5-Minute Wild Blueberry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

A healthy, delicious, frozen treat with intense blueberry flavor.  Low in calories and chock-full of antioxidants.  JUMP TO RECIPE

5-Minute Wild Blueberry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt - A healthy, delicious frozen treat with the most intense blueberry flavor. Low in calories and chock-full of antioxidants. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #frozenyogurt #wildblueberries #antioxidants #icecream #healthydessert #healthydesserts

There’s nothing earth shattering about frozen yogurt, but I’m still willing to bet that once you try 5-Minute Wild Blueberry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, it will rock your world, and, quite possibly become your favorite summer-time treat. Why? Because not only is it delicious, and super easy to make, but it’s rich in antioxidants and has the most gorgeous, vibrant color. And if that alone doesn’t make you want to instantly whip up a batch, then consider this: each serving is less than 100 calories with only 8 grams of sugar. Compare that to the same size serving of ice cream, which clocks in at a minimum of 150 calories with 16 grams of sugar or more! And, that’s a conservative estimate – many popular brands of ice cream contain far more calories and sugar than that. (Click here to see the numbers.) If you have a nightly ice cream habit, just switching to 5-Minute Wild Blueberry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt may help you lose anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds over the course of a year. Now THAT’S earth shattering! (more…)

Seeded Mediterranean Herb Bread

This vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, bread has a super nutritious line-up of ingredients, including 5 different kinds of seeds, and a mixture of savory Mediterranean herbs and warm, earthy spices.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Seeded Mediterranean Herb Bread - Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, no refined sugar. This bread has a super nutritious line-up of ingredients, including almond flour, brown rice flour, 5 different kinds of seeds, and a mixture of savory Mediterranean herbs and warm, earthy spices. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #bread #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree #healthybread #veganbread #glutenfreebread #noyeastbread #mediterraneanfood

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to white, or even whole wheat bread, look no further! This Seeded Mediterranean Herb Bread is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and contains no refined sugar. You’ll be hard-pressed to find bread with a more nutritious line-up of ingredients, including almond flour, brown rice flour, 5 different kinds of seeds, and a mixture of savory Mediterranean herbs and warm, earthy spices. This hearty, delicious bread takes a full hour to bake, but preparing the dough involves nothing more than combining all the ingredients thoroughly, and, since there’s no yeast in this recipe, there’s no extra time required for rising. (more…)

Vegan Chocolate Turtle Bites

  A healthy remake of classic chocolate pecan turtle candies.  Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.  These little bites are sweet, chewy, chocolately, and utterly delicious!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Vegan Chocolate Turtle Bites - A healthy remake of classic chocolate pecan turtle candies. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. These little bites and sweet, chewy, chocolately, and utterly delicious! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #chocolatepecanturtle #chocolatepecanturtles #candy #healthycandy #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfreechocolate #norefinedsugar

Anyone who has a sweet tooth knows that when cravings strike, they’re hard to ignore. Even those of us who aren’t “addicted to sugar” won’t pass up a sweet treat every now and then. We can blame our yearning for sweet tasting foods on our early ancestors, who evolved to crave sugar because it was a good source of energy and protection from starvation. But the amounts and forms of sugar consumed back then were quite different than what’s readily available to us today, and this has led to over-consumption and, some would argue, contributed to the obesity crisis here in the U.S. So, what’s a sugar-loving person to do? In my opinion, the worst thing you can do is deprive yourself of sweets. Instead, look for ways to reduce your sugar consumption. Read nutrition labels carefully, and as much as possible, steer clear of foods with added sugars, especially refined and artificial sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup and aspartame. And, when reaching for treats and desserts, choose ones sweetened naturally, without processed/refined ingredients. These Vegan Chocolate Turtle Bites fit the bill. They’re free of gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and are also vegan. Candy doesn’t get much healthier than this! (more…)

