Pandan Crepes with Coconut Sauce {Gluten Free} | Swirls and Spice

Pandan Crepes with Coconut Sauce

Delicate crepes infused with aromatic pandan and coconut make a lovely brunch for springtime celebrations.  Topping them with edible flowers is optional, yet adds an elegant touch of natural color and beauty. Two things I love are crêpes and violets, so putting them together on a plate made for a happy day.  April showers have given us an abundance of wild violets this year.  While some people might want … Continue reading Pandan Crepes with Coconut Sauce

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