Tricolor Gelatin Parfaits with Pineapple and Blueberry

Gelled desserts deserve to make a comeback.  Fabulous with fruit, gelatin is also good for joint health and aids digestion.  So you can celebrate naturally with lime, blueberry, and pineapple in this refreshing mini dessert. Three Kings Day or Epiphany is celebrated this week, and hidden in one of the cups is a pistachio instead of a baby.  Make these as a healthier alternative to a King Cake.  The colors … Continue reading Tricolor Gelatin Parfaits with Pineapple and Blueberry

Chicken Stir Fry Romaine Wraps with Peanut Sauce | Swirls and Spice

Chicken Stir Fry Romaine Wraps with Peanut Sauce

A generous drizzle of Thai peanut sauce makes chicken stir fry taste so amazing that I’ll be making extra just so I have a chance to enjoy these irresistible wraps! When it comes to making stir fries or ordering take out, I usually prefer the food piping hot, straight from the wok.  Nevertheless, we usually wind up with leftover stir fry, which is less appealing the … Continue reading Chicken Stir Fry Romaine Wraps with Peanut Sauce

Ultimate Garlic and Onion Meatballs with Roasted Pepper Sauce

Ultimate Garlic and Onion Meatballs

Faster than meatloaf, meatballs are a fantastic make ahead meal option. Loading them with garlic and onion before baking gives results comparable to frying them on the stove top. Baked meatballs are much easier and less crumbly than meatballs cooked and turned over and over in the pan. I like to bake double or even triple batches and freeze the cooked meatballs. Then I have … Continue reading Ultimate Garlic and Onion Meatballs

Melon Rind Soup with Ginger and Star Anise | Swirls and Spice

Watermelon Rind Soup with Ginger and Star Anise

Watermelon rind takes an unexpected starring role in this savoury soup that revels in an aromatic yet light Chinese-style broth. Wasting food really irks me.  But it was not until a number of years back that I had any idea that watermelon rinds could be made useful.  It was when my late grandmother mentioned making pickles out of them.  That notion stuck with me years … Continue reading Watermelon Rind Soup with Ginger and Star Anise

Black Bean Stuffed Avocados {with Vegan Option} | Swirls and Spice

Black Bean Stuffed Avocados

Great for a simple lunch or healthy snack, these stuffed avocados come together swiftly and are loaded with Tex-Mex flavour! Cumin and fresh veggies keep the avocados healthy and super tasty. Avocados are not something I am fond of eating on their own.  But add some texture and Mexican fair and I love them!  Despite my daughter’s recent addiction to garlic salt on her morning … Continue reading Black Bean Stuffed Avocados

Sweet Potato Patties with Chimichurri Sauce | Swirls and Spice

Sweet Potato Chicken Croquettes with Chimichurri Sauce

Colourful sweet potato croquettes, loaded with flavour and healthy nutrients, make a tasty light meal with a side of pasta, rice, or couscous.  Or serve them as a filling appetizer for your next event. Any time I have an extra sweet potato lurking about, croquettes have become one of my top picks to make.  Savoury sweet potato croquettes are an enticing way to get healthy … Continue reading Sweet Potato Chicken Croquettes with Chimichurri Sauce