Category: Healthy

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 meet, 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…)

Low Carb Almond Flour Bread

Delicious, gluten-free bread made with super clean ingredients.  Only 5 grams of carbs per slice. 

Low Carb Almond Bread - Delicious, gluten-free bread made with super clean ingredients. Only 5 grams of carbs per slice. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #lowcarb #lowcarbbread #glutenfree #glutenfreebread #almondflour

AN EASY-TO-KEEP RESOLUTION
The New Year is a time for healthy eating resolutions – turning over a new leaf and setting dietary goals to change our lives for the better. But lasting improvement can only happen if one sticks to their intentions, and sadly, the research tells us that even though approximately half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions, less than 10% actually keep them for more than a few months. Often times the problem is that people make resolutions that are too ambitious, like vowing to give up eating bread. The key to making resolutions one can keep, the experts tell us, is to set small, realistic goals, which, over a long period of time, can yield big results. For example, instead of giving up bread entirely, simply switch to eating bread that’s less refined and lower in sugar and carbohydrates than conventionally made bread – bread like this Low Carb Almond Flour Bread. It’s made with super healthy ingredients and is guaranteed to satisfy even the most intense bread craving. Now that’s a resolution anyone can keep! (more…)

Cassava Greek Yogurt Brownies

Gluten-free, grain-free, brownies with a cake-like texture and rich chocolate flavor.

Cassava Greek Yogurt Brownies - Gluten-free brownies with a cake-like texture and rich chocolate flavor. Made with grain-free cassava flour. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #brownies #glutenfree #grainfree #healthybaking #cassavaflour

UNUSUAL BROWNIE INGREDIENTS
Cassava Greek Yogurt Brownies are delicious gluten-free brownies with a cake-like texture and rich chocolate flavor. They’re made with two ingredients not commonly found in brownies: grain-free cassava flour and Greek yogurt. At first glance these seem like odd ingredients with which to make brownies, but each serves an important purpose. The cassava flour replaces all-purpose wheat flour in this recipe and is the perfect baking substitute for those who adhere to gluten-free diets or who must avoid grains. The Greek yogurt, in turn, adds moisture – without it the brownies would be too dry because even though cassava flour can usually be substituted 1:1 for all-purpose flour, it’s more absorbent than all-purpose flour, so when baking with it, other ingredient adjustments – in this case, adding a dairy product – are often needed. So, what is cassava flour? Read on. (more…)

Pumpkin Spice Grain-Free Granola

 An addictive grain-free granola that’s chock-full of nuts, seeds, and aromatic spices. Great as a trail mix type snack or on top of yogurt.

Pumpkin Spice Grain-Free Granola - An addictive grain-free granola chock-full nuts, seeds, and aromatic spices. Great as a trail mx type snack or on top of yogurt. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #trailmix #grainfreegranola #granola #pumpkinseeds #pepitas

WHY GO “GRAIN-FREE”

New terms describing adherence to a particular type of diet seem to come out of nowhere every few years. One dietary term I’m hearing more and more frequently these days is “grain-free”, which, as the term implies, means avoiding the consumption of all grains or products that contains grains.  (Click here for a complete list of the many types of grains.)  I’d always thought that “whole” grains in particular were desirable as part of a healthy diet, so I was surprised to learn that consuming grains can sometimes cause:

1. skin conditions,
2. digestive problems, and
3. issues with mental acuity

As you might expect, there’s a lot of skepticism around this topic, but suffice it to say that a small subset of the population simply feels better all-around when they either limit their consumption of grains, or don’t eat them at all.

If you think you might be intolerant to grains, check out this article – 9 Signs Your Body Can’t Tolerate Grains.

Oats, one of the most consumed grains here in the U.S., and the main ingredient in traditionally made granola, are off-limits on a grain-free diet, but, this healthy and wholesome Pumpkin Spice Grain-Free Granola is the perfect replacement for conventionally made granola.

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Healthy Curry Chicken Salad

A lightened-up curry chicken salad made with Greek yogurt and avocado mayonnaise.  Free of unhealthy, overly processed, refined oils.

Healthy Curry Chicken Salad - A lightened-up curry chicken salad free of unhealthy, overly processed, refined oils. Made with Greek yogurt and avocado mayonnaise. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #chickensalad #currychickensalad #lunch

WHAT MAKES GREAT CHICKEN SALAD? 

In my opinion, there are 3 crucial elements to delicious chicken salad:

  1. Properly cooked chicken
  2. High quality mayonnaise free of any unhealthy, overly processed, refined oils, and
  3. An ingredient with “crunch”

This Healthy Curry Chicken Salad delivers on all three of these essential elements of great chicken salad and adds a healthy twist by using half mayonnaise and half Greek yogurt for the dressing base. This is a basic, foolproof, chicken salad recipe that you can customize to your liking by varying the herbs, spices, nuts, and dried fruit/berries. (See the last paragraph of this post for suggestions.)

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Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-free, grain-free, chocolate chip cookies made with nutrient dense chickpeas.  

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies - Gluten-free, grain-free chocolate chip cookies made with nutrient dense chickpeas. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #chickpeachocolatecookie #chickpeachocolatecookies #healthychocolatechipcookies

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Looks can be deceiving!  Although these Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies look like your average, run-of-the-mill, chocolate chip cookies, they’re anything but.  They are, quite possibly, the healthiest chocolate chip cookies on the planet – made from whole beans, nuts, seeds, and dark chocolate, and sweetened primarily with maple syrup, a natural, unrefined sugar.  The magic ingredient is these cookies is chickpeas, which stands in for the flour that you’d normally find in most cookie recipes, and that miraculously turns into dough that looks, and bakes ups, exactly like cookie dough.  And because there’s no wheat flour in this recipe, these scrumptious cookies are gluten-free and grain-free too.  They have a clean taste and tender texture and are delicious dipped in milk or served alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (more…)

3 Ingredient Cauliflower Bread

Satisfy your bread craving with cauliflower! A keto, low-carb, gluten-free substitute for traditional wheat bread. 

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3 Ingredient Cauliflower Bread - This keto, low-carb, gluten-free bread is a delicious, healthy substitute for traditional wheat bread. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #cauliflowerbread #lowcarbbread #paleobread #glutenfreebread #keto #ketobread

BREAD MADE FROM CAULIFLOWER

Bread and cauliflower are foods at opposite ends of the nutrition spectrum so the idea that you can turn cauliflower into bread seems a little zany, but it’s possible!  What’s even more crazy is that you can do it with just 3 ingredients!  This keto friendly, 3 Ingredient Cauliflower Bread is a delicious, healthy substitute for traditional wheat bread and is perfect for anyone looking to eat healthier, or reduce their carbohydrate intake by eliminating traditional wheat bread from their diets.  It’s got an awesome taste and texture and is guaranteed to satisfy even the most intense bread craving! (more…)