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Blackberry Jalapeno Guacamole

Blackberry Jalapeno Guacamole Recipe

Oh hey there, it’s Whitney here, checking in from 40,000 feet in the air! Yay for Southwest In Flight WiFi!

I’m currently en route to Oklahoma to see my family and celebrate my future sister-in-laws bridal shower!

If you like fried chicken, steaks and cowboy hats, be sure to tune into my Instagram page & add me on Snapchat for all of the fun foodie Oklahoma pics!

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Ceviche Taco Bowls

Ceviche Taco Cups Recipe

Cinco De Mayo is just around the corner and I’m so excited because it’s one of my favorite foodie holidays!

Growing up in Oklahoma, I ate a lot of Tex-Mex. Now, living in San Diego, only 20 miles from the border of Mexico, I’ve had the opportunity to eat a lot of authentic Baja Mexican Food!

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Chili Lime Rice & Shrimp Taco Salad

Chili Lime Shrimp & Rice Taco Salad Recipe

Last weekend my Dad snapchatted me a picture whipping up Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers and Mexican Rice, with the recipes from my blog pulled up in the background.

I know what you’re thinking, yes, my Dad is on Snapchat, and yes, my Mom is on Snapchat, and yes, they’re 60 years old! This is the direct influence of having a daughter that’s a social media enthusiast and professional food blogger. Every time my parents come to visit, I give them tutorials on the latest social media channel. They get on it and suddenly I’m getting snaps from food truck festivals, football games and road trips with geotags and Snapchat filters. The moral of this story is, my parents are not normal parents, they’re cool parents! (Mean Girls reference, anyone?!)

I might not be as cool as my parents, but I do post a lot of food (shocker, I know!) travel and general shenanigans on Snapchat, so feel free to add me, WhitneyMBond, and join the party!

Now that you know all about my parents sick Snapchat game, let’s get to cooking! 😉

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Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Cumin Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Cumin Chicken Tacos Recipe

Last weekend I joined my friends at Litehouse Foods to serve up tacos & cocktails at their booth at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim.

I had so much fun meeting their team, trying new products and sharing this super simple taco recipe with the thousands of attendees at the expo!

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Watermelon Jalapeño Mojito

Watermelon Jalapeno Mojito Recipe

It’s Thuuuuursday, which means that it’s almost the weekend, and since 4th of July falls on a Saturday this year, most people have Friday off, which means it’s basically Friiiiiiiday, time to make yourself a mojito 😉

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Chorizo Tostadas with Watermelon Serrano Salsa

Chorizo Tostadas with Watermelon Serrano Salsa

Now that summer has officially arrived, I’ve been seriously craving light, refreshing dishes, and watermelon keeps coming to mind!

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Jicama Crab Tacos

Palm Breeze Vacay EverydayJicama Crab Tacos Recipe

When I think about going on vacation, I think about sitting outside somewhere warm, preferably near sand and water, with a cold, refreshing beverage in my hand and light, delicious food to eat!

When I think about a staycation, I think about that cold, refreshing beverage and light, delicious food – but enjoying them while sitting on my balcony on a random Friday night or Sunday afternoon!

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Pomegranate Mint Margarita

Pomegranate Mint Margarita Recipe

A week from today is Cinco De Mayo, it’s one of my favorite holidays to celebrate, because well… tacos and margaritas, yes please!

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Roasted Jalapeño Honey Carne Asada Sliders

Roasted Jalapeño Honey Carne Asada Sliders Recipe

I’m so excited to share this scrumptious new recipe while also introducing sweet & spicy Jalapeño Rolls, the newest product from my friends at King’s Hawaiian!

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Slow Cooked Tacos Al Pastor

Slow Cooked Tacos Al Pastor Recipe

Tacos, one of my three favorite food groups, the others being cheese and pizza, of course 😉

Tacos Al Pastor, one of my brothers favorite kind of tacos, and a recipe that he’s been requesting on LLB for a while now!

