Category: Healthy

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.||#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! | | #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…)

Sweet and Spicy Chile Lime Popcorn

A healthy, delicious, whole grain snack that can be ready to eat in under 10 minutes!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Sweet and Spicy Chile Lime Popcorn - A healthy, delicious, whole grain snack that can be ready to eat in under 10 minutes! The whole family will love this snack. Great for movie night. | #popcorn #snack #healthysnack #movienight #sweetandspicy #healthysnacks #wholegrain #wholegrainsnack #wholegrainsnacks

I believe one of the keys to maintaining a healthy diet is to always have wholesome, nutritious snacks available. Most of the time when we overindulge in unhealthy foods it’s because we’re so hungry that we’ll eat whatever is available at that moment and if there are no healthy choices in front of us, that’s when the trouble begins. There are lots of great options for healthy snacks, but one of the best is good old-fashioned popcorn. Not the kind you get at the movie theatre (read this article to see what’s actually in movie theatre popcorn), and not the kind that comes in microwavable paper packets, (read here about these), but popcorn kernels cooked plain, and then coated with REAL melted butter and seasonings, and maybe even a little bit of unrefined sugar to make it more of a treat than a snack. I’m talking about something like this Sweet and Spicy Chile Lime Popcorn. (more…)

Broccoli Bread Slices

Healthy, gluten-free bread made from one of America’s most popular vegetables.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Broccoli Bread Slices - Healthy, gluten-free bread made from one of American’s most popular vegetables. Each slice contains more than 1 serving of broccoli. | |#broccoli #veggies #glutenfree #glutenfreebread #glutenfreerecipes #healthybread #yummyveggies

The food that people miss most when they switch to a gluten-free diet is undoubtedly bread. I don’t adhere exclusively to a gluten-free diet but decided several years ago, for various reasons, to avoid gluten as much as possible. It was really hard at first because like most people, I love bread, but thankfully I quickly discovered lots of gluten-free options that satisfy my cravings and I’ve had fun developing recipes that are great alternatives to traditional wheat bread (see links in the last paragraph of this post). These Broccoli Bread Slices are my newest creation and they are REALLY delicious! (more…)

Paleo Patriotic Teacakes

A healthy, festive treat for any patriotic holiday.  Great for parties.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Paleo Patriotic Teacakes - The perfect healthy treat for any patriotic holiday. An easy, gluten-free and paleo friendly recipe. So festive – your guests will love them! | QueenofMyKitchen #paleo #glutenfree #July4th #IndependenceDay #MemorialDay #LaborDay #patriotic #patriioticfood

I am the worst planner and someone who often waits until the last minute to get things done. These Paleo Patriotic Teacakes, perfect for the 4th of July, are a case in point. Any food blogger knows that holiday recipes need to be posted at least a couple of months ahead of time but I am just now getting around to publishing this – right under the wire! The good news is these teacakes are simple to make so even if you’ve already planned your July 4th menu you can quickly throw these together and, with the exception of the strawberry fruit leather, you probably already have what you need to make them in your pantry right now, especially if you follow a paleo diet. (more…)

Sugar-Coated Rosé Strawberries

Disclosure: I received free samples of wine from a Stout & Cellar consultant to develop this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  JUMP TO RECIPE 

Sugar-Coated #Rosé Strawberries – Strawberries soaked in clean crafted rosé wine and rolled in orange scented sugar. A light, healthy, and elegant summer dessert. #AD | | #strawberries #wine #rosewine #roséwine #lightdessert #healtydessert #seasonaldessert #glutenfreedessert #glutenfreedesserts #winedessert #winedesserts

Strawberry season is my favorite time of year. Not only because I love strawberries, but because once the warm weather arrives and the strawberries ripen, it means summer is finally underway. This year, strawberry season coincided with me receiving free samples of 14K Wines Rosé from Scout & Cellar, a direct to consumer distributor of clean crafted organic and vegan wines, and with it, I made these incredibly juicy and delicious Sugar-Coated Rosé Strawberries. “Clean crafted wines”, a term coined by Stout & Cellar, is a phrase you’ll probably start to hear more about. The clean eating movement has spurred health-conscious consumers to ask more questions about exactly what’s in their food and how it’s made/harvested, so it’s only a matter of time before they start demanding the same information about their wines. If you’ve ever woken up with a headache after drinking just 1 or 2 glasses of wine the night before, it doesn’t mean you’re getting old, it means the wine you were drinking had a lot of junk in it! And if you don’t like drinking reds because they stain your teeth, you should know that this is likely the result of a dye called Mega Purple or Ultra Red, an additive used in many mass-produced red wines. (more…)

