Healthy Hedgehog Candies

The Recipe Redux is a group of like-minded food bloggers whose mission is to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover.  Each month members post recipes to their blogs following a theme set by the group moderators.  This month’s theme is healthy small bite dessert creations.  Be sure to click the Recipe Redux link at the bottom of this page to see all the posts for this month’s challenge.

Healthy Hedgehog Candies – A small bite treat made with healthy ingredients that you can enjoy guilt-free. If you have kids they’ll never know this isn’t “real” candy. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Happy Birthday to The Recipe Redux! In honor of their 6th birthday, member bloggers were asked to create a healthy small bite dessert so I came up with these Healthy Hedgehog Candies. Are they not the most adorable little treats? The best thing about them though, is how delicious they are and how much they taste like real (i.e. not so healthy) candy. The bittersweet chocolate exterior hides a chewy, delicious, caramel-like interior that is made primarily from dates. Dates are among the sweetest fruits in the world so they make an excellent, healthier substitute for processed sugars. Unlike refined sweeteners, dates are chock-full of iron, potassium, vitamin A, and calcium, as well as other trace minerals. They’re also high in fiber. Trust me, you’ve never had candy like this before! (more…)


Fig Prosciutto Mascarpone Sweet Potato Crackers

I received free samples of the Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains Crackers mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Breton Crackers and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Fig Prosciutto Mascarpone Sweet Potato Crackers – fig preserves, crispy prosciutto, and mascarpone cheese on sweet potato crackers. An easy and elegant appetizer recipe bursting with sweet, salty, and savory flavors. #AD | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Fig Prosciutto Mascarpone Sweet Potato Crackers are simple to make yet so elegant! The base for this beautiful appetizer is a new artisanal cracker from Breton made with sweet potatoes and ancient grains like quinoa and rye. These light, delicious crackers are spread with a thin layer of mascarpone cheese and dolloped with fig preserves. Crispy prosciutto pieces are then sprinkled on top with a finishing garnish of fresh rosemary leaves. This is an A+ appetizer for any occasion, casual or formal. (more…)


White Bean Arugula Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Crispy Prosciutto

Cannellini beans are the star is this light and healthy salad that’s packed with protein and fiber.

White Bean Arugula Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Crispy Prosciutto – a light and healthy salad with Italian flair, packed with protein and fiber. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.comWhite Bean Arugula Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Crispy Prosciutto – a light and healthy salad with Italian flair, packed with protein and fiber. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

White Bean Arugula Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Crispy Prosciutto is a light and healthy salad packed with protein and fiber. One serving of this delicious salad delivers a whopping 34 grams of protein and 18 grams of fiber (68% and 72% of the recommended daily allowance). If you’re looking to add more beans to your diet, this is one delicious and nutritious way to do it. Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People, claims that adding one cup of beans per day to your diet will extend your life expectancy by 4 years! (more…)


Coconut Crusted Sweet Potato Fries

Golden, crispy, and delicious sweet potato fries baked in a coconut crust.

Coconut Crusted Sweet Potato Fries - Golden, crispy, and delicious sweet potato fries baked in a coconut crust. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

The U.S. consumption of sweet potatoes has increased drastically over the past two decades as Americans have become more educated about the health benefits of this versatile root vegetable.  Sweet potatoes are chock-full of vitamins, especially vitamin A in the form of beta carotene.  They’re also rich in fiber and potassium and are low on the glycemic index despite their sweetness.  Low glycemic foods help keep our blood sugar levels stable, which in turn reduces the risk of diabetes and heart disease.  As a kid, the only time I remember eating sweet potatoes was at Thanksgiving, but now I enjoy them year-round in a variety of delicious ways.   Coconut Crusted Sweet Potatoes Fries is the newest addition to my varied collection of sweet potato recipes. (See all the recipe links at the end of this post.) (more…)


Mac and Cheese in Cauliflower Sauce

A rich and creamy sauce made from cauliflower is the base for this delicious, gluten-free pasta casserole.

