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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 […]


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. […]


Cheesy Carrot Cauliflower Tots

Cheesy Carrot Cauliflower Tots ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #snack #recipe

with Sriracha Ranch Dipping Sauce … Adapted from Food Faith Fitness These cute little cauli-carrot tots are fun to snack on, especially when dunked in spicy Sriracha Ranch dipping sauce. They are very tender, gentle, with subtle, soft flavors on the inside and just a bit of crunch on the outside, which is why they go so […]


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. […]


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 […]


Garlic Rosemary Roasted Cauliflower

Garlic Rosemary Roasted Cauliflower ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #crispy #cauliflower #recipe

Crispy, rosemary garlic roasted cauliflower uses infused olive oil and tiny bits of feta for flavor … the result is light and healthy, yet surprisingly addictive. Great as a side dish or as an addition to a salad, but honestly I could eat nothing but this for an entire meal … or maybe a bunch of […]


Kung Pao Cauliflower

Kung Pao Cauliflower | Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Chinese #cauliflower #recipe

Inspired by Bon Appetit I freaking love everything Kung Pao … so when I stumbled across this fabulous recipe for Kung Pao brussel sprouts, I knew I wanted to try it. But as I was thinking it over, I thought … hmmm, wouldn’t cauliflower be better with the intense Kung Pao sauce than Brussel Sprouts? […]


Top 16 Sumptuous Recipes of 2016

Top 16 Sumptuous Recipes from 2016 ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Bestof2016 #Recipes

Happy New Year,  my dear foodie friends! 2017 has begun … at the beginning of a new year, I always like to take a few moments to look back on the favorite recipes from the previous year. What recipes did people visit the most in 2016? Here’s a countdown of the 16 best loved recipes on my blog from […]


Fermented Heirloom Tomato Salsa

Fermented Heirloom Tomato Salsa ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #fermented #salsa #recipe #superhealthy

Last month I convinced my parents to come down to visit me. I know they are busy with all of their garden things and grandchildren things and their projects, but I needed their help. They also brought me a big box of lovely veggies from their garden and Dad brought me a container of his fermented […]


Roasted Mushroom Kale Quinoa Salad

Roasted Mushroom Kale Quinoa Salad with blue cheese crumbles & toasted walnuts ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #mushroom #kale #quinoa

with blue cheese crumbles and toasted walnuts I wasn’t sure whether to call this a salad or a pilaf. I guess if you eat it cold, it’s a salad. If you eat it warm, it’s a pilaf, right? Or maybe it’s a skillet casserole? It can be a side dish … or a delicious meatless meal. […]


Zucchini Kale Fried Rice

Zucchini Kale Fried Rice ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #Asian #zucchini #friedrice #recipe

Hurrah garden season is here! I am a garden beggar this year … the only plants I have growing in my little container garden are herbs and a single tomato plant. Oh, and there are two little sweet pepper plants that refuse to die from last year … and they are stubbornly making peppers, despite […]


Mushroom Cauliflower Fried Rice

Mushroom Cauliflower Fried Rice ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #cauliflower #friedrice #recipe

Adapted from Eat Yourself Skinny You guys, as a healthy food blogger I feel like I’ve betrayed you. I’m SO sorry! Seriously I can’t believe I waited this long to bring you cauliflower fried rice. It’s something I’ve been seeing all over the blogosphere and wanting to try, but something held me back. It’s such a silly little […]


Perfect Broccoli Scrambled Eggs

Perfect Broccoli Scrambled Eggs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #quick #healthy #delicious #breakfast #recipe

How about some bright green eggs for St. Patrick’s Day? These broccoli scrambled eggs are a delightful, healthy way to start your day and they’re SO quick to make! Since I’ve been eating healthier and trying to lose weight, I’ve found ways to lighten up my meals, to make every calorie count, nutrition-wise (and hopefully taste-wise […]


Gorgonzola Guacamole Stuffed Mushrooms

Gorgonzola Guacamole Stuffed Mushrooms ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #bluecheese #guacamole #mushrooms #appetizer #gameday #recipe

