Spinach Shamrock Crackers

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these healthy, festive, gluten-free crackers. Delicious dipped in hummus.   JUMP TO RECIPE

March 17th has always been a special holiday in Boston because our city was the site of the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the 1760’s after an influx of Irish immigrants descended upon our shores. Sadly, for the first time in 260 years, there’ll be no parade tomorrow due to the coronavirus outbreak. The usual festivities will have to wait till next year, but if you’re looking for some small way to celebrate (and something to snack on while you’re hunkered down) then whip up a batch of these healthy and delicious Spinach Shamrock Crackers.  The three leaves of a shamrock are said to stand for faith, hope, and love – something we all need in abundance right now! (more…)

Tuscan Roasted Chicken Thighs

A fabulous make-ahead chicken dish with a delectable sauce. Perfect for entertaining or buffet style dining.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Tuscan Roasted Chicken Thighs - A fabulous make-ahead chicken dish with a delectable sauce. Perfect for entertaining or buffet style dining. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #chicken #chickendinner #makeahead #makeaheaddinner #chickendish

If you’re a fan of easy, no-fuss recipes, you’ll love Tuscan Roasted Chicken Thighs. Assemble this dish ahead of time and store in a zip-lock bag in the refrigerator to marinate overnight. Then, when you’re ready to cook it, simply dump the contents into a casserole dish, sprinkle over some white wine and Parmesan bread crumbs, and stick it in the oven for about an hour. As the chicken roasts, all of the savory ingredients mingle with one another and form the most delicious sauce, which you can then spoon over the chicken prior to serving to make the already tender, juicy meat even more succulent. Be sure to serve this dish with something that can soak up all of the flavorful sauce; I recommend Lemon Rice. (more…)

Sweet and Salty Chickpea Brownies

 Health-minded chocoholics will go crazy for these guilt-free brownies made with super clean ingredients!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Health-minded chocoholics will go crazy for these guilt-free brownies made with super clean ingredients! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #brownies #chickpeas #chickpeabrownies #healthybrownies #healthydesserts

I confess to being a little bit obsessed with brownies – more specifically, healthy brownies. Ever since I discovered that delicious, decadent, authentic tasting brownies can be made with nutritious foods like black beans, avocados, sweet potatoes, tahini, lentils, and bananas, I’ve been on a mission to develop as many of these guilt-free recipes as I can. Sweet and Salty Chickpea Brownies are my most recent creation and they are soooo good! (You can find links to all my other healthy brownie recipes at the end of this post.) (more…)

Parmesan Rice Crusted Chicken Cutlets

Golden delicious breaded chicken cutlets made gluten-free with rice crumbs.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Parmesan Rice Crusted Chicken Cutlets - Golden delicious cutlets breaded with rice crumb made from ground puffed white rice. Gluten-free too. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #chicken #chickencutlets #ricecrumbs #breadedcutlets #breadedchickencutlets #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipe

Everyone needs a few “go-to” recipes in their cooking repertoire. I’m talking about the kind of recipes you’ll turn to over and over again because they’re easy to master and produce dishes that everybody loves. It helps if they’re versatile, and can be made ahead of time too, because then they’ll be perfect for buffet style dining and casual entertaining and will be the first thing you offer up when someone asks you to bring food to a gathering. These Parmesan Rice Crusted Chicken Cutlets are THAT dish! They’re similar to classic breaded chicken cutlets but because they’re not dredged in flour, or coated with bread crumbs, they’re gluten-free. (more…)

Baked Cauliflower Gnocchi

These gluten-free, mild flavored gnocchi are a great, healthy alternative to pasta and French fries.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Baked Cauliflower Gnocchi - These gluten-free, mild flavored gnocchi are a great, healthy alternative to pasta and French fries. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #gnocchi #dumplings #potatognocchi #cauliflower #cauliflowergnocchi #glutenfree

If you’re a Trader Joe’s fan, chances are you’ve heard about their cauliflower gnocchi, a frozen grocery product with a sort of cult-like following. The accolades are well deserved as these vegetables-based dumplings are indeed quite tasty, but to be honest, I’m not crazy about their texture – I find them a little rubbery. So, I set about developing my own version of this product and came up with Baked Cauliflower Gnocchi. These gluten-free, mild flavored gnocchi are crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, and absolutely delicious! I always double or triple the recipe and keep a huge stash in my freezer for an easy weeknight meal. They make a great snack too as hand-held nibbles, and kids love them! (more…)

Stuffing Topped Pork Chops

Learn the secret to juicy, flavorful pork chops with this easy recipe.  One of the best uses ever for leftover stuffing!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Stuffing Topped Pork Chops - Learn the secret to juicy, flavorful pork chops with this easy recipe. One of the best uses ever for leftover stuffing! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #pork #porkchops #easydinner #stuffing #porkdinner #easyrecipe

