Chocolate Pomegranate Crepe Bites | Swirls and Spice #glutenfree #grainfree

Chocolate Pomegranate Crepe Bites

For your next special event, try a platter of chocolate crepe bites.  Topped with dazzling pomegranate gems, these bite-sized delights look like packages and are reminsicent of petit-fours. I love crêpes.  And I think petit fours are adorable, but they are nigh impossible to make at home.  My mother and I tried making petit fours once, for a birthday party of mine.  We “nailed it,” in … Continue reading Chocolate Pomegranate Crepe Bites

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

Five Spice Beef Stew | Swirls and Spice

Slow Cooker Five Spice Beef Stew

Chinese five spice adds flare to this dish and elevates ordinary ingredients into a supper that you won’t soon forget.  When you crave stick-to-your ribs goodness, serve an easy stew that will have everyone wanting seconds. Here’s a savory stew that got a huge thumbs up from all my kids.  I’ve made it both on the stove top and in my slow cooker.  I don’t always plan ahead far … Continue reading Slow Cooker Five Spice Beef Stew

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

Grapefruit Gelatin Panna Cotta Cups | Swirls and Spice

Grapefruit Coconut Panna Cotta

Grapefruit season is in full swing; the latest fruit I sampled was at its prime, practically bursting with juicy sweetness!  The tangy citrus flavors pair perfectly with coconut panna cotta in this healthy gelatin dessert. For a middle of winter pick-me-up, fresh citrus fruit is an optimum choice.  The scent of citrus may improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety.  So save the rind and inhale deeply as you make … Continue reading Grapefruit Coconut Panna Cotta

Avocado and Bacon Fresh Cabbage Wraps | Swirls and Spice

Avocado and Bacon Cabbage Wraps

Combining crisp, salty bacon and creamy avocado is always a good idea.  Add tangy pickle slices, wrap everything in a healthy cabbage leaf, and you’ve got a new go-to lunch, appetizer or anytime snack. Last week I obliterated a craving for a standard BLT sandwich with these savory bacon wraps.  And today I took out my cabbage to make more wraps because they are so addictively satisfying! Though there are many … Continue reading Avocado and Bacon Cabbage Wraps