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 | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #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! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #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…)

Kefir Flatbreads

Homemade slices of gluten-free bread, made with probiotic rich kefir, in under 30 minutes!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Kefir Flatbreads - Homemade slices of gluten-free bread, made with probiotic rich kefir, in under 30 minutes! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #flatbread #glutenfree #glutenfreebread #probiotics #kefir #kefirrecipes #noyeastbread #flatbreads #glutenfreerecipes #bread

I’ve been on a kefir roll lately and these gluten-free Kefir Flatbreads are my newest creation using this tart and tangy, probiotic rich dairy product. I just love kefir as an ingredient in healthy recipes and use it regularly as a substitute in dishes that call for yogurt or buttermilk. The results have been delicious. In case you’re not familiar with this increasingly popular health food, kefir (pronounced KEE-FUR) is a cultured milk product high in protein, calcium, and Vitamin D, and full of probiotics that strengthen immunity and promote gut-health. It has a thinner consistency than yogurt and a slightly effervescent quality that has earned it the title “Champagne of Dairy”. If you haven’t tried kefir yet, don’t wait one minute longer. You can find it in the dairy aisle at almost any grocery store nowadays; it’s usually right alongside the yogurt and smoothies. (more…)

Double Coconut Macaroons

There’s only three ingredients in these deliciously soft and chewy macaroons sweetened with coconut sugar.  Gluten-free, dairy free, and paleo friendly.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Double Coconut Macaroons – 3 ingredient macaroon cookies sweetened with coconut palm sugar. Gluten-free, dairy free, and paleo friendly. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #macaroons #coconutmacaroons #coconutsugar #coconutpalmsugar #glutenfree #glutenfreecookies #dairyfree #dairyfreecookies #paleo #paleocookies

These cookies obviously don’t look like typical coconut macaroons. They’re made with shredded coconut just like traditional macaroons, but the reason they look different is because instead of white granulated sugar, they’re sweetened with coconut sugar, hence the name Double Coconut Macaroons. After all, shouldn’t coconut macaroons be made with coconut sugar? Of course they should! These cookies are soft and chewy with brown sugar and caramel notes and they’re every bit as delicious as classic coconut macaroons. Best of all, they’re made with just three ingredients and are gluten-free, dairy free, and paleo friendly.

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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. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #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…)

Ginger Kombucha Lemon Drop

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. This month’s theme is probiotic cocktails and gut-health mocktails . Click the Recipe Redux link at the bottom of this page to see links to all the posts for this month’s challenge.  JUMP TO THE RECIPE

Ginger Kombucha Lemon Drop - A healthier lemon drop cocktail made with probiotic rich kombucha. Only 120 calories with 4 grams of sugar! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #cocktail #martini #lemondrop #lemondropcocktail #kombucha #probiotics #healthygut

It might be a stretch to call any alcoholic beverage “healthy”, but relatively speaking, this Ginger Kombucha Lemon Drop easily beats out a classic lemon drop cocktail, which is typically made with simple syrup and triple sec liqueur – two ingredients that can cause it to have as much as 23 grams of sugar or more!  By comparison, this cocktail has only 4 grams of sugar (excluding the optional candied ginger garnish), but, more importantly, it’s made with ginger kombucha, a beverage containing probiotics. Probiotics are the live bacteria that promote a healthy gut (digestive tract). (more…)

White Cheddar Cauliflower Donuts

Savory, gluten-free donuts made from cauliflower that’ll turn vegetable haters into veggies lovers!  JUMP TO THE RECIPE

White Cheddar Cauliflower Donuts - A savory gluten-free donut made from cauliflower that’ll turn vegetable haters into veggies lovers! Each donut contains the equivalent of one serving of cauliflower. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #donut #donuts #doughnut #doughnuts #cauliflower #veggies #veggielove #glutenfree

If you follow healthy eating trends you’re probably familiar with cauliflower pizza, and the newest cauliflower trend, cauliflower wings, but I’d like to start another craze right here, right now, with these golden delicious, White Cheddar Cauliflower Donuts – they are to die for! (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. | QueenofMyKitchen.com #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 | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #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…)

Almond Pecan Coconut Sugar Shortbread

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. This month’s theme is healthy picnic or al fresco recipes. Click the Recipe Redux link at the bottom of this page to see links to all the posts for this month’s challenge.

Almond Pecan Coconut Sugar Shortbread - A healthier shortbread cookie even more delicious than the classic version. Gluten-free with no refined sugar and a melt-in-your mouth texture. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #cookie #cookies #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes #glutenfreecookies #shortbread #shortbreadcookies

It can be tricky to healthify a classic recipe because many people steadfastly insist that classic recipes not be tampered with – that they’ve earned their title precisely because they can’t be improved upon. (In case you’re wondering, “healthify” is a made-up word defined by me as follows: to take something not normally considered healthy and change it to make it more nutritious while keeping some of its defining characteristics intact.) So, if you dare to tinker with one of these recipes, make sure the finished food is as good as, or better than, its classic counterpart. And, if you’ve swapped out some of the recipe’s usual ingredients and replaced them with more nutritious ones, the true accolades will follow when tasters realize that not only does the food taste delicious, it’s healthier too! These Almond Pecan Coconut Sugar Shortbread cookies are a case in point and are perfect for this month’s Recipe Redux theme – healthy picnic or alfresco recipes. After all, no picnic would be complete without an easy to eat handheld dessert! (more…)

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