Miracle Microwave Gluten-Free Bread Slices

The Recipe Redux is a group of like-minded food bloggers whose mission is to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover. Each month members post recipes to their blogs following a theme set by the group moderators.  To celebrate ReDux birthday month, we’re showcasing healthy upgrades to the simple sandwich. Click the Recipe Redux logo at the bottom of this page to see links to all the posts for this month’s challenge.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Miracle Microwave Gluten-Free Bread Slices – Soft, fresh, homemade bread slices cooked in the microwave in under 1 minute. Gluten-free and dairy free too! | | #bread #microwavebread #glutenfreerecipe #glutenfreebread #dairyfreerecipes #dairyfreerecipe #glutenfreerecipes

I’m not sure who came up with the idea of making bread in the microwave but whoever they are, they should be given some kind of an award! I’m calling my take on this trending recipe Miracle Microwave Gluten-Free Bread Slices. The first time I saw a recipe for microwave bread was in celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito’s cookbook Healthy & Delicious: More than 200 (Mostly) Plant-Based Recipes for Everyday Life. At the time I remember thinking that there was no way this recipe could possibly work. Healthy, gluten-free, dairy free bread made in the microwave in under 2 minutes? No yeast, no gluten? It sounded too good to be true. I was so intrigued I tried the recipe right then and there and was amazed at the results. Since then I’ve seen countless similar recipes, both online and in print publictions, but the recipe and technique that I subsequently came up for making microwave bread differs from most others out there. Read on. (more…)

Broccoli Salsa

A clean eating, no-cook salsa made from broccoli rice that’s fresh, light, and delicious.  Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Broccoli Salsa - A clean eating, no-cook salsa made from broccoli rice that’s fresh, light, and delicious. | | #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree #salsa #freshsalsa #broccoli #broccolirice #appetizer #appetizers #salad #salads #healthyrecipe #healthyrecipes

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season but it also signals a shift in cooking habits for many people and serves as a cue to step away from the oven and stove top in favor of outdoor grilling, and to pick recipes with minimal prep time that use light, fresh, ingredients. This clean eating, no-cook, Broccoli Salsa fits the bill and is super versatile. You can serve it as an appetizer with tortilla chips or crostini, make it a stand-alone salad with a protein mixed in (chicken or shrimp would be delicious), or pass it off as a simple side dish. Add this to your arsenal of summer recipes – it will not disappoint! (more…)

15 Minute Light and Lemony Shrimp Scampi Florentine

A lighter, healthier, oven-to-table shrimp scampi casserole that’s sure to become a family favorite!

15 Minute Light and Lemony Shrimp Scampi Florentine – A lighter, healthier shrimp scampi that’s only 255 calories per serving. An oven to table casserole sure to become a family favorite. | #easydinner #quickdinner #shrimpscampi #oventotable #seafooddinners

One of my favorite dishes to order at a restaurant used to be shrimp scampi, but I finally gave up because I’d almost always be disappointed. The shrimp was usually drowning in a sea of butter and the taste of garlic waaaaay too strong. As is so often the case in restaurants, these dishes were simply too heavy. So, I came up with a lighter, healthier version of shrimp scampi and it’s become a family favorite. 15 Minute Light and Lemony Shrimp Scampi Florentine is simple to prepare and is terrific served over Lemon Rice or pasta. (more…)

Hummus Broccoli Fritters

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

Hummus Broccoli Fritters - A light and healthy plant-based meal packed with savory flavor and gluten-free. If you’re a hummus fan you will LOVE these fritters! #AD | | #broccoli #fritters #plantbased #plantbaseddiet #vegetarian #vegetarianrecipes

If you’re trying to reduce your consumption of animal products and eat more plant-based foods, Sabra hummus can help. The main ingredient in Sabra hummus is chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) and chickpeas are one of the best sources of plant-based protein. Sabra hummus is available in more than a dozen flavors, including organic varieties, and is great as a dip for vegetables and slathered on pita bread, but you can also use it as an ingredient in a variety of recipes such as these delicious Hummus Broccoli Fritters that I created for the Sabra Recipe Redux Challenge. (more…)