Oven Roasted Vegetable Platter

Oven Roasted Vegetable Platter - A great alternative to grilled vegetables and so much easier. Just 15 minutes of roasting time. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

This Oven Roasted Vegetable Platter is the answer to some of the difficulties you may have encountered if you’ve ever tried to cook a large quantity of vegetables on the grill.  I think everyone would agree that the perfect accompaniment to any type of meat or fish is a platter of grilled vegetables.  Grilled vegetables are heavenly with their gorgeous sear marks and slightly charred smoky taste, but cooking a variety of vegetables on the grill can be very time consuming.  You have to laboriously thread a zillion individual vegetable pieces onto skewers, or stand at the grill and flip that same number of vegetable pieces over for even cooking.  It’s certainly worth the effort if you have the time but if you’re busy preparing other dishes, this might not be the most practical cooking method.  Oven roasting is much easier.  You can use smaller vegetables if you want (i.e. grape tomatoes), and cut them into more manageable, bite size pieces, and you won’t have to stand patiently over an outdoor grill or get your kitchen all smoked up using a stove top grill pan. (more…)

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad is classic chicken salad made with avocado mayonnaise and dotted with cranberries, walnuts, and a hint of orange zest. The cleanest, freshest tasting chicken salad ever! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

There are an endless number of ways to make chicken salad, however as with most classic recipes the simplest preparations are often the best. Aside from cooked chicken, all you need to make delicious chicken salad is high quality mayonnaise, lots of crunchy celery, a few scallions, and some seasonings.  Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad veers only slightly from this classic preparation.  It calls for avocado mayonnaise instead of mayonnaise made with vegetable oil or olive oil, and contains cranberries, walnuts, and orange zest – 3 foods that, on their own provide incredible flavor harmony, but when combined with the other ingredients is this dish make for a chicken salad symphony! (more…)

Chocolate Peppermint Tofu Ice Cream

Chocolate Peppermint Tofu Ice Cream is vegan ice cream that tastes like a frozen thin mint cookie. It's made with tofu and almond milk and contains no dairy! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Chocolate Peppermint Tofu Ice Cream is an amazingly simple vegan ice cream with rich chocolate taste and refreshing peppermint flavor.  It’s made with tofu and almond milk, sweetened with maple syrup, and even for non-vegans is a great substitute for regular ice cream when you want something light without as much fat and calories. (more…)

Spinach Parmesan Quinoa

Spinach Parmesan Quinoa is a delicious gluten-free side dish that requires only 5 ingredients, takes just minutes to prepare, and checks the box for both “starch” and “vegetable”. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Spinach Parmesan Quinoa is a simple, delicious side dish requiring just 5 ingredients. I came up with this recipe on the fly one night when I needed something to go with our dinner entrée that I could prepare quickly. The nice thing about Spinach Parmesan Quinoa is that it checks both the “vegetable” and “starch” box. With only a handful of ingredients, it is perfect for busy weeknight dinners. The sun-dried tomatoes are a delicious, savory addition to the quinoa and spinach, and provide a welcome pop of color, while the parmesan cheese adds a creamy quality and eliminates the need for any additional seasoning. This is a real winner of a side dish! (more…)

Potato Skins Pizza

Smashed, roasted baby potatoes masquerade as pizza crust in this seriously addictive rendition of loaded potato skins. You’ll find all of the signature ingredients you associate with classic potato skins in this delicious pizza – cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and chive infused sour cream. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Potato Skins Pizza is my newest recipe remix and I’m so pleased with the results! Smashed, roasted baby potatoes masquerade as pizza crust in this seriously addictive rendition of loaded potato skins. In addition to the potato/potato skin base, you’ll find all of the signature ingredients you associate with classic potato skins – cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and chive infused sour cream. I’m not kidding when I say that Potato Skins Pizza takes “delicious” to a whole new level. (more…)

Panko Parmesan Crusted Asparagus

Panko Parmesan Crusted Asparagus - Asparagus is encased in a crispy coating of panko-parmesan crumbs resulting is a vegetable that tastes more like a treat. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

