Zoodles Pad Thai

Happy New Year! I wanted to start off my new year by taking a break from the sweets and eating lots of veggies.  These zucchini noodles, that I like to call zoodles are the perfect solution.  You get your noodle fix with non of the carbs! I created my zucchini noodles using the KitchenAid 5 Blake Spiralizer with Peel, Core and Slice attachment for my KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer. This has been the funnest little gadget.  You can core and peel apples, create shoestring fries, shred carrots - and so … [Read more...]

Crisp Mahi-Mahi with Bacon Brussels and Risotto

It's FALL!!! I'm in LOVE with FALL and I don't care who knows it!!! Sorry, I'm quoting winter movies (Elf), and we just welcomed in fall. Fall is my favorite food to cook. Are we nerds because we think of food in seasons? While grilled chicken with mango salsa and a side of bruschetta mid-November never hurt anyone, it is fun to indulge in the fall curries, pumpkins, lentils, and squash. All of the squashes! You see that gorgeous pan above? That's All-Clad's d3 ARMOR Fish Pan. I'm obsessed. Made in the USA, … [Read more...]

Baja Beer Battered Fish Tacos // Rubios Copycat

I can still remember the first time I ate a fish taco.  It sounded terrible.  I was resistant to try it.  I was 14 years old, and I had traveled to San Diego, CA to visit my aunt.  She picked me up from the airport and insisted we stop at Rubio's.  All I can say is that it was love at first bite.  Years later I moved to San Diego to attend college, and stayed in southern California for nearly 15 years.  Rubio's was a staple.  My husband would pick it up every Saturday - and fish tacos were always my number one choice. … [Read more...]

Lemon Herb Tilapia

Fresh, bright, light...oh so yummy.  That's how I would describe this fast dinner.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again - if you aren't a seafood fan you need to try tilapia.  It is so mild and so easy to prepare.  You'll be converted! I started out this recipe with a shallot, some dills, some parsley, and some garlic. I seasoned my tilapia with salt and pepper and then coated it in flour.  I cooked it in a skillet with a little olive oil and then removed it and let it rest on a pan.  I added a little more … [Read more...]

Deconstructed California Roll Bowl

Bowls are the new plates.  It's true.  Martha Stewart said it, so it's true.  Ha ha!  Really though!  Have you noticed how popular meals served in bowls have become?  I love serving food in the Fiesta bistro bowl.  They are truly one of my favorite pieces of dinnerware.  The depth is perfect, they are chip resistant, and they are beautiful to boot! Today I'm serving up a California roll...in a bowl.  Who is a sushi lover out there?  If I'm being honest - I'm pretty reserved when it comes to sushi.  No sashimi for … [Read more...]

Peach and Shrimp Kabobs

Dinner in 10 minutes?!  Yes please!  This tasty dish will be on your table before it is even set!  I love shrimp, and I love summertime grilling.  Add some juicy fresh peaches and you pretty much have heaven on a platter. My love of seafood started when I was a kid.  I have really fond memories of camping with my family.  My dad would get up early to go fishing and he would catch our dinner.  We feasted on rainbow trout grilled over the camp fire during those trips.  Since then I haven't been afraid to try other … [Read more...]

Spicy Caribbean Shrimp with Mango Quinoa Salad

You guys. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this new recipe. Summer is slowly coming to an end, so you must make this right now. Although I do see it as a warm, light and delicious escape to the tropical Caribbean during the cold winter months, especially when all you've been making is creamy soup and heavy pastas (what, you don't do that during the winter?). I love this because you can do all of the prepwork earlier in the day (or during naptime) so that dinner time isn't as stressful! So easy! The … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Salmon

We are summer eating in full swing at our house!  Our dinners are full of fresh produce these days and we all love it!  My 2 year old spends dinner time shoveling food into his mouth and saying "yum yum yum" in between bites.  I love that he loves to eat fresh fruits and veggies - now if I can just convince the 4 year old.  It's so funny how each child is different - even when they are exposed to the same food.  My 2 year old will eat an entire water melon, while my 4 year old will not even taste it.  I do believe that … [Read more...]

Fresh Pesto Shrimp

  It's no secret - I LOVE shrimp.  Seriously one of my favorite foods.  I like it grilled, roasted, cold with cocktail sauce, fried, in pasta...I could go on and on...but I'll stop so I don't end up sounding like Bubba Gump. I stumbled upon this tasty shrimp recipe a few years ago.  I've prepared it roasted in the oven and on the grill.  Both are delicious.  Prepared roasted the flavors are rich, and grilled the flavors are fresh.  Pictured here I have grilled it.  I prefer grilling in the summer months - keeps … [Read more...]

