Cranberry Pepita Oatmeal Cups

A delicious, nutritious alternative to muffins with only 2 grams of sugar per serving! Gluten-free too.

Cranberry Pepita Oatmeal Cups - A delicious and nutritious alternative to muffins with only 2 grams of sugar per serving! Gluten-free too. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Cranberry Pepita Oatmeal Cups are a perfect on-the-go breakfast. They’re portable, more nutritious than a typical muffin, and insanely delicious. When I first started seeing recipes for oatmeal cups appearing throughout the food blogosphere I thought “cup” was just another way of saying “muffin”, but once I tried oatmeal cups I realized that they are quite different from muffins and very deserving of their own name. (more…)


Honeybell Baked Shrimp

An easy and elegant shrimp dish made with the crown jewel of oranges – the honeybell.

Honeybell Baked Shrimp - An easy and elegant shrimp dish made with the crown jewel of oranges! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Lemons are used more frequently in cooking than oranges, the former being kind of like the favorite son or daughter, with the later playing the role of red-headed step child, neglected and often forgotten. Yet, oranges are sometimes a great substitute for lemons, as long as what you’re making doesn’t require the extra acidity that lemons provide. Honeybell Baked Shrimp is a case in point. This dish is a delightful take on classic shrimp scampi using honeybell oranges instead of lemons. If you’re not familiar with honeybell oranges, I’m willing to bet you’ll be won-over, like I was, once you try them. (more…)


Oven Grilled Boursin Chicken Burgers

It may be winter but that doesn’t mean you can’t grill!  Make these deliciously savory burgers in your oven, complete with gorgeous grill marks!

Oven Grilled Boursin Chicken Burgers – Make these deliciously savory burgers in your oven, complete with gorgeous grill marks! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Grilled burgers are one of the best things that summer has to offer. In my family, we stretch the grilling season out as long as possible – through the fall and into early winter –  but by the time January rolls around our grill, and the deck it sits on, is usually covered with snow and ice so outdoor cooking is out of the question. I’ve tried grilling burgers indoors using a stove top grill pan but it smoked up my kitchen so much that the fire alarm went off. Man, that thing is loud! After that, I started oven grilling my burgers and have never looked back. Oven grilling is so much easier and it won’t leave your kitchen in a haze of smoke. The method for oven grilling that I outline in the recipe at the end of this post works with any type of burger, but if you’re looking for something a little different try Oven Grilled Boursin Chicken Burgers. They’re deliciously savory and a nice alternative to traditional beef burgers. (more…)


Turkey Cheddar Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

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.

Turkey Cheddar Quinoa Stuffed Peppers - Nutritious AND budget friendly. If you New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier and save more money, this dish is for you! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

The New Year is a natural time for diet resolutions, but it’s also a good time to rein in your spending. So, while you’re planning healthy-eating menus for 2017, take a fresh look at your grocery expenditures over the past year and, if you’re not already super thrifty, you’ll most likely see some ways to save money. The recipes created for this month’s Recipe Redux challenge (Budget-Friendly Eats) can help. Each Reduxer was tasked with developing a recipe for a nourishing meal that costs less than $3 per serving. Turkey Cheddar Quinoa Stuffed Peppers easily rose to the challenge. These delicious peppers are stuffed with wholesome, nutrient dense ingredients. They’re 215 calories each and cost a mere $1.61 per serving to make! (Note: cost per serving will vary depending on where ingredients are purchased. I live 30 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts and all ingredients were purchased at Market Basket – a regional grocery chain.) (more…)


Valentine Prosciutto Egg Cups

Make a special Valentine’s Day breakfast for your loved ones!

Valentine Prosciutto Egg Cups – Surprise your loved ones with a special breakfast on Valentine’s Day! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Valentine’s Day comes at a cruel time of year for some.  Anyone who has successfully stuck to their New Year’s resolution to lose weight or eat healthier is probably pretty proud of themselves by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around. Then, all of the sudden, chocolate is everywhere!  It takes a lot of willpower to resist so many decadent holiday treats, but if you’re determined not to given in to temptation, you can still celebrate in the most delicious way with Valentine Prosciutto Egg Cups. They’re not chocolate, but they’re unique, adorable, and super easy to make. (more…)


Healthy Banana Fudge Cakes

A healthy, low-calorie, chocolate dessert, with no added sugar and a fantastic way to use up overripe bananas.

