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Sherried Tomato Basil Soup

Sherried Tomato Basil Soup with Marinated Feta ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tomato #soup #recipe

with marinated feta Tomato soup is one of those things I want to make every year. I was a little worried this year because of yoga teacher training … I haven’t had time to visit my parents like I normally do in August, which is where I usually get my ample supply of garden tomatoes. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Smoky Romesco Sauce {Gluten Free & Whole30}

Smoky Romesco Sauce (Gluten free & Whole 30) ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #sauce #recipe

The idea for re-making my beloved Romesco sauce recipe came to me when I was having a conversation with a friend who is on the Whole 30 challenge (except I think her challenge is for 90 days … ). She said to me the thing she misses the most is sauces. My brain was saying […]


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 […]


Perfect Baked Steak Fries

Perfect Baked Steak Fries ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #oven #fries #recipe

This is a super simple way to make perfectly crispy and perfectly seasoned oven fries. I could eat nothing but these for days … I kind of did, having them for dinner one night and then breakfast the next and I’m still wanting to go make them again tonight. I even caught myself dreaming about them last […]


Easy Cucumber Heirloom Tomato Salad

Easy Cucumber Heirloom Tomato Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #heirloom #tomato #cucumber #salad

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. I’ve made this simple 4 or 5 ingredient salad countless times this summer … even before I had fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers, but it’s even better with the pretty multi-colored heirloom tomatoes and a crisp fresh from the garden cucumber. It takes but 5 minutes to make, so […]


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 […]


Spicy Devil Creole Shrimp Dip

It’s a shrimp dip with that creole bayou twist! I made this dip for our “dip day” at work … they supplied the chips, we were supposed to bring the dips. We had lots of wonderful dips. I truly loved them all … but I have to say, this one was still my favorite. There’s […]


Mango Pork Salad in a Jar

Mango Pork Salad in a Jar with blueberry goat cheese, toasted walnuts, cucumbers & a fiery grilled pineapple vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #portable #dinner #salad #recipe

with blueberry goat cheese, walnuts (or macadamias), cucumbers and a fiery grilled pineapple vinaigrette I made this salad a couple times … the first time for my yoga friends, in quart-size mason jars. This time I made the salads with mango and strawberries (because I happened to have strawberries that needed using and mangos have been […]


Ham & Asparagus Breakfast Quinoa

Ham & Asparagus Breakfast QUinoa ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cheesy #breakfast #quinoa #egg #recipe

Cheesy goodness, the nutty quinoa goes so perfectly with the roasted asparagus and salty ham. Add an egg with that delightful runny yolk and it’s breakfast heaven (if you ask me). The asparagus is almost done and I don’t want it to go … I know, I could still buy some from the store, but […]


Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad

Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #light #easy #summer #salad #recipe

with sweet onions, fresh oregano, parsley, dill, feta cheese and a light lemon herb vinaigrette We’ve made it to the dog days of summer already … the kind of scorching hot day where you don’t even want to go outside, ice water and air conditioning are the best things ever and you don’t feel like […]


Asparagus Sweet Pepper Egg Scramble

Asparagus Sweet Pepper Egg Scramble ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #quick #healthy #breakfast #recipe

I went to yoga last weekend and it was an “easy class” … I usually go to power yoga classes and if I find myself in an easier class I find little ways to make it more challenging. I want to be challenged. This class wasn’t all that challenging, but it was at the butterfly […]


Cilantro Coconut Curry Hummus

Cilantro Coconut Curry Hummus ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #curried #hummus #dip #recipe

I have a beautiful circle of yoga friends. Every Wednesday night we meet for yoga, then we go for wine. We’ve been doing this every Wednesday night for years and it’s made Wednesdays the night we all look forward to every week. We have laughed and cried together and shared so many special moments, birthday celebrations, and quite […]


Golden Raisin Gorgonzola Kale Salad

Golden Raisin Gorgonzola Kale Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #kale #salad #recipe

with toasted almonds & a maple dijon yogurt dressing Each week I make my yoga friends (and myself) a salad. This was last week’s salad. I usually put the salads in wide-mouthed quart mason jars (which can be enough for two, if they’re using the salad as a side, rather than a meal). My yoga friends eat […]


Crockpot Chicken Shawarma

Crockpot Chicken Shawarma ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #chicken #shawarma #recipe #avengers

I’ve been wanting to try Chicken Shawarma since I saw the movie The Avengers … yeah, I know it’s been a while since The Avengers was popular, but it’s been haunting me all this time. Did you see it in the theater? Did you stay until the end of the credits? There was a scene at […]


Kale Asiago Skillet Frittata

Kale Asiago Skillet Frittata ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #kale #cheese #breakfast #recipe

“These are the best eggs I’ve ever tasted,” she said to me. It was my cousin’s girlfriend who said this. I’d only just met her the night before. She, my cousin and their two daughters came up to join us for a weekend at my parents’ place. In the morning I made them this frittat for […]

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