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Spicy Spring Salmon with Mango Salsa

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Finally it seems like the weather is starting to warm up a bit and I am already getting excited for spring. One of my favorite things about spring is all the vibrant colors as flowers start to bloom. I draw inspiration from this by incorporating colorful ingredients into my cooking. This Spicy Spring Salmon with Mango Salsa with Texas Pete® ​Original Hot Sauce is a perfect example of a fun, colorful, delicious dish that’s perfect for spring.

Spicy Spring Salmon with Mango SalsaMy favorite part of this dish is the spicy mango salsa. It hits all of the flavor notes; It’s savory, sweet, tangy, spicy and pairs very well with salmon. The star of this mango salsa is the hot sauce dressing. It provides the perfect contrast to the sweetness of the mango. A hot sauce dressing is a bit edgy, but I’m all for experimenting with flavors in the kitchen. I used Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce for this dish as it has the perfect amount of heat, has bold flavor and is the best way to spice up any meal. We use Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce on everything, including take out and delivery meals, which have become the norm these days.

 How to Make a Spicy Mango Salsa

Mango SalsaDice and chop vegetables and fruit; Mango, Persian Cucumber, Sweet Peppers, Red Onion, Cilantro into equally sized small pieces. Cover and set aside in the refrigerator.

Texas Pete Original Hot SauceMix dressing ingredients: Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce, fresh lime juice, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, Agave nectar, garlic, olive oil, chives in a small bowl and set aside.

Spicy Spring SalmonSear salmon on the stove top and finish it off in the oven. While salmon is cooking in the oven, remove salsa from fridge and mix with a little of the dressing. Remove salmon from oven, plate and top with salsa. Drizzle more dressing over the salsa when ready to serve.

Spicy Spring Salmon with mango salsa

Mango Salsa with Texas Pete Hot SauceThe beauty of this spicy spring salmon is that you can serve it with many side dishes. We served ours with grilled Romaine lettuce wedges for a light lunch but you can easily swap the lettuce with rice, quinoa or roasted baby potatoes.

If you would like to try Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce, just click the Texas Pete® locator link to find a store near you where it’s sold. If you’re worried about venturing into store right now, you can easily purchase the sauce from one of their many locations using a grocery delivery services.

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Spicy Spring Salmon with Mango Salsa
This Spicy Spring Salmon dish with Mango Salsa is fun, colorful, delicious and great for the warmer weather.
Spicy Spring Salmon with mango salsa
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 18 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Dressing
  • 1/4 Cup Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped chives
  • 1 Clove Fresh Garlic Minced
  • 1 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tsp Agave Nectar
Broiled Salmon
  • 2 Fillets Salmon
  • 1 Tsp Barbecue Spice Rub
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mango Salsa
  • 1 large Ripe Mango Diced
  • 1 Medium Persian Cucumber Diced
  • 4 Small Sweet Red and Yellow Peppers Diced
  • 1/2 Small Red Onion Diced
  • 1 Handful Fresh Cilantro Chopped
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 18 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Dressing
  • 1/4 Cup Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped chives
  • 1 Clove Fresh Garlic Minced
  • 1 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tsp Agave Nectar
Broiled Salmon
  • 2 Fillets Salmon
  • 1 Tsp Barbecue Spice Rub
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mango Salsa
  • 1 large Ripe Mango Diced
  • 1 Medium Persian Cucumber Diced
  • 4 Small Sweet Red and Yellow Peppers Diced
  • 1/2 Small Red Onion Diced
  • 1 Handful Fresh Cilantro Chopped
Spicy Spring Salmon with mango salsa
Instructions
  1. Dice mango salsa ingredients; mango, cucumber, sweet peppers, red onions, cilantro and set aside in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees and heat up a pan to medium-high heat.
  3. Season salmon with barbecue rub, add a bit of olive oil to hot pan and sear for about 3 minutes on each side. Finish cooking salmon in the oven for another 9 minutes.
  4. Mix all dressing ingredients; Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce, lemon juice, lime juice, lemon zest, chives, garlic, olive oil, agave nectar. Add a tablespoon of the sauce to the diced veggies and set the rest of the sauce aside.
  5. Remove Salmon from oven, serve warm topped with the spicy salsa. Drizzle more dressing over the salsa as desired.

Easy Weeknight Meals with Kevin’s Sauces

If you are looking for easy and delicious weeknight meals I have two perfect recipes for you. Taco bowls with ground beef and a Thai coconut sauce with chicken & veggies. Both meals are so tasty anyone will enjoy them. They are also Keto and Paleo friendly which is a plus.

