Honey Almond Shortbread

A tender, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, sweetened naturally and gluten-free.   JUMP TO RECIPE

Honey Almond Shortbread – A tender, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread sweetened naturally and gluten-free. A quick and easy recipe. Only 10 minutes to bake with no rolling or cutting of the dough required. Perfect for afternoon tea. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #cookie #cookies #shortbread #shortbreadcookies #glutenfreecookie #glutenfreecookies #easyrecipe #glutenfreedessert #healthybaking

Shortbread has been around for hundreds of years. According to this article on the history of shortbread, the earliest documented recipe appeared in a Scottish cookbook in the year 1736. Back then nobody was concerned about the difference between natural and refined sweeteners or whether the baked goods they were eating were gluten-free, but nowadays most of us want (or need) healthier, more allergy friendly food. Thankfully shortbread can be replicated to address these modern-day concerns without any sacrifice in taste. This recipe for Honey Almond Shortbread is every bit as rich, delicious, and buttery as traditional shortbread but it’s sweetened naturally (with honey), and made with almond flour instead of wheat flour, so it’s gluten-free too. (more…)

Herbed Sesame Sunflower Seed Crackers

Vegan, gluten-free, dairy free crackers with a wholesome taste and tender texture.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Herbed Sesame Sunflower Seed Crackers - Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free crackers with a wholesome taste and tender texture. Super nutritious. Delicious dipped in hummus. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #crackers #vegancrackers #glutenfreecrackers #dairyfreecrackers #vegansnack #vegansnacks #glutenfreesnack #glutenfreesnacks #dairyfreesnack #dairyfreesnacks #healthysnack #seeds

I put crackers into the same category as salad dressings. They’re not at all hard to make from scratch yet most people purchase these foods at the grocery store.  This is probably even more true for crackers than salad dressings. I once mentioned to a friend that I make my own crackers and she said she never once considered making crackers – that it was so easy to buy good ones, why bother.  And this is someone who loves to cook! Well, I’m here to tell you that making crackers couldn’t be simpler and you’ll be rewarded with ones that are healthier and taste so much better than store-bought crackers. These Herbed Sesame Sunflower Seed Crackers are nothing like any crackers you’ve ever purchased. They’re vegan, gluten-free, and dairy free and have a wholesome taste and tender texture. A few of these crackers dipped in Sun-Dried Tomato Red Lentil Hummus is the perfect, healthy snack to stave off those hunger pangs that sometimes strike before dinnertime. (more…)

Paleo Apple Zucchini Spice Cake

An incredibly moist and delicious, autumn inspired spice cake.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Paleo Apple Zucchini Spice Cake - Apple, zucchini, and warm fall spices in a gluten-free, dairy free dessert. The moistest cake you’ll ever taste. #dessert #paleodessert #glutenfreedessert #dairyfreedessert #paleo #fallfood #spicecake #zucchinicake #cake

If you’ve ever done any cooking with sour cream or yogurt, you know that when it’s called for in baking recipes the result is usually an incredibly moist and tender finished product. But there’s another food that’s just as effective at transforming what might otherwise be dry and crumbly baked goods into melt-in-your-mouth treats, and ironically, it’s a vegetable – zucchini! This Paleo Apple Zucchini Spice Cake is one of the moistest, most delicious cakes you’ll ever taste yet it contains no dairy, no oil, and no refined sugar. It’s the perfect, healthy dessert to mark to the beginning of fall. (more…)

Sun Dried Tomato Red Lentil Hummus

A healthy appetizer made from red lentils and infused with savory sun dried tomatoes. Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy free.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Sun Dried Tomato Red Lentil Hummus – An easy, healthy appetizer with savory flavor and vibrant color. Great for parties. |QueenofMyKitchen.com|#dip #appetizer #appetizers #easyappetizer #easyappetizers #veganappetizer #glutenfreeappetizer #dairyfreeappetizer #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree

When it comes to nutritious, plant-based appetizers, hummus reigns supreme, and thankfully, for health-minded people who love to snack, there’s no shortage of tasty and creative ways to make it. Most recipes call for chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) as the main ingredient,  but you can also make hummus with another pulse, red lentils, and it’s every bit as delicious as traditional hummus with the same smooth and creamy texture. This recipe for Sun Dried Tomato Red Lentil Hummus is proof! Make sure you have plenty of crackers and cut up vegetables on hand before you make this dip because you might not be able to stop eating it. I ran out of things to dip the first time I made it and resorted to using my fingers! It’s that good! (more…)

Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

A no-cook, easy antipasto salad you can make in under 10 minutes. Great for picnics, tailgates, and casual entertaining.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Salad - A no-cook, quick and easy antipasto salad you can make in under 10 minutes. Great for picnics, tailgates, and casual entertaining. | QueenofMyKitchen.com |#salad #antipasto #artichokes #nocook #easyrecipe #roastedredpeppers #antipastosalad #quickrecipe #picnicfood #artichokesalad #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree

