Crispy blackened shrimp completes this flour tortilla taco that has julienne sliced jicama and carrots with spinach, peach salsa, and sliced avocado! 

Blackened Shrimp Tacos #TacoWeek

Earlier in the summer I made these Blackened shrimp tacos on a sunny afternoon for lunch. Every Sunday we go over to my inlaws house to visit with them, swim in the pool, and have dinner. It’s became part of our weekly routine. I try to bring over lunch or help with dinner where I can.  I typically look around my house to figure out what I have on hand. Some weekends it’s homemade grilled flatbreads our pizza. On this particular Sunday I brought over shrimp to make tacos. I used my homemade blackening seasoning to give the shrimp a little kick.
OXO Julianne Handheld Mandoline Slicer
I wanted a crunch to the tacos without putting coleslaw on it. I decided to julienne cut some jicama and carrots to give it a fresh crunchy taste. I love using the OXO Hand-held julienne slicer. It’s portable, easy-to-store, and hard root style vegetables like carrots and jicama are perfect to use on this!

Blackened Shrimp Tacos #TacoWeek

I also paired the blackened shrimp tacos with my homemade peach salsa. The sweet fruit paired well with the spice from the blackening seasoning pairs perfectly. It’s refreshing taco and light weight but full of flavor. So as the weather starts to get cooler, you can dream about the hot summer days you had by eating a few of these blackened shrimp tacos!

Blackened Shrimp Tacos #TacoWeekKatie Original Recipe

Blackened Shrimp Tacos

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 10 tacos

Blackened Shrimp Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tbsp Blackening Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Grape Seed Oil
  • 10 Soft Flour Tortillas
  • 1/2 cup Jicama, julienne
  • 1/2 cup Carrots, julienne
  • 1/2 cup Spinach, diced
  • 2 Avocados, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Peach Salsa
  • Cilantro for garnish if desired

Directions

  1. In a bowl combine, shrimp and blackening season. Heat a sauté pan on medium-high heat. Place the grape seed oil in the pan let it heat for one minute then add in the shrimp. Saute the shrimp for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the shrimp is pink in color, remove from the heat and set to the side.
  2. Prep all of your toppings for the taco's. Julienne slice the jicama and carrots, chop the spinach and thinly slice the avocado. Warm the flour tortillas just before serving (you can do this in the microwave in a damp paper towel for 15 seconds).
  3. Place a flour tortilla on a plate, layer with julienne jicama and carrots, chopped spinach, 3 cooked shrimp, sliced avocado, and a tablespoon of peach salsa. Sprinkle cilantro on top if desired. Repeat until you've made all the tacos.
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Shredded Chicken Taco Flatbread

Welcome to taco week! All week long if you search by the hashtag #tacoweek you’ll find a wide-variety of taco inspired recipes. Since I love tacos and Mexican food in general I knew I had to participate. I’m going to share some non-traditional style taco recipes this week and one that is semi-traditional. Today, I’m sharing a flatbread recipe. Wait, what? I’m sure your asking yourself  “how is that taco like…” well because I’ve turned all my favorite taco ingredients into a flatbread.

Shredded Chicken Taco Flatbread

I love turning leftovers into an entirely new meal. What’s not to love about having food already cooked, and simply waiting for you to eat it in your refrigerator. So when I have leftovers whether purposefully done (like I did for this recipe) or just laying around I like to get creative. I love making flatbreads. I feel like I can always have an easy go-to lunch when I have flatbreads on hand. So when I had leftover shredded chicken for taco’s in the refrigerator, I knew I wanted to make a Shredded Chicken Taco Flatbread.

Shredded Chicken Taco Flatbread

For this flatbread, I used Cabot Pepper Jack cheese. It gave the flatbread a nice zippy taste and worked perfectly with the other flavors of the flatbread. Whenever I make flatbreads I always make sure I reheat all the leftovers before I bake the flatbread. Sometimes I find that if I don’t do this that my flatbread looks hot and bubbly but it’s really still cold in one of the many layers. I also love using hot items and then topping with cold crisp items like freshly diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and a drizzle of cold sour cream. If you don’t have sour cream on hand definitely try using Greek yogurt. You will never know the difference.

