Shrimp Avocado Salsa for #BlogFilmFood

Easy Shrimp Avocado Salsa Recipe - BlogFilmFood from mealplanningmagic.comI’m not really sure when I first saw the movie Jaws. Or if I ever saw the whole thing actually as I was pretty young when it came out. But there’s no doubt that even if you never saw it, pretty much everyone knows what infamous music means when you hear it and that classic beat and the phrase “There’s something in the water.” In doing a little research, I discovered that the summer it came out, it set all kinds of box-office records. It also helped set off the successful career of an otherwise relatively unknown director at the time, Steven Spielberg.

My husband and decided to watch it again recently (I got a copy of it from the library) and let’s just say, moviemaking has come a long way in terms of special effects! But we enjoyed it and it was fun to imagine what all the hype would have been like when it first came out. Over the summer, my family visited Universal Studios Hollywood and we saw the set they had there of the Jaws shark and beach town. I remember seeing that as a kid. And if you’ve ever been there you know there is another surprise in the water. It was just the same as I remembered!

So this month, I decided I to share a recipe I’ve been wanting to share with you all for awhile. An old neighbor of ours served this Shrimp Avocado Salsa at a get together and it was SO delicious.
It kind of reminds me of a ceviche but everything is cooked before combining. Aside from all the chopping, this is such an easy recipe to make and it makes a lot—perfect for a crowd! Plus, it’s pretty healthy for you too. We love to enjoy it with tortilla chips but I’ve been known to eat it by the spoonful too! I hope you’ll give it a try.

Shrimp Avocado Salsa


  • 1 lbs. boiled shrimp, peeled and deveined (I use the precooked frozen salad shrimp)
  • 3 large avocados, chopped
  • 4 small-medium tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno chilies, seeded and chopped
  • juice of one limes
  • 1 jar of cocktail seafood sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • salt to taste
  • Tortilla chips


  1. Combine the shrimp, avocados, tomatoes, cilantro, green onions, jalapeno chilies and lime juice in a bowl and mix gently. Stir in the seafood sauce, ketchup and salt. Chill, covered, until serving time. Serve with tortilla chips.
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Kirsten over at hosting this month’s Blog Film Food event and she’s giving away a copy of the movie for you to enjoy as well! Relive the Just use the form below to enter!
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Don’t forget to check out everyone else’s recipes this month so you can start planning your own Film and Food Night Out!
Kathy from Penney Lane Kitchen
Kelley from The Grant Life: Mixing food and family.
Kelli from Eat Pray Read Love shares her Thai Shrimp Soup.
Kirsten from Kirsten Oliphant shares her Easy Fish Tacos
Miranda from Involuntary Housewife shares her Shark Bait Soother

12 Weeks of Christmas Treats – 2014 Edition!

Can you believe it’s already time for the 4th Annual 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats (well, 5th if you joined along with the original host blogger who’s no longer blogging). Last month I asked you all to take a survey and the results are in!

I and other bloggers will start sharing our holiday sweets recipes next Wednesday, September 24th and every Wednesday after that until December 17th. It’s always lots of fun and there are SO many great recipes that get shared.
12 Weeks of Christmas Treats Blog Hop hosted by
Want to join the fun? Read on for details:

12 Weeks of Christmas Treats Challenge

Blogger Guidelines for Linking Up:

The majority of the survey results said they’d like this to remain a CHALLENGE and that means a new recipe every week rather than just linking up and old recipe. Now I’m not going to be a stickler on this.
But read on for what IS and what is NOT ok for linking up.

–Each week, make a NEW and different Christmas treat and blog about it. It can be a cookie or perhaps something (like spiced nuts or sweet bread) that you might serve at a holiday gathering. Try to think holiday—no plain jane chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies this time of year, please!

–Link up each week by coming to my blog to enter your info. into the linky. I will not be providing a code for everyone to put on their own blogs at this time. That may change, but for now, it’ll just be on Meal Planning Magic.

–The linky will be live by noon CST each Wednesday for you to link up. I’d like to say I could do it earlier but I just know myself and sometimes earlier just doesn’t happen! If this changes, I’ll let you know.

–The linky will be open for one week (i.e. 11:59 pm Tuesdays) until the new challenge week begins.

–Please only link up recipe posts from your own blog. No giveaways, not guest posts and nothing that is in your Etsy or Amazon shop.

–Please link to your specific post and not to your home page.

–Share and explore! Please try to visit at least two other participant’s links and make a comment or pin their content to Pinterest, etc. It’s more fun when we share the love!

–Linking up gives me permission to use your image (linked up post only) in any future recipe roundups. I will ALWAYS give credit to you and link back to your site.

–Please feel free to use the hop button shown below or mention that you are participating in the blog hop.

–I do check links! If you link up a post that is not on topic or related to the current month’s theme, I reserve the right to delete your linkup.

–I will pin your images to the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats Pinterest board each week so you will be able to get a little more exposure there too! I will schedule the pins over a series of days to maximize repinning and more people seeing the recipes to share so if you don’t see it right away, that might be why!

–Some weeks that I can’t bake something new, I might do a roundup post rather than a new recipe. It’s ok if you want to do that too and then link up as long as you mention that it’s for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats Challenge.

–Interested but can’t commit to ALL 12 weeks? That’s ok! Just participate when you can. But the more the merrier.

That’s it! Oh and don’t forget to have fun too!

Readers, Followers and Everyone!

Bake along with us! Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration to get some baking done early and in the freezer (most cookies freeze well for up to three months). And I’ve set up a 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats Pinterest board to follow just for many of the treats you’ll find with all the weekly link ups.

At the end, you’ll be able to breathe easy knowing you’ll be prepared for all those parties, cookie exchanges and hostess gifts you’ll need treats for throughout the holiday season.

Social Media

We have a 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats Pinterest board. You can CLICK HERE to follow it and find even more recipes from past years and this year!

If you’re on Twitter, follow us by using the hashtag #12WksXmasTreats

I hope you enjoy this year’s annual 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats challenge. Feel free to leave any comments on suggestions or ideas you may have!

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