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Quick meals

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 […]


Shrimp & Avocado Salad

Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Japanese Yum Yum Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #dinner #salad #recipe

with Japanese Yum Yum Sauce Fresh shrimp with creamy avocado along with several other crunchy, colorful veggies, drizzled with Japanese Yum Yum Sauce, topped with fresh cilantro and toasted pine nuts, served with a wedge of lemon for squeezing over top. This is one of those “toss together” kinda salads, because I was starving for something […]


Mexican Street Corn Salad w/Zucchini

Mexican Street Corn Salad w/Zucchini ~Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #Mexican #salad #recipe

Adapted from Jo Cooks and Caroline’s Cooking An easy, “no cook” version of the popular Mexican Street Corn salad. If you’ve not seen it all over the interwebs, I’ve seen many versions of it floating about, in different forms. I wanted to try it the instant I saw it so my eyes were tuned to watch […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


Corned Beef & Cabbage Salad

Corned Beef & Cabbage Salad w Roasted Cauliflower and Creamy Dijon Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Irish #Salad #Recipe

with roasted cauliflower, blue potatoes, Kerrygold Dubliner cheese and a creamy horseradish dijon dressing Strips of lean corned beef on top of a bed of spinach with crispy cabbage, roasted cauliflower, creamy Irish cheese and juicy tomatoes, with a creamy horseradish dijon dressing for drizzling. My dad’s a big hunter … well, actually I have […]


Cashew Shrimp Cauli-Fried Rice

Cashew Shrimp Cauli-Fried Rice ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Cauliflower #Dinner #Recipe #Lowcarb #Healthy #Delicious

A delightful cauliflower fried rice recipe with mushrooms, shrimp and cashews. Low in carbs and high in flavor, this dish delivers lots of flavor without a lot of calories. If you’re trying to lose weight, this healthy delicious dish will help get you there — if you’re trying to maintain your weight, add this light […]


Asian Orange Chicken Brussel Sprouts Salad

Asian Orange Chicken Brussel Sprouts Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #chinese #chicken #salad #recipe

with Chinese orange ginger dressing, toasted almonds and sesame seeds An Asian orange chicken salad with an unexpected twist … shredded Brussel Sprouts step in for the greens! Also, the Brussels sprouts (and cabbage) are cooked just a bit (to improve the flavors). The result was a nicely crisp tender salad with added crunch from the almonds […]


Italian Cauliflower Nachos

Italian Cauliflower Nachos ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #Italian #nachos #recipe

Crispy roasted cauliflower topped with classic Italian toppings and melty mozzarella cheese, these nachos are a wonderful mix of healthy and decadence that will satisfy your snack cravings, yet fill your body with healthy goodness at the same time. I’ve been wanting to make Italian nachos for a long, long time. I used to love […]


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 […]


Denver Omelet Stuffed Potato Skins

Denver Omelet Stuffed Potato Skins ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #breakfast #potato #skins #recipe

I made baked potato soup for my son last week, and when I was scooping the flesh out for the soup, I was very careful to leave a little bit of potato edge in the skins, saving them for ME … you see, I absolutely adore crispy crunchy potato skins. I couldn’t wait to bake […]


Cranberry Fig Salad

Cranberry Fig Salad with Pomegranate, Blue Cheese Crumbles, Toasted Pecans and Balsamic Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #salad #recipe

with wine-poached figs, crumbled blue cheese, pomegranates and toasted pecans I know, I know … it’s the holidays and most of the things I’m posting are … um … healthy. Yeah, I know that’s unusual in the food blogger realms lately. Everyone seems to be posting goodies galore … not me. I’m definitely not in […]


Cranberry Kale Quinoa Salad

Cranberry Kale Quinoa Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #salad #recipe

with pomegranate seeds, blue cheese crumbles, toasted pecans & bacon and (optional) a maple balsamic vinaigrette A perfect mix of tastes and textures in a bowl of beauty that’s a feast for the eyes … nutty quinoa with the sweet tart of the cranberries and pomegranate arils, crunchy pecans, creamy blue cheese and salty bacon. […]


Tomato Basil Upside Down Focaccia

Tomato Basil Upside Down Focaccia ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cheesy #onion #tomato #focaccia #recipe

Inspired by Ally’s Kitchen Think bruschetta baked right into focaccia … with cheese and sauteed onion. It’s a little like a pizza, but in an upside-down cake sort of way. It’s a delightful savory, yeasted upside down cake with focaccia stepping in to replace the cake batter. It could be a show-stealing appetizer, a snack, […]


Bacon Mushroom Zucchini Fried Rice

Bacon Mushroom Zucchini Fried Rice ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #bacon #zucchini #friedrice #recipe

Bacon-y goodness comes to fried rice, with hearty mushrooms and zucchini, carrots and red onion, and, of course, copious amounts of scrambled eggs. It’s an irresistable combination to anyone who loves fried rice. (Do you know anyone who doesn’t love fried rice? I don’t think I do …) The idea of bacon fried rice came to […]


Easy Cucumber Heirloom Tomato Salad

Easy Cucumber Heirloom Tomato Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #heirloom #tomato #cucumber #salad

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. I’ve made this simple 4 or 5 ingredient salad countless times this summer … even before I had fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers, but it’s even better with the pretty multi-colored heirloom tomatoes and a crisp fresh from the garden cucumber. It takes but 5 minutes to make, so […]


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. […]


Turmeric Roasted Eggplant & Chickpea Salad

Turmeric Roasted Eggplant & Chickpea Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #deconstructed #hummus #salad #eattherainbow

with a rainbow of colorful veggies, feta cheese, toasted pine nuts (pinons) & a cucumber tahini yogurt dressing. It’s like hummus, deconstructed, in salad form, with extra color, feta and a little crunch. Mom and Dad gave me a big beautiful eggplant from their garden the last time I saw them and despite all the […]

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