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Posts tagged “Vegetarian

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Baked Butternut Brown Rice Risotto

Baked Butternut Brown Rice Risotto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #healthy #risotto #recipe

Fresh sage and Asiago cheese really balance out the sweetness of the squash and the brown rice gives it a nutty taste, creating a savory, comforting, creamy rice dish that I just want to snuggle up with as the chill of December settles upon us. This risotto is baked to simplify the process … there’s just […]


West African Peanut Stew

West African Peanut Stew ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spicy #vegetarian #stew #recipe

I ran across this stew when Cotter Crunch posted hers … and it immediately struck me as something I just HAD to try! I pinned it on my “Recipes I Want to Try” board and vowed to make it sometime soon. Well, then last month I did an event where I served soups and sandwiches. […]


Chipotle Cowboy Caviar

Chipotle Cowboy Caviar ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cowboy #caviar #recipe

Recently we had our annual United Way fundraising drive at work. Our CEO came around and talked to us personally, at each team in the company, to challenge us to increase our donation this year by $2 per week. Being the analytical type of person that I am, I did the math. $2 per week […]


Sweet Pepper Asiago Zucchini Tots

Sweet Pepper Asiago Zucchini Tots ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #zucchini #recipe

When I did my kid-friendly cooking class and I shared my broccoli cheddar tots with my friends, I also made up a batch of these zucchini tots so my friends could sample the tots with a different “featured” veggie. Zucchini is marvelous in tots because it has such a mild flavor and it just soaks […]


Roasted Tomato Red Pepper Bisque

Roasted Tomato Red Pepper Bisque ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tomato #redpepper #soup #recipe

Adapted heavily from Girl Gone Gourmet A sweet and savory soup to soothe your soul. Heirloom tomatoes are roasted with mini sweet peppers, carrot, onion and garlic to soften and intensify their natural flavors. The soup is then cooked and pureed with fresh herbs, a little light cream and Greek cream cheese. The result is as […]


Cucumber & Yellow Watermelon Salad

Minted Cucumber Watermelon Salad with Figgy Goat Cheese & Toasted Walnuts ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #watermelon #salad #recipe

with fresh mint, figgy goat cheese & toasted walnuts I have been wanting to make this salad for weeks I think … but waiting until the watermelon and the cucumber are both present in my house at the same time AND I have the time and inclination to make and eat salad. It happened one […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Roasted Mushroom Kale Quinoa Salad

Roasted Mushroom Kale Quinoa Salad with blue cheese crumbles & toasted walnuts ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #mushroom #kale #quinoa

with blue cheese crumbles and toasted walnuts I wasn’t sure whether to call this a salad or a pilaf. I guess if you eat it cold, it’s a salad. If you eat it warm, it’s a pilaf, right? Or maybe it’s a skillet casserole? It can be a side dish … or a delicious meatless meal. […]


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, […]


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 […]


Turmeric Roasted Eggplant & Chickpea Salad

Turmeric Roasted Eggplant & Chickpea Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #deconstructed #hummus #salad #eattherainbow

with a rainbow of colorful veggies, feta cheese, toasted pine nuts (pinons) & a cucumber tahini yogurt dressing. It’s like hummus, deconstructed, in salad form, with extra color, feta and a little crunch. Mom and Dad gave me a big beautiful eggplant from their garden the last time I saw them and despite all the […]


Zucchini Kale Fried Rice

Zucchini Kale Fried Rice ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #Asian #zucchini #friedrice #recipe

Hurrah garden season is here! I am a garden beggar this year … the only plants I have growing in my little container garden are herbs and a single tomato plant. Oh, and there are two little sweet pepper plants that refuse to die from last year … and they are stubbornly making peppers, despite […]


Tropical Pineapple Mango Coleslaw

Tropical Pineapple Mango Coleslaw ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #fruity #slaw #recipe

My friend describes this salad like this: it is a slaw like no slaw you’ve ever had before. It’s tropical, fruity, crunchy, with hints of orange, pineapple, mango, mint and cilantro and crunchy, salty roasted macadamias on top. I have made it my lunch on several occasions by topping with shrimp and a drizzle of Sriracha. It goes […]


Hawaiian Mojito

Hawaiian Mojito ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tropical #cocktail #recipe #coconut #lime

When I first made that fabulous coconut pineapple mixer to make my Hawaiian Fizz cocktail, I didn’t realize just how MUCH mixer it makes! I made drinks for everyone at my Hawaiian Luau cooking class, but still I had a lot left. I made Hawaiian fizzes for my yoga friends and still I had more. […]


Perfect Sushi Rice

Perfect Sushi Rice ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #sticky #sushi #rice #recipe

Adapted just slightly from Alton Brown When I first started considering making sushi, I knew the first thing I needed to get right was the rice. The Basmati rice that we love so much just wasn’t going to work for this purpose. So I did some research and found a good sushi rice … and then I […]


White Cheddar Green Pea Salad

White Cheddar Green Pea Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #potluck #salad #recipe

Adapted from The Kitchen is my Playground When I was a little girl growing up in the American midwest, there were potluck parties. Lots of them. And inevitably at a midwest potluck, there are these things people call “salads”, most of them laden with lots of mayonnaise and sometimes even crazy things like pineapple and […]


Cherry Lime Mojitos

Cherry Lime Mojitos ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #mint #lime #cherry #rum #cocktail #recipe

My first sip of this cocktail was pure fizzy cherry lime heaven. Cherries, lime, and fresh mint come together with rum and club soda to make a delightful and refreshing spring cocktail. Do you love cherries? I soooo heart cherries. I have loved cherries since I was a child. When I was growing up, cherry pie […]

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