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Quick meals

Cheese Bliss Spinach Salad

Cheese Bliss Spinach Salad ~ Marinated cheeses on a bed of fresh spinach with avocado, onion, fresh tomato, toasted walnuts, bacon (optional) and a basil sun dried tomato dressing. It''s pure bliss in salad form!

A delightful salad that starts with a bed of baby spinach, topped with several marinated cheeses, avocado, a few sweet onions, toasted walnuts, fresh tomato and a creamy basil sun dried tomato dressing. If you want, add a little bacon too, because yeah, bacon. I made 5 different marinated cheeses for Wine & Design this […]


Zoodles Cauli-fredo

Creamy alfredo sauce lightened up with some cauliflower puree (that you would never guess is there), tossed with zucchini noodles. You could use regular noodles too, if you prefer, or a mix of zoodles and pasta. Gosh I made this recipe soooo long ago! I was making grilled pizza for a cooking class at work […]


Sunflower Kale Bulgur Pilaf

Sunflower Kale Bulgur Pilaf ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #yummy #SideDish #recipe

Bulgur and kale join together with corn, bacon, dill and sunflower seeds to make a scrumptious side dish that can be served hot or cold. It’s hearty enough to be a meal on its own, or you can serve it along side pork or chicken. I made this last summer with some of the gorgeous […]


Hushpuppy Chicken & Veggie Nuggets

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 […]


Bacon Asparagus Sun-dried Tomato Salad

Bacon Asparagus Sun-dried Tomato Salad w/Bacon Ranch Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #bacon #salad #recipe

with Bacon Ranch Dressing Roasted asparagus with fresh greens, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, chopped sweet onions, bacon crumbles and topped with a homemade bacon ranch dressing … this salad is so satisfying! And, dare I say, one that could tempt any salad-hater into a territory they might be okay with. I think the bacon ranch dressing […]


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 […]

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