Sweet and Spicy Chile Lime Popcorn

A healthy, delicious, whole grain snack that can be ready to eat in under 10 minutes!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Sweet and Spicy Chile Lime Popcorn - A healthy, delicious, whole grain snack that can be ready to eat in under 10 minutes! The whole family will love this snack. Great for movie night. | QueenofMyKitchen.com #popcorn #snack #healthysnack #movienight #sweetandspicy #healthysnacks #wholegrain #wholegrainsnack #wholegrainsnacks

I believe one of the keys to maintaining a healthy diet is to always have wholesome, nutritious snacks available. Most of the time when we overindulge in unhealthy foods it’s because we’re so hungry that we’ll eat whatever is available at that moment and if there are no healthy choices in front of us, that’s when the trouble begins. There are lots of great options for healthy snacks, but one of the best is good old-fashioned popcorn. Not the kind you get at the movie theatre (read this article to see what’s actually in movie theatre popcorn), and not the kind that comes in microwavable paper packets, (read here about these), but popcorn kernels cooked plain, and then coated with REAL melted butter and seasonings, and maybe even a little bit of unrefined sugar to make it more of a treat than a snack. I’m talking about something like this Sweet and Spicy Chile Lime Popcorn. (more…)

Broccoli Bread Slices

Healthy, gluten-free bread made from one of America’s most popular vegetables.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Broccoli Bread Slices - Healthy, gluten-free bread made from one of American’s most popular vegetables. Each slice contains more than 1 serving of broccoli. | QueenofMyKitchen.com |#broccoli #veggies #glutenfree #glutenfreebread #glutenfreerecipes #healthybread #yummyveggies

The food that people miss most when they switch to a gluten-free diet is undoubtedly bread. I don’t adhere exclusively to a gluten-free diet but decided several years ago, for various reasons, to avoid gluten as much as possible. It was really hard at first because like most people, I love bread, but thankfully I quickly discovered lots of gluten-free options that satisfy my cravings and I’ve had fun developing recipes that are great alternatives to traditional wheat bread (see links in the last paragraph of this post). These Broccoli Bread Slices are my newest creation and they are REALLY delicious! (more…)

Paleo Patriotic Teacakes

A healthy, festive treat for any patriotic holiday.  Great for parties.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Paleo Patriotic Teacakes - The perfect healthy treat for any patriotic holiday. An easy, gluten-free and paleo friendly recipe. So festive – your guests will love them! | QueenofMyKitchen #paleo #glutenfree #July4th #IndependenceDay #MemorialDay #LaborDay #patriotic #patriioticfood

I am the worst planner and someone who often waits until the last minute to get things done. These Paleo Patriotic Teacakes, perfect for the 4th of July, are a case in point. Any food blogger knows that holiday recipes need to be posted at least a couple of months ahead of time but I am just now getting around to publishing this – right under the wire! The good news is these teacakes are simple to make so even if you’ve already planned your July 4th menu you can quickly throw these together and, with the exception of the strawberry fruit leather, you probably already have what you need to make them in your pantry right now, especially if you follow a paleo diet. (more…)

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…)

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