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Posts tagged “Basil

Sour Cherry Basil Antioxidant Water

Sour Cherry Basil Antioxidant Water ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #homemade #flavored #water #recipe

Tart cherries and fresh basil add a delightful tang, beautiful color and so many health benefits to simple water (or better yet: sparkling water!) I caught a nasty cold this summer from my mother. She warned me before we went to visit that she was sick, but I seriously (at the time) did not care. I felt […]


Dilly Potato Asparagus Frittata

Dilly Potato Asparagus Frittata ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #herbs #eggs #recipe #easy #quick

This frittata is like an open-faced omelet … fluffy eggs with potato, sauteed asparagus, onion, a little sweet corn, some fresh dill and other herbs with lots of melty cheese. This was a breakfast creation I made for the family over the 4th of July weekend. They were a little confused when I took it […]


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 […]


Beef Bruschetta Buddha Bowl

Beef Bruschetta Buddha Bowl ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #dinnerinabowl #recipe

Beef (or venison) slow cooked in juices until fall-apart tender, served on a bed of spinach with a bruschetta tomato mixture, farro, and crumbled feta cheese. Drizzled with bacon ranch dressing on at the end for even more flavor, this pretty buddha bowl is full of colors, flavors, protein and, as any good buddha bowl […]


Bacon Asparagus Ribbon Pizza w Zucchini Crust

Bacon Asparagus Ribbon Pizza with Zucchini Crust ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #flourless #pizza #recipe

Zucchini crust recipe is from My Humble Kitchen A simple, but ah-mazing healthy pizza with a zucchini almond crust, shaved asparagus ribbons, sun-dried tomatoes, bacon, mozzarella cheese and basil chiffonade (cut into ribbons).  The crust is completely gluten free, but so flavorful and delicious … and it uses 4 cups of zucchini! I’m so psyched for […]


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, […]


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 […]


Lavender Cream Cheese Stuffed Figs

Lavender Cream Cheese Stuffed Figs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #lavender #creamcheese #figs #recipe

I found some fresh figs … right here in the midwest where such exotic things oh so rarely make an appearance. The foodie in me has been extremely jealous of all the fresh fig recipes I see online … I always ooh and ah over them, wishing, oh wishing, that I could experience this marvelous-ness that is […]


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 […]


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 […]


Tomato Basil Quinoa Scrambled Eggs

Tomato Basil Quinoa Scrambled Eggs with Kale ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #eggs #kale #breakfast #recipe

with kale … because why not put quinoa in your scrambled eggs? I had some quinoa in my fridge that I intended to use for a pilaf with some salmon for dinner, but then plans changed and I ended up going to my friend’s house for dinner. And then the next day, I was hungry […]


Chicken Avocado Salad

Chicken Avocado Salad with Creamy Herb Avocado Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dinner #salad #recipe

with mushrooms, blue cheese (or feta), red onion, matchstick carrots, toasted almonds and a creamy herb avocado dressing My sister went to California last month … and she came home with some fresh avocados that she had picked from her friend’s tree. She gave me three of them. They were hard when she gave them […]


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 […]


Sriracha Parmesan Heirloom Tomato Soup

Sriracha Parmesan Heirloom Tomato Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tomato #soup #recipe

It’s been beautifully sunny this month, but today it’s raining outside and chilly … total soup weather.  I am wishing I had saved some of this vibrant tomato soup I made when I had a huge box of tomatoes from my mom’s garden. The heirloom tomatoes were sooo ripe, I needed to find a good use […]


Bacon Goat Cheese Heirloom Tomato Galette

Bacon Goat Cheese Heirloom Tomato Galette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #savory #tomato #pie #recipe

I have been working on this recipe for a while … the cheese mixture I had down on the first try. It was the crust I struggled with. First I tried it with a phyllo pastry crust, but the crust was too dry. I am not sure what I did wrong … I’ve had good […]


Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Herb Meatballs

Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Herb Meatballs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #meatball #recipe

I decided to have a big hurrah to say goodbye to summer … I took Thursday afternoon and Friday off so I could go up to visit my parents before the weekend started, since I had other plans for the rest of the weekend. While I was there, my cousin texted and asked if he […]


Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes

Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #summer #tomato #recipe

Inspired by Cooking on a Budget As soon as I saw these cheese-stuffed tomatoes from Cooking on a Budget, I knew I had to try them. And today turned out to be the most opportune time for it. Today I had to drive 5 hours to retrieve my daughter. I am fortunate that her friend’s mom […]


Eggplant & Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

Roasted Eggplant & Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #summer #tomato #appetizer #recipe

Bruschetta is one of my very favorite summertime snacks (or rather, meals. as a few of these little toasts is a complete meal for me). I make bruschetta as soon as I have a couple freshly ripe tomatoes from the garden and then over and over and over again throughout the late summer tomato season, savoring […]


Greek Rice Salad

Greek Rice Salad Recipe ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Mediterranean #Rice #Salad #Healthy #Glutenfree

Adapted from Healthy Recipes This is a recipe someone shared on my facebook page … and I was intrigued. One night when my daughter was cooking up some rice for another dish, I said to her “let’s make a double batch … I have a recipe I want to try” … and we did. I […]


Absolutely Fabulous Greek Salad

Absolutely Fabulous Greek Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #delightful #Greek #salad #recipe

featuring this Absolutely Fabulous Greek/House Salad Dressing from All Recipes I had a craving for a good Greek salad, but wanted to make it at home, so that I wouldn’t have to worry about what to do with the olives. I’m not a big fan of olives, but I always feel guilty if there’s nobody […]


Spinach Mushroom Ravioli w/Mushroom Cream Sauce

Spinach Mushroom Ravioli with Dreamy Mushroom Cream Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #homemade #wonton #ravioli #recipe

Ricotta cheese, mushrooms, spinach, asiago cheese, pesto and herbs make a soft creamy filling for these delicate little pillows of pasta, which I topped with a super-dreamy cream sauce with cream cheese and Asiago, garlic and sauteed mushrooms. It’s a dish made in heaven for mushroom lovers. I think my best recipe creations come from […]


Zoodle Ricotta Pepperoni Pizza

Zucchini Noodle Pepperoni "Pizza" ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #cheesy #veggie #zoodle #recipe

Adapted slightly from The Dinner Mom I am still working on my “eat more veggies” initiative where I’m trying to eat more veggies every day. For a while, I let veggies take over my life, but then I realized I was overdoing it … and in the process, making myself miserable. Yes, it’s good to […]


Basil Blue Cheese Coleslaw

Basil Blue Cheese Coleslaw with Cranberries & Greek Yogurt ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #bluecheese #coleslaw #recipe

with dried cranberries & Greek yogurt … Adapted from Ally’s Kitchen I’m beginning to discover ways that I enjoy eating cabbage. I have not been a big cabbage lover most of my life, but I do love it with corned beef and potatoes on St. Patty’s Day. Beyond that, I often struggle with what to do […]

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