Cauliflower Broccoli Pizza Crust

A delicious, gluten-free, vegetable-based pizza crust that contains no breadcrumbs and clocks in at only 80 calories per slice!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Cauliflower Broccoli Pizza Crust - Get a healthy dose of veggies with this delicious, gluten-free pizza crust that contains no breadcrumbs and clocks in at only 80 calories per slice! This recipe doesn't require the messy job of squeezing the liquid out of the vegetables. |QueenofMyKitchen.com |#pizza #pizzacrust #glutenfreepizza #cauliflowerpizza #cauliflowerpizzacrust #vegetablepizzacrust #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipe

What if I told you that an easy way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet is to eat pizza – crazy, right? Well, not if that pizza is made with a Cauliflower Broccoli Pizza Crust! Each serving of pizza (2 slices) made on this crust contains about 1 cup of vegetables, which will help you reach the USDA’s recommended goal of 2-3 cups of vegetables per day for teens and adults. (See this chart for more info.) You can top this pizza crust with whatever your little heart desires, but for maximum health benefits keep the toppings simple and nutritious. Some marinara, fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves are all that’s needed for a drool-worthy pie that’ll satisfy even the most intense pizza craving. (more…)

Apricot Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Get a healthy dose of omega-3’s with this easy and elegant dish you can have on the dinner table in under 30 minutes.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Apricot Pistachio Crusted Salmon - Get a healthy dose of omega-3’s with this easy and elegant dish you can have on the dinner table in under 30 minutes. | QueenofMyKitchen.com |#glutenfree #fish #gluten-free #seafood #omega-3’s #dinner #easydinner

I find salmon almost as versatile to cook as chicken so I make it quite often. My usual preparation is roasting it simply, with olive oil, salt and pepper, and a sprinkling of Herbs de Provence, or, if I’m in the mood for something with more robust flavor, I’ll spread some homemade pesto on top before roasting. Lately I’ve gotten a little bored with these dishes and decided it was time for something new. Pistachio crusted recipes are popular right now so I decided to come up with one of these toppings for salmon. After doing a little research I learned that apricots pair well with pistachios, so I mixed up a traditional pistachio topping and threw in some apricot jam to create this easy and elegant salmon dish. Apricot Pistachio Crusted Salmon has incredible savory flavor with just a hint of sweet and tart from the apricots and lemon. If you’re a fan of salmon, you’ll definitely want to add this recipe to your lunch/dinner rotation. (more…)

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This moist delicious quick bread has twice the protein and fiber as most banana bread. One of the best uses ever for overripe bananas!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – This moist delicious bread has twice the protein and fiber as most banana bread thanks to super nutritious chickpea flour. One of the best uses ever for overripe bananas! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #bananas #healthybaking #bananabread #chickpeaflour #garbanzobeanflour

Quick breads are no-yeast breads that can be made in a wide variety of sweet and savory flavors. These easy-to-make loaves are not only super-fast to make, as the name implies, but are a lot less finicky than bread made with yeast because you don’t need to be concerned about proofing the yeast (a process whereby you test the yeast ahead of time to make sure it’s active/alive) or whether you have the right climate for your bread to rise properly. Banana bread is by far the most popular in the quick bread category but most recipes you’ll come across call for all-purpose flour and refined sugar. This recipe for Chickpea Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is a bit healthier. It swaps out all-purpose flour for gluten-free, protein and fiber rich chickpea flour, uses coconut sugar in place of a refined sweetener, and throws in some dark chocolate chips to make it even more decadent. If you’re like me, and you stopped making banana bread once you decided to cut back on gluten and refined sugar, you can say HELLO to banana bread again! This rendition of traditional banana bread is every bit as tasty as any you’ve ever had – I promise! (more…)

Orange Sesame Grilled Asparagus

Grilled asparagus gets a boost of flavor with a delicious sesame citrus dressing. The perfect side dish for spring!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Orange Sesame Grilled Asparagus - Grilled asparagus gets a boost of flavor with a delicious sesame citrus dressing. Can be served hot or cold. The perfect side dish for spring! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #asparagus #grilledasparagus #vegetables #veggies #sides #springveggies