Pork chops are a great weeknight meal, but even if they’re cooked to the proper internal temperature, they can be rather bland, especially if they’re prepared too simply. Another problem with pork chops is that they’re typically lean cuts of meat with very little fat so it’s easy to overcook them. This recipe for Stuffing Topped Pork Chops is a case study in how to handle these two challenges and it’s also one of the best uses ever for leftover stuffing. (more…)

3 Ingredient Healthy Pancakes

Hearty, healthy, protein packed pancakes you can whip up in just a few minutes with only 3 ingredients. Gluten-free too.  Breakfast doesn’t get any better than this!  JUMP TO RECIPE

3 Ingredient Healthy Pancakes - Hearty, healthy, protein packed pancakes you can whip up in just a few minutes with only 3 ingredients. Gluten-free too. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #pancakes #breakfast #healthybreakfast #healthypancakes #3ingredients #glutenfreebreakfast

Nothing says “weekend breakfast” like a stack of homemade pancakes. If you’re making pancakes from scratch though, it can be a bit of an ordeal as you’ll likely have to combine several ingredients, melt butter, sift flour etc. It’s definitely worth the effort on the taste front, but, if you’re like me, you might not like that heavy, laden feeling you’re left with after you eat waaaaay too many pancakes. Traditional pancakes are so light and fluffy and it’s easy to overindulge. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a big believer in the occasional overindulgence, but not in the month of January because most people are trying to eat healthier in the new year and lose any extra pounds they gained over the holidays! Enter 3 Ingredient Healthy Pancakes – the perfect solution to these pesky pancake issues! (more…)

Apricot Orange Marinade

Ingredients sweet, tart, savory, and salty comprise this easy marinade that turns bland poultry and pork into succulent, flavorful meat.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Apricot Orange Marinade - Ingredients sweet, tart, savory, and salty comprise this easy marinade that turns bland poultry and pork into succulent, flavorful meat. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #marinade #marinades #chickenmarinade #poultrymarinade #porkmarinade #chickenmarinades #poultrymarinades #porkmarinades #apricot #apricots

Apricot Orange Marinade is my go-to marinade for chicken and pork. This recipe makes enough for about 2 pounds of meat and you can even reserve a little bit of the marinade to use as a sauce for extra flavor. However, it’s very important to set aside any sauce you plan to serve with the cooked meat BEFORE you place the raw meat in the marinade, otherwise you risk contracting a foodborne illness, as raw meat can contain harmful bacteria that will contaminate the marinade. No worries consuming the meat after it’s properly cooked though, as any germs will be killed off. Just be sure to discard the marinade that the raw meat sat in.
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Coconut Oil Gingerbread Men

These modern-day gingerbread men are made with coconut oil and have a soft, chewy texture with classic gingerbread flavor.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Coconut Oil Gingerbread Men - These modern-day gingerbread men are made with coconut oil and have a soft, chewy texture with classic gingerbread flavor. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #gingerbread #christmas #christmascookies #gingerbreadmen #coconutoil

Nothing gets me into the holiday spirit more than making gingerbread cookies. This year I updated my old recipe, one I’ve been using for many years, and came up with Coconut Oil Gingerbread Men. These cookies have a soft texture and classic gingerbread flavor and are so much fun to decorate. My old gingerbread men recipe calls for vegetable shortening, and in the past I used Crisco to make these cookies, but I no longer use partially hydrogenated fats (also known as trans fats) because they’ve been linked to inflammation and heart disease. A great replacement for products like Crisco is coconut oil and it can be used 1:1 so it’s an easy substitute. (more…)

Best Ever Gluten-Free Stuffing

A wide assortment of super savory ingredients combine to make the most delicious Thanksgiving stuffing ever!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Best Ever Gluten-Free Stuffing – A wide assortment of super savory ingredients combine to make the most delicious Thanksgiving stuffing ever! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #Thanksgiving #stuffing #turkey #dressing #glutenfreestuffing #glutenfreerecipe #glutenfreeholidayrecipes

When the pilgrims arrived on the shores of Plymouth, Massachusetts back 1621, they never could have imagined that their ceremonial harvest feast would eventually turn into one of the most treasured national holidays. (Read more about the history of Thanksgiving here.) What makes Thanksgiving so special is its lack of religious connotations and commercialism. It is, quite simply, the best day of the year to gather with family and friends, share a traditional meal, and be grateful not only for the food we eat, but for our relationships as well. I take this sentiment to heart each year when I prepare my Thanksgiving feast, always making sure that I include dishes that my family loves, one of which is this Best Ever Gluten-Free Stuffing. (more…)