Southwest Egg and Grits Bowl | Swirls and Spice #glutenfree

Savory Southwest Egg and Grits Bowl

Steering clear of the standard breakfast or lunch fare? Opt for this creamy bowl of seasoned grits topped with eggs and freshly chopped onions, tomatoes, and cilantro. I have a mental block about eating smoothie bowls, but they look so pretty!  So I decided to create a savory twist on those colorful bowls for a hearty breakfast or lunch option.  This was my lunch today, and I much preferred it … Continue reading Savory Southwest Egg and Grits Bowl

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

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

Jap Chae Noodles with Mushrooms and Bok Choy | Swirls and Spice

Jap Chae Noodles with Mushrooms and Bok Choy

Ready to move beyond ho-hum Asian fare?  Jap chae is one of the simplest, most authentic ways to enlighten your palate.  Transparent noodles meld with sesame oil and soy sauce for a perfect flavor balance in each chewy bite. Bonus points if you know the country of origin for this noodle dish.  Any guesses?  It’s a place that will soon be celebrating the Lunar New Year.  And sesame oil … Continue reading Jap Chae Noodles with Mushrooms and Bok Choy

Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole with Grits and Split Peas | Swirls and Spice

Vegetarian Egg Casserole with Grits and Split Peas

Sage-accented eggs blend together with grits, mushrooms, celery, onions, and mild yellow or green split peas in this breakfast casserole fit for a vegetarian feast. I love being challenged to include a certain ingredient in new recipes I develop.  So far this month I’ve been working to create dishes with split peas.  The arancini and the peanut butter smoothie were definite winners, so I continued to experiment … Continue reading Vegetarian Egg Casserole with Grits and Split Peas

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