Category: Healthy

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…)


Curried Cranberry Cashew Quinoa

A quinoa salad with a colorful assortment of healthy ingredients in a curry infused Greek Yogurt dressing.

Curried Cranberry Cashew Quinoa – A quinoa salad with a colorful assortment of healthy ingredients and a curry infused Greek Yogurt dressing. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Curried Cranberry Cashew Quinoa with Carrots and Corn – bet you can’t say that ten times fast! I wasn’t going for alliteration when I developed this recipe. My only goal was to create a curried quinoa salad, with an herbed Greek yogurt dressing, to bring to a birthday lunch I’ll be attending tomorrow. But, when I thought about the odd hue that curry can sometimes give to food, I decided the dish needed some pleasing flecks of color so I added cranberries (red), carrots (orange), and corn (yellow). I also knew I wanted some type of a nut in this dish, and cashews were a natural choice since they are often used in curry recipes. So, that’s how this recipe ended up with such a catchy title. I hope the birthday girl likes curry! (more…)


Crispy Brown Rice Chicken Fingers

Buttermilk bathed chicken strips are coated with organic crisp brown rice and baked to golden perfection.

Crispy Brown Rice Chicken Fingers – Gluten-free. Buttermilk bathed chicken strips are coated with organic crisp brown rice and baked to golden perfection. A fantastic, healthy lunch or casual dinner. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

If you think that the term “healthy chicken fingers” sounds like an oxymoron, then you need to try Crispy Brown Rice Chicken Fingers.  Admittedly, a lot of mass produced chicken fingers are made with mysterious, pulverized chicken parts and other undesirable ingredients, and then deep fried, making them anything but healthy, but not these little babies! Crispy Brown Rice Chicken Fingers are made with boneless, skinless chicken breasts and a handful of other simple ingredients.  The chicken pieces are tenderized in a well-seasoned buttermilk mixture and then coated with organic crisp rice cereal before being baked to golden perfection.  Kids and adults alike will adore these gluten-free, and yes healthy, chicken fingers! (more…)


Mix & Match Salad

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.

Mix & Match Salad – This basic recipe is your guide to creating an endless number of delicious salads AND a great way to reduce food waste! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

I’ve made Mix & Match Salad in countless variations for as long as I can remember. The recipe consists of four ingredients I always include – avocado, hard-boiled eggs, trail mix (one with dried fruit, nuts, and seeds), and tomatoes – along with other ingredients that vary depending on what I have on hand, what leftovers I need to use up, and what I, and my family, are in the mood for. Below are some of the variable ingredients I like to use in this salad. The key is to pick ingredients (one from each category) that complement one another and then make a vinaigrette that pulls all the flavors together. The possible combinations are endless! (more…)


Sweet and Salty Chia Flax Peanut Butter

The magical combination of salty and sweet in a peanut butter with a nutrient boost from chia seeds and flax seeds.

Sweet and Salty Chia Flax Peanut Butter - The magical combination of salty and sweet in a peanut butter with a nutrient boost from chia seeds and flax seeds. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Certain foods are so insanely tasty and comforting that they trigger obsessive thoughts and cravings. Peanut butter is one such food. If you put peanut butter on anything and everything, never tire of its creamy deliciousness, and are always ready for your next fix, then you’re a peanut butter addict and will love Sweet and Salty Chia Flax Peanut Butter. One spoonful of this delicious homemade nut butter and you’ll be on a healthy peanut butter high! (more…)


Clean Tuna Salad on Gluten-Free Dill Crackers

A lighter, cleaner, healthier tuna salad made with homemade avocado mayonnaise and served on crunchy, gluten-free dill crackers.

