Brussels Sprouts Coleslaw

A fantastic alternative to traditional coleslaw in a healthy, lightened up dressing made with Greek yogurt and avocado mayonnaise.

 

Brussels Sprouts Coleslaw – A fantastic alternative to traditional coleslaw in a healthier, lighten up dressing made with Greek yogurt and avocado mayonnaise. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #coleslaw #brusselssprouts #salad #salads

BRUSSELS SPROUTS INSTEAD OF CABBAGE

This recipe puts a unique spin on classic coleslaw by using shaved Brussels sprouts instead of cabbage, and, rather than an all-mayonnaise dressing, calls for equal parts avocado mayonnaise and Greek yogurt resulting in a lighter, tangier coleslaw. Lemon juice, fresh dill, and white balsamic vinegar add to its fresh, bright flavor with just a hint of sweetness imparted by a little bit of maple syrup. Take Brussels Sprouts Coleslaw to your next picnic, tailgate, or backyard barbeque and watch it disappear because this is definitely not your average coleslaw! (more…)

3 Ingredient Broccoli Bread

Get a healthy dose of veggies with this low-carb, keto, gluten-free bread made with just 3 ingredients! 

3 Ingredient Broccoli Bread – A simple recipe for bread made from vegetables. Each slice contains the equivalent of 4 ounces of broccoli. Low-carb, keto, gluten-free, grain-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #ketobread #lowcarbbread #broccoli #grainfreebread

BROCCOLI – A CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLE
Most people are aware that vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts are “cruciferous” vegetables, but have you ever wondered what that word actually means? The term “cruciferous” is an informal way of classifying members of the mustard family of vegetables and derives from the Latin word “Cruciferae” which means “cross bearing”. Vegetables in this category are so named because their 4-petaled leaves resemble (roughly) the shape of a cross.

Cruciferous vegetables are best known for their cancer fighting compounds but they’re also:

• high in fiber and calcium
• good sources of beta-carotene (turns into vitamin A)
• rich in vitamins C, E, and K
• low in calories

Broccoli is probably the most popular cruciferous vegetable here in the U.S. so it’s worth exploring new and different ways to prepare it because let’s face it, plain old steamed or roasted broccoli can get a little boring. How about trying this 3 Ingredient Broccoli Bread? It’s a fun, delicious way to eat broccoli and each slice contains the equivalent of more than 1 serving (1 cup) of broccoli. It’s also low-carb, keto, gluten-free and grain-free. (more…)

Roasted Honey Balsamic Onions

An easier, more flavorful alternative to classic caramelized onions.

Roasted Honey Balsamic Onions

AN EASY ALTERNATIVE TO CARAMELIZED ONIONS

If you love caramelized onions but think they’re too much trouble to prepare then this recipe is for you! Roasted Honey Balsamic Onions aren’t exactly like caramelized onions but they’re a good proxy and are so much easier to make. This recipe doesn’t cut down on cooking time – both caramelized onions and Roasted Honey Balsamic Onions take about an hour to cook, but the big difference is that most of the cooking in this recipe is “hands-off” cooking. Once the onions are in the oven, you need only to stir them twice while they’re cooking after which time all the liquid will be evaporated and they’ll be golden brown and slightly caramelized. In contrast, classic caramelized onions are cooked on the stovetop and require constant stirring (“hands-on” cooking) so you’ll need to be tethered to that stovetop for the duration, dealing with sizzling and splattering cooking juices and getting an onion steam facial! I much prefer a recipe like this one where I can prep the onions, stick them in the oven, and move onto other tasks.

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3 Ingredient Baked Haddock

A classic New England dinner made with just three ingredients. As easy as it is delicious. 