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Cilantro Lime Pesto Risotto

Cilantro Lime Pesto Risotto Recipe

Yesterday I introduced this risotto recipe when I shared the recipe for Cilantro Lime Pesto featured in this dish.

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Cilantro Lime Pesto

Cilantro Lime Pesto Recipe

A couple of weeks back I checked out San Diego restaurant, Venga Venga for the first time.

Between their infused tequilas, delicious margaritas, amazing food and great service, I was so impressed with this authentic Mexican restaurant, found just north of the Mexico border in southern San Diego.

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Pulled Pork Tamale Casserole

Pulled Pork Tamale Casserole Recipe

Let me start this post by stating two facts:

  1. Tamales are really delicious.
  2. Tamales take a while to make.

Given these two facts, I decided to combine my love of tamales with my love of simplifying recipes, and made this totally scrumptious Pulled Pork Tamale Casserole!

All the deliciousness of a tamale without having to wrap up each individual tamale!

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Creamy Sriracha Beef Enchiladas

Creamy Sriracha Beef Enchilada Recipe

It’s been an entire week since my last new recipe post on LLB! Why the long wait for a delicious new recipe you ask?! Because I took my first trip to New Orleans last week with two of my best friends!

If you follow me on Instagram you got to see all of the alligator holding (yup, that happened!) beignet eating, St Patricks Day glitter throwing, tutu wearing fun!

I loved the city and the food, and was so inspired to come home and create my own spins on beignets, shrimp and grits and jambalaya!

While this particular recipe was not inspired by my trip to New Orleans, it is a recipe I’ve been planning for a while now and I couldn’t wait to get home from my trip to whip it up!

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Mexican Chicken Salad Tacos

Mexican Chicken Salad Tacos

Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone! I hope you’re having a great day celebrating with tacos, sombreros and maybe some margaritas 😉

I started my Cinco De Mayo bright and early grilling  corn on my balcony at 6 AM (check out my Twitter for that pic!) while preparing for my appearance on San Diego 6 News.

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Crispy Avocado Vegetarian Tacos

Crispy Avocado Vegetarian Tacos

What a fantastic Thursday, two delicious new recipes on the blog, a new partnership announcement, OKC Thunder playoff basketball and it’s almost Cinco De Mayo weekend!

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Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa

Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa

Remember that time I made a simple salsa to put on top of a taco and the salsa ended up being totally amazing?  Well, you probably don’t, because that time was yesterday and you’re just hearing about it for the first time, but after this post you totally will!

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Mexican Manicotti

Mexican Manicotti Recipe

All I am thinking about right now is the fact that I wish I hadn’t eaten this entire dish by myself in a matter of 24 hours.

Needless to say, it was delicious and I want more!

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5 Minute Homemade Salsa

5 Minute Homemade Salsa

I’m kind of obsessed with making everything from scratch, taco seasoning, marinara sauce, salad dressings, and the list goes on.

I’m not crazy though, I totally understand that most people don’t have the time to make every element of a meal from scratch!

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Quinoa Crusted Mexican Chicken

Quinoa Crusted Mexican Chicken

My second most favorite thing about being a food blogger is recipe development. First is eating… obviously 😉 Read the full post here!

Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita

Avocado Melon Margarita

This Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita might be the most interesting margarita you’ll ever drink!

Avocado Margarita

Creamy avocado is combined with fresh honeydew melon for a super refreshing twist to a classic margarita!

While I was weary  of putting avocado in my margarita at first, I soon jumped on the bandwagon after trying this deliciously creamy treat, so why not jump on it with me and try something new this weekend? I promise that you will not be disappointed!

Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honeydew melon (chopped)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1 oz water

Start by pureeing together the melon and avocado.

Avocado Honeydew Melon Puree

Next, combine the puree mixture in a shaker with the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, agave nectar and water.

