Butternut Squash with Spiced Cider | Swirls and Spice

Butternut Squash with Spiced Cider: A Side Dish for All Seasons

Cubes of butternut squash braised in apple cider and one simple spice make a very fine side dish.  It’s an easy enough side to accompany roast chicken on a weeknight or weekend.  And with so much flavor and minmal oven time, this variation of squash can easily earn a place on your holiday table as well. Instead of potatoes or rice, why not try butternut squash as a … Continue reading Butternut Squash with Spiced Cider: A Side Dish for All Seasons

Sheet Pan Terikayi Chicken Dinner – Plus 18 Weeknight Meal Ideas

It’s five o’clock, and your tired, hungry self needs to get a meal on the table soon.  What options are left?  You can still knock it out of the park with this tangy teriyaki chicken dinner. And if you like simple meals and want more ideas, I’ve also collected 18 more one-pan options to solve your weeknight dinner dilemma. Keep scrolling to get the complete … Continue reading Sheet Pan Terikayi Chicken Dinner – Plus 18 Weeknight Meal Ideas

Lemon Zucchini Bread with Almonds {Gluten Free} | by Swirls and Spice

Iced Lemon Zucchini Bread {Gluten Free}

Go ahead and reach for seconds of this iced zucchini bread.  It’s moist, lemony, and very hard to resist just one more slice! Do you have a favorite fall quick bread?  It seems like trays of cookies and sliced homemade quick bread are requirements this time of year.  While I love a rich slice of spiced pumpkin bread, this new Lemon Zucchini Bread is bumping all the other … Continue reading Iced Lemon Zucchini Bread {Gluten Free}

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