Category: Appetizers

Chickpea Cheddar Tots

There’s a new tot on the block!  Nuggets of cheddar cheese encased in a gluten-free chickpea crust and baked to golden perfection.

Chickpea Cheddar Tots – There’s a new tot on the block! Nuggets of cheddar cheese encased in a gluten-free chickpea crust and baked to golden perfection. Served with mustard, these tots make a great, healthy snack for kids and adults. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Tater tots – those small, cylindrical pieces of grated, fried potatoes – they’re almost as American as apple pie. In fact, tater tots are so well-known that many people don’t realize the term is actually trademarked by the Ore-Ida potato company, which is owned by Kraft. As with any foods that have a cult-like following, there are copiers, and in the healthy food blogging space these knock-offs include broccoli tots, cauliflower tots, zucchini tots, and sweet potato tots. But there’s a new tot on the block now.  Allow me to introduce you to Chickpea Cheddar Tots! Nuggets of cheddar cheese are encased in chickpea flour dough, shaped into tots, and baked to golden perfection. Chickpea Cheddar Tots make a great, healthy, after-school snack for kids, and adults love them too, especially when served with cold beer! (more…)

Vegan Flax Candied Nuts

Vegan candied nuts with a multitude of delicious uses.  Gluten free and dairy free with no refined sugar.

Vegan Flax Candied Nuts – Deliciously addictive candied nuts. Gluten free and dairy free with no refined sugar. Eat them alone as a healthy snack, sprinkle some on salads or mixed them into yogurt. They make a great holiday or hostess gift too. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

WARNING – Vegan Flax Candied Nuts are dangerously addictive! Once you start popping them into your mouth you may not be able to stop!  The coating on these nuts, which produces a sweet glaze when baked, is made from a simple mixture of coconut sugar and cinnamon that binds to the nuts with the help of a flax egg replacer, which is nothing more than ground flax seeds (sometimes called ground flax meal) mixed with water. If you adhere to a plant-based diet you’re probably very familiar with flax egg replacers as they are an excellent vegan substitute for eggs. (more…)

Fig Prosciutto Mascarpone Sweet Potato Crackers

I received free samples of the Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains Crackers mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Breton Crackers and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Fig Prosciutto Mascarpone Sweet Potato Crackers – fig preserves, crispy prosciutto, and mascarpone cheese on sweet potato crackers. An easy and elegant appetizer recipe bursting with sweet, salty, and savory flavors. #AD | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Fig Prosciutto Mascarpone Sweet Potato Crackers are simple to make yet so elegant! The base for this beautiful appetizer is a new artisanal cracker from Breton made with sweet potatoes and ancient grains like quinoa and rye. These light, delicious crackers are spread with a thin layer of mascarpone cheese and dolloped with fig preserves. Crispy prosciutto pieces are then sprinkled on top with a finishing garnish of fresh rosemary leaves. This is an A+ appetizer for any occasion, casual or formal. (more…)

White Bean Arugula Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Crispy Prosciutto

Cannellini beans are the star is this light and healthy salad that’s packed with protein and fiber.

White Bean Arugula Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Crispy Prosciutto – a light and healthy salad with Italian flair, packed with protein and fiber. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.comWhite Bean Arugula Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Crispy Prosciutto – a light and healthy salad with Italian flair, packed with protein and fiber. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

White Bean Arugula Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Crispy Prosciutto is a light and healthy salad packed with protein and fiber. One serving of this delicious salad delivers a whopping 34 grams of protein and 18 grams of fiber (68% and 72% of the recommended daily allowance). If you’re looking to add more beans to your diet, this is one delicious and nutritious way to do it. Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People, claims that adding one cup of beans per day to your diet will extend your life expectancy by 4 years! (more…)

Coconut Crusted Sweet Potato Fries

Golden, crispy, and delicious sweet potato fries baked in a coconut crust.

Coconut Crusted Sweet Potato Fries - Golden, crispy, and delicious sweet potato fries baked in a coconut crust. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

The U.S. consumption of sweet potatoes has increased drastically over the past two decades as Americans have become more educated about the health benefits of this versatile root vegetable.  Sweet potatoes are chock-full of vitamins, especially vitamin A in the form of beta carotene.  They’re also rich in fiber and potassium and are low on the glycemic index despite their sweetness.  Low glycemic foods help keep our blood sugar levels stable, which in turn reduces the risk of diabetes and heart disease.  As a kid, the only time I remember eating sweet potatoes was at Thanksgiving, but now I enjoy them year-round in a variety of delicious ways.   Coconut Crusted Sweet Potatoes Fries is the newest addition to my varied collection of sweet potato recipes. (See all the recipe links at the end of this post.) (more…)

Honey Lemon Whipped Ricotta

A simple but sophisticated appetizer with a multitude of delicious uses.

