Category: Gluten Free

Maple Sweetened Strawberry Ice Cream

Maple Sweetened Strawberry Ice Cream - delicious and subtly sweet with bright, tangy flavor. Sweetened with maple syrup instead of refined white sugar. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

I’m sure I’m breaking some unwritten food blogging rule that says you shouldn’t post two similar recipes back to back, but earlier this week my refrigerator was overflowing with all the fresh strawberries I had picked, so rather than see them go bad I decided to make Maple Sweetened Strawberry Ice Cream and it came out so delicious that I just had to share!  I had an old recipe for homemade strawberry ice cream in my files that I dug out and I simply replaced the 1¼ cups of white granulated sugar it called for with ¾ cup of pure maple syrup.  Aside from being able to control/lessen the sweetness (most ice cream is way too sweet), an added benefit of using maple syrup was that the liquids did not need to be heated in order to dissolve the granulated sugar.  Since the maple syrup was already in liquid form it just needed to be combined with the strawberries/puree and other ingredients.  So, not only is Maple Sweetened Strawberry Ice Cream a tad healthier than your typical strawberry ice cream, it’s also a little easier to make. (more…)

Strawberry Chicken Pecan Salad

Strawberry Chicken Pecan Salad with Feta Cheese and Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette - a salad with a magical combination of flavors and textures, and the ultimate salad for strawberry season! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

The strawberry season is in full swing here in Massachusetts and my family and I have been enjoying its bounty.  We are blessed to live within a mile of two “pick you own” strawberry fields and have several other farm stands nearby that are bursting with fresh strawberries this time of year. I always make a point of trying at least one new recipe each year using fresh strawberries, and normally this includes some type of dessert, but strawberries are delicious in salads too, as I discovered when I made Strawberry Chicken Pecan Salad.  What makes this salad so exceptional is that it pairs fresh strawberries with other ingredients that highlight its flavor perfectly.  Maple syrup intensifies the berry flavor, balsamic vinegar adds a pleasant tartness, and salty feta helps to balance some of the sweetness.  The result is a salad where the essence of fresh strawberries really shines through. (more…)

Roasted Red Pepper Involtini

Roasted Red Pepper Involtini – a no cook appetizer that’s delicious, easy, elegant, colorful, gluten-free, and low in calories. Great on antipasto platters. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

If someone told you they had a recipe that was delicious, easy, elegant, colorful, low in calories, and required no cooking, you’d want to know about it pronto, right?  Well, here is that recipe – Roasted Red Pepper Involtini.  Sweet, smoky, roasted red peppers stuffed, roulade style, with prosciutto, mozzarella, and fresh basil, then cut into pieces called “involtini”, which, roughly translated means “a small bite of food” in Italian. (more…)

Pepita Quinoa Chia Bread

Pepita Quinoa Chia Bread is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. A delicious yeast-free bread that’s high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Pepita Quinoa Chia Bread is gluten-free, dairy free, and vegan, and unlike most of the mass produced gluten-free bread available in supermarkets, it’s high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats.  The texture and shape of this bread is similar to a quick bread.  It contains no yeast so there is no rising involved and the finished loaf is dense and moist in the middle, but there are no sweeteners in this recipe so it tastes more like a slice of whole grain bread with a nutty, earthy quality.  Pepita Quinoa Chia Bread is healthy, delicious and SO worth the effort required to make it. (more…)

Chicken Marsala with Peas and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Chicken Marsala with Peas and Sun Dried Tomatoes is gluten free and takes just 20 minutes to prepare. A great recipe for busy weeknights. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Chicken marsala is a delicious chicken entrée that has been around forever, but my two main gripes with the classic preparation are that it calls for dredging the chicken in flour, and produces a finished dish that is somewhat lacking in color.  Coating the chicken pieces in flour prior to sautéing them serves primarily to thicken the pan sauce, however, the dredging process can be messy and if you’re allergic or sensitive to gluten, even the small amount of flour used in a typical chicken marsala recipe can cause you problems.  Chicken Marsala with Peas and Sun Dried Tomatoes is a quick, lightened up version of classic chicken marsala that solves both of these issues.  Instead of flour, the pan sauce is thickened with a combination of crème fraîche and cornstarch, with peas and sun dried tomatoes providing a boost of color to the otherwise bland tones in the dish.   Best of all, this simple recipe takes only about 20 minutes to prepare making it a perfect meal for busy weeknights. (more…)

