highlighting a few classic Spanish recipes, I made gambas al ajillo at home and it was a big hit (and a nice departure from our usual Monday night salmon and veggies). Hope you love it as much as we do!

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Sweet Potato Nachos

It rained a few times, the temperature dropped for a while, and it’s September 1st, so it’s basically fall. And with fall comes football season and all of the snacks that come along with it…like nachos.

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Crispy goodness!

So, in honor of fall and the new snacks it brings (not posting a pumpkin spice recipe yet, but that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about it), I’m sharing a healthier version of nachos today inspired by a recipe in the Love & Lemons cookbook – sweet potato nachos!

I love all things sweet potato (including sweet potato noodle bowls and sweet potato and black bean enchiladas), so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that after making this recipe I now prefer sweet potato nachos over regular nachos. Plus, they’re healthy and fun to make! The BYON (build your own nachos) bar may be making frequent appearances this football season. Just saying.

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Triple Dip Party

In order for you to truly understand how excited I am about this post, you must realize how much I LOVE dips. And chips. It’s the one snack I can’t, and won’t, say no to. Ever.

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Chipotle Salsa

So today I present to you…not one, not two, but THREE of my favorite dip recipes. I whipped a few of these up for my bachelorette party last weekend and we went to town on them. (Another great thing about dips = they are super easy to put together)! The tomatillo avocado salsa is an old favorite, but the chipotle salsa is a new obsession. And to cool things down, I’m throwing in a Tzatziki dip. Because why not? All of this deliciousness is coming to you straight from What’s Gaby Cooking!

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Peach, Basil and Ricotta Crostini

I love a good appetizer. In fact, appetizers might just be the best part of any and every meal for me – I could make a meal entirely out of apps. So of course, I love anything on a crostini.

I’ve been feeling inspired to make a crostini creation lately – in part because of Love & Lemons’ Fig, Feta and Mint Crostini and Chrissy Teigen’s “Sh*t on Toast” section of Cravings – and also because it’s a super easy vehicle for cheese.

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I mean, how easy and gorgeous is this?

I found some edible flowers during a shopping trip to Whole Foods last week, and took it as a sign. (Side note: edible flowers taste just like you would expect a flower to, so don’t set the bar too high). It’s also important to note that there are two kinds of cheese present in this appetizer: ricotta and feta. Plus, with peaches now in season, this recipe is a great excuse to get your fill!

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Super Bowl of Chips and Dip + Baked Jalapeño Poppers

The Super Bowl, AKA day of super snacking. The Carolina Panthers face the Denver Broncos in what is sure to be a delicious day of chilling in jerseys and chowing down on sweet and savory game day treats.

The savory game day snack is my jam, so I have two easy, crowd-pleasing recipes for you:

  1. Tomatillo Avocado Dip from What’s Gaby Cooking
  2. Skinny Baked Jalapeño Poppers from Skinnytaste 
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Take it from an expert: this dip is the bomb.

There are few things I love more in life than a heaping bowl of chips paired with a bangin’ dip. It’s like diet Kryptonite! There is no limit to the amount of chips and dip I can consume. If you’re like me, just make sure there are a few other people around to help you out. Especially with this dip. It’s addicting AF.

As for the jalapeño poppers – enough said. Everyone loves these things. Crunchy, spicy, creamy, cheesy…you just can’t go wrong. And TBH, love football, but the Super Bowl just wouldn’t be as fun without great food. So let’s get started.

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Roasted Red Peppers with Pesto Zucchini Noodles and Goat Cheese

A healthy meal involving goat cheese and pesto? Yes please. Too good not to share!

To preface this recipe, I am obsessed with my spiralizer. I have the Paderno 3-blade, and use it to incorporate more veggies into our meals pretty much as often as Hunter will allow (there was a month last year that consisted of a TON of spiralized zucchini spaghetti and meatball dinners, so I don’t blame him for limiting my zoodle usage.) But hey, the spiralizer has many benefits. It’s simple to use, easy to clean and disguises veggies as carbs (for the most part.) This week has been cray at the office so I was looking for something easy, flavorful and healthy – after all it is still January, people. Let’s not throw our health and wellbeing out the window that quickly.

This recipe was created by Inspiralized – my go-to blog for all spiralizer recipes! Ali is so creative with vegetables it’s seriously inspiring (get it?) You can find the original recipe here! Also, I haven’t mentioned how gorgeous this dish is. Check it out:

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That is one good looking pepper!

These beauties make a great side for grilled fish or chicken if you’re adding protein, but are also substantial enough to serve as a meal! That said, let’s get down to business.

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