Citrus Glazed Salmon

Boy do I have a yummy and easy dinner for you! Many years ago my husband and I took a weekend trip to Seattle.  One of the first places we visited was Pike Place Market downtown.  We loved wandering thru the beautiful flowers and fresh produce.  And we were so amazed by the Famous Pike Place Fish Co.  This fish company is famous for throwing their fish from one worker to the other when they get a sale.  There are motivational videos and documentaries about the culture of this company that are used by businesses … [Read more...]

Shrimp and Cheesy Grits with Fried Okra

The other day I was teaching Des all about 'y'all'. It's a common misconception that it's spelled 'ya'll'. No. It's a contraction between 'you' and 'all'. Actually, more like 'ya' and 'all'. So you chop off the rest of 'ya', leaving you contracting 'y' and 'all', THUS producing the end product, 'y'all'. Then we went on to discuss 'all y'all', or sometimes 'all uh y'all', and how that's used to describe a large group of people, like more than three. Her: "Whaaaa? Do they teach you that in school??" Me: (Smiles) … [Read more...]

Blackened Salmon and Roasted Veggie Pasta

Give me all the roasted veggies. Roast anything and I can guarantee you it'll be 5,000 times better. I reeeeeally wish I had learned the art of roasting a long time ago, it would have saved me (and my people) a lot of boiled, frozen lima bean medleys. Blech. Blackening your salmon takes away a lot of the salmon, fishy taste that many of us don't love. And it doesn't add a lot of fat! That's been another favorite, adding flavor with herbs and lemons and garlic and onions and all varieties of yummy things; except … [Read more...]

Shrimp Boil Foil Packs

When I think of a shrimp boil I envision long picnic tables lined with newspapers and huge pots of boiling water surrounded my lots of family and friends.  A seafood boil is a tradition that started in Louisiana and has spread throughout the south.     I'm a shrimp lover, so I was instantly drawn to this tradition - but I wanted to do it on a smaller scale for my family.  So I came up with the idea to load up some foil packs and grill them.  The result was perfection - and it fits right in with … [Read more...]

Caribbean Grilled Cod with Strawberry Mango Pico

Several weeks ago I stumbled upon a picture of strawberry mango pico.  I think I drooled.  I thought about it for days and days and then finally did something about it.  We were spending Easter at home, so I decided to go the non-traditional route and make fish for dinner.  It was a light, flavorful change to the usual heavy Easter dinner.  I topped my fish with a fresh, bright, and healthy strawberry mango pico. I picked Des's brain for the pico ingredients.  Together we decided that strawberry, mango, cucumber, … [Read more...]

Baja Tilapia, Taco Style

I've had this recipe rolling around in my head for a while.  About a year ago my family and I moved from southern California to Nevada.  Who's with me when I say that socal has THE BEST Mexican food?  Especially Baja Mexican food!  So, with that being said - I have majorly been craving a good Baja fish taco! Tilapia is a really mild fish.  For those of you who don't care for seafood - this is a stepping stone fish.  It isn't very strong and it can easily be flavored to taste however you want it to.  It's a thin … [Read more...]

Citrus & Salmon Salad

I am so excited to share this recipe with you today.  It is so crazy good. I love seafood and citrus together - so this salad is a match made in heaven.  If you don't like seafood - you should!  I'm kidding.  Kind of. There are so many lovely citrus varieties now-a-days.  You can really use whatever citrus you like, but for this salad I used a naval orange, a blood orange, and a red grapefruit.  I made a simple baked salmon seasoned only with salt and pepper, and a sweet citrus honey dressing.  The combo is … [Read more...]

Honey Lime Glazed Salmon // Honey For Your Hunny Series

Each Valentine's Day my husband and I skip the restaurant scene and eat in.  We always make something a little extra special and toast with a glass of Martinellis. We love seafood, and I love that it is a fast healthy meal!  This honey lime glazed salmon will be the perfect addition to your Valentine's night in.  Or for a fast weeknight meal. The glaze is a simple honey, soy sauce, lime combo that you can whip up in minutes.  You'll have dinner on the table is under 35 minutes. Serve with a side … [Read more...]

Herb Crusted Salmon

I grew up with a family that loved to hunt and fish and camp.  I have really fond memories of fishing with my dad and then cooking up our catch for dinner.  Some have an aversion to sea food, but I kind of adore it.  It is packed with healthy omegas and leaves you satisfied without feeling like you ate a brick. I've been making this recipe every since I was a newly-wed.  Its fast and tasty, which is kind of my motto. The combination of the flakey salmon, and the seasoned, flavorful crust are a perfect harmony … [Read more...]