Avocado Honeydew Margarita

Shake and strain into glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita

Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone! Hope you have a delicious day tomorrow and don’t forget to check out our “Cinco De Mayo” board on Pinterest for tons of scrumptious food and drink recipes for the holiday!

Remember to check out our other delicious margarita recipes like Blackberry Jalapeño and Serrano Chili Mango!

Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita

Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honeydew melon (chopped)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1 oz water

Instructions

  1. Start by pureeing together the melon and avocado.
  2. Next, combine the puree mixture in a shaker with the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, agave nectar and water.
  3. Shake and strain into glass.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/05/04/avocado-honeydew-melon-margarita/

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita Recipe

It’s day 3 of “Margarita-A-Day” until Cinco De Mayo!

Cucumber Margarita

And todays margarita is so light and refreshing that it almost tastes healthy 😉

This cucumber jalapeno margarita is super fresh with a little kick, making it the perfect poolside cocktail for the warm summer months. Serve it with a side of Grilled Pineapple Tomatillo Guacamole for a happy union of two very delicious things!

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1/2 jalapeño, sliced and de-seeded
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 2 oz tequila reposado
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup ice

Start by adding the cucumber and jalapeño to a shaker, then muddle.

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

Muddled Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

Next add the lime juice, tequila, triple sec, agave nectar and ice, then shake well.

Pour into glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Cucumber Margarita Recipe

This margarita would be delicious at a fiesta with our Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers and Deconstructed Mexican Street Corn.

Fresh Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

Cucumber Jalapeno Margaritas

Cucumber Jalapeno Margaritas

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1/2 jalapeño, sliced and de-seeded
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 2 oz tequila reposado
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Start by adding the cucumber and jalapeño to a shaker, then muddle.
  2. Next add the lime juice, tequila, triple sec, agave nectar and ice, then shake well.
  3. Pour into glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/05/03/cucumber-jalapeno-margarita/

Serrano Chili Mango Margarita

Mango Chili Margarita Recipe

It’s day two of “margarita-a-day” until Cinco De Mayo and I’d like to introduce you to my friend, the Serrano Chili Mango Margarita!

Mango Margarita Recipe

Just like yesterday when we combined blackberries and jalapeños, today we’re combining another fruit with another pepper for a sweet and spicy, refreshing cocktail!

Mango Serrano Chili Margarita Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 mango (diced)
  • 1 serrano chili (de-seeded and diced)
  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup ice

Start by muddling the mango and serrano chili in a shaker.

Muddled Mango and Serrano Chilies

Add the tequila, triple sec, agave nectar and ice to the shaker.

Shake well then pour into a salt rimmed glass and garnish with a lime.

Mango Margarita

Sip this cocktail on the patio in the middle of summer to cool down and relax! I promise that you won’t be able to have just one 😉

Mango Serrano Chili Margarita

This is also the perfect drink to serve with Chips, Guacamole and Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers at a Mexican BBQ or dinner party!

Serrano Mango Margarita Recipe

 

Don’t forget to check out all of our margaritas and favorite Cinco De Mayo recipes on our Pinterest board!

Mango Serrano Chili Margarita

Mango Serrano Chili Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1/2 mango (diced)
  • 1 serrano chili (de-seeded and diced)
  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Muddle the mango and serrano chili in a shaker.
  2. Add the tequila, triple sec, agave nectar and ice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well then pour into a salt rimmed glass and garnish with a lime.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/05/02/serrano-chili-mango-margarita/

Grilled Romaine Mexican Chopped Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Southwest Grilled Romaine and Corn Salad

With Cinco De Mayo right around the corner, I feel like all I’ve been thinking about in the kitchen is Mexican, Mexican and more Mexican!

Grilled Romaine Mexican Chopped Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

From Margaritas, to Chipotle Lime Chicken, it’s been a fiesta in my house every day for the last week!

Grilled Romaine, Corn and Black Bean Salad

My inspiration for this recipe came from my desire to create a grilled romaine salad and my current obsession with Mexican food!

