Pork and Pineapple Tacos with Spinach Tortillas | Swirls and Spice

Pork and Pineapple Tacos with Spinach Tortillas

Seasoned pulled pork paired with fresh pineapple slices offer the sweet taste of a tropical getaway.  Then two kinds of healthy greens–spinach and cabbage–add a punch of color and crunch, while letting the warm spices and tangy fruit work their magic. If you were given a challenge to use pineapple and leafy greens in one recipe, what would you try first?  I love a good … Continue reading Pork and Pineapple Tacos with Spinach Tortillas

Sweet Potato Spice Muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins or Spice Bread

Busy mornings are better when I can grab a muffin from our homemade stash.  As the pace of life quickens, however, it can be tricky to squeeze in time for baking. That’s one reason I love to make muffins–they go in and out of the oven faster than loaves. My oldest daughter is always hankering for fresh-baked goods, and I can more easily oblige now, thanks to my … Continue reading Sweet Potato Muffins or Spice Bread

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

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