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

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

Wild Rice Waffles with Pecans (GF) | Swirls and Spice

Wild Rice Waffles with Pecans (GF)

The prospect of wild rice, maple syrup, and rhubarb together on a plate enticed me to get my waffle iron out again.  The resulting crisp, nutty waffles tasted wonderful on their own, but adding cherry-rhubarb maple syrup was a perfect complement to the waffles.  Complex and hefty enough to be a stand-alone meal, I didn’t even miss having bacon. Never have I tasted a heartier … Continue reading Wild Rice Waffles with Pecans (GF)

Berry Lemon Oven Pancake | Swirls and Spice

Berry Lemon Oven Pancake

Oven pancakes are faster and easier than you might think.  There’s a good reason why the Swedes, Germans, and Dutch are known for them.  Not only are “Dutch babies” or oven pancakes delicious, you can whip up the batter in less than five minutes.  Pop it in the oven and 25 minutes later, a hot breakfast is served! I usually wake up hungry.  But pancakes seem … Continue reading Berry Lemon Oven Pancake

Sweet Potato Skillet with Bacon and Greens | Swirls and Spice

Sweet Potato Skillet with Bacon and Greens

The bacon wins.  Even non-fans of sweet potatoes will be bowled over by the savoury bacon flavour that permeates this simple dish.  It’s an easy main dish, a very hearty side dish, or a weekend breakfast option that is destined to triumph over any skeptics you might have in the house. All you need are four simple ingredients. I happened to have bacon, sweet potatoes, … Continue reading Sweet Potato Skillet with Bacon and Greens