We all need to eat our vegetables, right?  The USDA recommends that adults eat 2-3 cups of vegetables daily for maximum health benefits, but let’s face it – sometimes vegetables are boring.    Sure, super fresh veggies that are perfectly cooked are delicious, but even then, we’re not likely to consider them a treat.  That’s why Panko Parmesan Crusted Asparagus is such an awesome recipe. It turns ordinary asparagus into something of a vegetable treat!  A delicate, golden brown crispy coating of panko-parmesan breadcrumbs encases each spear, highlighting and accentuating all that is right about this wonderful spring-time vegetable.  One taste and you’ll be hooked! (more…)

Basil Avocado Yogurt Sauce

Basil Avocado Yogurt Sauce - a light and refreshing sauce. The perfect condiment for grilled meat, seafood, and veggies. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Basil Avocado Yogurt Sauce is my new favorite condiment. It’s deliciously cool with a pleasant tang, and because it’s made with Greek yogurt instead of cream or mayonnaise, it’s light and refreshing. With the warm weather fast approaching here in New England, it’s natural to gravitate toward recipes that are suitable for picnics, backyard barbecues, and all manner of summer time celebrations. This means lots of grilled meat, seafood, and vegetables with accompanying side salads and sauces. Basil Avocado Yogurt Sauce is the perfect summer time sauce for almost anything grilled and can be prepared in a matter of minutes. (more…)

Lentil Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette

Lentil Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette is vegan and gluten-free. With 13g of protein and 15g of fiber per serving, it will keep you nourished and satisfied.| QueenofMyKitchen.com

Lentil Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette is a wonderfully simple salad that makes a great side dish but is nutrient dense enough to be served as a main meal. It’s vegan and gluten-free, and with 13 grams of protein and a whopping 15 grams of fiber per serving, it will leave you feeling nourished and satisfied. (more…)

Artichoke Rosemary Tart with Polenta Crust

Artichoke Rosemary Tart with Polenta Crust - A gluten-free, vegetarian tart with a polenta crust and a filling made of Greek yogurt infused with fresh herbs. The best part about this tart - no rolling pin needed! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

This Artichoke Rosemary Tart with Polenta Crust is a great alternative to Quiche Lorraine.  Although it looks like quiche, and contains ingredients typically found in quiche, like eggs and cheese, it differs in almost every other way.  The vegetarian filling is made of Greek yogurt, infused with fresh herbs, and surrounded by a delicious, gluten-free, cornmeal crust.  Artichoke hearts and rosemary are the base flavors in this elegant tart but you can easily swap them out for other vegetable and herb combinations. Asparagus with dill, mushrooms with thyme, and tomatoes (technically a fruit) and basil, would all taste delicious and work well with the other ingredients in this recipe.

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Raspberry Chia Black Bean Brownie Cups

Raspberry Chia Black Bean Brownie Cups - Raspberry chia jam nestled inside a dark chocolate, fudge-like brownie. Gluten-free, low in sugar, high in fiber. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

I found a new fix for my chocolate cravings in the form of Raspberry Chia Black Bean Brownie Cups. These blissful little bites of chocolate goodness have rich, deep flavor.  A layer of sweet, tart raspberry jam is nestled inside of a dark chocolate, fudge-like brownie, creating a decadent treat sure to satisfy any chocoholic.  The fact that Raspberry Chia Black Bean Brownies Cups contain healthy ingredients is a bonus because there is no sacrifice in taste whatsoever.  The recipe on which Raspberry Chia Black Bean Brownie Cups is based comes from the blog Chocolate Covered Katie and is apparently the most popular recipe on her blog. I’m not at all surprised. I couldn’t believe how good these Black Bean Brownies tasted the first time I made them. And then I did what I do every time I find a recipe I love – I started thinking about how to tweak/change it and what variations might create another fabulous dish, and before I knew it, Raspberry Chia Black Bean Brownie Cups were born! (more…)

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