Why I’ve Stopped Buying Packaged Snacks

Real Foods vs. Processed Foods:  Why I've stopped buying packaged snacks | Kristine's Kitchen

I'm trying a little experiment with my grocery shopping. I've mentioned before that I try to stay away from processed and packaged foods as much as possible. Providing healthy food options for myself and my family is so important to me. I love cooking and baking from scratch, and homemade always tastes so much better than store-bought. So what is my grocery experiment? ... [Continue Reading]

Corniest Corn Muffins

These Corniest Corn Muffins have an amazing texture thanks to real cornmeal and corn - Kristine's Kitchen

Made with real cornmeal and corn kernels, these corn muffins really are the corniest.  Spread a warm muffin with a little softened butter, and you won't be able to resist a second! Yesterday I made a huge pot of turkey chili in my slow cooker. The day was a bit dreary, with cloudy skies and a light wind. With highs in the low 70's, it was as close to chili weather as it's been recently. What better to serve with chili than corn muffins. The Corniest Corn Muffins, to be exact. I think the name alone makes these muffins taste a bit cornier. If you try them, you'll have to let me know if you agree. :) I will admit that I've made quite a few batches of the just-add-water to a ... [Continue Reading]

{Greek Yogurt} Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing - 5 minutes and a blender are all you need! | Kristine's Kitchen

Homemade Ranch Dressing makes a great dip for fresh veggies and is delicious on green salads. Made with Greek yogurt rather than mayo, you'll love the tangy, fresh herb flavor of this homemade ranch! Homemade Ranch Dressing. Yes, I tried it, and you should too. Unlike store-bought ranch which can be filled with unpronounceable ingredients, this homemade ranch is made with fresh, recognizable ingredients. I opted to use a combination of Greek yogurt, sour cream, and buttermilk as the base of my homemade ranch. I'm not at all a fan of mayo, but you can certainly sub mayo for all or part of the Greek yogurt if you like. The pretty green color of this dressing lets you know that it's ... [Continue Reading]

Cheesy Vegetable Lasagna Rolls

Cheesy Vegetable Lasagna Rolls, filled with zucchini, mushrooms, and 3 cheeses | Kristine's Kitchen

Zucchini, crimini mushrooms, and three cheeses fill these Cheesy Vegetable Lasagna Rolls.  These are easier to make than traditional lasagna, and just as satisfying! This third pregnancy is starting to slow me down, guys.  I'm still in the second trimester - 24 weeks now - but I am definitely noticing a change in my energy levels the past two weeks.  I feel like there is always so much to get done, and I'm finding that I need to sit down and rest more often than I used to.  The upside is that with each week I'm feeling my baby girl move more and more.  Those tiny kicks and wiggles are a precious reminder that there's really a little person growing in there. A challenge right now is ... [Continue Reading]

Whole Grain Graham Crackers

Whole Grain Graham Crackers - easier than you think to make! | Kristine's Kitchen

These Homemade Graham Crackers are full of whole grains and the warm, spicy flavors of cinnamon and cloves.  Once you take your first bite (and see how easy they are to make), you'll be hooked on these Homemade Whole Grain Graham Crackers! It's been a while since my last post. All of a sudden work got super crazy, and I've been spending most evenings grading papers and doing other school work. Add in a weekend camping trip, a broken washing machine (now replaced), and all of the other day-to-day stuff that's involved in caring for two kids, and blogging time has been hard to find. I was determined not to let another week pass without sharing a recipe with you, though, so here ... [Continue Reading]

Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie

Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie - a healthy fall smoothie! | Kristine's Kitchen

Pumpkin and apple are the perfect pairing in this fall breakfast smoothie. This healthy Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie is made with a pinch of pumpkin pie spice and will keep you full for hours! Pumpkin this and pumpkin that have been all over the internet lately. The same goes for apple treats. I decided the natural next step was to put the two seasonal favorites together! This smoothie. It is good. It tastes like dessert, even though it's full of healthy ingredients. It will keep you full for hours, making it the perfect breakfast for yourself and your kids. My two absolutely love this Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie, and I can blend it up in less than 5 minutes - a must for busy ... [Continue Reading]

Pan-Seared Tilapia with Melon Salsa

Pan-Seared Tilapia with Melon Salsa | Kristine's Kitchen

A refreshing fruit salsa is the perfect counterpart to pan-seared tilapia.  I feel like I'm stuck somewhere in between summer and fall. In the blog world, it's all about pumpkin and apples. Which, by the way, I am totally ready for. I've shopped for a few new pairs of maternity jeans (gotta have the skinny jeans to go with my boots!) and sweaters, and can't wait to wear them. The only problem? We've had temperatures in the nineties for the past week and according to the forecast, plenty more warm weather is to come. Maybe October will bring cooler days?  Sigh. I'm balancing this all out by both baking with pumpkin and enjoying lighter, no-oven-necessary meals. Like this Pan-Seared ... [Continue Reading]

I’ve got a secret…

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The other day I ate a pickle, cheese, and olive sandwich for lunch. And that wasn't the first time I've enjoyed that sandwich for lunch in the past few months, either. I'm thinking you probably have a guess of what that means.... We're expecting baby #3! We couldn't be more thrilled that our family will be growing at the end of January. William, as much as he understands, is excited to be a big brother. Julia is SO excited about the baby. This little one is already getting many hugs, kisses, and “I love you's” through my tummy. :) I'm (already!) 20 weeks and time is just flying by.  I remember being pregnant with Julia, reading What to Expect When You're Expecting every week, and ... [Continue Reading]