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Posts tagged “Cheese

Cheesy Cottage Pie

Cheesy Cottage Pie ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #beef #potato #pie #recipe

A hearty, comforting meat pie with cheesy potato “crust” that is surprisingly healthy, yet delightful, comforting meal. Carrots, sweet peas, broccoli and onions add flavor, texture, color, fiber and nutrients. After my daughter’s birthday party, I found myself with leftover beef piroshki filling (from the party) AND also there were leftover mashed potatoes in the fridge. […]


White Cheddar Broccoli Potato Soup

White Cheddar Broccoli Potato Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #creamy #cheesy #potato #soup #recipe

Velvet-smooth white cheddar potato soup studded with bright green bits of broccoli. Topping it with bacon adds a nice smoky taste and a bit of crunch, but I offer several topping ideas to suit your own tastes/dietary restrictions. I made this soup by request from my son, who saw some post somewhere on social media and […]


Baked Eggs in Bacon Zucchini Nests

Baked Eggs in Bacon Zucchini Nests ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #breakfast #recipe

Spiralized zucchini sauteed with onion and garlic makes a lovely “nest” for  a baked egg. With a little cheese and some bacon, it’s a delightful breakfast. It was Saturday morning, the morning I have my 8:30 yoga class. Sometimes 8:30 seems awfully early for a yoga class on Saturdays, but I’ve grown accustomed to it. But […]


Long Live the Modern Taco Salad!

Modern Taco Salad w Sriracha Ranch Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #amazing #taco #salad #recipe

My favorite salad of all time … shredded slow-cooked bourbon chipotle pork, crispy Romaine lettuce, shredded  Mexican cheese, chopped sweet peppers and avocado, black beans, corn and Nacho cheese Doritos with cashew cilantro salsa and Sriracha Ranch dressing. (salsa and dressing not pictured) This recipe is a takeoff copycat recipe from a favorite restaurant that […]


Mushroom Zucchini Carbonara

Mushroom Zucchin Carbonara ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #lowcarb #bacon #zoodle #recipe

A creamy egg-based sauce with bacon, parmesan, mushrooms and zucchini noodles, a dish that’s both decadent and healthy all in one. A few years ago, I would have snubbed my nose at the thought of this recipe. Times have changed. Last year, in an effort to lose weight, I decided to try cutting carbs from my diet … […]


Three-Cheese Broccoli Potato Soup

Three Cheese Broccoli Potato Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #broccoli #potato #soup #recipe

If you can’t decide whether you want Broccoli Cheddar Soup or Cheesy Potato Soup, why not have both in one bowl? This is a soup that tastes oh so super creamy and rich and cheesy with all the comfort of potato soup AND the rich cheesiness of Broccoli cheddar soup, but with a surprising healthy twist and a […]


Mushroom Potato Hash

Mushroom Potato Hash ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #quick #breakfast #recipe

A simple dish that is so comforting and delicious … and healthy, too! Mushrooms and potatoes fried up into a lovely hash, with a bit of cheese and a fried egg on top. This is my idea of breakfast paradise. The other day I was thinking back to many years ago when I lived in California. […]


Lucky Green Shamrock Pizza

Lucky Green Shamrock Pizza ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Irish #StPatricksDay #recipe

with a spinach almond crust, lemon avocado sweet pea spread, Irish KerryGold Dubliner cheese and fresh cilantro. Who says grownups can’t play with their food? This is a crazy idea that popped into my head after I made that lovely avocado green pea crostini, because a green pizza, with a green spread on top of a green […]


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 […]


Mushroom Ricotta Meatballs

Mushroom Ricotta Meatballs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #meatballs #recipe

Adapted from Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Nice Real meatballs enhanced with creamy ricotta cheese, sharp parmesan, earthy mushrooms, a bit of spinach and some Italian seasonings, bathed in a nice marinara. Serve over zoodles or spaghetti for a comforting, homemade meal. After I made those vegetarian mushroom “meatballs”, that got me thinking about meatballs … […]


Chicken Mushroom Pizza w/Spinach Crust

Chicken Mushroom Pizza with Spinach Crust ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #pizza #recipe #quick

