Welcome to JellybeanEats

Hi, My name is Alexandra, but my mom calls me Jellybean. This is my recipe blog where I celebrate my  love  for all things food related; from cooking, creating recipes, cooking shows, eating, and even grocery shopping. You can expect my Italian and Portuguese family recipes as well as many others. But first feel free…

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Cinnamon Croutons and Gouda Cheese

Don’t be fooled, this recipe is totally different from my other butternut squash soup!  Although the main ingredient is the same, the flavour is completely different. Roasting the squash gives it a charred flavour, but its mellowed out with the addition of one fresh apple. Grating the apple in at the end, right before pureeing…

Shrimp Tacos

The Ultimate Shrimp Tacos for Taco Tuesday. I love making these tacos because they are so fast to prepare and full of flavour. Not to mention they have the perfect balance of ingredients. There is crunch from the shrimp, acidity from the coleslaw, creaminess from the avocado, spice from the mayo, and freshness from the…

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

This recipe will change your life, honestly. I have made low carb lasagnas is the past by omitting the pasta sheets and using slices of vegetables only. They were always delicious but seriously missing that oomph from the pasta. Well, it just so happens that I have found the secret ingredients to make a carb…

Nonna’s Apple Cake Perfected by Mom

My mom has been making this apple cake almost every weekend for the past month, and I am not upset about it. Just the smell alone is worth making it. It gives off a delicious cinnamon and warm sugar smell while it bakes and its truly mouth watering. The original recipe was created by my…

Portuguese Chicken and Clams

This is my first Portuguese post and I am so excited! I grew up in a Canadian, Italian and Portuguese household. My mom is Italian and since she did all the cooking, growing up I ate mostly Italian dishes. However, the amazing wife that she is, she would attempt to make my dads favourite childhood…

Kale Sweet Potato and Turkey Meatball Soup

Cozzying up in a large sweater with a hot bowl of soup is one of the best parts of fall, who agrees?! Here we have a hearty soup that is inspired by the Portuguese sopa verde and Italian wedding soup. Sopa verde is typically made with collard greens, potatoes and beans. My version uses kale,…

Québécois Split Pea Soup

The first time I ever tried this soup was at a sugar shack in St. Eustache just outside of Montreal. If you happen to visit Montreal in the early spring make sure to frequent a traditional Québécois “cabane à sucre”. Expect a grand feast amongst large tables of people, in the warmest setting with traditional music…

Finger-Licking-Good Pulled Pork

Satisfy that spicy, sweet, sticky and salivating bbq sauce craving by chomping down on this delicious sandwich. The bread is toasted to perfection and then PACKED high with 5hour slow roasted pork shoulder. Which you then shred to pieces and slather with delicious bbq sauce. Top it with crispy coleslaw and call it a day….

Ginger Butternut Squash Soup

This is the perfect fall soup to make, everyone has a variation of the recipe and here is ours! We like to add a lot of fresh ginger and then finish it with a drizzle of maple syrup. This is a trick my cousin Melissa taught my mom, she’s a chef so she knows whats…

Cauliflower Kale and Sweet Potato Bites

I AM OBSESSED WITH THESE OMG. This is one of those recipes that is so good for you but doesn’t taste healthy, you know what I mean. Its the best of both worlds and if all  healthy food tasted like this I’d be way skinnier. First of all, the ingredients: kale YUM, cauliflower, FUCK YA….