Whole-Wheat Ricotta Waffles with Strawberries and Yogurt- these waffles are not only healthy but delicious too! | Kristine's Kitchen

Whole-Wheat Ricotta Waffles with Strawberries and Yogurt

Crisp on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, these Whole-Wheat Ricotta Waffles are great for a leisurely breakfast.  Or, enjoy them as a grab and go breakfast or snack! Meet my new favorite waffle. I made two batches of these waffles in two days. My freezer is stocked, but not for long! We can't stop eating these whole-wheat ricotta waffles, sometimes with the strawberries and yogurt, sometimes without. Usually with a little drizzle of maple syrup, but even plain, eaten by hand, these waffles are irresistible.   Know what else? These whole-wheat ricotta waffles are a perfect grab and go breakfast for the kids, or even yourself! This week William and I have been enjoying my ... [Continue Reading]

Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wrap - easy, healthy, delicious | Kristine's Kitchen

Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wrap

This hummus and grilled vegetable wrap makes a healthy and delicious lunch or easy dinner. I'm always trying new recipes for dinner, snacks, and treats, but lunch often gets overlooked in my menu planning process. Which means we end up eating a lot of sandwiches, cheese quesadillas, and, sometimes leftovers. Usually I don't have much time to devote to preparing lunch, so if I'm going to make something out of the usual rotation it needs to be easy. These wraps totally fit the quick and easy requirement. ... [Continue Reading]

These Whole-Wheat Raspberry Ricotta Scones are a must-try! | Kristine's Kitchen

Whole-Wheat Raspberry Ricotta Scones

Ricotta cheese and raspberries combine in an amazingly soft and moist whole-wheat scone. I know I've said this before, and I will say it again. I love scones. And I especially love these Whole-Wheat Raspberry Ricotta Scones. The secret to keeping these scones soft and moist is the ricotta cheese. Just like ricotta is great for adding creaminess to savory dishes, it also does wonderful things for baked goods. See also this ricotta orange pound cake, which incidentally is the all-time second most popular recipe on my site. I guess you guys share in the ricotta love! Don't fret when you read the words whole-wheat in the name of these scones. I know, it's hard to believe that ... [Continue Reading]

Chicken Tacos with Cucumber-Avocado Salsa | Kristine's Kitchen

Chicken Tacos with Cucumber-Avocado Salsa

Grilled chicken tacos with a refreshing and flavorful cucumber-avocado salsa. This recipe is one of the very first that I shared after starting this blog- over four years ago now. It had gotten lost in the archives and desperately needed a little updating and a new photo. This is one of our favorite meals to make during grilling season, and a friend recently found the recipe on my site and reminded me of it. While we used to make these tacos all the time, I had forgotten about them. Well, now that I've been reminded, we've made these three times in the span of two weeks. There is so much to love about this recipe. The marinade for the chicken is simple, just lime juice, garlic, and ... [Continue Reading]

Kale and Baby Bella Lasagna- who knew a vegetable lasagna could be this good?  ~ Kristine's Kitchen

Kale and Baby Bella Lasagna

Who knew that a meatless lasagna made with kale and baby bella mushrooms could be this good?  We don't follow a strict meatless Monday rule in our house, but we do eat meatless meals most nights both for food budget and health reasons. On the nights when our meals are based around vegetables and proteins such as beans, eggs, or cheese (yes, cheese counts as a protein in my book!), we never miss the meat. Take this lasagna for example. I've been wanting to make a kale lasagna for a while, and I decided to add baby bella, or crimini, mushrooms to it because mushrooms tend to add some heartiness to a dish. Between the whole wheat lasagna noodles, cheeses, sauce, and vegetables, this ... [Continue Reading]

Portabello Pesto Panini- you will love this veggie sandwich!  | Kristine's Kitchen

Portabello Pesto Panini

Pesto, roasted portabellos, red onion, and fresh mozzarella grilled to panini perfection. I could eat this sandwich every week. Here's what we're working with: ciabatta rolls, pesto, roasted portabellos, sauteed onions, and fresh mozzarella. These ingredients combine to make an amazing vegetarian panini. I happened to have just the right amount of pesto stored in my freezer left over from a recipe I made a few months ago. I had planned to use it as a pizza sauce, but I'm so glad I didn't because it made these panini unbelievably easy to put together. My new plan? To make a big batch of pesto every few weeks and store it in the freezer in ¼-cup size portions. Then I will be prepared ... [Continue Reading]

