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Snacks

Cheesy Sausage & Corn Stuffed Mini Peppers

Cheesy Sausage & Corn Stuffed Peppers ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #StuffedPeppers #Recipe

It is harvest crunch time in middle America … when all of us with gardens and plants outside that we want to keep are fervently watching the weather to make sure our precious harvest doesn’t carelessly go to waste. I recently ran up to visit my parents. It was a quick trip, but they mentioned […]


Fermented Heirloom Tomato Salsa

Last month I convinced my parents to come down to visit me. I know they are busy with all of their garden things and grandchildren things and their projects, but I needed their help. They also brought me a big box of lovely veggies from their garden and Dad brought me a container of his fermented […]


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, […]


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 […]


Asian Quick Pickled Veggies

Asian Quick Pickled Veggies ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #Asian #refrigerator #pickles #recipe

Adapted from Canning and Cooking at Home Slightly sweet (and spicy if add a few hot peppers to the mix), these Asian-style refrigerator pickles are so simple to make! No need to can, just heat and stir together the vinegar, sugar, & salt and pour them over the veggies, then refrigerate. (You don’t even have […]


Grilled Chipotle Walnut Salsa

Grilled Chipotle Walnut Salsa ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spicy #smoky #salsa #recipe

A smoky salsa made on the grill! While you’re grilling up your meat, pop some tomatoes, garlic, onion and peppers on the fire as well and make yourself a spicy smoky good salsa, perfect for dipping or for spooning over your eggs in the morning. This beautiful deep red smoky grilled salsa is marvelous in breakfast burritos, […]


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 […]


Bacon Walnut Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon Walnut Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #bacon #bluecheese #stuffed #mushrooms #recipe

Creamy blue cheese with crunchy walnuts and smoky bacon, with a bit of cream cheese, garlic, onion, spinach and sweet pepper, all snuggled into a warm mushroom … now there’s a bite-sized dream come true! (Not that I dreamt of these or anything … okay, well, maybe I did … except I don’t really recall […]


Smoky Roasted Garlic Zummus

Smoky Roasted Garlic Zummus (Zucchini Hummus) ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #zucchini #hummus #recipe

Is it just me or is this zummus smiling at us? Tomorrow is National Zucchini Day! I am super excited because Mom and Dad brought me some of their beautiful striped zucchini from their garden. I had received one large “gift” zucchini a bit ago from a mystery donor (someone who brought zucchini to work […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Spinach Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

Spinach Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #stuffed #mushrooms #recipe

Inspired by Lauren Kelly Nutrition Mushrooms and I are hanging out a lot together lately. I’ve always, always loved mushrooms, but I kind of neglected them in years past as my kids aren’t mushroom eaters, so anything I make with mushrooms is purely for my own satisfaction. However, since I started trying to lose weight, I […]


Garlic Herb Sundried Tomato Cheese Spread

Garlic Herb Sundried Tomato Cheese Spread ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #GreekCreamCheese #Easy #Cheese #Spread #recipe

Last weekend I did the food for my good friends’ new yoga studio’s open house. I do not normally do catering, but this job I volunteered for because I love my sweet yoga friends SO much and I know this opening meant a lot to them. Besides that I was excited to see the new […]


Spicy Asian Sriracha Green Beans

Spicy Asian Sriracha Green Beans ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #fiery #healthy #sidedish #recipe

Adapted from To Simply Inspire Do you ever get bored with vegetables? I have been eating lots and lots and lots of veggies lately (did I mention I’m on a serious new health kick?), and frankly, I was getting a little bored and wanting more flavor, more fire, more excitement in my vegetables. Then I ran across […]


Cilantro Cashew Green Tomato Salsa

Cilantro Cashew Green Tomato Salsa ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spicy #cilantro #salsa #recipe

For those of you that are bored with the same old salsas … this one is bold, spicy, with LOTS of cilantro flavor and a lovely creamy, nutty undertone from ground cashews. We have a monthly breakfast burrito event at work … I always bring the salsa and the queso. As much as I love salsa and […]


Gorgonzola Guacamole Stuffed Mushrooms

Gorgonzola Guacamole Stuffed Mushrooms ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #bluecheese #guacamole #mushrooms #appetizer #gameday #recipe

Inspired by Half Baked Harvest An intriguing twist on stuffed mushrooms … I stumbled across this wonderful idea when I was doing a Super Bowl cooking demo and one of the people that was signed up to join us was a vegetarian. I was planning on doing buffalo chicken stuffed mushrooms, but I wanted to also do something […]


Skinny-licious Buffalo Chicken Dip

Skinny-licious Buffalo Chicken Dip ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #skinny #highprotein #creamy #hot #buffalo #chicken #dip #recipe

Creamy, cheesy, with a little bit of a spicy buffalo kick, loaded with chicken and a bit of blue cheese, this buffalo chicken dip has it all. And here’s the best part: you don’t have to feel guilty about eating it! I think it was at my mom and dad’s 50th wedding anniversary that I first […]


Epically Creamy Jalapeno Queso

Epically Creamy Jalapeno Queso Dip ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #creamy #Mexican #queso #dip #recipe

A super creamy Mexican queso dip that retains its gorgeous creamilicious texture even after reheating. I know, I have posted several queso recipes on this blog already–queso is a long-standing love of mine and all those close to me, it seems. Whenever the family gets together, I can bring loads of marvelous dips that most […]


Mushroom Broccoli Blue Cheese Bites

Mushroom Broccoli Blue Cheese Bites ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #mushroom #veggie #egg #bites #breakfast #snack #recipe

These delicious little bites are phenomenal tasting savory little egg muffin-ettes. They don’t HAVE to happen because you’re trying to eat right. But just in case you are trying to “eat healthier”, they do happen to be super nutritious and low in calories too. Personally, I made them because I’m trying to eat healthier and exercise […]


Cheesy Spinach Tots

Cheesy Spinach Tots ~ the BEST way to eat your veggies! Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #veggie #tots #recipe

Freckled with carrots and packed with plenty of the healthy goodness of spinach, these little spinach tots are delightful little cheesy bites that makes eating veggies a pleasure. I used two cheeses in my little tots–both Asiago, a sharp, hard, Italian cheese and Dubliner, a fruity white Irish cheese, but you can choose whichever cheeses you […]


Bacon Chocolate Chipotle Popcorn

Bacon Chocolate Chipotle Popcorn ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #sweet #spicy #popcorn #gift #recipe

  This popcorn is so simple and such a simple gift to make for your friends and family this holiday season! My boyfriend is responsible for this post … I asked him if he likes popcorn (because I frickin’ LOVE popcorn) and, much to my dismay, he said he isn’t a big popcorn fan … but […]


Smoked Salmon Sundried Tomato Spread

Smoked Salmon Sundried Tomato Spread ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #seafood #cheese #appetizer #recipe

Smoked salmon, sundried tomatoes, herbs and garlic all join together in this scrumptious savory cheese spread. This easy spread keeps for quite a while in the fridge, so you can have it “on hand” whenever you need a little special something for an impromptu gathering of friends or family. I made a similar salmon spread to […]

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