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Sambal Chicken Skewers

Dust off the grill and make these Sambal Chicken Skewers. Made with sambal oelek, sriracha & sweetened with brown sugar. Check out the recipe at Shutterbean.com !

Someone asked me if I've made plans for the Summer and all I could say was that I'm gonna do a lot of grilling. I definitely have my priorities straight.

Sambal Chicken Skewers || shutterbean

Last week we had a beautiful week of a weather so I dusted off our grill...with a cocktail and flip flops.  I know, I know! I'm annoying. I am sorry that you're in cold weather on the east coast. I really hope that we get the rain we need. I digress...

Sambal Chicken Skewers || shutterbean

In a quest for a simple grilled recipe, I found this winner in my stack of ripped out pages from magazines. This will definitely be a staple in our Summer 2015 Rotation. I imagine we'll do a version with pork tenderloin or steak. Nothing like sweet/spicy/crispy chicken pulled right off a skewer. I made these beauties with a spicy coconut noodle dish that I'll be sharing on Wednesday.  Stay tuned!

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Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies

Deliciously Fudgy Brownies that happen to be Gluten Free with the help of Cornstarch! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com !

There was a bake sale at school last week. We got a notice that there would be gluten free/nut free options for those with dietary restrictions and it got me to thinking that I don't really have a gluten free baking prowess to flex. I'm not seasoned veteran with gluten free baking because I don't have the arsenal of flours in my pantry. I do have quite an assortment of hot sauces though...which only helps a select few.

Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies // shutterbean

I saw this recipe on Martha Stewart website the other day and was intrigued. No flour. Just cornstarch. I also saw that I had every ingredient in the ingredient list so OF COURSE I had to make them.

Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies // shutterbean

Annnnnd YES. They're totally fudgey. Perfectly intense with good hit of chocolate. They're both chewy and crisp on the edges. You wouldn't really know they were gluten free. They definitely passed the taste taste in our house! I'm glad I have something good to offer future bake sales...of course I'll make them without walnuts but in my house, a brownie isn't a brownie if there's no nuts in them :)

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Chorizo Potato Hash

Chorizo Potato Hash makes a fabulous weekend Brunch or quick weeknight dinner. Check out the recipe on Shutterbean.com !

Someone asked me what my favorite thing to make was and I said breakfast. Mostly because it's something easily served family style and if I'm eating breakfast, there's usually time to sit down and savor the morning. As working parents, my husband and I often say "Uggh, I can't wait to enjoy coffee this weekend." And when we say enjoy, it means we're not just gulping down the fuel we need to race out of the house for school drop off and the work hustle.

Chorizo Potato Hash || shutterbean

So with our second cup of coffee, we have breakfast. This is what we had yesterday.

If meat and potatoes are involved my husband is ALWAYS all in.  I'm in it for the sour cream.

Let's be honest.

Chorizo Potato Hash || shutterbean

With a few simple ingredients we have an incredible breakfast (for dinner!) option. The potatoes are crispy perfection...spiced to the max with the smokey chorizo. The green pepper, onions and jalapeños have somehow added a nice sweetness to the hash while the eggs, cheese and cilantro are the fancy accessorizes needed to complete this dish.  Another one to throw in the our meal rotation!

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Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan Crisps // shutterbean

I love recipes that require only one ingredient. For this snack, all you need is grated Parmesan and an oven (a toaster oven will work too!).  Line a baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper and spoon a few tablespoons of the grated cheese on top. Turn the oven to 400F and cook until crispy and brown. About 4-6 minutes. Parmesan crisps are a great substitute for crackers and they're even better served on top of salads. Totally gluten free and low carb too!

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Jalapeño Ginger Lime Spritzers

A refreshing cocktail made with sliced Jalapeños, Limes, Ginger Beer & Sparkling water. Find this recipe for Jalapeño Ginger Lime Spritzer on Shutterbean.com!

I was on the phone with an ad network having a discussion about my website and they asked me to explain what I do on this space online. When they asked me about my editorial calendar, I told them that I don't really follow an editorial calendar; my website reflects what we're eating, what I'm in the mood to make and how much time I have to make said things.