Easy Weeknight Meals with Kevin's Sauces

Last week I wrote about Kevin’s Sauces which quickly became a regular in our kitchen. I normally do not like packaged sauces but Kevin’s sauces are so good and are very comparable to what you can get in some restaurants. As an advocate for clean eating, I am happy to support a company whose mission is to empower the busiest people to eat clean without sacrificing flavor. 

Thai coconut sauce with chicken and veggies

Easy Weeknight Meals with Kevin's Sauces

Thai coconut sauce with chicken and veggies

This Thai inspired dish is so comforting and absolutely delicious. Kevin’s Thai Coconut sauce is made with yummy ingredients like coconut milk, lemongrass, ginger and spices. I added Juicy chicken thighs, green beans, carrots seasonal ingredients like kabocha squash.  The combination worked really well with all of the different flavors complementing each other. My husband likes his food very spicy so I added some chili flakes for heat and served it with cauliflower rice. 

How to make easy Thai coconut sauce with chicken and veggies 
  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper
  2. Add olive oil to a hot pan and cook chicken till lightly browned and almost cooked through; about 10 mins. 
  3. Add freshly minced onion, garlic and ginger to chicken and cook for another 2 minutes
  4. Add kabocha squash, carrots and Kevin’s That Coconut Sauce. 
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 mins
  6. Add green beans and simmer another 5 minutes. 

Recipe Notes: Serve with cauliflower rice if following a keto or paleo diet. This dish goes really well with jasmine rice as well. If you like it a little spicy add some chili flakes. 

Taco bowls with ground beef

On busy weeknights you can’t go wrong with Taco bowls. They are quick, easy and packed with fresh and healthy ingredients. I used Kevin’s Classic Taco Sauce to give the ground beef the delicious classic taco taste that we all love. The sauce includes flavors from roasted poblano chilies, garlic, onion, tomato and spices. 

The beauty of taco bowls is you can use any of your favorite ingredients. I used cauliflower rice instead regular rice. I topped it with sliced red bell peppers, red onions, cherry tomatoes, diced Persian cucumber, avocado, romaine lettuce and cilantro. The possibilities are endless and this is a good dish to make if you are trying to use up veggies in your fridge.  

How to Make Taco bowls with ground beef
  1. Season ground beef with salt and pepper. 
  2. Add grape seed oil to a hot pan; add the ground beef and cook for about 5 minutes. 
  3. Reduce heat, add Kevin’s Classic Taco Sauce and simmer for 2 minutes. 
  4. Place cauliflower rice in a bowl, top with the ground beef and veggies including romaine lettuce, red onions, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, cucumber and avocado. 

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This recipe is my submission for the  #kevinsrecipechallenge and the product was given to me for free. All opinions and content in this post are completely mine alone. 

Hearty Vegetable Curry Recipe

This vegetable curry is super simple and awesome for meatless Monday. You can add any veggies you have on hand which is good especially if you are trying to use up vegetables that are getting bad. Initially I wanted to make Aloo Gobi which is an Indian dish with cauliflower and potatoes but realized I did not have enough potatoes so decided to do a mix of cauliflower, potatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes. It came out great and was exactly what the doctor ordered for a fall dinner. 

Hearty Vegetable Curry RecipeWhen is comes to vegetarian dishes Indian food has some of the best dishes from saag paneer, Malai kofta to Daal and more. There are just so many options. I have met a few people that do not like curry and I have never understood why as the flavors are amazing. I for one love super flavorful food and Indian food is one of the cuisines at the top of the chain in that regard. The food doesn’t have to be overly spicy and can be cooked to your liking so I recommend trying it.

I was mad at myself for forgetting to add the peas I had in the freezer however I still loved the end result. Some spinach too would have been a great addition but the beauty of this recipe is that you can use any ingredients and it is delicious either way. We served it with herbed basmati rice and the meal lasted the hubby and I 2 days which worked out great for the busy week night. 

Hearty Vegetable Curry Recipe

Hearty Vegetable Curry Recipe
A delicious vegetable curry perfect for a cold fall dinner
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cauliflower head, chopped into large florets
  2. 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into half
  3. 2 medium sweet potatoes cut into large cubes.
  4. 2 large carrots sliced into large pieces
  5. 1 cup frozen green beans chopped
  6. 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  7. 2 medium yellow onions chopped into medium sized pieces
  8. 5 cloves fresh garlic minced
  9. 1 large piece of fresh ginger, about 2 tablespoons minced
  10. 1 lime, juiced and zested
  11. 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  12. 1 tbsp ground coriander
  13. 2 tsp teaspoon ground cumin
  14. 3 tsp curry powder
  15. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  16. 2 tbsp coconut oil
  17. 2 cups chicken broth
  18. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large pot.
  2. Add onions and cook for about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add the garlic, ginger and cook for another minute.
  3. Add the curry, cumin, turmeric, coriander, cayenne and stir for half a minute. Add diced tomatoes and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Raise the heat to medium-high, add the chicken broth and potatoes. Cook for 10 minutes till potatoes are halfway cooked
  5. Add the remaining vegetables, season with salt and pepper and reduce the heat to medium low. cover and simmer until the vegetables are cooked but still firm about 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in the lime juice and zest; cook for 2 minutes more. Turn heat off, let stand for 5 minutes before serving and garnish with cilantro.
Notes
  1. This dish is perfect served with Basmati rice or naan bread
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What are your favorite vegetarian dishes? Do you like curry? I would like to hear from you in the comment sections below!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more inspiration and to get snippets of my ever so fabulous life (just kidding) I love to share recipe ideas and share my various meal experiences on the gram. 

