Caprese Avocado Toast

Avocado toast topped with sliced tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella then drizzled with olive oil. This caprese avocado toast is refreshing and delicious, perfect for spring.

Caprese Avocado Toast | Cooking with a Wallflower

Avocado obsessed.

Which is nothing new, considering that I almost always have avocado in the house. You know, just in case I need it. Maybe as a topping, or part of my dip, or on my toast, or in my dessert. Oh, yes. If you haven’t had avocado as a dessert, you’re so missing out.

Caprese Avocado Toast | Cooking with a Wallflower

Avocado toast is my go to breakfast/lunch when I’m not in the mood to cook. They’re super simple to make and easy to customize too. Are you in love with the avocado toast trend as much as I am?

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Shrimp Teriyaki Udon with Asparagus and Mushrooms

Udon noodles stir fried with shrimp, fresh asparagus, and mushrooms in a delicious sweet and savory teriyaki sauce. This shrimp teriyaki udon with asparagus and mushrooms is super easy to make and perfect for spring.

 Shrimp Teriyaki Udon with Asparagus and Mushrooms | Cooking with a Wallflower

Hope you had a fantastic weekend!

I worked again this past Saturday, but that’s okay because next weekend, I get extra days off. Yay! Not just because of Memorial Day, but also because my cousin is graduating from SF State University at AT&T Park where the SF Giants play. I’m not really a sports person. And when I say not really, what I mean is not at all. I only tune into games when our local team, whether it’s for baseball, football, or basketball, ends up in the championships.

So this Friday will be the first time I ever step foot into AT&T Park. I can already imagine it’s going to be freezing. We’ll be outdoors, right next to the bay, and the ceremony is supposed to last from 5:30 till like 10pm? I’m bringing blanket scarves with me and sneaking in snacks. Shhh. Don’t tell on me.

Shrimp Teriyaki Udon with Asparagus and Mushrooms | Cooking with a Wallflower

In the meantime, let’s talk about this shrimp teriyaki udon with asparagus and mushrooms.

I seriously love the combination of asparagus and mushrooms, and since they’re both readily available at the market, why not use them, right? Especially the asparagus. Combined with udon noodles, shrimp, and teriyaki sauce? Absolutely perfect. And most importantly, super, super easy.

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Strawberry Citrus Avocado Acai Bowl

Acai puree blended with avocado, banana, strawberries, and orange juice then topped with nuts, chia seeds, and fresh berries. This strawberry citrus avocado acai bowl is simple to make and absolutely addictive.

Strawberry Citrus Avocado Acai Bowl | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s been soo long since my last acai bowl. I have to remedy that now.

Two summers ago, I was absolutely obsessed with acai bowls. I think I had one almost every week. I love the colors, the flavors, the freshness of the toppings, and of course, the ease of customizing your own bowl at home. But somehow with everything else going on, and all the foods I’ve tried, I haven’t made an acai bowl in a long while. It’s time to fix that =)

Strawberry Citrus Avocado Acai Bowl | Cooking with a Wallflower

With just a few weeks until summer officially begins, we totally need something amazing to start our day. I mean, can you imagine waking up to one of these bowls?

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Wallflower Weekly Finds, 67

Oh my gosh! Just last week we were getting ready to attend my sisters’ graduation. And now, it’s already been a week! Time flies by so fast.

My youngest sister’s graduation included a reception afterwards but that didn’t mean we couldn’t celebrate with a lot more food. I think this is written on a sheet of white chocolate. I couldn’t get a closer look because the man eating cake nearby was staring at me trying to get a good photo.

Graduation

After the reception, we went out for lunch at a buffet. I know, me and food. We’re inseparable. =)

And with all the bouquets for graduation, we ended up with dozens of flowers like these.

Graduation Bouquets

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Avocado Tomato Berry Salad

A simple romaine lettuce salad filled with strawberries, blackberries, tomatoes, avocado, sunflower seeds, and walnuts. This avocado tomato berry salad is delicious, fresh, and filled with every day ingredients.

Avocado Tomato Berry Salad | Cooking with a Wallflower

A couple days ago I shared with you my Strawberry Citrus Yogurt Dressing. So of course, today, I have to share with you a salad to go with that salad dressing, right?

Strawberry Citrus Yogurt Dressing | Cooking with a Wallflower

I love gourmet salads. I’m not really into simple salads like Caesar or even the classic Garden salad. I want my salads to be filled with a ton of ingredients. Like fresh fruits, dried fruits, nuts, proteins, cheese. You know, everything. And if you know me, you’ll also know that I love eating in color too.

