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Quick meals

Cranberry Kale Quinoa Salad

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 […]


Modern Taco Salad w/Shredded Pork

Modern Taco Salad w/Shredded Pork, Black Beans, Corn & a Sriracha Ranch dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #taco #salad #copycat #recipe

with black beans, corn, fresh garden tomatoes and Sriracha Ranch Dressing We have a favorite restaurant that we frequent. We bring family and friends there because it’s a place where everyone can find something they love. This place is called The Diner and it’s always busy. The wait staff is friendly and competent and it’s always […]


Asparagus Smoked Salmon Sushi

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This sushi roll was inspired by one of my favorite bagel toppings … smoked salmon and cream cheese. Sesame roasted asparagus and matchstick carrots on top of that add a nice flavor and crunch, a bit of green onion provides a little bite and then, a little bit of sriracha for that tingle on the tongue that is so […]


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 […]


Hawaiian Shrimp Street Tacos

Hawaiian Shrimp Street Tacos ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tropical #shrimp #tacos #recipe

  This recipe is inspired by Tre, one of our local restaurants.  One night my yoga friends and I were at Tre, hanging out on their beautiful patio having a drink after yoga and some of us were having a little bite to eat as well. My friend Kay ordered the Caribbean Shrimp Street Tacos and […]


Basil Spinach & Corn Quinoa

Basil Spinach & Corn Quinoa ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #vegetarian #glutenfree #quinoa #recipe

I just adore the nutty chewiness that is quinoa. It’s like nothing else … and it’s so wonderfully healthy and good for you too! I had some cooked quinoa in my fridge that needed sprucing up and some fresh spinach that needed to be used quickly, so I grabbed a few of my favorite ingredients […]


Turkey & Cream Cheese Sushi

Turkey & Cream Cheese Sushi ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #sushi for #sushihaters #recipe

This is sushi for the sushi haters in the world … because contrary to popular belief, sushi does NOT mean raw fish. It means a rolled thing with rice or, according to Google: “a Japanese dish consisting of small balls or rolls of vinegar-flavored cold cooked rice served with a garnish of raw fish, vegetables, […]


Mango Pork Salad in a Jar

Mango Pork Salad in a Jar with blueberry goat cheese, toasted walnuts, cucumbers & a fiery grilled pineapple vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #portable #dinner #salad #recipe

with blueberry goat cheese, walnuts (or macadamias), cucumbers and a fiery grilled pineapple vinaigrette I made this salad a couple times … the first time for my yoga friends, in quart-size mason jars. This time I made the salads with mango and strawberries (because I happened to have strawberries that needed using and mangos have been […]


Minted Blueberry Watermelon Salad

Minted Blueberry Watermelon Salad w Goat Cheese, Candied Almonds & Lavender Honey Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #redwhite&blue #patriotic #summer #salad #recipe

with blueberry goat cheese crumbles, sugar & spice almond slices and a honey lemon lavender white wine vinaigrette … Inspired by Moore or Less Cooking Blog I feel like the luckiest girl in the world today. I had 8 hours of vacation time that I was going to lose on the 30th of this month […]


Spinach Lasagna Stuffed Mushrooms

Spinach Lasagna Stuffed Mushrooms ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #lasagna #stuffed #mushrooms #lowcarb #recipe

Mushrooms are such a perfect vessel to hold bits of deliciousness. I am not sure exactly where I saw this idea … it was somewhere in the blogosphere, a brilliant idea from one of the foodie ninjas that I know. Once I saw it, I just HAD to try it, and I was so pleased with […]


Creamy Carrot Cauliflower Soup

Dreamy Creamy Carrot Cauliflower Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cauliflower #cheese #soup #recipe

An easy vegetarian soup that’s pleasing to the eye and the palate. I’ve really been reveling in the joys of cauliflower lately and all the wonderful ways you can use it to lighten up your diet. This lovely soup is just one more bit of evidence that you can eat light and still love what you’re […]


Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars

Adapted slightly from Food Faith Fitness Oh dear foodie friends, I did it! After 4 months, I am within 1 lb. of my weight-loss goal. Some people might say I should wait to celebrate until I’m there, but (a couple pounds ago) one of my friends looked at me like it’s time to stop … I said I […]


Grilled Salmon with Tarragon Dijon Sauce

Grilled Salmon with Creamy Tarragon Dijon Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #grilled #fish #recipe

Salmon grilled on a bed of lemon slices with a creamy tarragon dijon yogurt sauce drizzled over top. What’s not to love about that? I made this one lovely sunny afternoon. There was a slight breeze–a welcome break from the torrential winds and chilly weather we’d been having. It was the perfect day for grilling […]


Nepalese Cauliflower Curry {Misayeko Tarkari}

Nepalese Cauliflower Curry {Misayeko Tarkari} ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Nepal #Cauliflower #Vegetarian #Curry #recipe

It’s hard to explain all the sensory satisfaction you get from this eating dish–it has a little creaminess, a little exotic spice, a tingle of heat that dances on your tongue, a touch of sweetness and so many wonderful textures and flavors all mingling together beautifully. The color is so vibrant too, it’s even a […]


Golden Raisin Gorgonzola Kale Salad

Golden Raisin Gorgonzola Kale Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #kale #salad #recipe

with toasted almonds & a maple dijon yogurt dressing Each week I make my yoga friends (and myself) a salad. This was last week’s salad. I usually put the salads in wide-mouthed quart mason jars (which can be enough for two, if they’re using the salad as a side, rather than a meal). My yoga friends eat […]


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 […]


Grilled Cheddar Swiss Breakfast Sandwich

Grilled Cheddar Swiss Breakfast Sandwich ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls - a bit of mustard makes this tastebud nirvana

Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? It is!!! I know I’m weird, but that really makes me happy. I adore grilled cheese sandwiches–both making them and eating them. Toasting the bread to perfection while getting the cheese good and melty is the challenge, and when achieved, the simple grilled cheese sandwich […]


Blue Potato Colcannon with Ham

Irish Blue Potato Colcannon with Ham ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #mashedpotato #cabbage #ham #recipe

The Irish have this magical comforting dish they call Colcannon … it’s made with potatoes, cabbage, bacon and butter. They even have a song about it. How many dishes do you know of that have a SONG about it? I made Colcannon with my Irish friends recently and we pulled up the song on YouTube […]


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 […]

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