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…)

Sweet Potato Kale Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, and Goat Cheese

Healthy, colorful, and delicious – this salad has it all!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Sweet Potato Kale Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, and Goat Cheese – Healthy, colorful, and delicious, this salad has it all! #salad #kale #kalesalad #sweetpotatoes #sweetpotatosalad #salads

Sweet potatoes are the star in this healthy, colorful, delicious salad, which is why I named it Sweet Potato Kale Salad instead of Kale Sweet Potato Salad. If you’re not accustomed to eating sweet potatoes cold or at room temperature, you’re missing out because they’re fantastic in salads and add a gorgeous pop of color, particularly when set against salad greens. They’re super nutritious too, rich in beta-carotene, potassium, manganese, and lots of other vitamins and minerals. To read more about the health benefits of sweet potatoes check out this short article. I promise you though, none of this will matter much after you try Sweet Potato Kale Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, and Goat Cheese, because all you’ll be thinking about is how delicious it tastes! (more…)

Roasted Maple Balsamic Onions

A fantastic topping for grilled meat, but you’ll find a multitude of other great uses for these easy-to-make, sweet, sticky, delicious onions.  JUMP TO RECIPE 

Roasted Maple Balsamic Onions - A fantastic topping for grilled meat, but there are a multitude of other great uses for these easy-to-make, sweet, sticky, delicious onions. | Queen of My Kitchen.com |#condiment #grilledmeat #onions #caramelizedonions #redonions

Whenever I make Roasted Maple Balsamic Onions it’s almost always as an accompaniment to grilled beef or pork, but I invariably end up using them “in” and “on” so many other foods. That is to say, the leftovers never go to waste. You can throw them on salads and sandwiches, or into omelets, quiches and frittatas. They’re fantastic on pizzas, flatbreads, and focaccia, and are equally as tasty mixed into cooked pasta dishes. You’ll find a multitude of uses for these easy-to-make, sweet, sticky, delicious onions. (more…)

Gluten-Free Cheesy Ruffle Bread

Ruffles magically appear as this bread batter bakes.  Deliciously addictive and ready to eat in under 20 minutes!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Gluten-Free Cheesy Ruffle Bread - Ruffles magically appear as this bread batter bakes. Deliciously addictive and ready to eat in under 20 minutes! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #bread #glutenfreebread #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipe #glutenfreerecipes

This bread is so delicious and addictive that my husband jokingly calls it “crack”, which is ironic because the first iteration of Gluten-Free Cheesy Ruffle Bread almost ended up in the trash. I was actually trying to develop a pizza crust when I came up with this recipe, but when I pulled the pan out of the oven the so-called “crust” was a bubbly, ruffled mess – not at all suitable for pizza toppings. If it weren’t for the fact that I’m maniacal about food waste I might have tossed it in the garbage, but I figured it was probably edible so I cut it into pieces and served it with dinner that night and much to my surprise, everyone loved it, and I mean REALLY loved it! (more…)

Lemony Pesto Roasted Broccoli

Basil pesto and freshly squeezed lemon juice give this often bland vegetable a delicious boost of flavor. Broccoli may never be boring again! JUMP TO RECIPE

Lemony Pesto Roasted Broccoli - Basil pesto and freshly squeezed lemon juice give this bland vegetable a delicious boost of flavor. Broccoli may never be boring again! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #vegetable #vegetables #sidedish #sides #pesto #veggies #broccoli #roastedbroccoli

Broccoli used to be one of my least favorite vegetables until I started roasting it. Prior to that I had always steamed it, but once I learned how high oven heat can transform this ho-hum vegetable I never looked back. I went from feeling indifferent about broccoli to actually liking it and making it fairly frequently. Recently I discovered another way to cook this cruciferous vegetable that elevates the taste even further and now I can say, without hesitation, that I LOVE broccoli! If you want to see how the right cooking technique and two simple ingredients can turn a bland and boring vegetable into a stellar side dish, look no further than Lemony Pesto Roasted Broccoli! (more…)

Maple Glazed Scottish Oatcakes

A remake of traditional Scottish oatcakes.  These not-too-sweet-cookies have a rustic whole grain texture and rich maple flavor.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Maple Glazed Scottish Oatcakes - This remake of traditional Scottish oatcakes results in a not-too-sweet-cookie with rustic whole grain texture and rich maple flavor. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #oatcakes #oatmeal #maplesyrup #Scottish #Scottishoatcake #scottishoatcakes #wholegraincookie #wholegraincookies

Maple Glazed Scottish Oatcakes are a perfect example of my penchant for taking classic recipes and putting my own spin on them. Oatcakes are not traditionally thought of as a sweet treat. In fact, in Scotland, where oatcakes have been a dietary staple since the 14th century, they’re eaten as an alternative to bread, often replacing toast for breakfast. But classic Scottish oatcakes look like cookies and I thought their wholesome ingredients would pair well with maple syrup to create oatcakes that could be enjoyed more as a dessert or snack. Rather than simply adding maple syrup to the oatcake batter, I decided instead to top each oatcake with a thin layer of maple glaze and then throw a pecan halve on top. These not-too-sweet cookies have a rustic whole grain texture and rich maple flavor. They’re definitely not your average oatcakes! (more…)

Dark Chocolate Lentil Brownies

Rich chocolate flavor in a healthy brownie made with lentils. Lower in sugar and higher in protein and fiber than regular brownies JUMP TO RECIPE

Dark Chocolate Lentil Brownies - Rich chocolate flavor in a healthy brownie made with lentils. Lower in sugar and higher in protein and fiber than regular brownies. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #brownies #brownie #healthydessert #healthydesserts #glutenfree #healthytreat #darkchocolate

If I hadn’t already known that one could make delicious tasting brownies with foods like black beans, sweet potatoes, and avocados, I might have been skeptical when I first heard about lentil brownies. After all, lentils are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Who would ever think you could use them to make rich and decadent desserts?  But now that I’ve been a food blogger for a few years, I’m quite familiar with how healthy foods can be disguised in baked goods and the magic that happens when, in combination with other nutritious ingredients, they’re transformed into delicious treats – ones far better for us than their classic counterparts. If you don’t believe me, try this little experiment. Whip up a batch of Dark Chocolate Lentil Brownies and serve them to your friends, family, or guests, without disclosing that they’re made with lentils. Once you’ve watched everyone gobble them up, ask if anyone can guess what the secret ingredient is. Get ready to see some very surprised looking faces when you tell them the answer! (more…)

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