3 Ingredient Baked Haddock – A classic New England dinner made with just three ingredients. As easy as it is delicious. Perfect for busy weeknights. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #fish #easydinner #3ingredients #bakedhaddock #fishdinner

EAT SEAFOOD TWICE PER WEEK
If you eat fish less than two times per week, you’re not eating enough seafood. So says a panel of nutrition experts assembled by the American Heart Association who recommend eating fish two times per week to help reduce the risk of heart failure, coronary heart disease, cardiac arrest and stroke. This is such simple advice to follow and an easy way to improve your health if you’re not already doing it. While the AHA places emphasis on consuming fatty fish like salmon, herring, and mackerel for their high concentration of omega 3’s, the less fatty varieties such as haddock have important health benefits as well. (Check out this article on the Health Benefits of Haddock.) In my family we have no problem at all eating seafood twice per week. Simple and delicious recipes like this one for 3 Ingredient Baked Haddock make it easy! (more…)

Cast Iron Roasted Sweet Potatoes

A quick and easy method for roasting sweet potatoes.  Makes a stunning presentation.

Cast Iron Roasted Sweet Potatoes – A quick and easy method for roasting sweet potatoes that makes a stunning presentation. Great for weeknights but fancy enough for entertaining. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #sweetpotatoes #weeknightdinner #sweetpotato #vegan #glutenfree #vegansides #glutenfreesides

SUPER NUTRITIOUS SWEET POTATOES
Sweet potatoes are delicious and have gorgeous color but there are other even more compelling reasons to love them. Sweet potatoes are rich in:
• vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene),
• vitamin B6,
• vitamin C, and
• potassium
They’re also high in fiber and antioxidants which promote gut health. In addition, they have anti-inflammatory properties and are low on the glycemic index which means that despite their sweetness, they release sugar into the bloodstream slowly – an important attribute as rapid spikes in blood sugar levels are linked to obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. So, as you can see there’s a lot to love about sweet potatoes but I’m going to bet you’ll love them even more once you try this recipe for Cast Iron Roasted Sweet Potatoes. (more…)

Low Carb Almond Flour Bread

Delicious, gluten-free bread made with super clean ingredients.  Only 5 grams of carbs per slice. 

Low Carb Almond Bread - Delicious, gluten-free bread made with super clean ingredients. Only 5 grams of carbs per slice. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #lowcarb #lowcarbbread #glutenfree #glutenfreebread #almondflour

AN EASY-TO-KEEP RESOLUTION
The New Year is a time for healthy eating resolutions – turning over a new leaf and setting dietary goals to change our lives for the better. But lasting improvement can only happen if one sticks to their intentions, and sadly, the research tells us that even though approximately half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions, less than 10% actually keep them for more than a few months. Often times the problem is that people make resolutions that are too ambitious, like vowing to give up eating bread. The key to making resolutions one can keep, the experts tell us, is to set small, realistic goals, which, over a long period of time, can yield big results. For example, instead of giving up bread entirely, simply switch to eating bread that’s less refined and lower in sugar and carbohydrates than conventionally made bread – bread like this Low Carb Almond Flour Bread. It’s made with super healthy ingredients and is guaranteed to satisfy even the most intense bread craving. Now that’s a resolution anyone can keep! (more…)

Cassava Greek Yogurt Brownies

Gluten-free, grain-free, brownies with a cake-like texture and rich chocolate flavor.

Cassava Greek Yogurt Brownies - Gluten-free brownies with a cake-like texture and rich chocolate flavor. Made with grain-free cassava flour. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #brownies #glutenfree #grainfree #healthybaking #cassavaflour

UNUSUAL BROWNIE INGREDIENTS
Cassava Greek Yogurt Brownies are delicious gluten-free brownies with a cake-like texture and rich chocolate flavor. They’re made with two ingredients not commonly found in brownies: grain-free cassava flour and Greek yogurt. At first glance these seem like odd ingredients with which to make brownies, but each serves an important purpose. The cassava flour replaces all-purpose wheat flour in this recipe and is the perfect baking substitute for those who adhere to gluten-free diets or who must avoid grains. The Greek yogurt, in turn, adds moisture – without it the brownies would be too dry because even though cassava flour can usually be substituted 1:1 for all-purpose flour, it’s more absorbent than all-purpose flour, so when baking with it, other ingredient adjustments – in this case, adding a dairy product – are often needed. So, what is cassava flour? Read on. (more…)

Chickpea Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Traditional oatmeal raisin cookies are transformed with a humble can of chickpeas. The results will surprise you!