Mac and Cheese in Cauliflower Sauce – A rich and creamy sauce made from cauliflower is the base for this delicious, gluten-free pasta casserole. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Mac and Cheese in Cauliflower Sauce is so incredibly rich and creamy, you’ll be hard-pressed to believe that the sauce is made mostly from vegetables! This dish, for the most part, gets its fabulous taste and texture from cauliflower that has been pureed along with vegetable stock. There’s still plenty of cheese is this recipe – it is, after all, mac and cheese – but not as much milk/cream as a traditional mac and cheese, and no flour. I’ve kept this delicious casserole gluten-free by using red lentil pasta and gluten-free bread crumbs. Mac and Cheese in Cauliflower Sauce is so delicious and easy to make that I doubt I’ll ever make traditional mac and cheese again! (more…)


Wild Blueberry Kombucha Martini

The Recipe Redux is a group of like-minded food bloggers whose mission is to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover.  Each month members post recipes to their blogs following a theme set by the group moderators.  Click the Recipe Redux link at the bottom of this page to see links to all the posts for this month’s challenge.

Wild Blueberry Kombucha Martini – Made with homemade wild blueberry juice and lemon kombucha. A delicious, healthier martini with intense blueberry flavor. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Spring is a special time for celebrations. As the flowers are blooming and the grass is getting greener and lusher by the day, there is a sense of rebirth and renewal in the air. How fitting then, that this should be the season for graduations, showers, and weddings. These milestone celebrations call for delicious food and festive beverages so it’s only natural that this month’s Recipe Redux theme is “Cocktails and Mocktails for May Celebrations”. My fellow Reduxers and I have been busy creating delicious party beverages. Please be sure to clink the link at the end of this post to see the wide assortment of delicious drinks with plenty of non-alcoholic options. My creation was this Wild Blueberry Kombucha Martini. If you agree that healthy is a relative term, then I dare say that this might be one of the healthiest martinis ever! (more…)


Honey Lemon Whipped Ricotta

A simple but sophisticated appetizer with a multitude of delicious uses.

Honey Lemon Whipped Ricotta - A simple but sophisticated appetizer recipe with a multitude of delicious uses. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Light and easy party appetizers are a must this time of year. Once the warm weather arrives, everybody’s mood and habits shift. People no longer want to consume heavy, filling appetizers and hosts, in turn, want to serve quick and simple food so that they have more time to socialize with their guests. If this sounds like your style of entertaining, then Honey Lemon Whipped Ricotta will be perfect for your next gathering. (more…)


Blue Cheese Wild Rice Mini Meatballs

A unique, easy to eat, cocktail party appetizer bursting with savory flavor.

Blue Cheese Wild Rice Mini Meatballs are a unique, easy to eat, cocktail party appetizer bursting with savory flavor. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

The perfect cocktail party hors d’oeuvre should of course be delicious, but it should also be bite-size and require only one hand to eat. In other words, you should be able to pluck it off the serving tray and pop it into your mouth in one fell swoop. Blue Cheese Wild Rice Mini Meatballs make the perfect cocktail party appetizer for these very reasons. They’re easy to eat and are absolutely bursting with savory flavor. Pretzel sticks are used in lieu of toothpicks as a serving utensil. This makes for a clever presentation and provides a fun (and edible) way for you to grab, dip, and eat. (more…)


Crunchy Chinese Chicken Broccoli Salad

Classic Asian flavors shine through in this healthy and delicious, gluten-free broccoli slaw salad.

Crunchy Chinese Chicken Broccoli Salad

Crunchy Chinese Chicken Broccoli Salad is an awesome dish with Asian inspired flavors and the main ingredient is packaged broccoli slaw so it’s super convenient to make. Years ago, I used to make version of this salad that contained Ramen noodles. The uncooked noodles were broken apart and mixed into the salad and the seasoning packet that came with the noodles was used to make a vegetable oil based dressing to which refined sugar was added. I won’t go into the reasons one should avoid eating Ramen noodles – they are far too numerous to list here, but if you have any doubt about this just do a Google search. My quick search returned articles with titles like “Ramen Noodles May Lead to Chronic Illness” and “Why Ramen Noodles Could Cut Your Life Short”. Scary stuff. I’m all for indulging on occasion when it’s worth it but in this case, I was able to health-ify my old recipe and I think it actually tastes better now! (more…)


Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Basil

An easy and elegant appetizer you can assemble in under 5 minutes!

Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Basil – An easy and elegant appetizer you can assemble in under 5 minutes! Perfect on top of bread or tomato slices and a great addition to antipasto platters. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Basil is the prettiest and simplest appetizer!  You can assemble this dish in less than five minutes and it makes such a beautiful presentation.  Prosciutto is a dry cured ham with a soft, buttery texture.  Because it’s so salty, it’s often wrapped around sweet foods, such as melon, or figs, but it works equally well as a casing for fresh mozzarella, especially when served with a bit of sweet, tart, balsamic glaze. (more…)


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