Healthy Banana Fudge Cakes - A healthy, low-calorie, gluten-free chocolate dessert with no added sugar and fantastic way to use up overripe bananas! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

If you’re a banana lover, and consume them on a regular basis like my family and I do, you’ll occasionally end up with bananas that are simply too dark and overripe to peel and eat.  Here’s a great use for those old bananas – one that will have you actually wanting your bananas to turn all brown and black!  Healthy Banana Fudge Cakes are light, with a moose-like texture and rich chocolate flavor. And they clock in at a mere 107 calories per serving so there’s no guilt necessary! (more…)


Lemony Shrimp with White Beans and Farro

A light, healthy, and delicious meal that’s a great alternative to traditional shrimp scampi.  Packed with protein and fiber!

Lemony Shrimp with White Beans and Farro - A light, healthy, and delicious meal that's a great alternative to shrimp scampi. Packed with protein and fiber! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

In terms of versatility and ease of preparation, shrimp can’t be beat, which is why I always have a big bag of it in my freezer. Lemony Shrimp with White Beans and Farro is one of my favorite ways to use shrimp. This recipe makes a fantastic weeknight dinner, but it’s also fancy enough for entertaining. I served it on Christmas Eve this year, doubling the recipe to feed the crowd I had on hand. Everybody loved it, and because it was so quick and easy I had ample time to spend with the friends and family who’d come to visit. (more…)


Lemon Rice

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.  Links to all Recipe Redux posts appear at the bottom of this page.

Lemon Rice – A fantastic way to jazz up plain white rice. Quick and easy. A great accompaniment to seafood and chicken. | QueenofMyKicthen.com

This month’s Recipe Redux challenge was Grab a Book & Cook. For anyone with even a modest cookbook collection this challenge would seem pretty straight forward, but, there was a catch. We couldn’t choose any recipe we wanted. As a farewell to the year 2016 we had to pick a recipe from a page using any combination of the numbers 2 – 0 – 1 – 6. I had so much fun looking through all my cookbooks using the various page combinations and when I stumbled upon Lemon Rice I knew I had a winner. This is an unbelievably easy and tasty way to jazz up plain white rice and it only adds a couple of minutes to the usual prep time. The recipe for Lemon Rice is on page 201 of How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. (more…)


Peppermint Black Bean Brownie Wreath

Use a standard bundt pan to make this fun, festive, and slightly healthier holiday dessert with classic Yuletide flavor!

Peppermint Black Bean Brownie Wreath - Use a standard bundt pan to make this fun, festive, and slightly healthier holiday dessert with classic Yuletide flavor! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

This Peppermint Black Bean Brownie Wreath is a fun holiday dessert and not at all complicated to make. With all the super indulgent treats that surround us this time of year, it’s nice to offer one that is a tad healthier but still delicious and festive. If you haven’t tried black bean brownies yet you might be skeptical – I was too. All I can say is that it’s truly amazing how pureed black beans can be transformed into something that tastes like a chocolate truffle. Let’s not kid ourselves though, this is still a decadent dessert, and I’ve decorated it with peppermint candy canes and Twizzlers Twists so it’s definitely not health food! Having said that, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any dessert this good that contain 6 grams of fiber per serving, which is nearly ¼ of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of fiber. (more…)


Herbed Sweet Potato Biscuits

Serve these delicious biscuits in lieu of dinner rolls for a special holiday treat!

Herbed Sweet Potato Biscuits – a soft, sweet, and subtly savory biscuit. Ditch the dinner rolls and serve these instead! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Is there anything more comforting that a warm biscuit with melted butter? I think not, and if that biscuit is made with pureed sweet potatoes and infused with savory herbs – well, then you’re in for a real treat! Biscuits are always more special than dinner rolls but Herbed Sweet Potato Biscuits are in a league of their own. They’re soft, sweet, and subtly savory, and, when served warm with pads of butter nestled in their centers, they are heavenly. (more…)


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