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This salad has a surprise ingredient: pasta!
Pasta isn’t a salad ingredient that you typically see here in the northeast. The only other time I’ve seen it was when I was in Minnesota last spring, and from what I can tell it’s a midwest thing. I kind of love it though! It adds a nice chewy component to the salad and bulks it up to make it more filling – in fact, that one little bowl was more than enough for me for dinner.
Jerk seasoning is one of my secret weapons for nights that I want big flavor but don’t feel like spending a ton of time in the kitchen. With it’s bold combination of allspice, scotch bonnet peppers, and cinnamon perk up just about anything! Rub it on some pork chops and throw them on the grill or use it as a marinade for smoked jerk chicken thighs – it’s basically my favorite flavor of summer.
For these jerk chicken tacos, I poach chicken thighs in a citrusy jerk marinade before topping them off with pepper jack cheese and a pineapple-avocado salsa. The sweet salsa and creamy cheese balances out the heat of the chicken for a sweet and spicy taco that we love!
Baked taquitos are one of my absolute favorite things to make – and eat! Roll just about anything into a tortilla (chicken and spinach? buffalo chicken?), add a little cheese, and bake it until it’s crisp and it’s pretty much guaranteed to be awesome.
These summer vegetable taquitos are my favorite version yet, and I’m so excited that I can finally share them with you! It’s perfect timing, too: summer product is at its peak right now, and these really take advantage of all those vegetables and highlight it in a new way.
Plus, if you’re up to your ears in zucchini, this will take two of them off your hards. That’s right – no need for zucchini bread this week!
(You can also adjust the filling based on whatever vegetables are in season. In the winter, try substituting mushroom and kale for the zucchini and spinach.)
Albany is so far behind the times when it comes to food trends. I think the FroYo trend finally hit its peak here this summer – what, five years late? Food trucks are just starting to gain popularity, but there are still no Korean tacos in sight. At the going rate, I figure we still have two years or so before they start making an appearance. (Korean in general is tricky to find, although there is a decent place to get bi bim bap.)
Luckily I’m pretty good at reverse engineering the flavors that I’ve had when I’ve visited other, more on-the-ball places. Sometimes I even get paid to do it. (Yup, this is another one of the recipes I put together for Old El Paso.)
This Cajun chicken pasta takes me back to the 90′s. I feel like there used to be some variation of it on the menu of every casual dining restaurant, but I haven’t had anything like it in years!
The inspiration for this recipe comes from Amy at Fearless Homemaker, who I was paired up with for this month’s Secret Recipe Club. Her photos of this dish looked so amazing that I simply had to make it right away!