Grapefruit Gelatin Panna Cotta Cups | Swirls and Spice

Grapefruit Coconut Panna Cotta

Grapefruit season is in full swing; the latest fruit I sampled was at its prime, practically bursting with juicy sweetness!  The tangy citrus flavors pair perfectly with coconut panna cotta in this healthy gelatin dessert. For a middle of winter pick-me-up, fresh citrus fruit is an optimum choice.  The scent of citrus may improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety.  So save the rind and inhale deeply as you make … Continue reading Grapefruit Coconut Panna Cotta

Avocado and Bacon Fresh Cabbage Wraps | Swirls and Spice

Avocado and Bacon Cabbage Wraps

Combining crisp, salty bacon and creamy avocado is always a good idea.  Add tangy pickle slices, wrap everything in a healthy cabbage leaf, and you’ve got a new go-to lunch, appetizer or anytime snack. Last week I obliterated a craving for a standard BLT sandwich with these savory bacon wraps.  And today I took out my cabbage to make more wraps because they are so addictively satisfying! Though there are many … Continue reading Avocado and Bacon Cabbage Wraps

Tricolor Gelatin Parfaits with Pineapple and Blueberry

Gelled desserts deserve to make a comeback.  Fabulous with fruit, gelatin is also good for joint health and aids digestion.  So you can celebrate naturally with lime, blueberry, and pineapple in this refreshing mini dessert. Three Kings Day or Epiphany is celebrated this week, and hidden in one of the cups is a pistachio instead of a baby.  Make these as a healthier alternative to a King Cake.  The colors … Continue reading Tricolor Gelatin Parfaits with Pineapple and Blueberry

Pomegranate and Pistachio Pudding Parfaits

Creamy coconut pudding with a hint of lime is layered with ruby red pomegranate seeds and pistachio nuts in this dreamy holiday dessert.  Easily make it ahead of time and serve with a smile. Mini desserts are for those of us who believe that everything can be enjoyed in moderation. Or perhaps you are a part of the crowd who finds tiny things enchanting.  Not only are miniature desserts adorable, I … Continue reading Pomegranate and Pistachio Pudding Parfaits

Butternut Squash Skillet with Lamb and Spinach

Butternut Squash Skillet with Lamb and Spinach

All it takes is one skillet and about 20 minutes to get this flavorful fall supper from the skillet to the table.  This dish proves that firing up the oven isn’t the only way to enjoy delicious butternut squash.  Inspired by ingredients I had that needed to be used up, I took a casserole recipe from Meal Planning Maven and fused it with one of our family favorites, Sweet Potato Skillet with Bacon and Greens. The … Continue reading Butternut Squash Skillet with Lamb and Spinach

Sweet Potato Pecan Cookies

This is the season for all things orange, and lately my seasonal ingredients have incorporated that warm and wonderful color.  Butternut squash went into a savory soup and pumpkin got tossed into a stick-to-your ribs fried rice.  But for the next installment I bring you something sweet from the oven: tender pecan cookies made with sweet potato.  Let baking season begin! These healthier treats make an ideal grab-and-go breakfast for cookie lovers like me.  Inspired by … Continue reading Sweet Potato Pecan Cookies