Category: Healthy

Spinach Shamrock Crackers

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these healthy, festive, gluten-free crackers. Delicious dipped in hummus.   JUMP TO RECIPE

March 17th has always been a special holiday in Boston because our city was the site of the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the 1760’s after an influx of Irish immigrants descended upon our shores. Sadly, for the first time in 260 years, there’ll be no parade tomorrow due to the coronavirus outbreak. The usual festivities will have to wait till next year, but if you’re looking for some small way to celebrate (and something to snack on while you’re hunkered down) then whip up a batch of these healthy and delicious Spinach Shamrock Crackers.  The three leaves of a shamrock are said to stand for faith, hope, and love – something we all need in abundance right now! (more…)

Tuscan Roasted Chicken Thighs

A fabulous make-ahead chicken dish with a delectable sauce. Perfect for entertaining or buffet style dining.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Tuscan Roasted Chicken Thighs - A fabulous make-ahead chicken dish with a delectable sauce. Perfect for entertaining or buffet style dining. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #chicken #chickendinner #makeahead #makeaheaddinner #chickendish

If you’re a fan of easy, no-fuss recipes, you’ll love Tuscan Roasted Chicken Thighs. Assemble this dish ahead of time and store in a zip-lock bag in the refrigerator to marinate overnight. Then, when you’re ready to cook it, simply dump the contents into a casserole dish, sprinkle over some white wine and Parmesan bread crumbs, and stick it in the oven for about an hour. As the chicken roasts, all of the savory ingredients mingle with one another and form the most delicious sauce, which you can then spoon over the chicken prior to serving to make the already tender, juicy meat even more succulent. Be sure to serve this dish with something that can soak up all of the flavorful sauce; I recommend Lemon Rice. (more…)

Sweet and Salty Chickpea Brownies

 Health-minded chocoholics will go crazy for these guilt-free brownies made with super clean ingredients!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Health-minded chocoholics will go crazy for these guilt-free brownies made with super clean ingredients! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #brownies #chickpeas #chickpeabrownies #healthybrownies #healthydesserts

I confess to being a little bit obsessed with brownies – more specifically, healthy brownies. Ever since I discovered that delicious, decadent, authentic tasting brownies can be made with nutritious foods like black beans, avocados, sweet potatoes, tahini, lentils, and bananas, I’ve been on a mission to develop as many of these guilt-free recipes as I can. Sweet and Salty Chickpea Brownies are my most recent creation and they are soooo good! (You can find links to all my other healthy brownie recipes at the end of this post.) (more…)

Baked Cauliflower Gnocchi

These gluten-free, mild flavored gnocchi are a great, healthy alternative to pasta and French fries.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Baked Cauliflower Gnocchi - These gluten-free, mild flavored gnocchi are a great, healthy alternative to pasta and French fries. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #gnocchi #dumplings #potatognocchi #cauliflower #cauliflowergnocchi #glutenfree

If you’re a Trader Joe’s fan, chances are you’ve heard about their cauliflower gnocchi, a frozen grocery product with a sort of cult-like following. The accolades are well deserved as these vegetables-based dumplings are indeed quite tasty, but to be honest, I’m not crazy about their texture – I find them a little rubbery. So, I set about developing my own version of this product and came up with Baked Cauliflower Gnocchi. These gluten-free, mild flavored gnocchi are crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, and absolutely delicious! I always double or triple the recipe and keep a huge stash in my freezer for an easy weeknight meal. They make a great snack too as hand-held nibbles, and kids love them! (more…)

Classic Quiche with a Chickpea Flour Crust

One of your favorite French foods just got healthier! This quiche is every bit as delicious as traditional quiche Lorraine with an easy-to-make, nutrient dense, gluten-free crust.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Classic Quiche Lorraine with a Chickpea Flour Crust - One of your favorite French foods just got healthier! This quiche is every bit as delicious as traditional quiche Lorraine with an easy-to-make, nutrient dense, gluten-free pie crust. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #quiche #quichelorraine #chickpeaflourcrust #glutenfreepiecrust #glutenfreecrust

Quiche Lorraine is a recipe I made on are regular basis when I first started cooking because it was easy and I could remember it without having to reference a cookbook or recipe card. This was way before the internet and way before I had amassed any serious cooking equipment. In my tiny studio apartment, all I had was one mixing bowl, some very basic utensils, and an old gas oven, but with a frozen pie crust and a few simple ingredients I turned out quiche after quiche. My trick for remembering how to make it was simple – I recalled the number 3. The quiche custard consisted of 3 main ingredients: eggs, light cream, and cheese. As for how much of each of these ingredients, again, the number 3 helped me remember that the recipe called for 3 eggs, 3 half cups (1½ cups) of light cream, and 3 half cups (1½ cups) of cheese. After that, it was just a matter throwing in some meats or veggies and seasonings. To this day, there are very few dishes as delicious as this one that I can remember by heart which is why I thought it was high time for me to do a blog post. This recipe for Classic Quiche with a Chickpea Flour Crust is the updated version of my old favorite and replaces a store-bought, frozen pie crust with a delicious, gluten-free crust made from chickpea flour, also known as garbanzo flour. It requires more effort to make than using a frozen crust (and might require you to actually refer to the recipe) but it’s much healthier and pairs amazingly well with the savory flavors in the quiche custard. (more…)

5-Minute Wild Blueberry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

A healthy, delicious, frozen treat with intense blueberry flavor.  Low in calories and chock-full of antioxidants.  JUMP TO RECIPE

5-Minute Wild Blueberry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt - A healthy, delicious frozen treat with the most intense blueberry flavor. Low in calories and chock-full of antioxidants. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #frozenyogurt #wildblueberries #antioxidants #icecream #healthydessert #healthydesserts

