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Copycat Bonefish Grill bang bang shrimp sandwich

I was only introduced to Bonefish Grill Bang Bang shrimp last summer in South Carolina. Sure, the casual restaurant chain can be found at locations all over the country, but there was something about the crispy, fried shrimp and the creamy, spicy sauce that felt perfectly suited for the Deep South. During the winters, I definitely long for the flavors associated with summer, so as the snow continues to fall in the Northeast, my craving for this crunchy shrimp snack popped up, and I had to have it. With no location nearby, I went to work recreating this favorite Bonefish dish. But no matter where or when you eat it, Bang Bang Shrimp is an incredible treat. Serve it as a movie snack, as an appetizer, or all by itself. I threw mine on a delicious, fresh sandwich roll with crispy lettuce and carrot sticks. If you’re wondering how it compares — this Bang Bang…

Easy, vegetarian Mexican quinoa bowl

This dish is chockfull of so many delicious flavors. From its black beans and jalapeños to the green chilis and cumin, it’s a fun Mexican dish with a twist. It has a hint of heat and a bit of tanginess from the lime, too. It’s a great healthy alternative to taco salad. The quinoa makes this dish so filling, and the cumin and beans makes it so satisfying, you’ll never even notice meat is missing. You could even serve this mix on a bed of fresh greens for extra nutrition. vegetarian Mexican quinoa bowl Serves: about 6 Ingredients 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinse and drained 1 cup corn kernels, canned or frozen 1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed 1/2 red onion, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 can (4.5 oz), diced green chilis 1 small jalapeño, minced 2 tsp cumin 1 tsp salt + a pinch 1/4 tsp pepper 1 lime, quartered…

Watermelon salad perfect for summer

It’s unlikely that you’ll make it through the next five months without finishing a meal with watermelon juice running down your arm. Nothing says ‘warm weather is here’ quite like a thick slice of this quintessential summer fruit. You’re likely very familiar with watermelons sliced or in slushies, but chances are you’ve never had one in a salad. While it won’t go running down your sleeve, this sweet and savory, salty and spicy salad will definitely make it on your menu rotation this summer. It would also be a great dish to take to any summer get together. Watermelon is about 92 percent water and six percent sugars, but you benefit so much more than those figures let on. Adding more melon to your diet means a lots of vitamin C and A and betacarotene. Watermelons are second only to tomatoes for lycopene content — an antioxidant effective in preventing some types of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The thick-rinded fruit is also low…

Cinco de Mayo must-have recipes

The impact Mexican culture has had on the American culinary experience is undeniable.  Tacos, burritos, salsa, tortillas — they’re become mainstays in our diets. With millennials leading the way, Americans are now more adventurous in their food selections than ever before. According to market research organization Mintel, 25 percent of those who have developed a taste for an ethnic cuisine, have done so because they live in diverse neighborhoods where the flavors are readily available. Other reasons include inspiration from cookbooks, TV cooking shows and discovering flavors when traveling. The report also stated that Americans are more comfortable trying new recipes at home than they would be with a chef preparing them in a kitchen. To celebrate shared culture, country and food with our southern neighbors, here are four simple recipes to help keep your Cinco de Mayo fiesta a tasty, homegrown affair. FRESH SALSA Ingredients 14 ounce can stewed tomatoes (lightly drained) 1 small white…

Cayenne pepper brings heat to fresh beet juice blend

Short winter days have me longing for the energy that seems to come naturally during the summer months. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, consider juicing with this bright, spicy blend. Fresh juice packs the nutrients you’ll need to stay motivated during the gloomy, cold days. This one has anti-inflammatory properties from the beets, vitamin C from the citrus, immunity boosting carrots, and ginger and cayenne to help winter sinuses and sore throats. Be prepared for the lingering heat of the cayenne. It will definitely put the pep back in your step. Additionally, turmeric has been having a moment. More studies are needed to confirm, but this bright-hued spice has been said to curb heartburn, alleviate joint pain, delay diabetes, fight cancer, ward off heart attacks and even help protect the brain against Alzheimer’s. Phew! Even if one of those scientifically test true, you’re on your way to a healthier…