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Dinner

Hushpuppy Chicken & Veggie Nuggets

Hushpuppy Chicken & Veggie Nuggets with Pineapple Voodoo Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spicy #cajun #chicken #nugget #recipe

with Pineapple Voodoo Sauce Chicken nuggets like you’ve never had them before! Homemade chicken nuggets are soooo much better than any store-bought nuggets. In these nuggets, I snuck in some hidden vegetables (thank you, zucchini and carrots!) to keep the chicken perfectly moist, plus a bit of corn and creole seasoning and a crunchy corn […]


Creole Shrimp & Cheesy Cauliflower Grits

Creole Shrimp with Cheesy Cauliflower Grits ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #lowcarb #healthy #soulfood #recipe

Spicy shrimp in creole seasonings over healthy “grits” made with cauliflower and cheese, this low-carb entree is soul food that is packed with delightful flavors. I feel like I’m being naughty, taking time to blog when I have so much homework to do, but I need to get this recipe up! You guys, I’m taking […]


Bulgur Corn & Asparagus Salad

Bulgur, Corn & Asparagus Salad w/Marinated Feta & Dill Pesto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #asparagus #bulgur #salad #recipe

with marinated feta, toasted pecans & dill pesto A hearty, yet lively and healthy, salad celebrating the springtime flavors of asparagus and lively sunflower dill pesto, tossed with nutty, chewy bulgur, peas and sweet corn, and topped with toasted pecans and marinated feta. I almost don’t have words for this salad … it’s just something that […]


Shrimp & Roasted Asparagus Salad

Shrimp & Roasted Asparagus Salad w/Feta, Pine Nuts & Lemon Avocado Crema ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #shrimp #asparagus #dinner #recipe

with marinated feta, toasted pinons (Pine nuts) and lemon avocado crema A super simple, yet super scrumptious, easy summer meal that’s on the table in about 30 minutes. Faster than take-out and oh so much better (and better for you)! I first made this salad a little over a month ago. back when my daughter’s […]


Beef Bruschetta Buddha Bowl

Beef Bruschetta Buddha Bowl ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #dinnerinabowl #recipe

Beef (or venison) slow cooked in juices until fall-apart tender, served on a bed of spinach with a bruschetta tomato mixture, farro, and crumbled feta cheese. Drizzled with bacon ranch dressing on at the end for even more flavor, this pretty buddha bowl is full of colors, flavors, protein and, as any good buddha bowl […]


Copycat Nebraska Runzas

Copycat Nebraska Runza Pocket Sandwiches ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #beef #cabbage #sandwich #recipe

Guided by tips from here, the Runza web site and bunches of other posts … Nebraska is a nearby state. There’s a thing in Nebraska that I never quite understood … well, okay, there are a couple things in Nebraska that I don’t really get. First of all, they’re really really really serious about their football. I don’t […]


Bacon Asparagus Ribbon Pizza w Zucchini Crust

Bacon Asparagus Ribbon Pizza with Zucchini Crust ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #flourless #pizza #recipe

Zucchini crust recipe is from My Humble Kitchen A simple, but ah-mazing healthy pizza with a zucchini almond crust, shaved asparagus ribbons, sun-dried tomatoes, bacon, mozzarella cheese and basil chiffonade (cut into ribbons).  The crust is completely gluten free, but so flavorful and delicious … and it uses 4 cups of zucchini! I’m so psyched for […]


Lemony Asparagus & Kale Quinoa

Lemony Asparagus & Kale Quinoa with Feta & Pecans ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #quinoa #asparagus #recipe

with toasted pecans and crumbled feta Sweet spring asparagus nicely contrasts with the light bitterness of kale and a nutty chewy quinoa. A bright and lively lemon olive oil dressing brings out the best of both veggies. It’s all topped with salty marinated feta cheese crumbles and crunchy toasted pecans. Serve it warm, as a side or […]


Four Cheese Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto

4-Cheese Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #lowcarb #risotto #recipe

A creamy cheesy risotto made with cauliflower rice and fresh mushrooms, so it’s low in carbs and high in nutrients … and it’s still quite creamy and satisfying. Risotto is typically creamy from the starch in the rice. The stirring of the risotto turns the starch into a nice cream sauce. Since cauliflower has none […]


Roasted Cauliflower Nachos

Roasted Cauliflower Nachos ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #healthy #CincoDeMayo #recipe

Crispy roasted cauliflower topped with melted cheese and classic Mexican nacho toppings makes for a delightful, healthy appetizer (or meal)! I bought a head of cauliflower on a whim a while ago, not sure what I’d make with it, but there it was, on the veggie shelf, staring at me. What was I supposed to […]


Pork Banh Mi Lettuce Wraps

Pork Banh Mi Lettuce Wraps ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Vietnamese #Asian #pork #recipe

All the Asian deliciousness of a Vietnamese Pork Banh Mi sandwich with the sweetly sauced pork, pickled veggies, crunchy peanuts and fresh cilantro, but in a crunchy, healthy lettuce wrap instead of a bun. I totally love these lettuce wraps even more than the sandwich! And it was very nice to hear at the event I served […]


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. […]


Long Live the Modern Taco Salad!

