Spicy Grilled Fish Tacos

Spicy Grilled Fish Tacos

Spicy Fish Tacos- Perfect for Serving Buffet Style at Your Next Dinner Party

These Spicy Grilled Fish Tacos are marinated in a lime juice and chili powder, and grilled to perfection.  Serve them with a spiced yogurt sauce, cherry tomatoes, and avocado.

You know what I miss in the winter?  Sunshine, specifically, but also that woodsy, delicious smell of food cooking on a charcoal grill.  I love how it wafts into my kitchen from the open door, filling my entire apartment with tantalizing promises of a scrumptious dinner.  At the first signs of spring, we break out our heavy metal grill and start cooking.  One meal that’s really at its best on a grill is Spicy Grilled Fish Tacos.

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Lemon Roasted Asparagus

Lemon Roasted Asparagus

Lemon Roasted Asparagus - Simple, Fast, + Vegan

If you’ve been smiling at the warmer weather forecasts, grinning at the flowering trees, and popping allergy pills like crazy, you too may be enjoying spring.  You know what else is fantastic in the spring?  Asparagus.  When you aren’t dodging water puddles, realizing you forgot your umbrella in the car, and debating on how to dress when it’s frigid in the morning and downright hot in the afternoon, you should be eating asparagus.  It’s in season right now, and its crisp green goodness is the perfect addition to any springtime meal.  If you’re looking for a simple and quick way to prepare your asparagus– this Lemon Roasted Asparagus is just about as easy and delicious as you can get.

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Buffalo Cauliflower Wraps

Buffalo Cauliflower Wraps

Buffalo Cauliflower Wraps - Easy, Vegan, + Fast

If you, like me, are welcoming spring with open arms, and have abandoned steaming bowls of soup and other winter-esque foods until cold weather returns, you may find yourself scrambling to remember how to cook lighter and fresher meals.  In between swapping out heavy sweaters and boots for rain coats and t-shirts, you, like me, may end up at the market, staring at all the fresh spring produce.  It’s possible you’ll fill your grocery bags with all the fresh vegetables you can find, and then find yourself staring at piles of asparagus, avocados, bell peppers, and tomatoes, unsure how to proceed.  Yes, you could make a salad– salads are delicious– but salad every single day could be boring.  Plus, it’s still chilly at night, and a little warmth would be nice.  Try making these Buffalo Cauliflower Wraps.  They’re filled with roasted, flavorful cauliflower, and piled up with whatever fresh veggies you want.

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Basil Pesto Salmon

Basil Pesto Salmon

Easy Basil Pesto Salmon- all you need is salmon, pesto, and seasoning.

I’ve been eating ridiculous amounts of salmon recently.  I just can’t stop myself– it’s delicious.  It’s flavorful, flaky, and filling.  Salmon is an easy and quick main dish on a busy night.  However, as amazingly tantalizing as perfectly cooked salmon is, it is also incredibly easy to overcook and dry out.  Few things in life are sadder, my friend, than hard, dry salmon.  (Okay sure, that’s not true.  A ruined dinner, however, is always a minor tragedy).  One way to make sure your salmon stays tender is to smother it in pesto.  That’s right- whether you make your own or buy it pre-made, this herb-filled sauce will lock in the salmon’s natural moisture and help make your fish perfect.  This recipe for Basil Pesto Salmon has 5 ingredients (6 if you include the lemons) and is incredibly flavorful.  My favorite part, the best part, is that it’s ready in 15 minutes.

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Eggplant Parmesan

Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Baked Eggplant Parmesan. A little less cheese, a few more veggies, and baked eggplant instead of fried.

The grass is green again,  flowers are blooming, and the vegetable section at the market is beginning to look healthier and more vibrant.  That’s right- it’s spring!  It’s time to put away that slow cooker, and remember how to use your vegetables in something other than soup.  One veggie-centric recipe I love devouring is Baked Eggplant Parmesan.  Fairly often, this dish is served with fried eggplant and more cheese than vegetables.  I prefer to bake the eggplant, use a little less cheese, and throw in a few extra veggies.