Katie Original Recipe

Shredded Chicken Taco Flatbread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Total Time: 19 minutes

Yield: 1

Shredded Chicken Taco Flatbread

Ingredients

  • 1 Flatout Flatbread
  • 3 tbsp whipped cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup refried beans
  • 1/4 cup (leftover) shredded chicken
  • 1/4 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 3 tbsp diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lettuce, shredded
  • 2 tbsp sliced olives
  • 1 tbsp sour cream

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the oven is preheated then pre-bake the flatbread for 2 minutes.
  2. Once the flatbread is pre baked then layer on the cream cheese, followed by refried beans, shredded chicken, and pepper jack cheese. Bake the flatbread for 7 minutes. Then top with diced tomatoes, cilantro, shredded lettuce, sliced olives, and sour cream. Serve immediately.

Notes

To ensure the flatbread is piping hot I always pre-cook my leftovers before applying to the flatbread. Make sure you prep the tomatoes, lettuce, etc while the flatbread is baking in the oven.

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Homemade Breakfast Syrup

Don’t have breakfast syrup on hand? Don’t fear–make your own Homemade Breakfast Syrup in minutes!

Homemade Breakfast Syrup made in minutes!

What happens when you have a french toast casserole baking in the oven at 7:30 am on a Sunday morning, a fussy baby, a sleeping husband, and you all of a sudden realize that you don’t have any syrup to serve with the casserole? You search the internet — because clearly you can make your own homemade breakfast syrup. I read through a few recipes while my french toast casserole baked in the oven, and found one that I knew I could make with basic pantry/refrigerator items I had on hand.

Homemade Breakfast Syrup

The week prior, while grocery shopping I picked up a container of buttermilk. I love to have buttermilk on hand. It’s pretty versatile and I love to make buttermilk pancakes and waffles. I decided to use it in my french toast casserole which worked out beautifully! And then when I was reading through the recipe for this homemade breakfast syrup recipe and saw that it required one cup of buttermilk syrup I knew I was destine to make this recipe. I will say that this recipe calls for one tablespoon of corn syrup. I used it but if you don’t feel comfortable using it–don’t. You don’t have to have it and if its something you stay away from that’s ok too. Since it was only one tablespoon I felt ok using it. It’s not like we eat many products with corn syrup in it and the fact that it was one tablespoon I felt ok adding it to the recipe.

Adapted from All Recipes

Homemade Breakfast Syrup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2-1/2 cups

Homemade Breakfast Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Melt butter in saucepan on high heat, then add in the white granulated sugar, brown sugar, buttermilk, vanilla extract corn syrup and ground cinnamon. Whisk until well incorporated. Reduce heat to medium and continue to whisk on occasion. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully pour into a glass container. Use warm and serve with your favorite breakfast items.
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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cost Plus World Market. As always all opinions are my own. 

3-Ingredient Blood Orange Sangria

Y’all Fall is officially here. So why not kick off fall with a spooky sweet sangria recipe. A three ingredient sangria recipe to boot; blood orange soda, white wine, and grapes. Grapes? Why grapes, you might ask. Because I’ve made this Blood Orange Sangria in ode to Halloween and I used grapes to resemble eyeballs! I know, sounds gross, but that is kind of what Halloween is all about.

3-Ingredient Blood Orange Sangria

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year. In the past I’ve decorated my home from top to bottom and I’ve thrown parties. Those days are on hold for at least this year, but what’s not on hold is making creepy crawly Halloween food and Halloween baking.

3-Ingredient Blood Orange Sangria

If your hosting a party this Halloween I welcome you to try my recipe for 3-ingredient Blood Orange Sangria.

Hosting a party? Check out my blog post over on Sew Woodsy: 5 Tips to Host a Successful Halloween Party

Katie Original Recipe

Blood Orange Sangria

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 8 glasses

Blood Orange Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1- 25.4 fl oz bottle of Blood Orange Soda
  • 1 bottle of white wine
  • 2 dozen green or red grapes

Directions

  1. In a large drink pitcher combine the blood orange soda with the white wine. Place a few grapes in the pitcher and a few in each glass your serving. Enjoy immediately over ice.

Notes

Leave a bowl of grapes next to the pitcher of sangria for guest to help themselves to some "eyeballs".

