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Cheesy Cottage Pie

Cheesy Cottage Pie ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #beef #potato #pie #recipe

A hearty, comforting meat pie with cheesy potato “crust” that is surprisingly healthy, yet delightful, comforting meal. Carrots, sweet peas, broccoli and onions add flavor, texture, color, fiber and nutrients. After my daughter’s birthday party, I found myself with leftover beef piroshki filling (from the party) AND also there were leftover mashed potatoes in the fridge. […]


Mushroom Ricotta Meatballs

Mushroom Ricotta Meatballs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #meatballs #recipe

Adapted from Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Nice Real meatballs enhanced with creamy ricotta cheese, sharp parmesan, earthy mushrooms, a bit of spinach and some Italian seasonings, bathed in a nice marinara. Serve over zoodles or spaghetti for a comforting, homemade meal. After I made those vegetarian mushroom “meatballs”, that got me thinking about meatballs … […]


Over 20 Sumptuous Valentine’s Day Recipes

Over 20 Sumptuous Valentine's Day Recipes ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls & Friends #Recipes

It’s almost Valentine’s Day … so what is the most wonderful, heartfelt thing you can do for your loved ones? Given that food has been a universal and very deep connection for people since the beginning of mankind, yes, cooking for your loved ones is one of the best gifts from the heart. Sharing food […]


Garden Harvest Moussaka

Garden Harvest Moussaka {Greek Lasagna} ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #layered #Greek #hotdish #recipe

A hearty, meaty, comforting layered casserole with enticing spices, Moussaka is the Greek version of lasagna. I lighten mine up and make it a little easier to make as well by using yogurt whisked with some eggs to make the bechamel sauce for the top. Moussaka tastes like home to me … it’s a dish […]


Bacon Chipotle Cheeseburger Mushrooms for #BurgerMonth

Bacon Chipotle Cheeseburger Stuffed Mushrooms ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls ‪#‎burgermonth‬ #girlcarnivore #burger #mushroom #recipe

Did you know that May is National Burger Month? So that’s why I’ve been craving a hefty, juicy burger! Kita from Girl Carnivore has organized a HUGE wonderful event full of loads of luscious burgers from 60 of the most talented food bloggers. How awesome is that? Plus, Certified Angus Beef® and my cheese friends […]


Baharat Beef with Zucchini

Baharat Beef with Zucchini ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #groundbeef #recipe

Adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen My little garden is producing mint like mad and I’ve been looking for fun new ways to enjoy it. This marvelous Mediterranean dish is one of my recent discoveries that I found on my search for good uses for mint.  It’s spicy, but in a warm, pleasant sort of way. It’s super-flavorful from the […]


Swiss Cheeseburger Stuffed Mushrooms

Swiss Cheeseburger Stuffed Mushrooms ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #mushroom #swiss #burger #appetizer

Think mushroom swiss burger in bite-size form. These juicy little bites are so pretty and fun to serve and they taste just like mushroom swiss burgers! I mixed some quinoa and spinach into the lean burger meat so they are healthy too. The ketchup, mustard, and onion are mixed into the meat too. We had our Easter […]


Six-pepper Venison Chili with Beans

Six-Pepper Venison Chili with Beans ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spicy #homemade #chili #recipe

This chili recipe has been sitting in my backlog of blog posts for almost a month now. At work at Christmas-time, they sponsored a card-making session where they provided cards, stickers, markers, etc. and encouraged us to make cards to send to our soldiers in the field. I thought it would be fun to do […]


Beef Rouladen

Beef Rouladen (German Pickle & Bacon Stuffed Beef Rolls) ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #German #dinner #recipe

German Beef Rolls Stuffed with Mustard, Pickles & Bacon in a Beer Gravy … adapted slightly from Quick German Recipes Who else but the Germans would think of stuffing a roll of meat with mustard, pickles and bacon? This is the entree I made for our German cooking class. I was totally intrigued from the […]


Beefy Quinoa Taco Stuffed Peppers

Beefy Quinoa Taco Stuffed Peppers ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Healthy #Dinner #Recipe

A hearty meal stuffed into a healthy pepper! Beefy taco meat, corn, queso, cilantro and quinoa stuffed into fresh bell pepper halves. Use a spicy large pepper in place of the bells if you want to kick it up a bit. I was lucky enough to inherit some of the gorgeous bell peppers from my mom […]


Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Herb Meatballs

Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Herb Meatballs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #meatball #recipe

I decided to have a big hurrah to say goodbye to summer … I took Thursday afternoon and Friday off so I could go up to visit my parents before the weekend started, since I had other plans for the rest of the weekend. While I was there, my cousin texted and asked if he […]


Zucchini Taco Boats

Zucchini Taco Boats ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #Mexican #food #recipe #recipe