Honey Lemon Whipped Ricotta - A simple but sophisticated appetizer recipe with a multitude of delicious uses. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Light and easy party appetizers are a must this time of year. Once the warm weather arrives, everybody’s mood and habits shift. People no longer want to consume heavy, filling appetizers and hosts, in turn, want to serve quick and simple food so that they have more time to socialize with their guests. If this sounds like your style of entertaining, then Honey Lemon Whipped Ricotta will be perfect for your next gathering. (more…)

Blue Cheese Wild Rice Mini Meatballs

A unique, easy to eat, cocktail party appetizer bursting with savory flavor.

Blue Cheese Wild Rice Mini Meatballs are a unique, easy to eat, cocktail party appetizer bursting with savory flavor. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

The perfect cocktail party hors d’oeuvre should of course be delicious, but it should also be bite-size and require only one hand to eat. In other words, you should be able to pluck it off the serving tray and pop it into your mouth in one fell swoop. Blue Cheese Wild Rice Mini Meatballs make the perfect cocktail party appetizer for these very reasons. They’re easy to eat and are absolutely bursting with savory flavor. Pretzel sticks are used in lieu of toothpicks as a serving utensil. This makes for a clever presentation and provides a fun (and edible) way for you to grab, dip, and eat. (more…)

Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Basil

An easy and elegant appetizer you can assemble in under 5 minutes!

Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Basil – An easy and elegant appetizer you can assemble in under 5 minutes! Perfect on top of bread or tomato slices and a great addition to antipasto platters. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Basil is the prettiest and simplest appetizer!  You can assemble this dish in less than five minutes and it makes such a beautiful presentation.  Prosciutto is a dry cured ham with a soft, buttery texture.  Because it’s so salty, it’s often wrapped around sweet foods, such as melon, or figs, but it works equally well as a casing for fresh mozzarella, especially when served with a bit of sweet, tart, balsamic glaze. (more…)

Blue Cheese Rosemary Greek Yogurt Dressing

A versatile salad dressing made with Greek yogurt that can also be used as a dip or a sauce.

Blue Cheese Rosemary Greek Yogurt Dressing - A versatile salad dressing made with Greek yogurt that can also be used as a dip or a sauce. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Simple food can be turned into sophisticated food very quickly with the right sauce or dressing. Blue Cheese Rosemary Greek Yogurt Dressing is THAT sauce and it’s incredibly versatile. You can use it as a salad dressing, or a vegetable dip, but, in my opinion, it’s most impressive as a sauce for grilled meats. It’s cool and creamy with a hint of rosemary and intense blue cheese flavor that is nicely balanced by tangy Greek yogurt. This dressing is so delicious – you’ll be dipping everything into it! (more…)

Clean Tuna Salad on Gluten-Free Dill Crackers

A lighter, cleaner, healthier tuna salad made with homemade avocado mayonnaise and served on crunchy, gluten-free dill crackers.

Clean Tuna Salad on Gluten-Free Dill Crackers – A lighter, cleaner, healthier tuna salad made with homemade avocado mayonnaise and served on crunchy, gluten-free dill crackers. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

“Clean eating” is a term that’s thrown around a lot these days. It’s kind of a vague term and if you asked ten health-minded people what it means, you’d likely get ten different answers. Everyone would agree, however, that the central tenet revolves around the idea of eating unprocessed, or minimally processed food. The best, and simplest piece of advice regarding clean eating that I’ve heard is this – when shopping for food, check the labels carefully. The ingredient lists should be short and all the foods on them should be recognizable. Of course, we can’t, nor should we, adhere to this guideline strictly. Some foods, by necessity, and for our safety, contain additives and preservatives, and not all of them are harmful. The key is to strike a balance by choosing whole foods as often as possible and avoiding foods that are highly and unnecessarily processed when it’s practical and feasible to do so. A super easy way to eat cleaner is to make your own mayonnaise. Store-bought mayonnaise is almost always made with refined oil (usually soybean oil) and often contains added sugar. Making your own mayonnaise takes just a few minutes and it’s so much healthier than store-bought. After you whip up a batch you can make Clean Tuna Salad on Gluten-Free Dill Crackers, which you can enjoy as a snack or light lunch. (more…)

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