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Book of Life Sweepstakes

My friends at World Market and Fox Studios has a fun sweepstakes for the brand new movies, The Book of Life. So, what is the Book of Life about?

An animated movie of a Romeo and Juliet-inspired love story set during a Day of the Dead celebration: Manolo (Channing) is a young matador who wants to shed the expectations of his family to follow his dreams of being a musician and his best friend, Joaquin (Diego), is the successful pride of the town. They compete for the heart of Maria (Zoe). In order to win Maria’s heart and save her life, Manolo must face his greatest fears and follow his heart to rewrite his destiny.

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Do you have a loaf of stale French bread? Try my easy recipe for Baked French Toast Casserole. It is sure to be a hit at your next breakfast or brunch!  Baked French Toast CasseroleBy now, if you read Katie’s Cucina regularly you know that I do not like to waste food in my kitchen. I’m always trying to think up ways to use up leftovers whether its a leftover meal or leftover bread. In this case, it was 3/4 of a loaf of leftover French bread. It was stale… like hard as a rock. If an intruder came into my house I could use it to beat them over the head with it. I love bread pudding but didn’t want to make bread pudding. I had pondered the idea of a baked french toast casserole for a few days. Sunday rolled around and my sweet baby boy of 5.5 months woke me up at 5:49 a.m. normally I’m grumbling at the early wake-up call. Except on this morning, I wasn’t. I was jumping for joy (and holding my fully engorged boobs as I jumped). You see, he slept the ENTIRE night for the first time in his life. A whopping 7.5 hours. STRAIGHT. No waking up for feedings, no crying in the middle of the night. All sleep.

Baked French Toast Casserole

Of course, me being the concerned new mom, my body woke me up at the 4 hour mark (which is what he normally wakes most nights), and then I woke up at the 6 hour mark. I saw him moving around so I took it upon myself to go to the bathroom before the crying began. But to my surprise when I arrived back to my bed, I looked into the video monitor, and he was still sleeping. I had to zoom in on his face to make sure that those sweet blue eyes were actually shut. And shut they were. So I laid back down and tried not to think about my engorged boobs. I contemplated for about 5 minutes if I should get up to pump or if I should just try to go back to bed. I counted to 10 took a few deep breaths and decided I would try to go back to sleep. An hour and a half later… I awoke to a bright-eyed bushy tailed little boy in his crib. Not crying… just cooing and babbling at the monitor. I imagine he is saying “mom get up–come get me out of here”.

Baked French Toast Casserole

After I nursed and then pumped, we played on the floor for a half hour before Ryder started getting cranky again. Then I nursed him again and off he slept for another 45 minutes. Once he woke the second time I placed him in the exersaucer, and preheated the oven. Turned on the coffee maker and started slicing the stale bread. I opened up my fridge and that’s when I discovered I only had 2 eggs left. I would have been forced to make french toast for breakfast any ways with just 2 eggs, but now this put my casserole plans at a hault. I decided to use tangy buttermilk that is thick and rich and it helped build the custard base. This is a much smaller portion of Baked French Toast Casserole. Most recipes you see on the web are for a giant pan full of Baked French Toast Casserole. With just a few ingredients, we had breakfast in 40 minutes. I had time to bake some bacon and make home fried breakfast potatoes. I had just 8 fresh strawberries in the fridge that desperately needed to be eaten, so I added a few to each plate. I also made homemade breakfast syrup. I’ll be sharing that recipe soon (because I was out of maple syrup–go figure).

Baked French Toast Casserole

So whether your hosting a brunch for four, or celebrating your baby sleeping through the night, I think you’ll love this recipe for Baked French Toast Casserole!

Katie Original Recipe

Baked French Toast Casserole

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4

Baked French Toast Casserole

Ingredients

  • Cooking Spray
  • 3/4 Loaf French Bread (stale), sliced 1-inch thick
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 dash Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. While oven is preheating in a large bowl mix eggs, buttermilk, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Whisk until well incorporated then set to the side.
  2. Grease 9x9 glass pan with cooking spray, then layer the stale french bread slices in three layers, overlapping bread. Pour the egg/buttermilk mixture on top and then cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 25 minutes then remove the aluminum foil and bake an additional 10 minutes until bread is golden brown.
  3. Divide the casserole into four large squares; serve with warm syrup and fresh berries if desired.
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