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]

Tortellini with Spinach, Onion, and Pine Nuts

Tortellini with Spinach, Onion, and Pine Nuts - a favorite easy meal that's full of flavor! | Kristine's Kitchen

This simple pasta dish is full of cheesy tortellini, healthy spinach, and crunchy pine nuts. It's a delicious easy dinner, and is also great as a cold pasta salad for lunch. Today's recipe is an old favorite from the early days of the blog (July 2010!) that deserved an updated photo and repost to highlight it once again. I've been making this Tortellini with Spinach, Onion, and Pine Nuts for years, and it's still a family favorite! Are any of you feeling a little lazy lately? I certainly am, especially when it comes to cooking dinner. I want a homecooked meal most nights, but don't want to put in a whole lot of effort to get it! I'd much rather spend my time outdoors or relaxing ... [Continue Reading]

Cherry Crisp Ice Cream

Cherry Crisp Ice Cream - you will LOVE this creamy ice cream with roasted cherries and crisp streusel | Kristine's Kitchen

This Cherry Crisp Ice Cream is my new summer favorite. Roasted cherries and a sweet, crumbly crisp streusel are mixed into a creamy vanilla ice cream base. It's SO good! Homemade ice cream is such a treat, especially in the summertime. This summer, being home with my two kids, I haven't had a whole lot of time to make ice cream. Instead, I've been running to swimming lessons, playing at the park, and visiting the library for story time, magic shows, and sing-alongs. Not a bad way to pass the days at all. :) When I realized that it was almost July and I hadn't used my ice cream maker in months, I decided I needed to make some time for ice cream-making. I spent a Saturday morning ... [Continue Reading]

Easy Two Cheese Pasta with Chickpeas

Easy Two Cheese  Pasta with Chickpeas - make a big batch for healthy lunches or a quick dinner | Kristine's Kitchen

Make a batch of this Easy Two Cheese Pasta with Chickpeas and you'll have a healthy lunch ready for yourself or the kids in no time! This recipe is part of my Healthy Bites for Kids series, featuring easy recipes for breakfasts, lunches and snacks. While I’ve designed these recipes to be enjoyed by kids, adults will love them too! Do you get crazy hungry super fast when lunch time nears? Like, so hungry you need to eat something right now or those around you better watch out? I, unfortunately have this problem. And my kids do too. (Uh oh.) Julia especially, but William's extreme hunger grumpiness came out the other day as well. Three people in one house who all get crazy hungry at ... [Continue Reading]

Spicy Grilled Portobello Tacos

Spicy Grilled Portobello Tacos - you will LOVE this healthy, meatless meal! | Kristine's Kitchen

Spicy Grilled Portobello Tacos, topped with grilled onions and creamy feta and avocado, are a delicious, quick, and easy meal! Tacos are one of those meals that I can eat again and again without tiring of them. I'm always glad to find new variations on the taco that my family and I can enjoy. It's even better when those variations are meatless yet still full of flavor. These grilled portobello tacos are a little spicy, and a lot delicious! The grilled portobellos act like the “meat” in the taco, filling you up with nutritious vegetable yumminess. Add in grilled onions, tomatoes, avocado, and feta cheese, and you have a taco that is sure to satisfy even on a super hungry ... [Continue Reading]

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing | Kristine's Kitchen

This BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad is full of black beans, corn, tomato, avocado, and grilled chicken. It's tossed in a tangy cilantro-lime dressing and drizzled with BBQ sauce. Shredded cheese and crumbled tortilla chips are a perfect finishing touch! Hi, Friends! I hope you enjoyed the 4th of July weekend! We did some swimming, some relaxing, and lots of visiting with family. Now it's time to gear up for another week... One thing that helps me feel prepared heading into the week is a menu plan. I always plan my meals on the weekend, do the grocery shopping, and then there's (usually) never the question of what's for dinner. This BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad is the perfect thing ... [Continue Reading]

Berry Shortcakes

Berry Shortcakes - THE BEST  light, tender shortcakes with fresh berries and cream | Kristine's Kitchen

Lightly sweetened, tender shortcakes are piled high with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream. These berry shortcakes are a fun patriotic twist on the usual strawberry shortcake! If you're ever lacking for a simply delicious dessert idea, and fresh berries are in season, then berry shortcakes are your answer. A light and tender shortcake biscuit topped with heaps of fresh berries and cream just cannot be beat at this time of year. Not too heavy, but definitely sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, these berry shortcakes are sure to become a favorite of yours. I've been making this recipe for years, and after trying many different shortcake recipes this is the ... [Continue Reading]

Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles

Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles - a refreshing and healthy treat | Kristine's Kitchen

These Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles are made with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt. Cool, creamy, and refreshing, you will love these popsicles! Happy Friday!  I'm SO excited to be guest posting for Kelly over at The Pretty Bee today!  Kelly's blog is one of my absolute favorites.  She shares healthy and delicious recipes, many of which are allergy-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan.  I am always learning new kitchen tricks from her! These healthy pineapple-peach yogurt popsicles are made with just 4 ingredients.  Easy to make, and fun to eat, you will love these popsicles!  Head on over to The Pretty Bee for the recipe! ... [Continue Reading]