Clean Tuna Salad on Gluten-Free Dill Crackers – A lighter, cleaner, healthier tuna salad made with homemade avocado mayonnaise and served on crunchy, gluten-free dill crackers. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

“Clean eating” is a term that’s thrown around a lot these days. It’s kind of a vague term and if you asked ten health-minded people what it means, you’d likely get ten different answers. Everyone would agree, however, that the central tenet revolves around the idea of eating unprocessed, or minimally processed food. The best, and simplest piece of advice regarding clean eating that I’ve heard is this – when shopping for food, check the labels carefully. The ingredient lists should be short and all the foods on them should be recognizable. Of course, we can’t, nor should we, adhere to this guideline strictly. Some foods, by necessity, and for our safety, contain additives and preservatives, and not all of them are harmful. The key is to strike a balance by choosing whole foods as often as possible and avoiding foods that are highly and unnecessarily processed when it’s practical and feasible to do so. A super easy way to eat cleaner is to make your own mayonnaise. Store-bought mayonnaise is almost always made with refined oil (usually soybean oil) and often contains added sugar. Making your own mayonnaise takes just a few minutes and it’s so much healthier than store-bought. After you whip up a batch you can make Clean Tuna Salad on Gluten-Free Dill Crackers, which you can enjoy as a snack or light lunch. (more…)


Gluten-Free Caprese Tarts

Classic caprese salad ingredients on super flaky almond flour pastry, drizzled with sweet, tart, balsamic glaze.

Gluten-Free Caprese Tarts - Classic caprese salad ingredients on super flaky almond flour pastry and drizzled with sweet, tart balsamic glaze. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

A good caprese salad is probably my all-time favorite appetizer.  Whenever I’m dining out with my family and caprese salad is on the menu one of my daughters inevitably says “I know what you’re having Mom”.  Traditional caprese salads are made up of mozzarella, tomatoes, and fresh basil, which, some say are meant to symbolize the colors of the Italian flag.  The dressing is typically just some good quality olive oil with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. These beautiful tarts turn this classic salad from the Italian island of Capri into a delicious gluten-free appetizer with an updated dressing of balsamic glaze.  If you’re a fan of caprese salads, you will LOVE Gluten-Free Caprese Tarts!
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Roasted Eggplant Tahini Dip

A savory and healthy vegetable dip made with Greek yogurt and infused with fresh basil.

Roasted Eggplant Tahini Dip – A savory and healthy vegetable dip made with Greek yogurt and infused with fresh basil. Perfect for entertaining. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

A collection of easy, delicious, and reliable appetizers is a must for anyone who entertains on a regular basis. No fuss appetizers that are versatile and can be made ahead of time will ease the stress that often accompanies feeding guests. Dips are great for all of the aforementioned reasons but can sometimes be too rich if they’re made with a lot of mayonnaise or cream cheese. Health considerations aside, appetizers are supposed to simply whet our appetites, not ruin them. That’s why I love Roasted Eggplant Tahini Dip; it’s a light but satisfying appetizer that can be served with a wide range of foods for dipping and, more importantly, guests love it! (more…)

Almond Butter Button Cookies

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.

Almond Butter Button Cookies – Deliciously soft and chewy cookies made with just a handful of healthy ingredients. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

We’ve all been there. You have to prepare a meal for your family or bring a baked item to an event but you’re way overdue for a trip to the grocery store and there’s no time to go now.  So, you stare into the refrigerator and rummage through your pantry trying to figure out what you can throw together using only the ingredients you have on hand.  Such was the genesis for this month’s Recipe Redux theme – Spring Clean the Kitchen.  The challenge was to develop a recipe using at least 3 ingredients you currently had in your kitchen – no trips to the grocery store allowed.  In keeping with the spirit of the theme, I opted to create a dessert/snack using a few of my favorite healthy baking staples, and to keep the ingredient list short.  The result is these adorable and delicious Almond Butter Button Cookies. (more…)


Cucumber Antipasto Salad

A simple and healthy throw-together salad with classic antipasto flavors.

Cucumber Antipasto Salad - A simple and healthy throw-together salad with classic antipasto flavors. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Cucumber Antipasto Salad is a ridiculously easy throw-together salad with classic antipasto ingredients. It takes just a few minutes to prepare and yields eight to ten servings, so it’s a great dish for entertaining. The crunchy cucumber provides a nice contrast to the soft and silky artichokes, peppers, and mozzarella cheese. Dressed in a simple lemon vinaigrette with a generous smattering of fresh dill throughout, this healthy and tasty salad is a real crowd pleaser. (more…)


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