Southwest Egg and Grits Bowl | Swirls and Spice #glutenfree

Savory Southwest Egg and Grits Bowl

Steering clear of the standard breakfast or lunch fare? Opt for this creamy bowl of seasoned grits topped with eggs and freshly chopped onions, tomatoes, and cilantro. I have a mental block about eating smoothie bowls, but they look so pretty!  So I decided to create a savory twist on those colorful bowls for a hearty breakfast or lunch option.  This was my lunch today, and I much preferred it … Continue reading Savory Southwest Egg and Grits Bowl

Cherry Chocolate Chai Smoothie | Swirls and Spice

Cherry Chocolate Chai Smoothie

Cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger whirl together with the cherries, cocoa and coconut to yield a deliciously satisfying smoothie that’s practically a meal on its own. Now I finally have a workout routine to go along with all the protein smoothies I’ve been enjoying!  After reading about how to raise healthy daughters, I recognized that I need to do a better job of leading by example and … Continue reading Cherry Chocolate Chai Smoothie

Apricot Oatmeal Cookies {Gluten Free} | Swirls and Spice

Apricot Almond Oatmeal Cookies {Gluten-Free}

As a lifelong chewy oatmeal cookie fan, these new cookies have me convinced that apricots are amazing in a cookie.  And when you toss crunchy almonds into the mix?  Triple win. If offered a choice between a chocolate chip cookie and an oatmeal cookie, I will pick the oatmeal every time.  Unless it’s a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie.  That just doesn’t sit right with me.  I’ll take fruit with my … Continue reading Apricot Almond Oatmeal Cookies {Gluten-Free}

Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole with Grits and Split Peas | Swirls and Spice

Vegetarian Egg Casserole with Grits and Split Peas

Sage-accented eggs blend together with grits, mushrooms, celery, onions, and mild yellow or green split peas in this breakfast casserole fit for a vegetarian feast. I love being challenged to include a certain ingredient in new recipes I develop.  So far this month I’ve been working to create dishes with split peas.  The arancini and the peanut butter smoothie were definite winners, so I continued to experiment … Continue reading Vegetarian Egg Casserole with Grits and Split Peas

Peanut Butter Pulse Protein Smoothie | Swirls and Spice

Peanut Butter Pulse Protein Smoothie

I’ve found the perfect breakfast and post-workout smoothie!  No expensive whey protein or other powder is required, thanks to the yellow split peas contained within. Yellow split peas  are a mild-tasting type of pulse that helps boost the protein and fiber in a super healthy way. This week’s Pulse Pledge challenge is to include pulses for breakfast.  And this smoothie is such an easy, delicious way to … Continue reading Peanut Butter Pulse Protein Smoothie