Thai Guacamole

Thai Guacamole. This spin on guac will bring you from the south of the border to southeast Asia! You'll love this fusion dip. | hostthetoast.com

In an effort to incorporate guacamole into as many of my meals as possible, I decided to get my fusion on.

Thai dishes feature a lot of similar flavors as Mexican, surprisingly, making them great candidates for combination. Cilantro, hot peppers, green onion, garlic, cumin, and lime are just a few examples of shared ingredients, and wouldn’t you know it, they’re all ingredients that I typically use in my guac.

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Jalapeño Queso Blanco Creamed Spinach

Jalapeño Queso Blanco Creamed Spinach. Whether you serve it as a dip or a side dish you're going to fall in love with this Mexican-inspired recipe. | hostthetoast.com

First things first: does this really count as creamed spinach? How much cheese does one have to add until you leave creamed spinach territory and it becomes something else entirely? I really don’t know. I’m not an expert on that southern side dish, but one thing I know for sure is that this is absolutely delicious, so call it what you will but make sure you eat it. All of it.

It shouldn’t be hard because I, for one, lose all self-control when I make a batch of Jalapeño Queso Blanco Creamed Spinach. It’s mostly green so we’ll just write it off as being healthy. Nope! No. Do not try to convince me otherwise.

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Chipotle-Pineapple Fish Tacos with Rainbow Pepper Slaw

Chipotle-Pineapple Fish Tacos with Rainbow Pepper Slaw.  These easy-to-make fish tacos are a little spicy , a little sweet, and ultra-delicious. Use tilapia, mahi-mahi, cod, or any white flaky fish! | hostthetoast.com

Last summer, I surprised myself by falling in love with fish tacos. After making Blackened Fish Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Sauce on a whim, I swore that I’d never make fish tacos another way again, because as they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

But just a year later, I was putting away a bag of bright mini bell peppers, minding my own business, and I started having intrusive thoughts about how freaking awesome they’d look on tacos. Mix them with red cabbage! I thought. Add in some jalapenos!

Marinate the fish in chipotles and pineapple juice. Okay, okay. I mean how could I push that idea out of my head? Spicy, sweet, crunchy, easy, and seriously colorful… you just can’t fight that. Why would you want to?

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Cuban Caesar Salad

Cuban Caesar Salad. This twist on the classic Caesar features tostones, avocado, manchego cheese, and a zesty dressing that I can't get enough of. | hostthetoast.com

Do you have one classic dish that you simply can’t get enough of? One that you will order, without fail, every time you go out? If so, welcome to the club. James and I have eaten Caesar Salad at least once a week for the past… I don’t know… two years? Yeah, I’m serious.

In fact, I often try to find ways to incorporate Caesar Salad into my meals when I’m not eating Caesar Salad. I’ll put a Caesar spin on brussels sprouts. I’ll eat Chicken Caesar Pizza. I’ll lay a coat of Caesar dressing on things it clearly doesn’t belong on. I’ll make fusion recipes with my favorite ethnic foods and –you guessed it– Caesar salad.

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Easy Greek Tzatziki Chicken Salad

Easy Greek Tzatziki Chicken Salad. Delicious? Check. Easy? Check. Healthy? Check.  Find out how to make the no-cook quick summer salad! | hostthetoast.com

Is it too late for me to start working on getting a bikini bod in time for summer? Yes? Probably? But I mean I have this Easy Greek Tzatziki Chicken Salad, and that has to count for something. You see, this spin on chicken salad fulfills some pretty difficult criteria: it’s healthy, it’s simple, and it tastes soooooo good.

Before you yell BURN THE WITCH! allow me to explain how this magical recipe came to be.

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