Category: Holidays

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! |

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. |

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…)

Wild Blueberry Pecan Baked Brie with Holiday Spices

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wild Blueberries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Wild Blueberry Pecan Baked Brie with Holiday Spices - An easy, delicious, and festive holiday appetizer using frozen wild blueberries. Sponsored by @wildbberries #thereciperedux|

Appetizers made with wild blueberries are not very common, but I promise you, this one is a gem! Wild Blueberry Pecan Baked Brie with Holiday Spices uses frozen wild blueberries that are mixed with sugar and gingerbread spices, then poured over a pecan studded wheel of brie and baked until soft and bubbly. Served with gluten-free crackers, it makes an easy, delicious, and festive holiday appetizer.  (more…)

Healthy Caramel Apples

Dates, peanuts, and flaxseed combine to make a mock caramel coating for apples. Gluten-free, dairy free, and vegan with no refined sugar.

Healthy Caramel Apples – Dates, peanuts, and flaxseed combine to make a mock caramel coating for apples. Gluten-free, dairy free, and vegan with no refined sugar. |

Pumpkins and cider doughnuts are top on the list of foods we associate with fall, but not far behind are caramel apples – those decadent, candy coated apples that are so gooey and chewy they’re actually a little tough to eat.  Well, here’s a healthier version of this beloved autumn goody that won’t make your jaw work so hard or get stuck in your teeth. Healthy Caramel Apples is a recipe that uses dates, peanuts, and flaxseed to produce a sticky dough that mimics the taste of caramel.  This soft and pliable mixture is rolled out and used as a coating, resulting in a delicious, naturally sweet treat that looks, and tastes, a lot like a traditional caramel apple. (more…)

Berry Patriotic Yogurt Parfait

Berry Patriotic Yogurt Parfait with a recipe for 90 second Raspberry Chia Jam. Less than half the sugar of traditional fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt. Tastes like a treat instead of a healthy breakfast. Perfect for any patriotic holiday! |

Here’s a fun and festive breakfast you can serve to your loved ones on July Fourth or any other patriotic holiday – Berry Patriotic Yogurt Parfait. These parfaits are super healthy and so easy to make. They’re similar to fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt but without all the added sugar and with a hefty helping of fresh berries on top. You might be tempted to use store-bought jam to make these parfaits but I urge you not to, as it takes less than two minutes to prep the raspberry chia jam and you will be rewarded with the most delicious, sweet, tart, jam you’ve ever tasted!  (The method for making this jam works with frozen blueberries too.) (more…)

Easter Peeps in a Nest

If you have no time for decorating Easter eggs make Easter Peeps in a Nest instead. Super quick and easy and much less messy than egg decorating. |

If you have no time for decorating Easter eggs this year then try making Easter Peeps in a Nest instead. The whole process (excluding the time needed for them to set) takes no more than 15 or 20 minutes. I had plans to decorate eggs and cookies this year but got so busy with work that I couldn’t fit it in. It left me feeling nostalgic for the times when my girls were little and we devoted an entire afternoon to decorating eggs and cookies. When I saw the idea for these Easter Peeps in a Nest on The Today Show the other morning, I thought they looked simple and quick and that making them would fill the little hole I had in my heart for days gone by. I searched and searched on-line for the recipe but couldn’t find it so I decided to just wing it. I think they came out pretty cute! (more…)

Valentine Red Lentil, Beet, and Flax Crackers

Valentine Red Lentil, Beet, and Flax Crackers - healthy, gluten free crackers made with red lentil flour, beets, coconut oil and ground flaxseed. |

Valentine’s Day is coming up so I thought it would be fun to make gluten free heart-shaped crackers. Before making these crackers I had never used red lentils but I’d heard about them and thought they might produce a cracker in honor of Valentine’s Day that was some shade of red.  Well, it turns out red lentils are not red at all, but more orange in color.  I thought I could fix this by adding some beets and was encouraged when the dough mixed up to a beautiful deep, ruby-red color – perfect for Valentine’s Day.  Unfortunately the crackers lose that beautiful deep red color when baked.  I was going to rework the recipe to omit the beets but they give the crackers an earthy quality that would be lacking without them and, more importantly, everyone that tried the crackers said they were delicious as is and that I shouldn’t change a thing.


Raspberry Filled Christmas Tree Cookies

Skip the mess involved in decorating Christmas cookies with icing. These Raspberry Filled Christmas Tree cookies are just as beautiful as iced Christmas cookies but require less time and skill and don't make nearly the mess. | #christmas #christmascookies #christmascookieideas #christmascookieexchange

I love Christmas cookies decorated with royal icing but they’re an absolute pain to make.   You have to mix up several batches of icing for all the different colors you want, fit multiple pastry bags with tips, and then carefully fill each bag with icing.  All that before you even start decorating!  It’s very time consuming and the clean up is no fun either.  These stunning Christmas cookies are much less work but no less beautiful.  The idea for these cookies comes from the The New York Times. Their recipe calls for a linzer cookie dough but I opted for a classic sugar cookie dough because I thought the paler color of the dough would highlight the red raspberry jam better. Plus, I already had a batch of sugar cookie dough in my freezer just waiting to be transformed into Yuletide goodness! (more…)

1 Easy Cranberry Sauce

1 Easy Cranberry Sauce is the easiest ever homemade cranberry sauce. Just 3 ingredients, 1 measurement, and 0 cleanup. The perfect complement to your Thanksgiving Turkey. |

The operative word here, or in this case number, is 1.  The recipe for 1 Easy Cranberry Sauce calls for 1 bag (12 oz.) of fresh cranberries, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of orange juice. That’s all it takes to make a delicious homemade cranberry sauce with the perfect balance of sweet and tart to complement your Thanksgiving turkey. If there was a contest for the simplest recipe ever this one would surely be in the running. Just put 3 ingredients into a slow cooker, turn it on high, and cook for 4 hours. (more…)

Thanksgiving Cookie Votives

These Thanksgiving Cookie Votives are a unique and memorable decoration for your Thanksgiving dinner table and they double as dessert. | QueenofMyKitchen.comWith Thanksgiving only a couple of weeks away, many of you who are hosting dinners have undoubtedly begun planning the meal. Getting as much done ahead of time will allow you to spend more time with family and friends. Things like pie crusts, cranberry sauce, and even gravy can be made weeks ahead of time and frozen.  You can also start thinking about your table decorations. Some people get so overwhelmed with the thought of preparing an entire Thanksgiving dinner that they put very little effort into decorating the table. I think this is such a shame! If you’re going to spend all that time cooking an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t it make sense to put some extra thought into the table decorations? After all, this is the stage for the beautiful meal you’ll spend hours preparing. Floral arrangements are lovely, but oh so boring. Why not create something truly unique and memorable – like Thanksgiving Cookie Votives! These charming cookie votives are a little labor intensive but so worth the effort. They’ll dress up your table and are sure to be a conversation starter. Plus, you can serve them for dessert. Below are some tips for making Thanksgiving Cookie Votives. For complete step by step instructions see the printable recipe at the end of this post. (more…)