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Grilled Shrimp with Kumquat Avocado Salsa

Simple dishes like this Grilled Shrimp with Kumquat and Avocado Salsa, is a refreshing, impressive, and delicious recipe and a perfect example of a dish that is naturally gluten free. My parents moved into a new home recently and I saw hidden in the back of the yard on top of a hill was a kumquat tree. I immediately ran up the hill with no shoes on, a basket in hand and began to forage for fruit. Honestly, this is one of my favorite things to do. It’s beautiful magic that food comes from the earth and it is something we have become totally desensitized to. The act of picking fruit and then eating it, humbles and excites me. Of course I made a kumquat cocktail first, but was puzzled as to what to make with the rest of the fruit. I had some shrimp in the fridge so I decided those tangy little gems would go perfectly with shrimp and avocado. The sweetness of the shrimp and creaminess of the avocado are perfectly balanced by the tart and bitter bite from the kumquat.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Grilled Shrimp and Kumquat Avocado Salsa

(serves 4)
  • 24 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • zest of one lime
  • sea salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • Kumquat Avocado Salsa
  • 10 kumquats, washed and sliced thin
  • 1 large avocado, diced small
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons parsley or cilantro
  • pinch of sea salt and lots of fresh cracked pepper.
  1. In a large bowl add shrimps, garlic, shallots, parsley, olive oil, lime zest, salt and pepper. Let them marinate for at least an hour.
  2. When ready to grill, preheat grill on high for 20 minutes.
  3. While grill is preheating make the salsa. Combine the kumquats, avocado, shallot, lime juice, olive oil. parsley, sea salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Fold to combine, taste and adjust seasonings accordingly. Set aside.
  4. Next grill the shrimps on a super hot grill for about 2-3 minutes per side, making sure they get nice and charred.
  5. Place grilled shrimp on a platter and spoon salsa over it. Serve along side a light salad or rice dish. ENJOY!

Bacon and Tarragon Deviled Eggs

One of my favorite snack foods of all time are deviled eggs. I remember being a kid and being SO freaking excited when Easter rolled around because my mom would make the most delicious deviled eggs for our annual Easter bash. Kids and neighbors flocked to our home every Easter for a massive egg hunt and my mom’s killer spread of delicious food. After an afternoon of running around, frantically looking for eggs filled with candy and coins we most certainly worked up an appetite. When the food was I would dash over to the buffet and make sure I got in on the deviled egg action. I quickly shoveled 3 in my mouth before piling 4 more on my plate.


Thai Green Coconut Curry with Chicken

I am absolutely crazy for Thai food. In fact, anytime someone asks me what my favorite type of cuisine to eat, my Italian and Greek ancestors roll over in their graves as I declare “Southeast Asian” as my favorite. This category includes food from countries like, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Phillipines and Indonesia. There is something [...]


Mini Wagyu Beef and Sweet Potato Waffle Fry Sliders

It’s almost Super Bowl! This time of year leaves me with mixed feelings, yes it is the most exciting football game of the year but it also marks the end of football season. Sundays during football season just have a certain je ne sais quoi about them. Something about gathering around with friends and family, sitting on the couch all day and watching a bunch of large men in tights beat the hell out of each other over a tiny ball warms my heart.

I am always looking for new finger foods to try out while watching the game and I came across a picture on pinterest of these waffle fry sliders and was totally inspired. What ensued next was pure mouth watering, delicious bliss.

The beautiful thing about this recipe is that it is totally customizable. You can use chicken, turkey, bison, lamb or even make your own veggie burgers, or you can make little falafel patties. You can check out my recipe for falafel here.

You can top them with any type of cheese you would like. I put my goat cheese on mine, but cheddar, gruyere, havarti, swiss, brie, mozzarella….you get my point. The options are endless.

For the waffle fry, I used a short cut and baked up some frozen pre-cut/cooked fries by ALEXIA They not only have sweet potato waffle fries but they have regular white potato ones as well. waffle-cut-sweet-potato-large

I chose for my meat a grass fed wagyu beef. I am not a huge beef eater, but when I do eat red meat I make sure it’s responsibly raised. It just so happened that my local grocery store was having a sale on meat so I bought a pound of it for only $8, which is a steal when it comes to organic, grass fed meats. In turn, these burgers were born.

These are a fun, unique, and GLUTEN FREE slider. YES, because let’s be honest, I love nothing more than a slider but I can never find tiny, delicious, gluten free buns to use. (only the ones that I know of are attached to my backside…AY YO!) …sorry I had to.

The waffle fry acts as the perfect substitute for a bun. These little rascals are the perfect game day snack. They are gluten free, flavor packed, deliciously satisfying and will impress all of your friends and family.


Turkey Bolognese Sauce

Growing up in an Italian household, I have vivid memories of  standing anxiously by the stove with an empty bowl and spoon  in hand as my mom made pasta sauce. I stood there practically drooling waiting for my mom to ladle me a taste. PURE HEAVEN. I would lick my spoon until I got every [...]