Author: Queen of My Kitchen

3 Ingredient Chili

This hearty and satisfying chili is the perfect quick and easy weeknight meal.

3 Ingredient Chili - The perfect quick and easy weeknight meal. Make it with beef, chicken, or pork. Hearty and satisfying. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #chili #stew #quickandeasy #3ingredient

THE DINNER DILEMMA

“What’s for dinner?” That’s the dreaded question that faces many of us after a long and busy day when we have mouths to feed and only a little bit of time before “hungry” turns to “hangry”. The solution to this dinner dilemma is quick and easy meals that come together in a matter of minutes – meals like this 3 Ingredient Chili which can be prepared with ground beef, chicken, or turkey to create a hearty and satisfying dish with minimal effort. Add some aromatics if you like (suggestions below), pile on the toppings, and watch it disappear. Dinner solved!

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Gluten-Free Linzer Cookies

These melt-in-your-mouth Linzer cookies are healthier than traditional Linzer cookies and every bit as delicious!

Gluten-Free Linzer Cookies - These Gluten-Free Linzer Cookies are a tad healthier than traditional Linzer cookies and just as yummy. With chia, flax and NO refined sugar.

A LINZER COOKIE FOR SPRINGTIME

Linzer cookies originated in Austria, having evolved from the classic Linzer torte, a heavily spiced jam and nut filled tart that has the distinction of being known as the world’s oldest cake, dating back to the late 17th century. Traditionally Linzer cookies were associated with Christmas but have become so popular over the years that they’re now made and served all year long. My unique take on this beloved sandwich cookie produces cookies that will literally melt in your mouth. Gluten-Free Linzer Cookies have the same soft, buttery flavor as their classic counterparts but are absent the nuts, yuletide spices, and refined sweeteners, making them lighter, healthier, and more befitting of springtime. (more…)

3 Ingredient Healthy Samoas

A healthy remake of the beloved Girl Scout Cookie. Simple to make with only 3 ingredients and no baking required.

3 Ingredient Healthy Samoas

THE IMPORTANCE OF NUTRITIOUS TREATS

If you’re trying to eat a little healthier these days, here’s a tip that might seem counterintuitive. Don’t banish treats from you diet. Why?  Because giving up things we enjoy eating entirely can lead to feelings of deprivation and eventually weaken our willpower. You’re much better off replacing these indulgences with healthier alternatives rather than giving them up altogether. To do that however, you need an arsenal of nutritious treats at your disposal – treats like these 3 Ingredient Healthy Samoas. These delicious little cookies are a remake of the famous Samoas Girl Scout Cookies (alternatively known as Caramel deLites). They’re made with just 3 simple ingredients, require no baking, and are guaranteed to satisfy your sugar cravings. (more…)

Greek Turkey Burgers

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Take your turkey burgers up a notch!  These delicious burgers are packed with so much savory Mediterranean flavor.

These Greek Turkey Burgers contain spinach and feta and are packed with so much savory Mediterranean flavor. Great for summertime grilling | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #burgers #turkeyburgers #grillseason #Greekfood

BURGERS FOR THE BUSY COOK

A variety of good burger recipes is a busy cook’s best friend! (Check out my other burger recipes in the links below.) Most burger patties can be frozen in their raw state and then cooked as needed providing a no-prep dinner that’s perfect anytime you want an easy, delicious meal. These Greek Turkey Burgers are no exception. I often double the recipe and keep the stash in my freezer and on nights when I’ve had a super busy day or just don’t feel like fussing around in the kitchen, I’m so thankful that they’re there! (more…)

3 Ingredient Sweet and Spicy Salmon

 The perfect balance of sweet and heat in a quick, healthy, and delicious seafood dinner.

3 Ingredient Sweet and Spicy Salmon - The perfect balance of sweet and heat in a quick, healthy, and delicious salmon dish. Dinner doesn’t get any easier than this! | QueenofMyKitchen | #salmon #seafood #quickdinner #easydinner #3ingredients

EASY SALMON RECIPE

Here’s an easy salmon recipe you’ll come back to time and time again!  3 Ingredient Sweet and Spicy Salmon is the kind of dish you make when you want a quick and healthy meal with minimal fussing around in the kitchen.   You can literally have dinner on the table in about 20 minutes. This recipe works with any kind of salmon (fillet) and produces a delicious glaze with the perfect balance of sweetness and spiciness.  For an additional boost of flavor consider topping or serving the cooked salmon with:

  • A squeeze of lime juice and/or some freshly grated lime zest
  • Aioli or other flavored mayonnaise
  • Freshly chopped cilantro

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Smashed Chickpea Avocado Salad

A terrific plant-based lunch option.  Cool, creamy, delicious, and ultra-healthy!

Smashed Chickpea Avocado Salad – A mayonnaise-free plant-based lunch option. Cool, creamy, delicious and ultra-healthy! Also makes a great appetizer. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #salad #chickpeas #chickpeasalad #avocado #avocadosalad #healthylunch

PLANT-BASED LUNCH OPTION

Chicken salad, tuna salad, and egg salad are popular lunch choices but if you’re looking for plant-based options these perennial favorites are off-limits. Indeed, it can be challenging to come up with a satisfying mid-day meal that doesn’t contain meat, seafood, eggs, or cheese. That’s why this Smashed Chickpea Avocado Salad is such a winning dish. It’s completely plant-based, easy to prepare, and is packed with fiber, healthy fat, and a decent amount of protein to satiate your hunger, and leave you happy and content until your next meal because let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than eating lunch and being “hangry” two hours later. (more…)

Healthy Sour Cream and Onion Mix

An easy to make homemade onion dip mix that’s much healthier than store-bought packets.

Healthy Sour Cream and Onion Mix - Homemade onion dip mix. Easy to make and so much healthier than store-bought packets. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #potatochipsanddip #oniondip #healthyoniondip #healthyappetizer #healthyappetizers

One of the most addictive snacks on the planet just got more nutritious!

If you consider yourself a healthy eater you probably don’t eat things like potato chips with sour cream and onion dip too often, but if you miss those indulgences, I have some good news. There’s a way to make this no-so-healthy snack into one that’s free of the harmful oils, chemicals, and preservatives that health-conscious people strive to avoid. Here’s how:

1. Buy potato chips that are fried in unrefined oil. Check the label on almost any package of potato chips and you’ll likely see that they’re made with sunflower oil, corn oil, soybean oil, canola oil, and cottonseed oil. These refined, highly processed oils are thought to cause widespread inflammation in the body and have been linked to diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Fortunately, because of the growing awareness of the harmful effects of these oils a few food manufacturers now use unrefined oils (i.e. olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil) to process potato chips.  I buy olive oil potato chips at Trader Joe’s and stores like Whole Foods stock a wider variety of chips that may also include avocado oil potato chips, and coconut oil potato chips.   

2. Make onion dip using Healthy Sour Cream and Onion Mix instead of those nasty store-bought packets that are full of all sorts of unhealthy ingredients like monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed corn protein, partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oils, and silicon dioxide just to name few. In contrast, this mix is a combination of dried herbs and seasonings in a base of buttermilk powder and nutritional yeast – simple savory ingredients that, rather than harming our health, might actually improve it! (more…)

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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