Category: Healthy

Farro Salmon Salad

A bright, nutritious, seafood salad made with ancient grains and dressed with a lemon vinaigrette.

Farro Salmon Salad - A bright, nutritious, seafood salad made with ancient grains and dressed in a simple lemon vinaigrette. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Farro Salmon Salad is one of the best uses for leftover salmon you’ll ever find. When I serve salmon for dinner I always buy extra so that I have enough leftover to make this delicious salad. In fact, sometimes I make salmon for dinner just so I can have Farro Salmon Salad for lunch the next day – it’s that good! It has a great combination of flavors, colors, and textures, and if you’ve already cooked the salmon, it takes only minutes to prepare. It makes a great lunch dish, casual or formal, and is perfect picnic fare too. (more…)

Cranberry Pepita Oatmeal Cups

A delicious, nutritious alternative to muffins with only 2 grams of sugar per serving! Gluten-free too.

Cranberry Pepita Oatmeal Cups - A delicious and nutritious alternative to muffins with only 2 grams of sugar per serving! Gluten-free too. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Cranberry Pepita Oatmeal Cups are a perfect on-the-go breakfast. They’re portable, more nutritious than a typical muffin, and insanely delicious. When I first started seeing recipes for oatmeal cups appearing throughout the food blogosphere I thought “cup” was just another way of saying “muffin”, but once I tried oatmeal cups I realized that they are quite different from muffins and very deserving of their own name. (more…)

Honeybell Baked Shrimp

An easy and elegant shrimp dish made with the crown jewel of oranges – the honeybell.

Honeybell Baked Shrimp - An easy and elegant shrimp dish made with the crown jewel of oranges! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Lemons are used more frequently in cooking than oranges, the former being kind of like the favorite son or daughter, with the later playing the role of red-headed step child, neglected and often forgotten. Yet, oranges are sometimes a great substitute for lemons, as long as what you’re making doesn’t require the extra acidity that lemons provide. Honeybell Baked Shrimp is a case in point. This dish is a delightful take on classic shrimp scampi using honeybell oranges instead of lemons. If you’re not familiar with honeybell oranges, I’m willing to bet you’ll be won-over, like I was, once you try them. (more…)

Turkey Cheddar Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

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.  Click the Recipe Redux link at the bottom of this page to see links to all the posts for this month’s challenge.

Turkey Cheddar Quinoa Stuffed Peppers - Nutritious AND budget friendly. If you New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier and save more money, this dish is for you! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

The New Year is a natural time for diet resolutions, but it’s also a good time to rein in your spending. So, while you’re planning healthy-eating menus for 2017, take a fresh look at your grocery expenditures over the past year and, if you’re not already super thrifty, you’ll most likely see some ways to save money. The recipes created for this month’s Recipe Redux challenge (Budget-Friendly Eats) can help. Each Reduxer was tasked with developing a recipe for a nourishing meal that costs less than $3 per serving. Turkey Cheddar Quinoa Stuffed Peppers easily rose to the challenge. These delicious peppers are stuffed with wholesome, nutrient dense ingredients. They’re 215 calories each and cost a mere $1.61 per serving to make! (Note: cost per serving will vary depending on where ingredients are purchased. I live 30 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts and all ingredients were purchased at Market Basket – a regional grocery chain.) (more…)

Valentine Prosciutto Egg Cups

Make a special Valentine’s Day breakfast for your loved ones!

Valentine Prosciutto Egg Cups – Surprise your loved ones with a special breakfast on Valentine’s Day! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Valentine’s Day comes at a cruel time of year for some.  Anyone who has successfully stuck to their New Year’s resolution to lose weight or eat healthier is probably pretty proud of themselves by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around. Then, all of the sudden, chocolate is everywhere!  It takes a lot of willpower to resist so many decadent holiday treats, but if you’re determined not to given in to temptation, you can still celebrate in the most delicious way with Valentine Prosciutto Egg Cups. They’re not chocolate, but they’re unique, adorable, and super easy to make. (more…)

Healthy Banana Fudge Cakes

A healthy, low-calorie, chocolate dessert, with no added sugar and a fantastic way to use up overripe bananas.