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

I did not grow up on the coast, instead- smack dab in the middle of the country. I did not grow up on crab legs and lobster fresh from the shore, just the occasional costco salmon. SO, with that being said, I'm not the biggest seafood lover. I tell you this,to convince you, because there are MANY of you who do not like fish, or may like it but do not want to prepare it. IF you fall in any of those categories- this meal is a great starter for you. Tilapia is very mild and in preparing this you will hardlyHARDLY  smell … [Read more...]

Cream Cheese Clam Dip

hi. I'm des. and I am scared of clams. I'm probably almost an ostraconophobia. yup thats a real word.... Ostraconophobia are people afraid of shell fish. Oysters, crab, lobster, shrimp, CLAMS. (but I'm not tooo scared of crab and shrimp.) I hate admiting that, I feel like it makes me seem weak. Shouldn't a foodie person like all food, and be fearless in the kitchen?! WELLLLL clams just ain't one of those foods I have ever really tried, therefore I'm scared of their little slimy selves. shameful. SO with that being … [Read more...]

Lemon Albacore Quinoa Salad

Do you know how to say quinoa? I'll give you a hint, it's not kwin-o-wa. It's actually keen-wah. Also, did you know that quinoa is The UN's 2013 superfood of the year? It supplies all of the nine essential amino acids, it's not a grain but a seed so it's gluten-free friendly, has twice the fiber as most grains, great source of protein (14% by weight), has twice the amount of calcium as whole wheat, and basically is just 'pure health' (as one of our friends used to say!) I've started to use quinoa instead of brown … [Read more...]

Creamy Shrimp Risotto

When I think of risotto, the immediate scene that enters my mind is one from a Hell's Kitchen episode where all the contestants were to make risotto. The judge then went around and tasted each risotto, and when he got to one particular girl, he took one bite and threw it across the room, shouting, "Risotto?! This isn't risotto! This is mushy sludge! I wouldn't feed this to my dog!!" (this is obviously edited to make it family-friendly) Cue insta-tears from said Hell's Kitchen hopeful. Risotto can be tricky to get … [Read more...]

New England Clam Chowder with Homemade Bread Bowls

The high here in Orange County actually hit below 70 degrees. Fahrenheit. I saw it approaching on my weather app a couple days ago and excitedly declared the day to the husband soup day! I asked him his most favoritest soup ever, and after a few moments of deep pondering, he decided on clam chowder in a bread bowl. Done. My Grandma Packard is from England and passed down her clam chowder recipe. My mom would make it growing up and I asked for the recipe as soon as I moved away. It really comes together in a … [Read more...]

Caribbean Salad with Spicy Salmon and Creamy Tomatillo Cilantro Dressing

I'm extremely jealous of all the adorable fall burgundies, infinity scarves, elbow patches, ankle booties, and plaid that I'm seeing all over Pinterest right now. It's still summer here in California, and an icy diet coke is one of the only ways I can cool down during a hot day of shopping an the outdoor outlets with my fellow bloggers (who am I kidding, diet cokes will always be on my menu, regardless of the outside chill factor).  So we're still eating refreshing salads up in here! One of my favorite parts is the … [Read more...]

Shrimp On The Barbie {Outback Copycat Recipe}

   I know what you're thinking - - "Another shrimp recipe, Kadee?"  I'm sorry!  I can't help it!  Shrimp is fast, flavorful, healthy, and one of my FAVORITE foods.  Don't be surprised if you see a few more of these pop up. Recently my husband and I celebrated our 7 year anniversary in Seattle, WA.  One of the things we absolutely wanted to do was go to the Pike Place Fish Market.  I'm sure you've seen the motivational videos about this place.  When you buy a fish - they throw it to the person behind the counter to … [Read more...]

Crispy Mexican Shrimp Tacos

Hello there, seafood lovers. I was making dinner today and mid-meal realized this recipe is pretty bomb and that I needed to share it.  Seriously, if you've got a hankering for some shrimpy Mexican goodness, make these quick little healthy tacos. Tomatoes, tomatillos, poblano peppers, onion, garlic are all cooked until soft in a little butter, add plenty of spices for a burst of flavor, then a quick cook of the shrimp. They won't disappoint. Frying the tortillas crisp is one of my favorite parts of the dish. … [Read more...]