Modern Taco Salad w Sriracha Ranch Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #amazing #taco #salad #recipe

My favorite salad of all time … shredded slow-cooked bourbon chipotle pork, crispy Romaine lettuce, shredded  Mexican cheese, chopped sweet peppers and avocado, black beans, corn and Nacho cheese Doritos with cashew cilantro salsa and Sriracha Ranch dressing. (salsa and dressing not pictured) This recipe is a takeoff copycat recipe from a favorite restaurant that […]


Mixed Vegetable Piroshki

Mixed Vegetable Piroshki ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Russian #vegetarian #pocketsandwich

It’s the morning after my daughter’s 18th birthday party. She wanted a Dungeons and Dragons party. It was a wild time last night, quite a change from our normal quiet household. Eight rowdy teenagers who ate voraciously, talked, joked, laughed loudly and frequently broke into song. My daughter and I were way over-prepared in the food […]


Mushroom Zucchini Carbonara

Mushroom Zucchin Carbonara ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #lowcarb #bacon #zoodle #recipe

A creamy egg-based sauce with bacon, parmesan, mushrooms and zucchini noodles, a dish that’s both decadent and healthy all in one. A few years ago, I would have snubbed my nose at the thought of this recipe. Times have changed. Last year, in an effort to lose weight, I decided to try cutting carbs from my diet … […]


Spiralized Rainbow Pad Thai

Spiralized Rainbow Pad Thai ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #Thai #recipe

Inspired by Oh She Glows A rainbow of vegetables partner with shrimp, chicken, eggs and traditional Pad Thai flavors to create a beautiful, vibrant, veggie-licious yet high protein meal full of delightful Asian flavors. It’s amazing to eat hot right out of the pan, but also surprisingly good cold too, as a Pad Thai “salad”. I decided […]


Shrimp & Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowl

Shrimp & Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowl ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #healthy #seafood #recipe

All the delicious flavors of sushi in an easy bowl! My friend Jon (who is Asian) calls this “bachelor sushi” … he tells me the way he makes sushi at home is just to throw it all in a bowl. Sometimes if he’s making sushi for a crowd, he just fills a cake pan with sushi ingredients. […]


Healthy Broccoli Mushroom Mac & Cheese

Healthy Broccoli Mushroom Mac & Cheese with black bean penne & cauli-carrot 3-cheese sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #comfortfood #recipe

with black bean penne and a cauliflower carrot three cheese sauce March is National Noodle Month. I had a #NoodleMonth party on my facebook page yesterday and gazing at all those lovely pasta dishes made me hungry for a cheesy pasta casserole … not just any cheesy pasta casserole: specifically I wanted macaroni & cheese. […]


Lucky Green Shamrock Pizza

Lucky Green Shamrock Pizza ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Irish #StPatricksDay #recipe

with a spinach almond crust, lemon avocado sweet pea spread, Irish KerryGold Dubliner cheese and fresh cilantro. Who says grownups can’t play with their food? This is a crazy idea that popped into my head after I made that lovely avocado green pea crostini, because a green pizza, with a green spread on top of a green […]


Easy Healthy Meatball Stroganoff

Easy Healthy Meatball Stroganoff ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #comfortfood #recipe

A quick healthy stovetop recipe you can have on the table in less than 30 minutes! Adapted from AllRecipes Use pre-made meatballs (store-bought or your own homemade meatballs) to get healthy, comforting stroganoff on the dinner table in less than 30 minutes! This light and healthy recipe is both delicious and satisfying. I’m not sure […]


Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken

Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #chicken #recipe

Adapted just slightly from Moore or Less Cooking The other night my kids were wanting chicken, but we couldn’t make our go-to recipe easy honey Teriyaki chicken because we were out of honey … what to do? Well, I suggested to my kids we could look through my “recipes I want to try” Pinterest board and […]


Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

Lousiana Seafood Gumbo ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #gumbo #recipe

Adapted from Emeril’s Classic Seafood Gumbo Made with ingredients readily available to land-lubbers everywhere, this classic southern seafood gumbo will transport your taste buds to Louisiana. When my sister and I went to New Orleans last year, one of my culinary goals on the trip was to have some good gumbo. I tasted three different gumbos […]


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 … […]


Chicken Mushroom Pizza w/Spinach Crust

Chicken Mushroom Pizza with Spinach Crust ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #pizza #recipe #quick

Adapted only just slightly from Hungry Girl Super easy, low-calorie, no-guilt pizza for one! The bright green crust reminds me of St Patrick’s Day … and while it’s not like a yeast-y bread crust, it feels enough like pizza to be satisfying. It’s been a long time since I posted a pizza recipe … when […]

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