Healthy Banana Fudge Cakes - A healthy, low-calorie, gluten-free chocolate dessert with no added sugar and fantastic way to use up overripe bananas! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

If you’re a banana lover, and consume them on a regular basis like my family and I do, you’ll occasionally end up with bananas that are simply too dark and overripe to peel and eat.  Here’s a great use for those old bananas – one that will have you actually wanting your bananas to turn all brown and black!  Healthy Banana Fudge Cakes are light, with a moose-like texture and rich chocolate flavor. And they clock in at a mere 107 calories per serving so there’s no guilt necessary! (more…)

Lemony Shrimp with White Beans and Farro

A light, healthy, and delicious meal that’s a great alternative to traditional shrimp scampi.  Packed with protein and fiber!

Lemony Shrimp with White Beans and Farro - A light, healthy, and delicious meal that's a great alternative to shrimp scampi. Packed with protein and fiber! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

In terms of versatility and ease of preparation, shrimp can’t be beat, which is why I always have a big bag of it in my freezer. Lemony Shrimp with White Beans and Farro is one of my favorite ways to use shrimp. This recipe makes a fantastic weeknight dinner, but it’s also fancy enough for entertaining. I served it on Christmas Eve this year, doubling the recipe to feed the crowd I had on hand. Everybody loved it, and because it was so quick and easy I had ample time to spend with the friends and family who’d come to visit. (more…)

Peppermint Black Bean Brownie Wreath

Use a standard bundt pan to make this fun, festive, and slightly healthier holiday dessert with classic Yuletide flavor!

Peppermint Black Bean Brownie Wreath - Use a standard bundt pan to make this fun, festive, and slightly healthier holiday dessert with classic Yuletide flavor! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

This Peppermint Black Bean Brownie Wreath is a fun holiday dessert and not at all complicated to make. With all the super indulgent treats that surround us this time of year, it’s nice to offer one that is a tad healthier but still delicious and festive. If you haven’t tried black bean brownies yet you might be skeptical – I was too. All I can say is that it’s truly amazing how pureed black beans can be transformed into something that tastes like a chocolate truffle. Let’s not kid ourselves though, this is still a decadent dessert, and I’ve decorated it with peppermint candy canes and Twizzlers Twists so it’s definitely not health food! Having said that, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any dessert this good that contain 6 grams of fiber per serving, which is nearly ¼ of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of fiber. (more…)

Healthy Pecan Pie Cups

Healthy Pecan Pie Cups are amazing, no-bake, mini desserts that are a great alternative to traditional pecan pie.

Healthy Pecan Pie Cups are amazing, no-bake, mini desserts that are a great alternative to traditional pecan pie. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no refined sugar. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Thanksgiving is a time to embrace family, friends, and of course food. There is simply no better meal on earth than a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, so if there was ever a time to indulge this is the day. Throw caution to the wind and delight in all the wonderful food this holiday has to offer. And that includes the pies, because let’s face it – Thanksgiving is all about the pies! Having said that, I think it’s entirely possible to fully indulge while still making some wise food/serving choices. (more…)

Baby Kale Caesar Salad with Cauliflower Fritters

An inventive take on a classic Caesar salad that substitutes baby kale for romaine lettuce and cauliflower fritters for croutons.

Baby Kale Caesar Salad with Cauliflower Fritters - An inventive take on a classic Caesar salad that substitutes baby kale for romaine lettuce and cauliflower fritters for croutons. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

What do you get when you take a classic salad and mix it up with some trendy ingredients? Baby Kale Caesar Salad with Cauliflower Fritters! Although I love Caesar salad I’ll confess that I’ve just about had it with seeing it on virtually every menu. No matter what kind restaurant you’re at – whether fancy and upscale, or casual and pub-like – you’ll almost always find Caesar salad being served. It’s a bit overdone, in my humble opinion. That’s what prompted me to create this delicious salad which is an inventive take on a classic Caesar salad that substitutes baby kale for romaine lettuce and cauliflower fritters for croutons. (more…)

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