Sinaya Casserole with Eggplant and Hummus | Swirls and Spice

Sinaya Casserole with Eggplant and Hummus

For enticing comfort food with a Middle Eastern twist, look no further.  Topped with a rich layer of hummus, this casserole features layers of meat, tomatoes, and roasted eggplant beneath. I had to pass up many a casserole during the years I could not eat dairy.  But the craving for warm comfort food remained strong.  So I found ways to work around my limitations, and we enjoyed breakfast casseroles and this dairy-free … Continue reading Sinaya Casserole with Eggplant and Hummus

Cornbread Waffles (Gluten-Free Option) | Swirls and Spice

Cornbread Waffles {GF Option}

Make a stack of these savory cornbread waffles, and your next brunch or lip-smacking lunch is just a few steps away.  Add some crisp bacon and/or melted cheese, and you’ll want these waffles on repeat for weeks to come.  They are perfect for stowing in the freezer, offering an instant heat-and-eat option that’s healthy and satisfying. Don’t most things taste better in waffle form?  Cornbread is no … Continue reading Cornbread Waffles {GF Option}

Greek Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner | Swirls and Spice

Greek Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

As the weather cools a little, our family’s fall schedule is revving up.  Thank goodness for simple meals like this winner of a sheet pan dinner!  The vegetables can even be prepped and stored up to three days ahead of time, which streamlines getting dinner into the oven when every minute counts! A rich marinade keeps the chicken moist and juicy.  This means that I can take out a cooked … Continue reading Greek Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

Mason Jar Greek Salad | Swirls and Spice | #grainfree

Jane’s Mason Jar Greek Salad

Brace yourself for the most satisfying salad ever, featuring chickpeas and Greek-seasoned chicken.  Feta and Kalamata olives add a punch of flavor that ascends to Mount Olympus and back.  When all ten layers meet in your entree-sized bowl, the result is no less than extraordinary. I never knew how beloved a Mason jar salad could be until my friend  Jane sent me this recipe out of the blue.  After making and devouring it, … Continue reading Jane’s Mason Jar Greek Salad

Purple Power Plum Pancakes | Swirls and Spice

Purple Power Plum Pancakes

The season for gathering up bundles of stone fruit to enjoy is here.  Peaches and plums are fruits I love to incorporate when the price per pound (or kilo) reflects their abundance.  For us it’s also the end of the summer break, and the race to outfit four kids for school is on.  Those lazy days of late mornings are being traded in for 7:00 a.m. bus departures. Getting them ready for school requires so … Continue reading Purple Power Plum Pancakes

Caramel Peach S'mores | Swirls and Spice

Caramel Peach S’mores {Gluten Free Option}

As long as I have a s’more in my hand, summer simply isn’t over.  It doesn’t matter how ridiculously early school starts.  These past months we’ve enjoyed s’mores of various kinds, along with many, many popsicles (only a few of which were homemade). It’s nice to have options.  Chocolate Mint S’mores are for when I need a rich chocolate fix.   When I want an experience … Continue reading Caramel Peach S’mores {Gluten Free Option}