Easy 100% Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread

Easy 100% Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread | Kristine's Kitchen

This Easy 100% Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread is perfect for sandwiches, toast, french toast, or just snacking!  Once you make a loaf, you will be addicted to this homemade bread! I try to buy and bake with whole grains as much as possible.  We always eat whole-wheat pasta and brown rice.  I often cook with quinoa, make whole-wheat pizza dough, and bake with whole-wheat flour.  Whenever we buy bread at the grocery store, it's always 100% whole-wheat.  So it shouldn't be a surprise that my favorite homemade sandwich loaf is 100% whole-wheat as well. I recently purchased the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking cookbook, and I absolutely love it.  I've had it less than a week, and ... [Continue Reading]

Farmers’ Market Minestrone

Farmers' Market Minestrone - bursting with fresh summer produce! | Kristine's Kitchen

Served barely warm or at room temperature, this Farmers' Market Minestrone is just bursting with fresh summer produce! Are you feeling ready for fall, cooler temperatures, rain, hot tea, and cute boots?  Or are you holding on to summer as tight as you can, soaking up every moment of sun-filled fun?  I'm still in the latter group, not ready for summer to be over quite yet.  The fall season is one of my favorites, but it's just so hard to let go of the relaxed days of summer. One thing I am starting to get excited about, though, is fall food.  Cinnamon, apples, pumpkin...  fall has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to baking.  Something else to love about fall?  Soup time!  ... [Continue Reading]

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas

You will love this vegetarian take on enchiladas!  These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas are a spicy, cheesy, and filling meatless main dish!

You will love this vegetarian take on enchiladas!  These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas are a spicy, cheesy, and filling meatless main dish. What's your favorite Mexican entree?  For me, I'd have to say it's a tie between tacos and enchiladas.  I just never seem to tire of them, and I find myself adding a Mexican-inspired meal to my menu plan at least once a week.  Part of the reason why I love tacos and enchiladas so much is that there are endless ways to customize and adapt them.  These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas are a healthy take on this favorite dish. While the filling for these enchiladas is meatless, it's definitely not lacking in flavor.  Besides the ... [Continue Reading]

Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Cookies - full of nutrition, you will CRAVE these! | Kristine's Kitchen

Cookies for breakfast?  Yes!  You will love these healthy breakfast cookies, full of oats, flaxseed, maple syrup, and dried cherries! How can it be that my Julia starts Kindergarten in less than two weeks? Time is going way too fast, and it seems to be speeding up rather than slowing down.  I've been trying to ignore it for as long as possible, but back-to-school time is almost here and it's time to start getting ready. Our morning routine is going to need a makeover, and soon! We've fully enjoyed relaxed summer nights and mornings, but need to get back to a regular bedtime and morning routine. My plan is to ease us into it the week before, helping Julia practice what she'll need ... [Continue Reading]

Summer Vegetable Skillet Lasagna

Summer Vegetable Skillet Lasagna - a healthy one-dish weeknight meal! | Kristine's Kitchen

Need another easy summer meal in your rotation?  You will love this Summer Vegetable Skillet Lasagna, full of fire-roasted tomatoes and summer squash! I'm all about the easy meals these days. You too? When dinnertime nears, I just don't have the motivation or desire to make a complicated meal. And, let's be realistic, even easy meals take longer than they should when you're also supervising 5- and 2-year old siblings. Julia and William have actually been wonderful about playing together nicely lately, but, you know, sharing is hard! Most often, I'm having to stop them from having so much fun that someone's going to accidentally get hurt. Like when they decide to ... [Continue Reading]

Peach Galette

Peach Galette - sweet, juicy peaches fill a buttery, flaky crust | Kristine's Kitchen

A buttery, flaky crust and juicy, sweet peaches will make this Peach Galette your go-to easy summer dessert! Most Saturday mornings Julia and I like to head to the farmer's market to get some fresh fruits and vegetables for the week.  Lately we've been buying zucchini and yellow squash, strawberries, plums, and lots of peaches and nectarines.  Most of the time it's an easy job for us to eat all of the fresh fruit in a matter of days.  Most of it is eaten plain as a snack or side at lunch and breakfast.  Sometimes we use strawberries and peaches as a topping for granola or oatmeal. This weekend, I kept walking by the bowl of fresh peaches on our counter and suddenly I just had to ... [Continue Reading]

Strawberry-Basil Bruschetta with Fresh Ricotta

Strawberry-Basil Bruschetta with Fresh Ricotta - a perfect appetizer for summer! | Kristine's Kitchen

Strawberry-Basil Bruschetta with Fresh Ricotta and a drizzle of honey is a sweet summer appetizer. Last time I shared how easy it is to make homemade ricotta cheese.  Fresh ricotta is hard to resist on its own, but spread on toasted baguette slices and topped with strawberries, basil, and a drizzle of honey?  These bruschetta are completely irrisistible!  Once you've got the ricotta made, this is an easy appetizer that you can assemble in just a few minutes.  We've even made dinner out of these, along with some fresh fruit or veggies on the side.  Bread, cheese, and juicy summer strawberries... what more could you want? If you're able to share these by bringing them to a ... [Continue Reading]

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Rich homemade ricotta cheese makes a wonderful spread for crostini and is AMAZING with a drizzle of honey! | Kristine's Kitchen

Rich homemade ricotta cheese is wonderful spread on a toasted baguette, as a vegetable sandwich spread, or simply enjoyed on it's own with a drizzle of honey. Homemade ricotta cheese... yes, I made cheese, and no, it wasn't at all difficult or time-consuming! Ricotta cheese is a great place to start in homemade cheesemaking, because it is SO easy. I'd estimate it takes 10 minutes (at most) of active time, and about 30 minutes of inactive time until you have fresh ricotta ready to enjoy. Making ricotta cheese requires no fancy ingredients or equipment. If you have milk, salt, and lemon juice, you can make ricotta. An instant-read thermometer, fine-mesh strainer, and some cheesecloth ... [Continue Reading]