The result was a seriously delicious salad with several ingredients that add varying layers of texture and flavor, from creamy to crunchy and salty to smokey!

Grilled Mexican Chopped Salad Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 ear corn
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 3 hearts of romaine lettuce
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1 avocado (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/2 cup corn tortilla strips

Honey Lime Salad Dressing Ingredients

Ingredients (Honey Lime Dressing)

  • 1 garlic clove (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Prepare the salad dressing by placing the garlic, jalapeño and cilantro in a blender or food processor.

How to Make Honey Lime Dressing

Next, add the olive oil, honey, dijon mustard and ground ginger.

Honey Lime Salad Dressing Recipe

Blend into a smooth consistency.

Homemade Honey Lime Salad Dressing

I’m not going to say that this is the best salad dressing ever, but, ok, maybe I am.

I actually took a flour tortilla and dipped it in the dressing just to prevent myself from eating it with a spoon!

Now before you eat up all the dressing before the salad is even prepared, place the dressing in the refrigerator to chill.

Next, heat a grill to medium and place the corn, red bell pepper and jalapeño on the grill.

Grilled Vegetables for Salad

Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, then rotate until all sides of the corn are lightly browned and the skin on the bell pepper and jalapeño begin to blacken, then remove them from the grill and add the romaine hearts.

Grilled Romaine Lettuce

Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side or until the lettuce begins to wilt.

Remove from the grill, chop the lettuce then add it to a large bowl.

Chopped Grilled Romaine Salad

Next, remove the grilled corn from the cob and place it on top of the salad.

Grilled Romaine and Corn Salad

Peel the red bell pepper and jalapeño, chop the peppers then add them to the salad with the black beans and tomatoes.

Black Bean Mexican Chopped Salad

Toss the salad, then top with the avocado, cilantro, goat cheese and tortilla strips.

Remove the salad dressing from the refrigerator and drizzle on top.

Chopped Mexican Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Toss well and serve.

Grilled Romaine Chopped Salad

This is now my new favorite salad!  Such a great combination of so many amazing things!

Southwest Chopped Salad Recipe

Mexican Chopped Salad

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Grilled Southwest Salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 2 (as meal) - 4 (as side dish)

Grilled Southwest Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 ear corn
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 3 hearts of romaine lettuce
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1 avocado (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/2 cup corn tortilla strips
  • Honey Lime Dressing
  • 1 garlic clove (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup Enzo Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Instructions

  1. Prepare the salad dressing by placing the garlic, jalapeño and cilantro in a blender or food processor.
  2. Next, add the olive oil, honey, dijon mustard and ground ginger.
  3. Blend into a smooth consistency.
  4. Place the dressing in the refrigerator to chill.
  5. Heat a grill to medium and place the corn, red bell pepper and jalapeño on the grill.
  6. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, then rotate until all sides of the corn are lightly browned and the skin on the bell pepper and jalapeño begin to blacken, then remove them from the grill and add the romaine hearts.
  7. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side or until the lettuce begins to wilt.
  8. Remove from the grill, chop the lettuce then add it to a large bowl.
  9. Next, remove the grilled corn from the cob and place it on top of the salad.
  10. Peel the red bell pepper and jalapeño, chop the peppers then add them to the salad with the black beans and tomatoes.
  11. Toss the salad, then top with the avocado, cilantro, goat cheese and tortilla strips.
  12. Remove the salad dressing from the refrigerator and drizzle on top.
  13. Toss well and serve.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/05/02/grilled-romaine-mexican-chopped-salad/

Blackberry Jalapeno Margarita

Fresh Blackberry Margarita

Get your sombreros and shot glasses ready, it’s just 5 days until Cinco De Drinko Mayo!

Blackberry Jalapeño Margaritas

What better way to celebrate the holiday than with a fresh, flavorful margarita!  That’s why I’m giving you a new margarita recipe every day until Cinco De Mayo!

Fresh Blackberry Margarita

Today’s margarita is sweet, spicy and vibrant in color, great for celebrating with a delicious bowl of chips and guacamole!

Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4-5 blackberries
  • 1/2 jalapeño (de-seeded and sliced)
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 3 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup ice

Begin by muddling the blackberries and jalapeños in the bottom of a shaker.

Fresh Jalapeño Blackberry Margarita

Muddled Jalapeño Blackberry Margarita

Next add the ice, tequila, lime juice and agave nectar.

Fresh Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita

Shake well, then pour into a glass and garnish with a blackberry and jalapeño slice.

Fresh Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita

Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita

Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Blackberry Jalapeno Margarita

Blackberry Jalapeno Margarita

Ingredients

  • 4-5 blackberries
  • 1/2 jalapeño, sliced and de-seeded
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 3 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Begin by muddling the blackberries and jalapeños in the bottom of a shaker.
  2. Next add the ice, tequila, lime juice and agave nectar.
  3. Shake well, then pour into a glass and garnish with a blackberry and jalapeño slice.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/05/01/blackberry-jalapeno-margarita/

Chili Lime Garlic Grilled Shrimp

Grilled shrimp is marinated in a chili lime garlic sauce then cooked on the grill for an easy recipe made in 30 minutes!

Chili Lime Garlic Grilled Shrimp

Yay!!  My first dinner post!! So unfortunately my roomie Nick is moving back to Boston on Tuesday, but fortunately that gave us a great excuse to plan a little going-away dinner for him this weekend that involved surf-and-turf!

Now if you would have asked me 5 years ago what surf-and-turf was I would have probably said some sort of exercise but after venturing in to the seafood world about 3 years ago… yes New Years Day 2009 was my first time to eat anything out of the water IN MY LIFE!  No salmon, no shrimp, no lobster, not even my favorite… crab until this fateful day in 2009! I don’t know how I lived before crab legs, lobster rolls and one of my favorite  things I’ve ever made… Chili-Lime-Garlic Grilled Shrimp!

Chili Lime Garlic Grilled Shrimp

Now there’s still that fishy (get it, fishy, haha) story out there that my parents always try to tell me about how I ate fish sticks from Hardee’s when I was about 9 years old because I thought they were chicken strips, but all the same, for the purpose of this post we’ll say my first fish experience was in 2009 (besides I don’t know if you can consider fish sticks from Hardee’s really fish!)

Back to the dinner…so, as soon as the boys (my two roommates) decided on surf-and-turf for dinner I knew I had to make these grilled shrimp.  I made them once before on Father’s Day this year and they were to-die-for!

Garlic Chili Lime Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 15-20 large shrimp (peeled & deveined)

Place all of the above ingredients, except the shrimp, in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.

Garlic Chili Lime Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for 15 minutes.

Grill the shrimp for app. 3 minutes on each side.

Garlic Chili Lime Grilled Shrimp Recipe

They can also be grilled indoors in a cast iron skillet.

Chili Lime Garlic Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Now these little shrimpies are ready to come off the grill and get in my belly!

Chili Lime Garlic Grilled Shrimp

I finished off the meal by throwing in the leftover creamy orzo from Wednesdays lunch with some crispy veggies and some grilled corn on the cob and we had a serious feast going on!

Fast forward almost 4 years later to April 2015, and I made this Cilantro Lime Pesto Risotto, then topped it with this shrimp, so delicious!

Cilantro Lime Pesto Risotto with Chili Lime Shrimp

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten-free soy sauce to make this recipe gluten-free.

Chili Lime Garlic Grilled Shrimp

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 15-20 grilled shrimp

Chili Lime Garlic Grilled Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 15-20 large shrimp
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place all of the above ingredients (except the shrimp) in a bowl and whisk together to combine.
  2. Add the shrimp and toss to coat.
  3. Place in the refrigerator and marinate for 15 minutes.
  4. Grill the shrimp for app. 3 minutes on each side.
http://whitneybond.com/2011/08/28/chili-lime-garlic-grilled-shrimp/

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