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]

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies (Gluten-Free) | Kristine's Kitchen

Filled with pumpkin, spices, dried cranberries, and walnuts, these Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies are a great way to welcome fall.  They're gluten-free and the perfect healthy breakfast or snack! My new love... breakfast cookies. How can it be that a cookie made with such healthy ingredients still tastes so irresistible? Seriously, I cannot stop at just one of these. I forced myself to stop at two, but it was reeeaally hard (and I've got pretty good self-control when it comes to not overdoing it on the sweets).  Julia helped herself to two and then asked for a third.  This was after she told me she didn't want pumpkin in her breakfast cookies and wasn't going to have any.  I said you can ... [Continue Reading]

Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins

Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins (whole-wheat!) | Kristine's Kitchen

Your regular ol' banana muffin gets a makeover with whole-wheat flour and three kinds of chocolate.  These Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins will turn your so-so morning into a great one! After a long week, I always look forward to a little baking therapy on the weekend. Most of the time I don't want anything too complicated or time-consuming, because the point is to rest up after a busy week, right? I want to save plenty of time for relaxing with a good book, hanging out at the pool with the kids, or going for a long walk. Muffins are the perfect baking project when you crave something sweet and want it in your belly quickly.  Especially these Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins.  They ... [Continue Reading]

Almond-Crusted Salmon

Almond-Crusted Salmon - this will become your quick, go-to salmon recipe! | Kristine's Kitchen

You can have this Almond-Crusted Salmon on your dinner table in no time.  It's baked (easy clean-up!) and best served with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Have you ever dined with a toddler eating couscous? It is quite the messy food to serve to children. I remember serving couscous one time when William was less than a year old. By the end of that meal, there was couscous all over the floor extending in a 6-foot radius around his high chair. Now, William is 2 ½ and the couscous still manages to get all over the table and the floor near his chair. If you've ever tried cleaning up a couscous mess, you know it's not the easiest to wipe up, either. Today's recipe isn't for couscous, ... [Continue Reading]

Salted Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Salted Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies - Kristine's Kitchen-4133wm

Buttery shortbread cookies are dipped in dark chocolate and then sprinkled with sea salt. These Salted Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies are mostly sweet with just a touch of sea salt. It's the weekend!!! I think that calls for a cookie. A buttery shortbread cookie dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt, to be exact. Yep, these cookies are pretty amazing. This was a long week for me. Julia had her first week of Kindergarten, and I started a new school year with a new group of third graders. Plus I had back to school night this week, which meant a 15 hour work day (including commute time) and 48 hours without seeing William, except for giving him a kiss after he was ... [Continue Reading]

Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Chicken Tortilla Casserole - a little spicy, a lot cheesy, and full of crushed tortilla chips! | Kristine's Kitchen

This Chicken Tortilla Casserole is a one-dish skillet meal that you can have on your dinner table in no time.  It's a little spicy, a lot cheesy, and full of crushed tortilla chips! I know I'm stating the obvious here, but just about everyone (those with young children, at least) is busy adjusting to the back to school routine.  That means your mind is likely on early bedtimes and early wake-ups, packing lunches, homework, and keeping schedules straight.  What you're probably not too interested in at the moment are complicated dinner recipes.  I know I'm not. I've got your dinner needs covered with this Chicken Tortilla Casserole.  You can have this skillet casserole on your table ... [Continue Reading]