Bistro Carrot Salad

Bistro Carrot Salad is a mainstay at bistros all over France. Grated carrots and parsley in a lemon vinaigrette. Delicious and very French! Gluten-free and vegan. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

The French have an uncanny ability to make ordinary food taste sublime.  Nothing illustrates this point better than Bistro Carrot Salad – a dish of raw carrots that have been grated into short delicate strands, dotted with flecks of fresh chopped parsley, and then tossed in a basic lemon vinaigrette.  Grated carrot salads (carottes râpées) are a mainstay at bistros everywhere in France and are so prevalent that French home cooks probably don’t even reference a recipe when making them. (more…)

Oven Roasted Vegetable Platter

Oven Roasted Vegetable Platter - A great alternative to grilled vegetables and so much easier. Just 15 minutes of roasting time. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

This Oven Roasted Vegetable Platter is the answer to some of the difficulties you may have encountered if you’ve ever tried to cook a large quantity of vegetables on the grill.  I think everyone would agree that the perfect accompaniment to any type of meat or fish is a platter of grilled vegetables.  Grilled vegetables are heavenly with their gorgeous sear marks and slightly charred smoky taste, but cooking a variety of vegetables on the grill can be very time consuming.  You have to laboriously thread a zillion individual vegetable pieces onto skewers, or stand at the grill and flip that same number of vegetable pieces over for even cooking.  It’s certainly worth the effort if you have the time but if you’re busy preparing other dishes, this might not be the most practical cooking method.  Oven roasting is much easier.  You can use smaller vegetables if you want (i.e. grape tomatoes), and cut them into more manageable, bite size pieces, and you won’t have to stand patiently over an outdoor grill or get your kitchen all smoked up using a stove top grill pan. (more…)

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad is classic chicken salad made with avocado mayonnaise and dotted with cranberries, walnuts, and a hint of orange zest. The cleanest, freshest tasting chicken salad ever! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

There are an endless number of ways to make chicken salad, however as with most classic recipes the simplest preparations are often the best. Aside from cooked chicken, all you need to make delicious chicken salad is high quality mayonnaise, lots of crunchy celery, a few scallions, and some seasonings.  Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad veers only slightly from this classic preparation.  It calls for avocado mayonnaise instead of mayonnaise made with vegetable oil or olive oil, and contains cranberries, walnuts, and orange zest – 3 foods that, on their own provide incredible flavor harmony, but when combined with the other ingredients is this dish make for a chicken salad symphony! (more…)

Chocolate Peppermint Tofu Ice Cream

Chocolate Peppermint Tofu Ice Cream is vegan ice cream that tastes like a frozen thin mint cookie. It's made with tofu and almond milk and contains no dairy! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Chocolate Peppermint Tofu Ice Cream is an amazingly simple vegan ice cream with rich chocolate taste and refreshing peppermint flavor.  It’s made with tofu and almond milk, sweetened with maple syrup, and even for non-vegans is a great substitute for regular ice cream when you want something light without as much fat and calories. (more…)

Spinach Parmesan Quinoa

Spinach Parmesan Quinoa is a delicious gluten-free side dish that requires only 5 ingredients, takes just minutes to prepare, and checks the box for both “starch” and “vegetable”. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Spinach Parmesan Quinoa is a simple, delicious side dish requiring just 5 ingredients. I came up with this recipe on the fly one night when I needed something to go with our dinner entrée that I could prepare quickly. The nice thing about Spinach Parmesan Quinoa is that it checks both the “vegetable” and “starch” box. With only a handful of ingredients, it is perfect for busy weeknight dinners. The sun-dried tomatoes are a delicious, savory addition to the quinoa and spinach, and provide a welcome pop of color, while the parmesan cheese adds a creamy quality and eliminates the need for any additional seasoning. This is a real winner of a side dish! (more…)