Gluten-Free Tomatoes Provencal

A classic side dish made gluten-free. Quick and easy. Tomatoes stuffed with savory breadcrumbs, goat cheese, and pine nuts. Great for entertaining or casual family dining.

Gluten Free Tomatoes Provencal – a classic side dish made gluten free. Quick and easy. Stuffed with goat cheese and pine nuts. Great for entertaining or casual family dinners. | www.QueenofMyKitchen.com

Tomatoes Provencal, named for the idyllic region in southern France, is a simple side dish with sophisticated taste. Firm tomatoes are hallowed out, stuffed with a gluten-free, savory breadcrumb mixture, and then baked to golden perfection. There are countless versions of Tomatoes Provencal and many ways to vary the ingredients, but garlic, olive oil, and herbs, the hallmarks of Provencal cooking, are always present. Many recipes for Tomatoes Provencal call for parmesan cheese but I always use goat cheese because it is more characteristic of Provence and I think it makes the dish taste more “French”. (more…)

Vegan Almond Flour Cookie Tarts

Beautiful, wholesome cookies with no refined sugar.  Gluten-free and paleo too!Vegan Almond Flour Cookie Tarts – Beautiful, wholesome tart-like cookies with no refined sugar. Decorated with an almond flower center. Gluten-free and paleo. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

If I told you that one of the most delicious cookies you’ll ever taste doesn’t contain wheat flour, eggs, butter, or sugar would you believe me?  Probably not, and I was skeptical too until I made Vegan Almond Flour Cookie Tarts.  These cookies are amazing.  The taste alone will win you over but if that doesn’t then I hope you’ll at least appreciate how darn cute they are!   To make these cookies unique, I shaped them like little tarts and made flowers out of almonds, using currants for the centers.  So they’re also Vegan Almond Flower Cookie Tarts. (more…)

Chia Juice

Reap the health benefits of chia seeds in your morning breakfast juice with this simple recipe that packs a powerful nutritional punch!

Chia Juice - Reap the health benefits of chia seeds in your morning breakfast juice with this simple recipe that packs a powerful nutritional punch! Vegan and gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

If you’re looking for a way to make your breakfast more interesting look no further!  Chia Juice is a healthy alternative to the typical fruit juice you’re probably used to drinking at breakfast.  Consuming a glass of this delicious beverage is the perfect way to start your day.  You’ll be adding some protein and lots of fiber to a drink that would otherwise have very little. One of the unique properties of chia seeds is their ability to absorb many times their weight in water, producing a gel-like substance that can be combined with foods to change their texture and enhance their nutritive value.  It sounds strange to be drinking seeds, but once the chia seeds are hydrated they become tender, and, when mixed with juice they have a pleasant mouthfeel.  There are several brands of chia juice on the market but most have added sugar and are quite pricey.  If you make your own Chia Juice you can control the sugar content by using juice with no added sweeteners, and you’ll be saving money too. (more…)

Baked Sun Dried Tomato Zucchini

A beautiful, colorful zucchini casserole with just 4 ingredients that you can have on your table in under 30 minutes, start to finish!

Baked Sun Dried Tomato Zucchini is a delicious oven-to-table casserole with just 4 ingredients. Quick, easy, and requires only 20 minutes in the oven. Baked Sun Dried Tomato Zucchini is a delicious oven-to-table casserole with just 4 ingredients. Quick, easy, and requires only 20 minutes in the oven. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Baked Sun Dried Tomato Zucchini is a fantastic oven-to-table casserole that requires just 4 ingredients and only 20 minutes in the oven. It’s a great summer side dish that goes well with just about anything. So, if you have a glut of zucchini on your hands (and who doesn’t this time of year) you’ll want to give Baked Sun Dried Tomato Zucchini a try.  I promise, the results will not disappoint! (more…)

Spicy Cinnamon Sweet Potato Brownies

Twice as much protein, 1/3 less sugar, and four times as much fiber as a regular brownie! A fantastic, healthy dessert!

Spicy Cinnamon Sweet Potato Brownies - Twice as much protein, 1/3 less sugar, and four times as much fiber as a regular brownie! A fantastic, healthy dessert! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

If you’re a fan of hot and spicy food you’ll LOVE Spicy Cinnamon Sweet Potato Brownies! These gluten-free, vegan brownies contain no refined sugar; instead they’re sweetened with dates, sweet potatoes, and maple syrup.  The first bite of Spicy Cinnamon Sweet Potato Brownies is fudgy with sweet, subtle chocolate flavor that is quickly followed by a powerful punch of cinnamon and cayenne.  It’s a great combination of flavors that will cause you to completely forget you’re eating a healthy brownie! (more…)

Lobster Caesar Salad Supreme

An inventive take on Caesar salad that showcases sweet, succulent, Maine lobster. Gluten-free red lentil lobster shaped crackers act as a garnish and take the place of croutons.