Avocado Tomato Berry Salad | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Strawberry Citrus Yogurt Dressing

Sweet strawberries blended with fresh orange juice and plain Greek yogurt until smooth and creamy. This strawberry citrus yogurt dressing tastes amazing with fresh salads, especially ones with seasonal fruits.

Strawberry Citrus Yogurt Dressing | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s been such an incredible weekend full of celebration. Both of my younger sisters, Angela and Victoria, graduated, one on Friday morning and the other on Saturday. It was back to back graduations for us so we all took time off from work and made it a long weekend. After each of the graduations, we took family and friends out to lunch. Then, it was totally nap time. Waking up early, sitting through long speeches, and eating lots of good food = late afternoon nap time.

It was such a fun weekend. And I’m soo not looking forward to going back to work after all the festivities.

And in two weeks, we’re doing it all over again when our cousin graduates from SF State.

How was your weekend? Hopefully it was just as wonderful as mine. =)

Strawberry Citrus Yogurt Dressing | Cooking with a Wallflower

I’m keeping it simple today with a super easy to make salad dressing.

This strawberry citrus yogurt dressing is practically a smoothie. Sweet and tart, this creamy salad dressing is perfect on your favorite spring or summer salad. Sometimes that’s what I’m looking for in a salad dressing, something that’s simple and complements the flavors of the salad without overpowering the freshness of the ingredients itself.

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Overnight Jam Chia Pudding

Overnight chia pudding over jam and topped with fresh blackberries. This overnight jam chia pudding is delicious and a great way to start your day.

Overnight Jam Chia Pudding | Cooking with a Wallflower

Just one more day of work this week for me, and then it’s back to back graduations!

It’s not my graduation, but I’m still oddly excited. lol

Overnight Jam Chia Pudding | Cooking with a Wallflower

I’m buying bouquets for my sisters last minute because I’m not sure I can keep the flowers thriving until graduation day. I would love to be a green thumb, but unfortunately, I don’t think it’s in me. We’re also looking for restaurants to eat at after the ceremony, but it’s kind of hard. Many places close down for lunch break around 2:30-3:00, but we’re not sure when the graduation ceremonies are over so we have to find a restaurant that opens the whole day, just in case.

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Penne in Spicy Marinara Sauce with Fresh Asparagus and Mushroom

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DinnerOnDemand #CollectiveBias

This penne in spicy marinara sauce with fresh asparagus and mushroom is delicious and super easy to make. With just one pan, you can get dinner cooked and ready to serve in just 20 minutes.

Penne in Spicy Marinara Sauce with Fresh Asparagus and Mushroom | Cooking with a Wallflower

Only a few more weeks until summer! Are you as excited as I am? Not that I have vacation planned or anything. But still!

My sisters are wrapping up their studies and I’m reorganizing my work schedule, both hygiene and blogging, so that I can have both Friday and Saturday off to attend their graduations. With so many things going on, sometimes, it’s hard to find time to make dinner. So… I love when I have a recipe that uses just one pan and takes very little effort.

Today, I’m working with Barilla, an authentic Italian food brand, to show you exactly how easy it can be to get dinner on the table. This dish is soo easy to make, you’ll be able to make it even with no experience in the kitchen. And with so many people heading to college in just a few months, I think we need a few super easy recipes for those who haven’t had a chance to cook before. Plus, many of us need these recipes in our repertoire for those last minute dinner plans at home, right?

Penne in Spicy Marinara Sauce with Fresh Asparagus and Mushroom | Cooking with a Wallflower

Pasta is so easy to make and customize. I always have a few boxes of pasta and jars of my favorite pasta sauce in the pantry for nights when I feel like I have no time to cook.

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Cranberry Almond Snack Bars

Snack bars filled with dried cranberries, roasted almonds, and sweetened with honey. These cranberry almond snack bars are perfect for when you’re on the go.

Cranberry Almond Snack Bars | Cooking with a Wallflower

I hope you guys had a fantastic weekend!

This week I have so many things going on. Both of my younger sisters are graduating later this week so it’s going to be super hectic. It’s Friday and Saturday, which means we’re going to have to buy two of everything, like bouquets and leis. And wake up super early to go the venue because parking is a pain in the city, especially when you’re in the downtown area.

And you know that graduations always last forever. Especially when there are a ton of people graduating and each name is called individually. A class of a couple hundred graduates, speeches, and award recognition could take hours. And I’d be starving.

So that’s where these cranberry almond snack bars come in handy.

Cranberry Almond Snack Bars | Cooking with a Wallflower

I’m totally wrapping these cranberry almond snack bars up in parchment paper and placing them in Ziploc bags to keep me from starving while I wait for our celebratory lunch.

These snack bars are easy to bring with and they taste soo amazing. Slightly sweet with a nutty taste and a hint of coconut, these bars will keep you satisfied until your next meal.

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