Inspired by Half Baked Harvest An intriguing twist on stuffed mushrooms … I stumbled across this wonderful idea when I was doing a Super Bowl cooking demo and one of the people that was signed up to join us was a vegetarian. I was planning on doing buffalo chicken stuffed mushrooms, but I wanted to also do something […]


Mushroom Broccoli Blue Cheese Bites

Mushroom Broccoli Blue Cheese Bites ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #mushroom #veggie #egg #bites #breakfast #snack #recipe

These delicious little bites are phenomenal tasting savory little egg muffin-ettes. They don’t HAVE to happen because you’re trying to eat right. But just in case you are trying to “eat healthier”, they do happen to be super nutritious and low in calories too. Personally, I made them because I’m trying to eat healthier and exercise […]


Feta Walnut Spinach Salad

Feta Walnut Spinach Salad with Matchstick Carrots and Creamy Dijon Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #savory #winter #salad #recipe

A simple, savory salad with a pleasing blend of tastes, textures and colors. I used my rosemary garlic marinated feta with crunchy walnuts, matchstick carrots and topped it with a creamy Dijon dressing. This salad came about one day when I needed a quick salad and I grabbed what I had and tossed it together and it was […]


Spicy North Indian Baked Eggs

Spicy North Indian Baked Eggs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Indian #Shakshuka #breakfast #vegetarian #recipe

Adapted from The Spiced Life Eggs baked in a spicy, complex sauce laced with the taste of India. Plain yogurt smooths and tones down the heat and toasted cashews add a little crunch. The instant I saw this recipe from The Spiced Life, I knew I wanted it. It’s sexy and saucy and spicy, all the things I really […]


Bacon Goat Cheese Heirloom Tomato Galette

Bacon Goat Cheese Heirloom Tomato Galette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #savory #tomato #pie #recipe

I have been working on this recipe for a while … the cheese mixture I had down on the first try. It was the crust I struggled with. First I tried it with a phyllo pastry crust, but the crust was too dry. I am not sure what I did wrong … I’ve had good […]


Brazilian Thai Fusion Fish Stew with Zucchini

Brazilian Thai Fusion Fish Stew ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #zucchini #fusion #fish #stew #recipe

Inspired by Dizzy Busy & Hungry and my own kitchen meanderings Over the 4th of July we visited my sister and her husband who live on a lake in Minnesota. They both love to fish, so they always have an over-abundance of fish. Of course we had a huge fish fry on Saturday (which is always the highlight […]


Broccoli Cheddar Rice Cups

Broccoli Cheddar Rice Cups ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #snack #appetizer #recipe

Adapted very slightly from The Fountain Avenue Kitchen I almost want to apologize for that sugar binge I sent us on … it was a very sugar-y December for me. Luckily I had lots of help to eat it all! It’s time to slow down on sugar, though, and think about staying healthy for the […]


Tomato Basil & Gouda Breakfast Sandwich

Tomato Basil & Smoked Gouda Breakfast Sandwich ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #breakfast #sandwich #recipe

I have just a few fresh garden tomatoes left (the last from the plants I brought inside when it started freezing at night) and I want to put these last little garden treasures to good use. The other day I made myself a cheesy bruschetta, which is always good, and this morning I was craving something […]


Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #eggplant #parmesan #recipe

The first time I tasted Eggplant Parmesan, it was a game-changer for me. It was many years ago … a friend had invited us over for dinner and we didn’t really know when she invited us that she was vegetarian and we never suspected she would serve eggplant. (We were definitely in the “eggplant hater” […]


Watermelon Coconut Curry

Watermelon Coconut Curry ~ don't toss those watermelon rinds - use them as a veggie in this marvelous curry! #savemoney #curry

Inspired by My Heart Beets I was stumbling around the internet one night when I ran across this recipe from My Heart Beets … first, it piqued my interest because anything curried pretty much gets my attention, but then … um … what? did she say “Watermelon Rind CURRY?” … my grandmother used to make watermelon rind […]


Grilled Italian Garlic Asparagus

Grilled Italian Garlic Asparagus ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #grilled #asparagus #recipe

Last week when I fired up the grill to make sausage kabobs, I decided to cook up some asparagus on the grill too. (Above is the picture I took BEFORE I sealed it up and threw it on the grill.) So I did one of my favorite grill tricks: I made a packet of veggies […]

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