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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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Chipotle Shrimp Taco Salad

Taco salad combines two of my favorite things, and this chipotle shrimp version is not to be missed! You guys were loving this recipe on Snapchat Tuesday night so here it is…and if you love this, you definitely need to check out my spicy shrimp taco recipe for when a salad just won’t cut it.

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Topped with a generous helping of cilantro avocado dressing, of course!

We’ve had a couple of 80 degree days in Dallas lately, so a salad with spicy shrimp and refreshing avocado and herb dressing was calling my name this week. And, this dish is pretty easy to throw together. I typically make the cilantro avocado dressing a day or two in advance and use it in as many lunches and dinners as possible because it is amazing. This week, I saved some extra dressing and made a loaded sweet potato with peppers, black beans and feta.

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Top of the list: Water Grill

Water Grill: a restaurant so nice I went there twice (in one weekend). The seafood restaurant from California is opening its brand new Dallas location TODAY at 1920 McKinney Avenue. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of both the dinner and brunch menus last weekend and they are absolutely not to be missed.

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Wild Mexican Mahi Mahi Caponata

The restaurant’s interior is cozy and nautical, and the service was wonderful. For dinner, we opted for Blue Point oysters and jumbo lump blue crab cake to start. I enjoyed Mahi on a delicious bed of vegetables, while Hunter indulged in a filet. Of course, we had to try the mac and cheese (it has my approval).

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Sesame Shrimp Soba Noodles

I’ve discovered toasted sesame oil and it’s my new obsession. I honestly think I could eat these soba noodles with just sesame oil. But they’re way better with a little garlic, ginger, and lime. And shrimp, because protein.

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Topped with avocado, naturally.

I adapted this recipe from Baker By Nature’s super simple garlic ginger shrimp soba noodles. And they are just that – super simple! Nothing beats an easy weeknight meal, and lately I’m really into simple noodle dishes with garlic and herbs. I think this is stemming from the Pepper’s spicy clams with pasta I made a few weekends ago. Sometimes all you need is some carbs and a stick of butter…or if you’re getting married in a month, some complex carbs and some sesame oil. Either or.

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Spicy Shrimp Tacos for Cinco de Mayo

Is there a better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with tacos and margaritas? I think not.

Also, I’m loving that two of my recent posts include “spicy” in the title.  My true essence.

This year, we’re celebrating with Pinch of Yum’s spicy shrimp tacos with garlic cilantro lime slaw. I meal prepped three different sauces on Sunday, and realized that each was green. Obviously I love my avocados and cilantro. And I looooove my garlic too. Thankfully, so does Hunter or he would have a hard time eating anything I cook for him. This garlic cilantro lime sauce is the kind of sauce that could really go with anything and everything…salads, fish, quesadillas, burgers, etc., so if you like the ingredients in its name, keep it nearby at all times.

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Cheers!

It’s important to note that these tacos have a delicious slaw. So basically, they are a salad. But in all honesty, if you did want to cut down on carbs, you could easily put these in lettuce wraps and they would be just as delicious. I’m a big fan of wrapping my food in romaine. It would also help offset the necessary fresh guac and cold bev that must be served alongside this entree.

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Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings: My New Spicy Obsession

Oh Chrissy, how I love thee. Thank you for the spicy blessing that is CRAVINGS.

There are so many things I love about this cookbook. One being that most dishes require hot sauce, butter, or both. As you can see, I have quite a few recipes bookmarked:

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I’ve been out of town every weekend since the end of March, and was really feeling like celebrating my first relaxing weekend back home with some carbs. Pepper’s Spicy Clams and Pasta was calling to me. Seafood, pasta, herbs, crushed red pepper? Yes, yes, yes, yes. I opened one of my bottles of cab franc from Fredericksburg and…perfection.

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Teriyaki Salmon + Thai Salad

Salmon is a weekday staple for us, so I’m always looking for ways to switch it up and use new flavors. A little teriyaki glaze and a bright, crunchy salad made for a seriously game-changing meal this week.

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Avocado slicing skills on point.

Major bonus: leftover thai salad makes an excellent less sad desk lunch. Just save some dressing to take to work.

The dressing is arguably one of the best parts of the meal – I even topped the salmon with it. Will definitely be using the recipe for future salads. Also, the salmon is baked (my weeknight go-to) making the recipe super easy.

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Valentine’s Dinner Recap: Scallops with Porcini Risotto

Valentine’s Day is all about love, and I love risotto. Scallops are Hunter’s favorite seafood. Therefore, this meal is everything.

Our Valentine’s Day tradition is simple. We stay in, I make a fabulous meal! I made this exact same meal for our anniversary dinner last year. Hunter loved it so much, he asked for it again. It was my first attempt at risotto, and my first attempt at scallops. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that neither was very difficult to prepare (yay! More time to eat!)

This year, the holiday fell on a Sunday, so I had nothing but time. I did hit a quick Zyn22 class in the morning to prepare for the Valentine’s eats. Could be my fave new cycling studio! A quick trip to the grocery store, a few minutes of prep, and lots of risotto stirring later, voila! These recipes always seem to get better the second time around.

This recipe was developed by Paul Palop and can be found on That Other Cooking Blog. I’ve adapted it just a little. An easy shortcut is to buy the arborio rice with porcinis already mixed in – I used a brand called Manitou, which I picked up at Central Market (they had no porcinis, or at least no porcinis that I could find.)

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