Baby Kale and Grapefruit Salad with Campari Vinaigrette

Baby Kale and Grapefruit Salad with Campari Vinaigrette - a simple and sophisticated salad with a vinaigrette made from the classic Italian aperitif Campari. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Americans are becoming more accustomed to bitter flavors, as evidenced by some of the food trends we’ve seen in recent years – extra dark chocolate, bitter greens like arugula and dandelion, and craft beers that are heavy on the hops.  If you’ve acquired a taste for foods that lean toward bitter, you’ll want to try Baby Kale and Grapefruit Salad with Campari Vinaigrette.  This is a delicious salad with mildly bitter back notes that are nicely balanced by the salty feta and the sugars in the vinegar and candied walnuts. There is only 1 tablespoon of Campari in the vinaigrette but the flavor it imparts is unmistakable.

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Panko Parmesan Crusted Lemon Chicken

Hands down - the best lemon chicken ever!! Panko Parmesan Crusted Lemon Chicken is crispy, lemony, juicy and delicious. Use it to make chicken parmesan and chicken ceasar salad too. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

There are so many reasons you should make Panko Parmesan Crusted Lemon Chicken.  First, everybody loves it – this dish always gets rave reviews. It’s lemony but not overly so, and the panko breadcrumbs (Japanese style breadcrumbs) produce a golden brown crispy crust on thin cutlets that have been infused with delicious seasonings.   Panko Parmesan Crusted Lemon Chicken is pan fried quickly so it stays juicy and tastes light yet satisfying. Aside from being absolutely delicious it has a lot of other things going for it.  It’s versatile, freezes well, and tastes great hot or cold. You can serve it as is with a squeeze of lemon juice, use it to make chicken ceasar salad and chicken parmesan, or put it between two slices of bread with the condiment(s) of your choice to make a sandwich.   (more…)

Orange Pecan Farro Salad

Orange Pecan Farro Salad

I recently tried farro for the first time at a local café and was immediately smitten. It was served as a salad, dressed with a simple vinaigrette, and tossed with roasted vegetables. As I savored each bite all sorts of recipe ideas flooded my brain. Orange Pecan Farro Salad is the first of many recipes in which I plan to use this unique and delicious grain.

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Thin and Crispy Quinoa Crust Pizza

Thin and Crispy Quinoa Crust Pizza. No blender, mixer, or soaking of the quinoa required. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Those of us who like pizza tend to fall into one of two camps – thick crust or thin crust.  Fans of thick crust pizza tend to be bread lovers who enjoy the crust as much as the toppings.  They’re the ones who eat the leftover scraps of crust that others leave on their plates. The thin crust advocates tend to be a little more passionate, espousing the virtues of their preference with great enthusiasm .  They’re of the mind that the crust is simply a vehicle for the toppings and that high quality meat, cheese, and vegetables should be the highlight of the pizza – not the bread.    Thin and Crispy Quinoa Crust Pizza might not satisfy the thick crust folks, but if you’re a thin crust fan looking for a gluten-free option you will definitely want to try this recipe. (more…)

Lobster, Avocado, and Chickpea Salad with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

Lobster, Avocado, and Chickpea Salad with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette is packed with fresh, bright, nutritious flavors. It can be served as a light meal or an elegant first course. Gluten free too. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

I was perusing Pinterest recently and came across a bunch of recipe pins using smashed chickpeas and avocado – as in, chickpeas and avocado mashed together. There were sandwiches, salads, dips and wraps – they ALL looked scrumptious. I suspect that’s because I am in love with chickpeas and avocado and when I saw the two mixed together I thought it was pure genius. So I set about developing my own recipe using smashed chickpeas and avocado and came up with Lobster, Avocado, and Chickpea Salad with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette. This salad tastes divine, is packed with nutritious ingredients, and its vibrant colors make for a beautiful presentation. What more could you ask for in a dish! (more…)

Roasted Chicken Breasts in Date Sauce with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Capers

Roasted Chicken Breasts in Date Sauce with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Capers. Tastes like a dish from a French bistro. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Roasted Chicken Breasts in Date Sauce with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Capers tastes like something you’d be served at a French bistro. Bistro food is typically simple and familiar with a hint of sophistication – rustic dishes with amazing sauces or peasant food served in an elegant or unusual way. Think slices of flank steak with shallot mustard sauce, or pommes frites (french fries) served in a silver cup. Roasted Chicken Breasts in Date Sauce with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Capers would fit well alongside these dishes. Chicken breasts are marinated and then roasted in a dressing containing classic French ingredients like garlic, wine, herbs, and capers that, when combined with the roasted dates and pan juice makes a delectable sauce. (more…)

Quinoa Lace Cookies

Quinoa Lace Cookies - Beautiful and delicate gluten free cookies with caramel and butterscotch notes. No mixer or stove top prep. required. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Quinoa Lace Cookies are beautiful, delicate cookies with caramel and butterscotch notes.  They’re gluten free, contain no corn syrup, and are simple to prepare. You don’t need a mixer, and unlike other lace cookie recipes, this one requires no cooking on the stove top. But the best thing about these cookies is the number of unique ways they can be served. (more…)

Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Cashew Pesto a/k/a Winter Caprese Salad

Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Cashew Pesto a/k/a Winter Caprese Salad. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Every winter, right around now, I start to crave a perfectly ripe summer tomato, straight from the garden, so that I can make Caprese Salad – a classic Italian  dish of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. Caprese Salad made with tomatoes at the peak of their ripeness is pretty close to heaven on earth. That’s why I miss it so terribly come winter. So this is my solution – Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Cashew Pesto, a/k/a Winter Caprese Salad.  Simply roast up a batch of plum tomatoes and serve them with pesto and fresh mozzarella. Roasting the tomatoes brings out their natural sweetness. They won’t be as tasty as garden fresh tomatoes but they’re a good substitute during the cold winter months. (more…)

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