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork- so quick and easy to make!  | Kristine's Kitchen

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

BBQ Pulled Pork is unbelievably easy to make in your slow cooker. I tend to use my slow cooker most in the cooler months of fall and winter. It really lends itself to cooking chilis, stews, and other hearty, tummy-warming dishes. But now that it's spring and summer is just around the corner, I'm not ready to put my slow cooker away. Why reserve its use for only half of the year when it makes meal preparation so easy? I have a couple of slow-cooker recipes that are great served year-round, including asian-inspired dishes, my family's favorite shredded chipotle beef, pulled chicken, and now this BBQ pulled pork. ... [Continue Reading]

Homemade Vanilla Wafers and Chocolate Vanilla Wafers- You won't be able to resist these bite-sized treats!  | Kristine's Kitchen

Vanilla Wafers and Chocolate Vanilla Wafers

You won't be able to resist these bite-sized treats!  Homemade Vanilla Wafers in chocolate and vanilla. Why choose... try them both! I can remember eating Nilla wafers from the yellow box since I was a kid. I don't know what it is about them, but they are addicting! When I was pregnant with both Julia and William I would often snack on a few Nilla wafers, with a spread of peanut butter on each one. (If you've never tried that, you must. Sooo good.) Since Julia saw me eating Nilla wafers while pregnant with William, she of course tried them and they quickly became a favorite of hers too. I haven't bought Nilla wafers from the store for a while, since they have some ingredients that ... [Continue Reading]

Colorful Art Birthday Party - Kristine's Kitchen-1613

Julia’s Colorful Art Birthday Party

We recently celebrated Julia's 5th birthday.  5!  I'm not sure how it can be that my girl is 5 and only a few months away from starting Kindergarten.  She still loves hugs and snuggles with Mom, reading books, and pretend play.  Her favorite activities right now are painting, drawing, cutting, pasting... pretty much anything involving arts and crafts.  An art party was the obvious choice for her birthday this year, and the party was so much fun. The invitations set the theme for the party.  I loved how colorful they were, and it was fun to give an invitation that the guests could use and enjoy.  The best price I found on the watercolor sets was a sale price at Kmart, but unfortunately ... [Continue Reading]

Parmesan Chicken and Rice Casserole- perfect for busy weeknights | Kristine's Kitchen

Parmesan Chicken and Rice Casserole

This Parmesan Chicken and Rice Casserole is a perfect dinner to make on a busy weeknight. Most nights when I come home from work, cooking anything but the simplest dinner is hard to manage. Please don't let the fact that I write a food blog lead you to believe that I make a gourmet meal every night. Just like everyone else, I'm doing my best to balance my kids and family, work, household chores, and taking care of myself (by exercising or reading, for example). On my days off from teaching I have a little more time to devote to the kitchen, but the days I work it's go, go, go from the minute I wake up until bedtime. I'm lucky in that I only teach part time right now, so there are ... [Continue Reading]

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies | Kristine's Kitchen

The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

The best soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies.  This is the recipe I turn to whenever I want to bake classic chocolate chip cookies. I'm often asked which of the chocolate chip cookie recipes on my site is my favorite. Well, these are it. I posted these a while ago and today I'm updating the recipe and photos because these cookies are my go-to recipe whenever I need to make a quick batch of cookies. Most often, those times are when a sudden craving for a chocolate chip cookie hits and I just can't resist! I've made these cookies dozens of times and they always turn out perfectly. These chocolate chip cookies have a secret ingredient that gives them their soft, chewy texture. ... [Continue Reading]

Skillet Baked Penne- cheesy baked pasta made in one dish - Kristine's Kitchen

Skillet Baked Penne

Perfect for weeknight suppers, this Skillet Baked Penne has all of the comfort of baked pasta without all of the fuss. Baked Penne is comfort food at it's best. Pasta, sausage, a tomato cream sauce, and gooey cheese all combine into one satisfying dish. The only problem? Typical baked pasta recipes are hardly practical on a weeknight. This Skillet Baked Penne recipe, however, can be made from start to finish in less than an hour. Plus, you will only have one pan to clean at the end. And, it makes a generous amount of food, so you will likely have leftovers (in other words, a night off from cooking!). Triple win! To make this, you start by browning some Italian sausage in an oven-safe ... [Continue Reading]