Lobster Caesar Salad Supreme - An inventive take on Caesar salad that showcases sweet, succulent, Maine lobster and substitutes gluten-free, red lentil crackers for croutons. | Recipe ReDux | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Lobster Caesar Salad Supreme is my insanely delicious answer to this month’s Recipe ReDux vacation inspired theme. Maine is a favorite destination for many vacationers. The diversity of activities available, along with over 3,000 miles of rugged coastline, have made it a mecca for summer tourists and earned it the title “Vacationland”, which is the official state slogan.  But Maine is perhaps best known for its indigenous marine crustacean – lobster.  A huge, thriving industry revolves around Maine lobsters.  Their harvest, transport, and eventual consumption is an important part of the state’s heritage and is economically vital to its coastal communities. My family and I have been visiting coastal Maine during the summers for over 20 years.  For us, summer = Maine = lobster.  So it was only natural that in choosing to highlight Maine as my vacation destination that I would develop a recipe using lobster. After all, who doesn’t love lobster! (more…)

Sweet Potato Flax Crackers

Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and vegan with a whopping 7 grams of fiber per serving!

Sweet Potato Flax Crackers are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and vegan with a whopping 7 grams of fiber per serving. Made with just 5 ingredients! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

I have a weakness for crackers and so does my husband. Every night when he comes home from work he makes a beeline to the cabinet with the crackers and grabs a handful and I am right behind him snagging a few for myself. There is something so satisfying about crackers. They’re not too indulgent yet they quell that hunger craving that often hits right before dinner. There are some nice brands of crackers available at upscale grocery stores nowadays but even the best ones sometimes contain things like maltodextrin, potato starch, and added sugar. If you’re munching on crackers daily (like my husband and I do) you might want to avoid such ingredients. When I have time I like to make my own crackers for just this reason and Sweet Potato Flax Crackers is the recipe I turn to most often. These crackers contain just 5 ingredients and are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, vegan, and absolutely delicious. (more…)

SunGold Kiwi Shrimp Cocktail

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

SunGold Kiwi Shrimp Cocktail – Cool, creamy, kiwi infused avocado yogurt sauce with a hint of lime makes a healthy and delicious sauce for chilled jumbo shrimp and a gorgeous presentation! #thereciperedux #ad | QueenofMyKitchen.com

As a member of The Recipe ReDux  healthy food bloggers group I have the opportunity to participate in contests and sponsored posts for some amazing brands. This month I am pleased to showcase a recipe I created for Zespri Kiwifruit – the world leader in premium quality kiwifruit. Each ReDuxer who chose to participate in this contest had to create a dish using SunGold Kiwifruit – a new variety from Zespri. (Links to all the recipes created are at the end of this post.)  SunGold Kiwifruit has a beautiful golden interior color and a mildly sweet, tropical taste, absent the slightly tart quality that is characteristic of green kiwifruit. Unlike the green variety of kiwifruit, SunGold Kiwifruit have smooth, hairless skin. SunGold Kiwi Shrimp Cocktail uses this versatile kiwifruit in a tropical inspired shrimp cocktail appetizer. Martini glasses are decoratively lined with thin slices of SunGold Kiwifruit then filled with a cool, creamy, kiwi infused avocado sauce. Chilled, jumbo shrimp are then draped over the edge of the glasses, in classic shrimp cocktail fashion, before being garnished with fresh basil and lime wedges. SunGold Kiwi Shrimp Cocktail is not only delicious and beautiful to look at but is chock-full of super healthy ingredients like Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit, Greek yogurt, avocado, and fresh basil. Each SunGold Kiwi Shrimp Cocktail has a whopping 32 grams of protein and only 286 calories! (more…)

Apple Cranberry Walnut Coleslaw

Apple Cranberry Walnut Cole Slaw - classic coleslaw with a healthy twist. Made with avocado mayonnaise and contains no added sugar. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

I loving taking classic recipes and putting my own spin on them, and that usually includes trying to make them just a wee bit healthier.  I don’t think you have to go overboard in your quest to eat healthy food.  I’m a firm believer that very small changes really add up and, over time, make a big difference.  For me these small changes include using lesser amounts of natural sweeteners in place of refined sweeteners, and steering clear of processed oils, like vegetable oil, in favor of healthy fats like olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil.  So whenever I scan a recipe I will automatically make my own modifications to reflect these healthier preferences and that’s exactly what I’ve done with Apple Cranberry Walnut Coleslaw. This coleslaw is made with homemade avocado mayonnaise (and Greek yogurt) and contains no added sugar.  It’s wholesome, crunchy, and makes a great summer-time salad for picnics and barbecues. The apples, cranberries, and walnuts make it a little bit different but don’t overpower the classic coleslaw taste. (more…)

Sweet Potato Stuffed Peaches

Sweet Potato Stuffed Peaches - Great served with grilled chicken or pork. Gluten-free and vegan. Only 4 ingredients! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

The popularity of sweet potatoes in the U.S. continues to rise as more and more people discover the variety of delicious ways to use this versatile vegetable.  Once thought of as a Thanksgiving or winter side dish, sweet potatoes are now served all year-long. My family loves sweet potatoes and I serve them often – roasted with coconut oil, in salads, and in appetizers too as in my recent Sweet Potato Black Bean Avocado Salsa post.  And now that peach season has arrived I’ve combined sweet potatoes and peaches to create a delicious, nutritious side dish that is fantastic served alongside grilled chicken or pork.  Sweet Potato Stuffed Peaches are tender, creamy, and full of sweet, savory, peachy flavor. (more…)