The Crispiest Sriracha Fried Chicken Recipe

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Forget all the complicated tricks you have been told will give you the crispiest fried chicken. I have the secret, and I am sharing it with you today! It is pretty easy and is probably something you have in your pantry already…Argo® Corn Starch! Instead of using flour only, using a half and half split of flour and Argo® Corn Starch will help give you the crispiest fried chicken that is juicy on the inside and crispy and airy on the outside. The Argo® Corn Starch is what will make your fried chicken recipe outstanding.

For our secret ingredient, the only brand I use is Argo® Corn Starch because it is the best and leading corn starch brand with over 100 years of quality and trust over multiple generations. The Argo® yellow container with the blue lid is so familiar and can be found in most households. Argo® Corn Starch is naturally gluten free, which is great for those following a gluten free diet. Most people know corn starch mainly as a thickening ingredient for sauces, but it has other uses in addition to making the crispiest chicken. Here are other ways to use corn starch:

  1. Corn starch is a good binding agent for baked goods. It is the glue that holds desserts together including puddings, cookies, and pies.
  2. Coating marinated meat or veggies with corn starch is a popular technique in Asian cooking, as it helps give the meat a nice crisp, velvet texture very quickly.
  3. Adding Argo® Corn Starch to your sheet pan tofu before cooking will make it nice and crunchy on the outside. This is great when making a tofu salad or rice bowl.
  4. Use it when making ice cream. Yes, Argo® Corn Starch can be added to homemade ice cream recipes too. Adding Argo® Corn Starch to an ice cream mix helps bind the ingredients, prevents ice crystals forming and creates a smoother ice cream texture.

The Crispiest Sriracha Fried Chicken Recipe

Fried chicken is such a great treat, and when it is homemade, you can control what goes in it and how it is made. This crispiest chicken recipe can be baked, deep fried, or air fried. For this recipe, we use an air fryer instead of deep frying in oil for lower fat content. The chicken is marinated in buttermilk and Sriracha sauce, dipped in an egg wash, then coated with the 50% Argo® Corn Starch and 50% flour combination, mixed with garlic powder, onion powder, dried herbs and paprika. It is very simple. You can get your crispiest chicken with Argo® Corn Starch.

  1. The Crispiest Sriracha Fried Chicken Recipe
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    Total Time
    50 min
    Total Time
    50 min
    Ingredients
    1. 2 pounds chicken thighs and drumsticks
    2. 1 cup buttermilk
    3. 1/4 cup Sriracha sauce
    4. 1/2 cup Argo® Corn Starch​
    5. 1/2 cup all purpose flour
    6. 2 tsp smoked paprika
    7. 2 tsp garlic powder
    8. 2 tsp onion powder
    9. 1 tsp dried Italian herbs
    10. 1 large egg
    11. 1 tablespoon water
    Instructions
    1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and then add it to a large plastic bag. Whisk the buttermilk, half the spices and Sriracha sauce together, pour into plastic bag, close it tight and shake it, making sure all chicken pieces are covered with the buttermilk. Let it sit for at least an hour or overnight.
    2. When ready to cook, whisk together the flour, salt, Argo® Corn Starch​, and remaining spices in a shallow bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and water until combined.
    3. Remove chicken from the buttermilk mix and slowly dip each piece into the egg wash first and then the flour mix. Shake each piece gently to remove excess flour and Argo® Corn Starch​ and then place on a cooling rack for five minutes.
    4. Place in air fryer and cook for at least 30 minutes at about 375 degrees F until chicken is fully cooked with a nice crispy golden brown color.
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 Be sure to visit Argo® Corn Starch for more inspiration. ​

How to make a burger meal like a Pro

One of the best feelings is when you bite into a juicy burger when you are hungry. I don’t know what it is that makes burgers so popular. Perhaps its the combination of carbs, protein, leafy greens and a delicious sauce that creates a party in your mouth. Burgers are good in all forms, from vegetarian black bean burgers to all beef cheese burgers. There is no denying that burgers are one of the best food creations.

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