If you enjoy shopping at upscale food markets that sell a wide variety of prepared foods then you’ll appreciate Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Salad because this is exactly the type of dish you’re likely to find at one these stores. In fact, I came up with this recipe after purchasing a small deli container of a similar type salad at my local specialty food store, for which I paid an insane amount of money. Since it contained only a few simple ingredients I decided to make my own version and I’m so glad I did. This salad is perfect for picnics, tailgates, and casual entertaining. It’s quick to throw together and can easily be scaled up to feed large crowds. (more…)

Raspberry Mascarpone Pudding

An elegant dessert with Italian flair that can be made in under 10 minutes.   JUMP TO RECIPE

Raspberry Mascarpone Pudding - An elegant, make ahead dessert with Italian flair that can be made in under 10 minutes.  Great for entertaining and gluten-free too. | QueenofMyKitchen.com |#dessert #easydessert #raspberrydessert #pudding #mascarponecheese #mascarponerecipes #makeahead #glutenfreedessert

I’m all for making complicated, elaborate desserts when the amount of effort put forth corresponds to the finished product but I’m more in love with desserts that look beautiful and taste great even though they’ve taken very little time to prepare. Such is the case with Raspberry Mascarpone Pudding. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a simpler recipe anywhere. There’s no cooking involved and all that’s required to make this dish is a handful of ingredients and a food processor, yet the end result is individual serving dessert cups that are not only delicious, but stunning in appearance. (more…)

Lemony White Beans with Garlic and Rosemary

A healthy, Tuscan inspired dish you can make in under 10 minutes. Quick, easy, and delicious.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Lemony White Beans with Garlic and Rosemary - A healthy and delicious Tuscan inspired side dish you can make in under 10 minutes. Serve it as an appetizer, light meal, or side dish. Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #beans #whitebeans #cannellinibeans #healthyrecipe #vegansidedish #glutefreerecipe # mediterraneandiet #tuscanwhitebeans #sides

Next time you walk your hungry self into the kitchen and discover that there is very little in your refrigerator or pantry that can be made into a meal, I hope you remember this dish. Lemony White Beans with Garlic and Rosemary is what I make for a light, healthy meal when my cupboards are bare and I am way overdue for a trip to the grocery store. You can pull this dish together in just a few minutes with canned beans and some other staple ingredients you most likely already have on hand. (more…)

Black Rice and Sweet Summer Corn Salad

Disclosure: I received free samples from Nature’s Earthly Choice to develop this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  JUMP TO RECIPE

(#AD) Black Rice and Sweet Summer Corn Salad – A healthy, easy-to-make whole grain salad with sweet corn, savory sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil. Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #blackrice #forbiddenrice #sides #vegansidedish #glutenfreesidedish

I’ve served Black Rice and Sweet Summer Corn Salad several times this summer, always to rave reviews. This is one of those side dishes that’s served at room temperature so it’s great for cook-outs, picnics, and buffet tables. It’s easy to prepare, a little bit different, and absolutely delicious, all of which make it perfect for the type of casual dining we seem to crave on carefree summer days. It’s also a great way to showcase sweet summer corn, one of the best foods the season has to offer! (more…)

Maple Flax Animal Crackers

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. This month’s theme is healthy, crunchy snacks. Click the Recipe Redux logo at the bottom of this page to see links to all the posts for this month’s challenge.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Maple Flax Animal Crackers – A healthier version of the iconic childhood snack. Gluten-free and no refined sugar. Perfect for lunch boxes. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #animalcrackers #glutenfreesnack #glutenfreesnacks #glutenfreecookies #lunchboxsnack #lunchboxsnacks #kidssnacks #kidsnacks #norefinedsugar

One of the most nostalgic childhood snacks of all-time is undoubtedly animal crackers. There are several brands on the market now but back when I was a kid the only game in town was Barnum’s Animal Crackers by Nabisco. Who could forget the little red box with circus animals on the front of the package and the delicate string handle. I must have enjoyed eating the crackers but what I really remember is how much I loved carrying that box around like a little purse! (more…)

Peach Waffle Crisp

An inventive take on traditional fruit crisp and a great make-ahead dessert for peach season.  Gluten-free.  JUMP TO RECIPE 

Peach Waffle Crisp - An inventive take on traditional fruit crisp and a great make-ahead dessert for peach season. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #glutenfree #peach #peaches #peachseason #peachdessert #peachdesserts #glutenfreedesserts #glutenfreedessert #waffle #waffles #dessertwaffle #fruitcrisp

 

When you’re a food blogger your mind works in strange ways. I was driving back from visiting my mom last week and thinking about what dish I would photograph over the weekend. I decided it would be Herbed Parmesan Sweet Potato Waffles, a variation on my Broccoli Cheddar Waffles (this will be coming soon, I promise), but right as I was planning out the styling for the shoot in my head, I passed a sign for local peaches. And then, as if by magic, the idea for Peach Waffle Crisp came to me! (more…)

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