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Quinoa Bean Burger

Quinoa Bean Burgers

Vegan Quinoa Bean Burgers- 9 ingredients, 25 minutes

Have you tried making your own veggie burgers?  Veggie burgers and bean burgers are fairly easy to find pre-made, so you might have written off making your own.  That said, the pre-made frozen patties can range anywhere from ‘highly tasty and fairly nutritious’ to ‘bland hockey-puck-like-disks that require cheese and toppings to mask the flavor (or lack there-of).’  Plus, anyone who eats pre-made veggie burgers on a normal basis can probably relate to the struggle of trying to pry apart the little frozen disk-like patties that have, inevitably, become fused together in the package.  (If, dear reader, you happen to work for a veggie burger mogul, please recommend separating the patties in the packaging.  Please.)  Instead of buying your burgers pre-made, try making them yourself!  These Quinoa Bean Burgers are incredibly easy, quick, and delicious.  Best of all, they only have 9 ingredients!

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This Lemon Spinach Pasta with Mushrooms is a vegan-friendly dinner that's ready in about 20 minutes!

Lemon Spinach Pasta with Mushrooms

This Lemon Spinach Pasta with Mushrooms is a vegan-friendly dinner that's ready in about 20 minutes!

Lemon Spinach Pasta with Mushrooms

This Lemon Spinach Pasta with Mushrooms is a vegan-friendly dinner that’s ready in about 20 minutes!  

Who says healthy, delicious meals have to be time consuming?  I like to have several recipes that are incredibly easy and fast for nights when I simply do not have the time for a complicated dinner.  My goal for these recipes is that they take less time to prepare and make than it would take me to preheat the oven and cook a frozen pizza- about 20 minutes.  This recipe for Lemon Spinach Pasta is ready in about the time it takes you to make the pasta, because almost everything else is done while the pasta is cooking.  Simply heat water for pasta, add the pasta, and wilt your spinach into the garlic and lemon mixture while the pasta cooks.  Then, stir your cooked pasta together with the spinach mixture and add some shaved Parmesan cheese.  Simple and delicious.

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Chickpea Sloppy Joe

Chickpea Sloppy Joe

Chickpea Sloppy Joe: A Vegan Version of a Classic. Ready in 15 minutes

Oh, the Sloppy Joe.  This messy, tomato sauce and beef sandwich was a school lunch favorite, and honestly, that alone should probably convince me to never touch it again.  I do, however, remember it fondly, and was thrilled when I saw a vegetarian chickpea version on the menu at a local cafe.  As delicious as their sandwich was, it didn’t taste like a Sloppy Joe– the sauce was different.  To make a more accurate vegetarian Sloppy Joe, you could, of course, just go buy a can of Manwich and add chickpeas.  Yes, you could do that.  However, if you’re trying to avoid the dreaded High Fructose Corn Syrup, as well as pre-made food with hard-to-pronounce ingredients, you might prefer to make your own sauce.  This vegan Chickpea Sloppy Joe is delicious, simple, and takes about 15 minutes start to finish.

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Lemon Risotto

Gourmet Special: Lemon Risotto

Do you need a fancy recipe for date night?  A romantic dinner for two?  Are your in-laws or boss coming over for dinner, and you need to impress?  Periodically, Champagne Tastes will be featuring ‘Gourmet’ recipes.  These will still be budget friendly and relatively simple, but will help you confidently serve a gourmet meal without hiring a chef.

How do you feel about rice?  Have you given that much thought?  (I can’t be the only one fixating on rice… right?)  Personally, I think rice is delicious.  I even love plain old white rice– add a little butter, pepper, and soy sauce– and you have an easy, if somewhat bland, side dish or snack. However, my favorite rice, the star of rice dishes, the rice dish that is not simply a background for your main dish, is risotto.

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Red Wine Pasta Sauce

Cooking 101: Red Wine Pasta Sauce

Red Wine Pasta Sauce- Easy to make, and ready by the time your pasta is done cooking!

Do you wish you could take a basic cooking class?  Do you find yourself buying lots of pre-made ingredients, but suspect your food would taste even better from scratch?  Periodically, Champagne Tastes will be featuring ‘Cooking 101’ recipes.  These cooking staples will take your food to the next level, and will help you make more ingredients from scratch.

Do you ever find yourself with less than 30 minutes to make dinner?  Of course you do.  When this happens to me, I usually find myself making some kind of pasta.  I even convince myself I’m saving time by starting the water boiling process in my electric kettle.  (I’m pretty sure this does NOT save me time, because I have to do this in two batches.  I do it anyway, and that’s okay).  This Red Wine Pasta Sauce is an easy, flavorful addition to a quick weeknight meal.

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