Chickpea Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - Traditional oatmeal raisin cookies are transformed with a humble can of chickpeas. The results will surprise you! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #easy #healthy #gluten-free #healthycookies #healthyoatmealcookies #healthy #oatmealraisin #cookies #healthybaking

HEALTHY HOLIDAY TREAT
In the world of cookies, the chocolate chip reigns supreme, but not far behind is the oatmeal raisin with its more crumbly, earthy texture and warm, comforting spices. Here’s a healthier version of these classic cookies made with a can of chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans). If you have a health-conscious cookie lover in your life, these would be a perfect holiday treat for them. (more…)

Easy Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy

Finally, an unintimidating recipe for turkey gravy and it’s gluten-free too!

Easy Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy – This foolproof recipe makes gravy that’s every bit as silky, smooth, and delicious as traditional gravy made with flour. Can be made with or without pan drippings | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #thanksgiving #glutenfree #gravy #turkeygravy #turkey #sauce

GRAVY IS ESSENTIAL
There are lots of dishes you can do without on Thanksgiving. I can do without the marshmallow topped sweet potatoes and the mushy green bean casserole made with a can of soup, but there’s one thing most people would agree that you definitely cannot do without on Thanksgiving (aside from Turkey of course) and that’s gravy. Roast turkey is somewhat bland even when it’s cooked to perfection (see my tip at the end of this post for perfectly cooked turkey meat) and thus needs to be topped with gravy to achieve its full glory. So, when you’re the cook, the pressure is on because even if your turkey and all the Thanksgiving sides are perfect, a lackluster gravy will detract from the entire meal. Most gravy recipes are needlessly overcomplicated, which increases the likelihood you’ll mess it up, but this recipe for Easy Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy is pretty much foolproof. It can be made with any amount of turkey drippings – even drippings from a small turkey breast or chicken will produce excellent gravy. You can even make this gravy without turkey drippings and can vary the richness by using either milk, half and half, or heavy cream. (more…)

Pumpkin Spice Grain-Free Granola

 An addictive grain-free granola that’s chock-full of nuts, seeds, and aromatic spices. Great as a trail mix type snack or on top of yogurt.

Pumpkin Spice Grain-Free Granola - An addictive grain-free granola chock-full nuts, seeds, and aromatic spices. Great as a trail mx type snack or on top of yogurt. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #trailmix #grainfreegranola #granola #pumpkinseeds #pepitas

WHY GO “GRAIN-FREE”

New terms describing adherence to a particular type of diet seem to come out of nowhere every few years. One dietary term I’m hearing more and more frequently these days is “grain-free”, which, as the term implies, means avoiding the consumption of all grains or products that contains grains.  (Click here for a complete list of the many types of grains.)  I’d always thought that “whole” grains in particular were desirable as part of a healthy diet, so I was surprised to learn that consuming grains can sometimes cause:

1. skin conditions,
2. digestive problems, and
3. issues with mental acuity

As you might expect, there’s a lot of skepticism around this topic, but suffice it to say that a small subset of the population simply feels better all-around when they either limit their consumption of grains, or don’t eat them at all.

If you think you might be intolerant to grains, check out this article – 9 Signs Your Body Can’t Tolerate Grains.

Oats, one of the most consumed grains here in the U.S., and the main ingredient in traditionally made granola, are off-limits on a grain-free diet, but, this healthy and wholesome Pumpkin Spice Grain-Free Granola is the perfect replacement for conventionally made granola.

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