Inspired by Homemade Interest I saw these pretty TexMex Zucchini Boats from Homemade Interest  and immediately decided that it needed to be one of the recipes I made for my healthy Mexican cooking class at work. I made mine a little differently, of course, as you know I just can’t follow a recipe! I used my […]


Mexican Taco Lettuce Wraps

Mexican Taco Lettuce Wraps ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #healthy #Mexican #taco #recipe

I have a cooking class to teach on Monday and I chose a Mexican theme for our class this month. We have a nutrition and an exercise program at work, so my classes are pretty much always “with a healthy spin” to fit with our corporate healthy initiative … but yeah, it’s not like this […]


Crockpot Za’atar Pot Roast

Crockpot Za'atar Pot Roast ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #slowcooker #easy #beef or #venison #roast #recipe

I made this super simple roast for dinner for me and my two almost-adult-like children one day to go with our pillow biscuits. It’s a versatile recipe that you can use for the main course of a dinner, for the meat and au jus for a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, or for a delicious meaty addition […]


Un-Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Un-Stuffed Cabbage Casserole ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #beefy #cabbageroll #casserole #recipe

Someone posted an un-stuffed cabbage casserole and it brought back images of my childhood when I was very little and my mom made us stuffed cabbage leaves. Stuffed with ground beef and rice, they were all rolled up and sooo delicious. I’ve often thought that I’d like to make stuffed cabbage leaves like mom used […]


Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs

Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #glutenfree #party #meatballs #recipe

I made this recipe because a friend of mine from work came to me and said she had this grass-fed ground round that she was having NO luck with whatsoever, so she asked if she could bring some of it to me and see if I could make something edible out of it. She complained that […]


Beefy Taco Soup

Beefy Taco Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #beef #taco #Mexican #soup #recipe

Last week I had an unusually strong craving for red meat. I wanted a burger badly, and tacos, and anything else that contained some form of red meat. This is totally atypical for me, the lady who uses meat so rarely that people sometimes ask me, “are you a vegetarian?” No, I’m not. I am really more […]


Jack O Lantern Stuffed Peppers

Jack O Lantern Stuffed Peppers ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Italian #beef #stuffed #Hallowwen #peppers #recipe

These easy cheesy beef n rice stuffed Jack o lantern peppers are an easy Halloween dinner idea. They are milk enough to be kid-friendly, hearty enough for the meat lovers, yet healthy enough to give everyone in your family a healthy boost. The best part is that you get to eat the “brains” for dinner! […]


Mediterranean Beef Stuffed Squash

Mediterranean Beef Stuffed Summer Squash ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #stuffed #summer #squash #recipe

Stuffed squash with Greek-spiced meat, tomatoes, onions, peppers, breadcrumbs and a melted Italian blend of cheeses on top. It’s a bit like that marvelous Greek dish Moussaka, but stuffed into a summer squash rather than a layered eggplant dish. I have to apologize ahead of time because I didn’t write down the ingredients as I was […]


Steak & Mushroom Barley Soup

Steak & Mushroom Barley Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #soup #recipe

When I was considering what else to do with my leftover steak (from the steak kabobs) besides that awesome steak & blue cheese salad, I settled on a soup. And furthermore, I decided that mushrooms and barley would be the perfect thing to put in a steak soup. So I went to the store to […]


Honey Rosemary Steak Kabobs

Honey Rosemary Steak Kabobs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #grilled #steak #recipe

It’s that time of year … tax and birthday season. The birthday that affects me most is my daughter’s April birthday. She and I have been scrambling to clean the house and prepare for this big event for about 2 weeks now. I caught a little spring cold in the process, which made the whole […]


Baked Eggs Bolognese in Brioche

Baked Eggs Bolognese in Brioche Bread Bowls ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #eggs #breakfast #recipe

A fancy name for a simple, warm, comforting dish. Over the past several weeks, I have been watching someone struggle with a difficult life lesson. Of course, it reminds me of some of the more painful lessons in my own life that transformed me into the person I am today. It is really hard to […]


Beef & Black Bean Salad Nachos

Beef & Black Bean Salad Nachos ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #appetizer #recipe

When you’re torn between being bad and good, one part of you says you should have a salad but the other part wants a loaded plate of cheesy nachos, why not do a little of both? Sometimes I get home at the end of the day and I need something fast that doesn’t take too […]


Pineapple Bacon Meatball Kebabs

Pineapple Bacon Meatball Kebabs with Spicy Maple Dijon Dipping Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #grilled #meat #recipe

with Spicy Maple Dijon Dipping Sauce After months of sub-zero temps and biting wind chills, the temperature FINALLY warmed up to 60 last weekend. It felt SO wonderful to get outside, I just had to fire up the grill. I had a plan: I was going to make Billionaire Burgers. You’ve heard of Billionaire meatloaf, […]

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