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Snacks

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, […]


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 […]

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