No other vegetable symbolizes spring as much as asparagus. If you’re making an effort to eat seasonally, now is the time to enjoy this perennial flowering plant species. Of course, you can find asparagus at the grocery store any time of year, but in the off-season, it’ll likely come from Peru or China and will certainly lose some of its freshness during the transcontinental plane ride to the U.S. After all, vegetables suffer from jet-lag too! To really savor asparagus, you’ll want to jazz it up a bit so that you fully appreciate its beauty, versatility, and amazing flavor. This recipe for Orange Sesame Grilled Asparagus will help you do just that! A simple citrus dressing and a sprinkling of delicate sesame seeds on top of perfectly charred asparagus spears will leave you with a newfound love for asparagus and one more reason to welcome spring! (more…)

Chickpea Pasta with Salmon in Light Lemon Cream Sauce

Satisfy your pasta craving with this light, yet decadent, seafood dish made with gluten-free, protein and fiber-rich, chickpea pasta.   JUMP TO RECIPE

Chickpea Pasta with Salmon in Light Lemon Cream Sauce - Satisfy your pasta craving with this light, yet decadent, seafood dish made with gluten-free, protein and fiber-rich, chickpea pasta. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #pasta #glutenfree #glutenfreepasta #chickpeapasta #seafoodrecipe #salmon

I merged two of my favorite food combinations to create this recipe: seafood and lemon + pasta and cream sauce. But the sum of these ingredients gets even better because the pasta in this dish is made from chickpeas so it’s substantially higher in protein and fiber than a wheat-based pasta, and, on top of that, it’s gluten-free! Chickpea Pasta with Salmon in Light Lemon Cream Sauce is such a simple and delicious dish and can be prepped, cooked, and on the dinner table in as little as 15 minutes! (more…)

Chickpea Parmesan Crackers

Hearty, rustic, crackers with delicious savory flavor.  Made with gluten-free, protein-rich, chickpea flour.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Chickpea Parmesan Crackers - Hearty, rustic, crackers with delicious savory flavor. Made with gluten-free, protein-rich chickpea flour and look gorgeous on charcuterie boards. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #crackers #glutenfreesnack #glutenfreesnacks #glutenfreecrackers #chickpeaflour #glutenfreerecipe #charcuterie #charcuterieboards

I consider crackers a pantry staple but I’m not crazy about most of the choices at the grocery store as many of them contain not-so-healthy ingredients like refined oils, potato starch, and added sugars. That’s why, when I have time, I prefer to make my own and this recipe for Chickpea Parmesan Crackers is probably the one I turn to most. These are hearty, rustic crackers with a firm bite and delicious savory flavor. They’re beautiful on charcuterie boards, taste divine dipped in hummus, and, when broken apart are a fantastic gluten-free substitute for salad croutons. I’m not gonna lie – they’re a little labor intensive to make but are definitely worth the effort!  So, make yourself a cup of tea, put on some music or a podcast, and get to work making these scrumptious crackers. You won’t regret it! (more…)

Farro Shortcake Biscuits

A healthier version of classic shortcake biscuits made with the Italian ancient grain farro.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Once the warm weather arrives here in the Boston area, one of the things I really look forward to is local strawberries. Usually by mid-June the season is in full swing and the farm stands in my neighborhood are bursting with this sweet, delicious fruit. (Botanically speaking, strawberries are actually considered fruit, not berries! Read more about this little-known fact here.) Supermarket strawberries can’t hold a candle to fresh picked, and unless you buy organic, they’re usually loaded with pesticides. So I make sure I enjoy the season while it lasts which always includes a serving or two of strawberry shortcake. This year I’m putting a twist on the classic dessert by making it with these delicious Farro Shortcake Biscuits. (more…)