Lobster, Avocado, and Chickpea Salad with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

Lobster, Avocado, and Chickpea Salad with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette is packed with fresh, bright, nutritious flavors. It can be served as a light meal or an elegant first course. Gluten free too. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

I was perusing Pinterest recently and came across a bunch of recipe pins using smashed chickpeas and avocado – as in, chickpeas and avocado mashed together. There were sandwiches, salads, dips and wraps – they ALL looked scrumptious. I suspect that’s because I am in love with chickpeas and avocado and when I saw the two mixed together I thought it was pure genius. So I set about developing my own recipe using smashed chickpeas and avocado and came up with Lobster, Avocado, and Chickpea Salad with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette. This salad tastes divine, is packed with nutritious ingredients, and its vibrant colors make for a beautiful presentation. What more could you ask for in a dish! (more…)

Roasted Chicken Breasts in Date Sauce with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Capers

Roasted Chicken Breasts in Date Sauce with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Capers. Tastes like a dish from a French bistro. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Roasted Chicken Breasts in Date Sauce with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Capers tastes like something you’d be served at a French bistro. Bistro food is typically simple and familiar with a hint of sophistication – rustic dishes with amazing sauces or peasant food served in an elegant or unusual way. Think slices of flank steak with shallot mustard sauce, or pommes frites (french fries) served in a silver cup. Roasted Chicken Breasts in Date Sauce with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Capers would fit well alongside these dishes. Chicken breasts are marinated and then roasted in a dressing containing classic French ingredients like garlic, wine, herbs, and capers that, when combined with the roasted dates and pan juice makes a delectable sauce. (more…)

Quinoa Lace Cookies

Quinoa Lace Cookies - Beautiful and delicate gluten free cookies with caramel and butterscotch notes. No mixer or stove top prep. required. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Quinoa Lace Cookies are beautiful, delicate cookies with caramel and butterscotch notes.  They’re gluten free, contain no corn syrup, and are simple to prepare. You don’t need a mixer, and unlike other lace cookie recipes, this one requires no cooking on the stove top. But the best thing about these cookies is the number of unique ways they can be served. (more…)

Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Cashew Pesto a/k/a Winter Caprese Salad

Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Cashew Pesto a/k/a Winter Caprese Salad. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Every winter, right around now, I start to crave a perfectly ripe summer tomato, straight from the garden, so that I can make Caprese Salad – a classic Italian  dish of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. Caprese Salad made with tomatoes at the peak of their ripeness is pretty close to heaven on earth. That’s why I miss it so terribly come winter. So this is my solution – Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Cashew Pesto, a/k/a Winter Caprese Salad.  Simply roast up a batch of plum tomatoes and serve them with pesto and fresh mozzarella. Roasting the tomatoes brings out their natural sweetness. They won’t be as tasty as garden fresh tomatoes but they’re a good substitute during the cold winter months. (more…)

Snack Bar Madeleines

Snack Bar Madeleines

If you’re an avid baker chances are you own a madeleine pan. Madeleines are petite French butter cakes that are baked in a pan with shell shaped cavities, giving them a distinctive shape.  I came across my madeleine pan the other day and considered getting rid of it because I haven’t used it in so long. Perhaps as a way to justify keeping it I started pondering what else I could make using this classic French baking pan. And then it came to me – fruit and nut snack bars!   I’ve aptly named these delicious, healthy treats Snack Bar Madeleines. (more…)

Raspberry Almond Breakfast Cookies

Raspberry Almond Breakfast Cookies - a perfect on-the-go healthy breakfast. Vegan and gluten free with 5g of fiber, 8 g of protein, and only 7g of sugar. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Breakfast is a dilemma for many of us. In the hectic morning hours there’s often not enough time to prepare a healthy meal, and even less time to sit down and properly enjoy it. We’re usually stuck with grabbing whatever is quick and convenient, regardless of its nutritional value, before rushing off to work or school. Sadly, this isn’t going to change for most people. The pace of life, especially here in the U.S., is fast and breakfast is the meal that suffers most. That’s why it’s so important to have a few healthy, on-the-go breakfast choices at the ready. For me the ideal breakfast has a decent amount of fiber (to keep me full), some protein, and not too much sugar. These Raspberry Almond Breakfast Cookies fit the bill and are perfect for busy mornings. They’re gluten free and vegan too. (more…)

Pumpkin Lentil Flax Crackers

Pumpkin Lentil Flax Crackers - perfect for a Thanksgiving gathering. Vegan, gluten-free and made with super healthy ingredients. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

These Pumpkin Lentil Flax Crackers would be perfect as an appetizer for a Thanksgiving gathering. They’re festive and chock-full of healthy ingredients like lentils, flaxseed, coconut oil, and beets – yes, beets! This recipe was a bit of an accident. Earlier this year I was trying to make a cracker in honor of Valentines Day and wanted to use a natural ingredient to color the dough red so I added beets, which did in fact make the dough a beautiful shade of red. The only problem was that when baked the color of the dough faded to orange. The crackers still tasted delicious so I posted the recipe anyway but they were not what I had envisioned. I did, however, make a mental note to recycle this recipe for Thanksgiving because the crackers turned out to be the perfect shade of pumpkin orange! If you don’t like beets I hope you won’t shy away from making these delicious crackers. I don’t like beets but I love these crackers. I know it sounds odd to use beets as an ingredient in crackers but you don’t really taste them – they just give the crackers a hearty, earthy quality that would be lacking without them. (more…)

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