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Snacks

Festive Marinated Cheddar Appetizer

Festive Marinated Cheddar Cheese Appetizer ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #appetizer #recipe

A stunning appetizer that you can easily make ahead of time and keep in the fridge until the big day. Be prepared for it to go fast because in my experience people just LOVE this stuff. I finally found the perfect way to marinate cheddar cheese! Okay it’s not the first time … there was […]


Easy Curly Zucchini Fries

Easy Curly Zucchini Fries with Sriracha Ranch Dipping Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spiralized #zucchini #fries #recipe

with Sriracha Ranch Dipping Sauce Delightful little curly fries made with zucchini from the garden! Mom and dad brought me 2 big beautiful zucchini from their garden the last time they came to visit. I used up part of one of the big ones in lovely  quick breakfast scrambles, but it quickly became apparent that […]


Easy Baked Green Bean Fries

Easy Baked Green Bean Fries ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #baked #appetizer #recipe

Last week I got a totally unexpected text from a coworker … she had just visited her parents’ garden and they had a big surplus of green beans and she was wondering if I wanted some.  “Oh yes!”  I responded, telling her I wanted to make green bean fries.  (In my mind, I was thinking […]


Sue’s Amazing Peach Avocado Salsa

Sue's Amazing Peach Avocado Salsa ~ #easy #fruit #avocado #salsa #recipe

It was a beautiful summer night and it just so happened to be a Wednesday … my yoga night. After yoga, we were invited to my friend Sue’s house for wine on her lovely patio. Sue owns a furniture store, so her home is a lovely haven, with comfy furniture and beautiful spaces everywhere (much […]


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 […]


Zucchini Bruschetta

Zucchini Bruschetta ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #lowcarb #glutenfree #appetizer #recipe

Adapted oh so slightly from The Dinner Mom A low-carb yet delicious version of bruschetta with zucchini rounds stepping in for the bread. Yes, my friends, zucchini is your friend! I freaking adore bruschetta, but I’ve kind of mostly given up bread, not because I’m gluten free or anything, but I notice that when I […]


Baked Sriracha Ranch Asparagus Fries

Baked Sriracha Ranch Asparagus Fries ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #crispy #asparagus #appetizer #recipe

Asparagus spears coated in cool & spicy sriracha ranch and crispy crunchy garlicky (and coincidentally gluten free!) crumbs and then oven-baked to crispy tender perfection, with extra Sriracha Ranch Dressing for dipping. I think I may have just stumbled upon asparagus nirvana. Crispy oven-baked things call to me. The crunch is what I crave. This morning when yoga […]


Smoked Salmon Rose Cucumber Cups

Smoked Salmon Rose Cucumber Cups ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salmon #cucumber #bites #recipe

Pretty little bites to serve for a ladies tea or cocktail party, with smoked salmon made into roses stuffed into a cucumber cup filled with seasoned cream cheese.  Or hey, you could make them for yourself when you need a little pretty something to munch on. (Yeah, that’s kinda what happened here.) I didn’t really start […]


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 […]


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 […]


Lemon Avocado Sweet Pea Crostini

Lemon Avocado Sweet Pea Crostini ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #avocado #toast #recipe

Adapted from Bacon Fatte Delightful little avocado toasts, with lemon, garlic, sweet peas and cilantro to liven up the party. The peas give the bright green spread a little sweetness plus they add fiber and nutrients. Perfect for breakfast or for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with a nice Irish beer, these little green crostini […]


Cheesy Voodoo Oven Fries

Cheesy Voodoo Oven Fries ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #MardiGras #FatTuesday #recipe

Crispy baked cajun oven fries topped with with sausage, onions, peppers and a spicy, creamy creole Voodoo sauce Fat Tuesday is almost here! I’m pretty excited to celebrate this year after visiting New Orleans recently. The food down there was amazing … my sister and I enjoyed some of the best seafood I’ve ever had. The […]


Cherry Chocolate Almond Mini Muffins

Cherry Chocolate Almond Mini-Muffins~Sumptuous Spoonfuls #glutenfree #hearthealthy #breakfast #recipe

Adapted from Texanerin Baking These little chocolate muffins made with almond flour have a dense, almost fudgy texture. The dark chocolate sensation hits you first, then there’s a hint of cherry flavor and then your tongue lingers on the amazing texture that only almond flour can create. They are grain free and sweetened with honey, high in […]


Cheddar Jalapeno Brussels Sprouts Poppers

Cheddar Jalapeno Brussel Sprouts Poppers ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #healthy #appetizer #recipe

Roasted crunchy creamy cheesy spicy goodness! Perfectly roasted brussels sprouts topped with spicy jalapeno cream cheese and a crunchy gluten free cheesy crumb topping. I’ve been on a brussels sprouts binge lately … I’m so addicted to those tiny green cabbages! Every time I go to the store, I pick up more of them, with absolutely no plan of what […]


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 […]


Corned Beef & Mini Cabbage Egg Rolls

Corned Beef & Mini Cabbage Egg Rolls ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #BrusselSprouts #CornedBeef #recipe

A fun Irish twist on traditional egg rolls, these healthy baked egg rolls are stuffed with corned beef, roasted Brussel sprouts, bamboo shoots, shallots, a bit of sauce and some Irish cheese. I love love love egg rolls, in all shapes and forms. The classic Chinese egg rolls are delightful, Vietnamese spring rolls make me […]


Secretly Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

Secretly Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #superhealthy #powerfood #dip #recipe

Yes, I have mastered the delightful creamy goodness of spinach artichoke dip with none of the guilt! My “secret” for making this dip light and healthy is  … cauliflower. Yes, cauliflower. It sounds unlikely, but this versatile white vegetable that is so good at disguising itself as rice and potatoes … and it makes dreamy […]


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 […]


Spicy Asian Chex Mix

Spicy Asian Chex Mix ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Asian #hot #snack #mix #recipe

I’ve always adored Chex mix from the time I was a kid … and I’ve always loved Asian snack mixes … especially the spicy ones (at least since adult-ing happened to me) … and the holidays always seem to be the time when I most want a good snack mix, both for myself and for […]


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 […]


Thanksgiving Stuffed Mushrooms

Well another Thanksgiving has passed us by … only one of my sisters came to my parents’ place this year. My sisters aren’t speaking to each other right now, so I guess I only get to see one at a time. I wish they would make peace … I have only heard one side, but […]


Italian Garlic Bread Crisps

Italian Garlic Bread Crisps ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #crunchy #snack #recipe

There’s an annual event that several of my yoga friends and I do together once or twice a year. We call it “Wine & Design” and it involves, yes, wine, but also lots of local artists … and they convinced me years ago that I needed to do the food. The first year my food […]


Spicy Smoky Salt-Free Chex Mix

Spicy Smoky Salt-Free Chex Mix ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #snackmix #recipe

A surprisingly scrumptious spicy crunchy snack mix, full of protein and totally free of any added butter or salt. I made this snack mix with olive oil and a mix of spices from my cupboard. Because I was making this for someone special who has to very carefully watch his sodium, I avoided anything salty […]


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, […]

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