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Bulgur Corn & Asparagus Salad

Bulgur, Corn & Asparagus Salad w/Marinated Feta & Dill Pesto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #asparagus #bulgur #salad #recipe

with marinated feta, toasted pecans & dill pesto A hearty, yet lively and healthy, salad celebrating the springtime flavors of asparagus and lively sunflower dill pesto, tossed with nutty, chewy bulgur, peas and sweet corn, and topped with toasted pecans and marinated feta. I almost don’t have words for this salad … it’s just something that […]


Shrimp & Roasted Asparagus Salad

Shrimp & Roasted Asparagus Salad w/Feta, Pine Nuts & Lemon Avocado Crema ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #shrimp #asparagus #dinner #recipe

with marinated feta, toasted pinons (Pine nuts) and lemon avocado crema A super simple, yet super scrumptious, easy summer meal that’s on the table in about 30 minutes. Faster than take-out and oh so much better (and better for you)! I first made this salad a little over a month ago. back when my daughter’s […]


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 […]


Apple Pie Smoothie

Apple Pie Smoothie ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #apple #pie #smoothie

Adapted from binging with babish.  ~ Youtube.com/bgfilms A healthy apple smoothie that seriously tastes like apple pie! Happy 4th of July my dear friends. I thought I would bring you the most patriotic thing I could find in my foodie backlog for this special occasion … I mean, what’s more American than apple pie? I came across […]


Sunflower Dill Pesto

Sunflower Dill Pesto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dill #pesto #recipe #glutenfree #dairyfree #nutfree

I learn the most amazing things from vegetarians. I don’t know what it is about them, but vegetarians seem to have a streak of culinary creativity that is just pure genius. Perhaps it’s because they’ve removed meat from the equation so they have to find other means to add deliciousness to their meals … I’m […]


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 Blue Cheese Tots

Bacon Asparagus Blue Cheese Tots ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #bitesize #appetizer #side #recipe

Who says eating veggies has to be boring? One of my favorite ways to enjoy veggies is veggie tots. I totally heart veggie tots!!! They are cute and bite-sized and delicious … not to mention healthy. What a perfectly delicious, fun way to fit more vegetables into your diet. The other bit of awesomeness about veggie […]


Spicy Cilantro Lime Pesto w Cashews

Spicy Cilantro Lime Pesto with Cashews ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cilantro #pesto #recipe

Who says basil should get all the pesto glory? I love to mix up pestos with all sorts of other fresh herbs … and cilantro has to be my #1 favorite. This zesty pesto goes well in anything Mexican: salsas, enchilada sauce, rice, beans … or slather it on chicken, fish, steak, burgers, quesadillas … it’s […]


Red White & Blue Berry Cheesecake Bites

Red White & Blue Berry Cheesecake Bites ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #patriotic #dessert #recipe

Adapted slightly from The Kitchen is my Playground There are certain simple ideas that never occurred to me, but once I see them, I just HAVE to try them. That was the case with these pretty berry cheesecake bites. I saw them, pinned them, then shortly thereafter, walked into the kitchen and made them. I didn’t have […]


Bacon Asparagus Sun-dried Tomato Salad

Bacon Asparagus Sun-dried Tomato Salad w/Bacon Ranch Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #bacon #salad #recipe

with Bacon Ranch Dressing Roasted asparagus with fresh greens, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, chopped sweet onions, bacon crumbles and topped with a homemade bacon ranch dressing … this salad is so satisfying! And, dare I say, one that could tempt any salad-hater into a territory they might be okay with. I think the bacon ranch dressing […]


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 […]


Lemony Asparagus & Kale Quinoa

Lemony Asparagus & Kale Quinoa with Feta & Pecans ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #quinoa #asparagus #recipe

with toasted pecans and crumbled feta Sweet spring asparagus nicely contrasts with the light bitterness of kale and a nutty chewy quinoa. A bright and lively lemon olive oil dressing brings out the best of both veggies. It’s all topped with salty marinated feta cheese crumbles and crunchy toasted pecans. Serve it warm, as a side or […]


Shrimp & Avocado Salad

Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Japanese Yum Yum Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #dinner #salad #recipe

with Japanese Yum Yum Sauce Fresh shrimp with creamy avocado along with several other crunchy, colorful veggies, drizzled with Japanese Yum Yum Sauce, topped with fresh cilantro and toasted pine nuts, served with a wedge of lemon for squeezing over top. This is one of those “toss together” kinda salads, because I was starving for something […]


Ham Bone & Chickpea Soup

Ham Bone & Chickpea Soup ~Sumptuous Spoonfuls #homemade #ham #bean #soup #recipe

It’s a cold, wet, rainy spring day with a brisk wind that almost feels wintry … the kind of day that just chills you to the bone … and your body just yearns a nice comforting bowl of hot, piping soup. This is a hearty soup to cuddle up with and let it surround you with […]


Blueberry Wild Violet Salad

Blueberry Wild Violet Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #purple #spring #salad #recipe

with goat cheese crumbles, sweet roasted almond slices (not pictured), dandelion petals (optional) and a lovely honey lemon ginger dressing I’m a purple lover. Everything purple appeals to me. It’s been like this since childhood. Since Donny Osmond and his silly purple socks. Who remembers that? I know … I’m a dork. But even if […]


Four Cheese Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto

4-Cheese Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #lowcarb #risotto #recipe

A creamy cheesy risotto made with cauliflower rice and fresh mushrooms, so it’s low in carbs and high in nutrients … and it’s still quite creamy and satisfying. Risotto is typically creamy from the starch in the rice. The stirring of the risotto turns the starch into a nice cream sauce. Since cauliflower has none […]


Roasted Cauliflower Nachos

Roasted Cauliflower Nachos ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #healthy #CincoDeMayo #recipe

Crispy roasted cauliflower topped with melted cheese and classic Mexican nacho toppings makes for a delightful, healthy appetizer (or meal)! I bought a head of cauliflower on a whim a while ago, not sure what I’d make with it, but there it was, on the veggie shelf, staring at me. What was I supposed to […]


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. […]


Rainbow Fruit & Spinach Salad

Rainbow Fruit & Spinach Salad w Honey Ginger Lime Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #recipe

with Honey Ginger Lime Dressing A rainbow of fruit (strawberries, mangoes, pineapple, red grapes and blueberries) served over a bed of spinach with crunchy toasted walnuts, creamy goat cheese and a honey ginger lime dressing. This salad came about because I suggested for my daughter’s birthday party that we make fruit kebabs. And she loved that […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Spiralized Rainbow Pad Thai

Spiralized Rainbow Pad Thai ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #Thai #recipe

Inspired by Oh She Glows A rainbow of vegetables partner with shrimp, chicken, eggs and traditional Pad Thai flavors to create a beautiful, vibrant, veggie-licious yet high protein meal full of delightful Asian flavors. It’s amazing to eat hot right out of the pan, but also surprisingly good cold too, as a Pad Thai “salad”. I decided […]

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