There’s nothing earth shattering about frozen yogurt, but I’m still willing to bet that once you try 5-Minute Wild Blueberry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, it will rock your world, and, quite possibly become your favorite summer-time treat. Why? Because not only is it delicious, and super easy to make, but it’s rich in antioxidants and has the most gorgeous, vibrant color. And if that alone doesn’t make you want to instantly whip up a batch, then consider this: each serving is less than 100 calories with only 8 grams of sugar. Compare that to the same size serving of ice cream, which clocks in at a minimum of 150 calories with 16 grams of sugar or more! And, that’s a conservative estimate – many popular brands of ice cream contain far more calories and sugar than that. (Click here to see the numbers.) If you have a nightly ice cream habit, just switching to 5-Minute Wild Blueberry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt may help you lose anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds over the course of a year. Now THAT’S earth shattering! (more…)

Seeded Mediterranean Herb Bread

This vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, bread has a super nutritious line-up of ingredients, including 5 different kinds of seeds, and a mixture of savory Mediterranean herbs and warm, earthy spices.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Seeded Mediterranean Herb Bread - Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, no refined sugar. This bread has a super nutritious line-up of ingredients, including almond flour, brown rice flour, 5 different kinds of seeds, and a mixture of savory Mediterranean herbs and warm, earthy spices. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #bread #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree #healthybread #veganbread #glutenfreebread #noyeastbread #mediterraneanfood

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to white, or even whole wheat bread, look no further! This Seeded Mediterranean Herb Bread is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and contains no refined sugar. You’ll be hard-pressed to find bread with a more nutritious line-up of ingredients, including almond flour, brown rice flour, 5 different kinds of seeds, and a mixture of savory Mediterranean herbs and warm, earthy spices. This hearty, delicious bread takes a full hour to bake, but preparing the dough involves nothing more than combining all the ingredients thoroughly, and, since there’s no yeast in this recipe, there’s no extra time required for rising. (more…)

Vegan Chocolate Turtle Bites

  A healthy remake of classic chocolate pecan turtle candies.  Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.  These little bites are sweet, chewy, chocolately, and utterly delicious!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Vegan Chocolate Turtle Bites - A healthy remake of classic chocolate pecan turtle candies. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. These little bites and sweet, chewy, chocolately, and utterly delicious! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #chocolatepecanturtle #chocolatepecanturtles #candy #healthycandy #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfreechocolate #norefinedsugar

Anyone who has a sweet tooth knows that when cravings strike, they’re hard to ignore. Even those of us who aren’t “addicted to sugar” won’t pass up a sweet treat every now and then. We can blame our yearning for sweet tasting foods on our early ancestors, who evolved to crave sugar because it was a good source of energy and protection from starvation. But the amounts and forms of sugar consumed back then were quite different than what’s readily available to us today, and this has led to over-consumption and, some would argue, contributed to the obesity crisis here in the U.S. So, what’s a sugar-loving person to do? In my opinion, the worst thing you can do is deprive yourself of sweets. Instead, look for ways to reduce your sugar consumption. Read nutrition labels carefully, and as much as possible, steer clear of foods with added sugars, especially refined and artificial sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup and aspartame. And, when reaching for treats and desserts, choose ones sweetened naturally, without processed/refined ingredients. These Vegan Chocolate Turtle Bites fit the bill. They’re free of gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and are also vegan. Candy doesn’t get much healthier than this! (more…)

Cauliflower Broccoli Pizza Crust

A delicious, gluten-free, vegetable-based pizza crust that contains no breadcrumbs and clocks in at only 80 calories per slice!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Cauliflower Broccoli Pizza Crust - Get a healthy dose of veggies with this delicious, gluten-free pizza crust that contains no breadcrumbs and clocks in at only 80 calories per slice! This recipe doesn't require the messy job of squeezing the liquid out of the vegetables. |QueenofMyKitchen.com |#pizza #pizzacrust #glutenfreepizza #cauliflowerpizza #cauliflowerpizzacrust #vegetablepizzacrust #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipe

What if I told you that an easy way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet is to eat pizza – crazy, right? Well, not if that pizza is made with a Cauliflower Broccoli Pizza Crust! Each serving of pizza (2 slices) made on this crust contains about 1 cup of vegetables, which will help you reach the USDA’s recommended goal of 2-3 cups of vegetables per day for teens and adults. (Click here for more info.) You can top this pizza crust with whatever your little heart desires, but for maximum health benefits keep the toppings simple and nutritious. Some marinara, fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves are all that’s needed for a drool-worthy pie that’ll satisfy even the most intense pizza craving.

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Apricot Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Get a healthy dose of omega-3’s with this easy and elegant dish you can have on the dinner table in under 30 minutes.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Apricot Pistachio Crusted Salmon - Get a healthy dose of omega-3’s with this easy and elegant dish you can have on the dinner table in under 30 minutes. | QueenofMyKitchen.com |#glutenfree #fish #gluten-free #seafood #omega-3’s #dinner #easydinner

I find salmon almost as versatile to cook as chicken so I make it quite often. My usual preparation is roasting it simply, with olive oil, salt and pepper, and a sprinkling of Herbs de Provence, or, if I’m in the mood for something with more robust flavor, I’ll spread some homemade pesto on top before roasting. Lately I’ve gotten a little bored with these dishes and decided it was time for something new. Pistachio crusted recipes are popular right now so I decided to come up with one of these toppings for salmon. After doing a little research I learned that apricots pair well with pistachios, so I mixed up a traditional pistachio topping and threw in some apricot jam to create this easy and elegant salmon dish. Apricot Pistachio Crusted Salmon has incredible savory flavor with just a hint of sweet and tart from the apricots and lemon. If you’re a fan of salmon, you’ll definitely want to add this recipe to your lunch/dinner rotation. (more…)