Adapted only just slightly from Hungry Girl Super easy, low-calorie, no-guilt pizza for one! The bright green crust reminds me of St Patrick’s Day … and while it’s not like a yeast-y bread crust, it feels enough like pizza to be satisfying. It’s been a long time since I posted a pizza recipe … when […]


Corned Beef & Cabbage Salad

Corned Beef & Cabbage Salad w Roasted Cauliflower and Creamy Dijon Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Irish #Salad #Recipe

with roasted cauliflower, blue potatoes, Kerrygold Dubliner cheese and a creamy horseradish dijon dressing Strips of lean corned beef on top of a bed of spinach with crispy cabbage, roasted cauliflower, creamy Irish cheese and juicy tomatoes, with a creamy horseradish dijon dressing for drizzling. My dad’s a big hunter … well, actually I have […]


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 […]


Smoky Broccoli Beer Cheese Soup

Smoky Broccoli Beer Cheese Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #broccoli #beer #cheese #soup #recipe

. A beautiful creamy beer cheese soup with lovely chunks of broccoli and a nice hint of smoke from smoked paprika and chipotle. Two of my favorite soups are beer cheese soup and broccoli cheese soup (and yes, cheese being the common theme there), but somehow I never thought to combine them until I was sitting […]


Zoodles with Parmesan Mushroom Meatballs

Zoodles with Vegetarian Parmesan Mushroom Meatballs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #meatless #meatballs #recipe

Adapted slightly from Cooktoria A healthy, delicious meatless dish made from mushrooms, zucchini (ok, I used yellow squash), and a bit of cheese and breadcrumbs that is surprisingly convincing at masquerading as the “real” thing. Meatballs made of mushrooms? Yes, I went there. Yes, if you pay close attention, you will be able to tell there really […]


Honey Orange Thyme Marinated Cheddar

Honey Orange Thyme Marinated Cheddar Cheese ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cheese #appetizer #recipe

Adapted slightly from A Nutritionist Eats Creamy aged cheddar marinated in a touch of honey, extra virgin olive oil, and a little garlic with a hint of orange and a light dance of red pepper. It’s a delightful way to serve up cheese that will take your guests by surprise. A long, long time ago I […]


Sausage & White Cheddar Spinach Balls

Sausage & White Cheddar Spinach Balls ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cheesy #appetizer #recipe

These savory little spinach balls are a great way to re-purpose leftover stuffing after a big meal. They have just the right mix of flavors to make them totally addictive … I found myself eating them for breakfast, lunch, mid-afternoon snacks … you name it, these spinach balls were my food buddies. My first attempt […]


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 […]


Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Potato Skins ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spicy #appetizer #recipe

Two appetizers become one! … imagine the spicy goodness of buffalo chicken stuffed into a crispy potato skin shell … with melted blue cheese crumbles on top. You can make this with chicken, or, if you’re vegetarian (or a little more adventurous), try the cauliflower version. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. I seriously love […]


Buffalo Blue Cheese Cauliflower Dip

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My Wednesday night yoga group had our 5th (or possibly 6th?) annual white elephant yoga Christmas party last week … we all bring a white elephant gift and some good food to share. And wine, of course. There’s always wine. This year there was turmeric tea, too, for our friends who don’t drink. First we do […]


Bacon Chipotle Butternut Soup

Bacon Chipotle Butternut Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #savory #squash #soup #recipe

A creamy butternut squash soup that balances the sweetness of the squash with the salty smokiness of bacon, shredded Gruyere cheese, fresh sage and a bit of chipotle pepper to make it dance on your tongue. My friend had given me some butternut squash and my mom had some beautiful sage still growing in her garden at […]


Creamy Creole Chicken Zoodles

Creamy Creole Chicken Zoodles ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Cajun #Creole #Chicken #Recipe

Adapted from Texanerin Baking You know those rich, decadent cajun cream fettuccine dishes that they serve at Italian restaurants? This dish tastes JUST like that. The sauce is super creamy and rich … and somehow with the amazingly rich cajun cream sauce on top, the zucchini noodles actually trick the tongue into believing they are real noodles. The […]

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