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Side dishes

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 […]


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 […]


Broccoli Mushroom Chicken Fried Rice

Broccoli Mushroom Chicken Fried Rice ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Chinese #Recipe

Adapted from Steamy Kitchen Traditional chicken fried rice becomes a delightful meal with perfectly moist and tender chicken, crisp tender broccoli and carrots, perfectly cooked bits of egg and sauteed mushrooms. The chicken in this dish is marinated, then cooked to perfection so it is tender and moist, but not rubbery (like you know chicken can […]


Spinach Cornbread Stuffing

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People always ask me what we eat for Christmas dinner … it usually involves ham or turkey … or sometimes, if we’re lucky, a Christmas goose. This year we were blessed to have a Christmas goose, a Canadian goose that one of my brother-in-law’s friends got on a recent hunting trip. Apparently it was quite […]


Baked Butternut Brown Rice Risotto

Baked Butternut Brown Rice Risotto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #healthy #risotto #recipe

Fresh sage and Asiago cheese really balance out the sweetness of the squash and the brown rice gives it a nutty taste, creating a savory, comforting, creamy rice dish that I just want to snuggle up with as the chill of December settles upon us. This risotto is baked to simplify the process … there’s just […]


Autumn Butternut Cranberry Quinoa

Autumn Butternut Cranberry Quinoa with Shaved Brussels Sprouts ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #recipe

with shaved brussel sprouts, pomegranate seeds, toasted walnuts, pomegranate seeds and crumbled feta cheese All the tastes and colors of autumn in one beautiful, delicious dish. Sweet butternut squash, tart chewy dried cranberries, nutty quinoa, and vibrant brussel sprouts topped with toasted walnuts, juicy pomegranate seeds,  and creamy feta cheese crumbles — this dish has it […]


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. […]


Twice Baked Cauli-Tatoes

Twice Baked Cauli-Tatoes | Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #bacon #potato #recipe

It’s almost time for Thanksgiving … one of my favorite holidays of the year. I’m so excited! But it’s also a time when it’s hard to stick to your healthy eating goals. Since most people gain weight over the holidays, at work, we have a #ProjectZero challenge where (for those who accept the challenge) we […]


Mexican Fiesta Rice Cups

Mexican Fiesta Rice Cups ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #TexMex #Recipe

These festive, snack-size bites are a great way to repurpose leftover Spanish rice and taco meat and they are so easy to make! My daughter absolutely loves Spanish rice. Whenever we go to a Mexican restaurant, she wants none of the beans, just the rice … and she can eat a huge plate full of just rice, […]


Chipotle Cowboy Caviar

Chipotle Cowboy Caviar ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cowboy #caviar #recipe

Recently we had our annual United Way fundraising drive at work. Our CEO came around and talked to us personally, at each team in the company, to challenge us to increase our donation this year by $2 per week. Being the analytical type of person that I am, I did the math. $2 per week […]


Sweet Pepper Asiago Zucchini Tots

Sweet Pepper Asiago Zucchini Tots ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #zucchini #recipe

When I did my kid-friendly cooking class and I shared my broccoli cheddar tots with my friends, I also made up a batch of these zucchini tots so my friends could sample the tots with a different “featured” veggie. Zucchini is marvelous in tots because it has such a mild flavor and it just soaks […]


Zucchini Chanterelle Brown Rice Risotto

Zucchini Chanterelle Brown Rice Risotto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #mushroom #brownrice  #easy #risotto #recipe

A creamy, nutty, comforting risotto that is much easier to make than traditional risotto … the rice is baked in the oven, rather than cooked on the stovetop with constant stirring like traditional risotto. This risotto is finished with about 5 minutes of stirring stovetop,  which brings out the starches from the rice and makes that […]


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, […]


Indian Creamed Spinach with Cheese (Saag Paneer)

Indian Creamed Spinach w Cheese (Saag Paneer) ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Indian #spinach #recipe

Adapted/lightened from Food Network I have to teach an Indian cooking class … which made me realize I’ve been slacking on Indian recipes on my blog. I’ve got lots of curries, yes, but not so many other Indian recipes. Perhaps many Indian recipes ARE indeed curry recipes, but I think I tend towards the Thai […]


Crunchy Cheesy Italian Eggplant Fries (Baked)

Crunchy Cheesy Italian Eggplant Fries - Baked! Sumptuous Spoonfuls #eggplant #appetizer #snack #recipe

Last weekend I made up a batch of these yummy crunchy baked eggplant fries and I spent the week enjoying them for lunches and snacks … I ate them plain, I dipped them in some homemade salsa and also in some garlicky Greek Tzatziki sauce that I made with one of the cucumbers from my […]


Perfect Baked Steak Fries

Perfect Baked Steak Fries ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #oven #fries #recipe

This is a super simple way to make perfectly crispy and perfectly seasoned oven fries. I could eat nothing but these for days … I kind of did, having them for dinner one night and then breakfast the next and I’m still wanting to go make them again tonight. I even caught myself dreaming about them last […]


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. […]


Veggie-licious Millet Cakes & Cookbook Review

Veggie-licious Millet Cakes & Natural Baby Food Cookbook Review ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls & The Foodie Physician #cookbook #review #milletcakes #kidfood

My dear friend Sonali (a.k.a, The Foodie Physician) has written another wonderful book! I have contributed recipes in some her books in the past … but when contacted about this one, I have to admit I hesitated, because I thought at my stage of life, with a daughter who’s just entering her senior year in college […]


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 […]


Perfect Sushi Rice

Perfect Sushi Rice ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #sticky #sushi #rice #recipe

Adapted just slightly from Alton Brown When I first started considering making sushi, I knew the first thing I needed to get right was the rice. The Basmati rice that we love so much just wasn’t going to work for this purpose. So I did some research and found a good sushi rice … and then I […]


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 […]


Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Peppers ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #cheese #stuffed #peppers #recipe

It’s been quite a while since I made those amazing Basil Goat Cheese Stuffed peppers. Those were sooo amazing, I kind of just stopped trying to top that recipe. Eventually, though, I got to thinking: why not try some other cheeses? I mean, what about Ricotta? Ricotta is such a nice cheese for stuffing things–it […]


Bourbon Bacon Baked Beans

Bacon Bourbon Baked Beans ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #decadent #bakedbeans #recipe #glutenfree

with chipotle … Adapted from How Sweet it is Although I have a life-long love of beans, I have a small confession for you: when I was a kid I used to make baked bean sandwiches. They were great treats, with beans spread out on slices of store-bought white bread. Today that thought makes me cringe, but […]


Broccoli Mushroom Wild Rice Cups

Broccoli Mushroom Wild Rice Cups ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #wildrice #mushroom #bites #recipe

These little bites are made with real Minnesota wild rice. I was the lucky recipient of the leftover wild rice from our Easter dinner and I had to make something wonderful with it! They’re delicious, they’re healthy, and easy too … and if you make these little cups in mini-muffin tins, only 65 calories apiece. A marvelous little snack or side […]

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