Category: Healthy

Almond Oat Cups

A cross between a cookie, a muffin, and a teacake.  Free of gluten and eggs, and only take 10 minutes to bake.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Almond Oat Cups - A cross between a cookie, a muffin, and a teacake. Gluten-free, egg-free, and only take 10 minutes to bake. Perfect as a healthy snack or with a cup of tea. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #glutenfree #glutenfreesnack #glutenfreebaking #glutenfreesnack #oatcups #eggfree #eggfreebaking

These gluten-free, egg-free Almond Oat Cups are a cross between a cookie and a muffin, and even though they’re perfect for teatime, because they’re dainty and not too sweet (each cup has only 4 grams of sugar), they’d also be fantastic for dessert. Just imagine some fresh berries or baked apples on top, along with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – yum! One of the best things about these healthy little treats is that they only take 10 minutes to bake – the prep time is pretty quick too, 15 minutes max. I use a standard 12-cup muffin pan to make “cups” but if you don’t own a muffin pan you can also use an 8 x 8-inch square pan and make “bars” instead. Simply line the pan with parchment paper and press the mixture evenly into the pan. Once it’s finished baking, let it cool completely and then cut it into bars or squares. (more…)

Roasted Cauliflower with Feta, Tomatoes, Walnuts, and Capers

Cauliflower gets dressed up in this vibrant side dish with a variety of flavors, colors, and textures.  An awesome appetizer too.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Roasted Cauliflower with Feta, Tomatoes, Walnuts, and Capers - Cauliflower gets dressed up in this vibrant side dish with a variety of flavors, colors, and textures. Super simple to prepare. Great as an appetizer too. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #vegetables #vegetable #sidedishes #sidedish #thanksgiving #glutenfree #yummyveggies #cauliflowerrecipes

The rise of cauliflower as a celebrity vegetable has been nothing short of meteoric. Much of this growth can be attributed to cauliflower rice, a term used to describe cauliflower that has been chopped into tiny pieces that resemble grains of rice. So staggering is the growth of this vegetable in disguise that huge, multinational brands are now jumping in to capture market share. Green Giant (a division of General Mills) now harvests over 100,000 heads of cauliflower daily to meet the growing demand – a six-fold increase from just a few years ago! I’ve done my part as a food blogger by posting a variety of new-fangled cauliflower-based dishes (see the last paragraph for links to these recipes), but recently I had the urge to go back to using cauliflower in a more traditional way and came up with this recipe for Roasted Cauliflower with Feta, Tomatoes, Walnuts, and Capers. (more…)

Fig Balsamic Farro with Spinach, Cranberries, and Almonds

A nutritious, delicious, Italian inspired dish the whole family will love.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Fig Balsamic Farro with Spinach, Cranberries, and Almonds is a delicious, nutritious, Italian inspired dish that can be served as an appetizer, side, or entrée. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #farro #emmer #ancientgrain #ancientgrains #ancientwheat #wholegrains #sides #grains #easyrecipe #easyrecipes

If you’re looking to incorporate more whole grains into your diet, here’s a great recipe to add to your rotation. Fig Balsamic Farro with Spinach, Cranberries, and Almonds is a flavor packed, Italian inspired dish the whole family will love. Whenever I make this I always double the recipe because we gobble it up so quickly. It’s great for lunch and as a side dish with dinner. The sweet, tart, fig balsamic flavor, along with cranberries and almonds, is an awesome complement to chicken and pork, but really, this dish goes well with just about anything. And, if you like tapas style dining, you can even serve it as a small plate appetizer, as pictured below. (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…)

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…)

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Flax Nut Bars

Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free nut bars.  Sweet, salty, chocolaty and delicious!  The perfect healthy snack.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Flax Nut Bars - Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free nut bars. Sweet, salty, chocolaty and delicious! Stop buying nut bars and make your own with this easy recipe. The perfect healthy snack.| QueenofMyKitchen.com|#vegan, #glutenfree, and #dairyfree #snack #snacks #snackbar #snackbars #nuts

Some people love to have a sweet treat after dinner but for some strange reason I’ve always had this craving following lunch. In my younger years this usually meant having a cookie or candy bar, but as I got older, and made a conscious effort to eat more healthfully, I sought out nutritious alternatives to satisfy my midday sweet tooth and this is when I got hooked on KIND snack nut bars. For years I had one almost every day after lunch and discovered, much to my delight, that they did a great job of keeping full until dinner (not true when I was in the habit of having a cookie/candy bar). But one day I realized how much money I was spending on them and decided to start making my own nut bars. These Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Flax Nut Bars are one version I came up with and they are REALLY delicious! (more…)

Curried Black Rice Veggie Burgers

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

#ad Curried Black Rice Veggie Burgers - Delicious, savory veggie burgers that look just like traditional beef burgers. Flavor packed! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #burger #burgers #veggieburgers #chickpeaburgers #blackrice #forbiddenrice

Plant-based eating has been getting a lot of buzz lately as more and more research supports its association with a lower risk of many chronic diseases. If you’re a meat lover who is concerned about your health you might not want to hear this. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with these savory, delicious, Curried Black Rice Veggie Burgers. I won’t claim these burgers taste exactly like ones made with meat, but if you believe the expression “we taste with our eyes first”, then perhaps your stomach will be tricked into believing you’re eating beef burgers! Over the years I’ve come across lots of recipes for veggie burgers but never one where the patties look almost identical to beef burgers, as they do here (check out the picture below). This is due to the recipe’s key ingredient – black rice, which, color aside, has some amazing health benefits. (more…)

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