Jalapeño Ginger Lime Spritzers || shutterbean

Sooooooooo, instead of giving you a corned beef recipe and some irish soda bread recipe  or this guinness cake this week, I bought too many jalapeños and turned it into web content. That's RIGHT!  It's jalapeño week on Shutterbean!  Because, when life (you) gives you (buy too many ) jalapeños, you make Jalapeño Ginger Lime Spritzers. You also make Thai Beef with Basil.  Look at that. I created a meal plan for you this weekend. I suggest you finish the night with creamy Tangerine Sherbet.

Jalapeño Ginger Lime Spritzers || shutterbean

Jalapeños are sliced thin and mixed with lime juice sweetened with agave. Ginger beer adds a nice warm spice, sparkling water evens everything out for a refreshing/spicy drink.

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Thai Beef with Basil

Turn a pound of ground beef into a delicious Thai Feast. Check out the recipe for Thai Beef with Basil on Shutterbean.com !

My husband loves ground beef and I never choose to make it because there's something about breaking up bits of meat that bugs me. I don't know what it is, but I find it kind of annoying. It feels like it takes forever to break it all up...or maybe I just get particular on how uniform the pieces need to be?  I might go as far to say that I dread it (dramatic!).

Thai Beef with Basil  || shutterbean

So, I've been slowly working ground beef into the rotation. Casey appreciates it and Cooper will eat it (only if I say it's steak).

I made this Thai Beef with Basil dish from Bon Appetit for dinner on Saturday and it went over really well. Of course,  I had to pick out the basil and seperate the carrots on Cooper’s dish, but he gobbled it up like a champ. Casey said it was a winner.

I think it will probably be apart of our weeknight dinner rotation. It’s pretty easy to whip up and I didn't even hate breaking up the beef.  The point is to have a nice char on the meat, so it's kind of a set it and forget it situation. You can break it up really well towards the end.

Thai Beef with Basil  || shutterbean

We have leftovers and I’m gonna reheat them for dinner tonight and top them with a crispy fried egg and a drizzle of sriracha. The big question I have is..... Why didn't I do that on the first go round??

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Broccoli Pesto Polenta

Polenta gets FANCY with the additions of pesto & broccoli. Put an egg on it for a hearty breakfast/lunch/dinner. Check out the recipe at Shutterbean.com

Whenever I ask my husband what he wants for dinner, most of the time it's--

"Something hearty and warm."

This always ruins my I just wanna big salad for dinner cravings.

I secretly love when he's had a big work lunch because then he wants something "light and healthy," and I'm like coooool buddy, but also how can we work bread into that equation?

Broccoli Pesto Polenta || shutterbean

So, let's combine greens with something hearty and warm and make broccoli pesto polenta.

Broccoli Pesto Polenta || shutterbean

And while we're at it, let's put poached eggs on top because we can call it breakfast for dinner.

Something warm, hearty and GREEN. And if you had a big lunch at work, then you just get a smaller bowl.

I won't let you ruin dinner for me.

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Blood Orange & Avocado Salad

Blood Orange & Avocado Salad  || shutterbean

It's Monday. I'm back from weekend getaway with my husband where we ate truffle fries twice.  We also had doughnuts...monkey bread...and tacos. I wore elastic waist pants because I am good at thinking ahead.

Blood Orange & Avocado Salad  || shutterbean  || shutterbean

Needless to say... I need a RESET BUTTON SALAD  like WHOA.

Blood Orange & Avocado Salad  || shutterbean

This one was based on what we had in our fridge. Butter lettuce, spicy radishes, ripe/tender avocados, juicy blood oranges, and cilantro. Sesame seeds and slivered almonds are in there for crunch. The dressing is a rice wine vinegar, toasted sesame oil, blood orange number that's sweet and tangy. It's a satisfying salad with a lot of flavor. My favorite part? The blood orange. The tang of the dressing brings out their sweetness. I might add a few little slivers of red onion next time for an extra kick.  This is the kind of salad that makes you remember how good it feels to eat healthy....so you can have doughnuts and fries...soon.

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