Gluten-Free Strawberry S'mores | Swirls and Spice

Strawberry S’mores {Gluten Free}

Take some fresh strawberries, your favorite chocolate, and warm fluffy marshmallows.  Then add some Pistachio Almond Blondie Brittle above and beneath.  The result? A swoon-worthy dessert no one will want to miss! While we were visiting friends and family this summer, I had exactly one chance to eat s’mores, but I missed out.  At Grandma’s house in Missouri, certain children roasted and consumed all the marshmallows before I had a … Continue reading Strawberry S’mores {Gluten Free}

Gluten Free Chocolate Mint S'mores | Swirls and Spice

Chocolate Mint S’mores {Gluten Free Option}

Melted mint chocolate and gooey marshmallow gets squished between chocolate graham crackers to create a treat fit for royalty. I suspected my prince and princesses would love these super simple baked s’mores.  I was right.  They didn’t even notice that the chocolate decadence they were inhaling was gluten free. You don’t have to make your own chocolate graham crackers if you’re in a rush.  However, I was pleasantly surprised by … Continue reading Chocolate Mint S’mores {Gluten Free Option}

Green Power Salad with Ham, Almonds and Turmeric Vinaigrette | Swirls and Spice

Green Power Salad with Ham, Almonds, and Turmeric Vinaigrette

Tangy turmeric vinaigrette adds zest to fresh lettuce leaves sprinkled with smoked ham and crunchy almonds.  Ready in minutes, this protein-loaded salad will power you through the day.What really makes this salad unforgettable is the vinaigrette dressing.  Turmeric not only has anti-inflammatory benefits, it adds a mustard-like zing to the dressing which tastes exquisite with smoked meat. After a heavy duty workout, my body was craving protein, so I loaded my fresh … Continue reading Green Power Salad with Ham, Almonds, and Turmeric Vinaigrette

7-Minute Chickpea Salad with Shallots and Za'atar | Swirls and Spice

7-Minute Chickpea Salad with Shallots & Za’atar

Shallot-infused olive oil and Middle Eastern spices impart sophistication to this savory salad.  The ingredients come together in under ten minutes for a healthy side dish or portable lunch entrée.One evening I discovered too late that we were out of lemons.  But I was still set on having chickpea salad with supper. Enter za’atar, distinctive because of the lemony herb sumac, plus a tangy plum tomato.  The result was a harmonious medley of taste … Continue reading 7-Minute Chickpea Salad with Shallots & Za’atar

Five Spice Pepper Nuts | Swirls and Spice

7 Cookie Recipes Worth Making and Taking

December has arrived, and I haven’t started baking in earnest yet.  However I am okay with that.  Usually I can be found baking all through the twelve days of Christmas.  Our family runs on an academic calendar, so that’s often the time that works best.  The pace of life slows.  My kids are out of school and eager to help make and scarf down what we create together. If you think … Continue reading 7 Cookie Recipes Worth Making and Taking