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

Easy 100% Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread

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]

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

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

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]

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

Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles

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]

Honey Almond Flax Granola by Kristine's Kitchen.  A healthy and delicious way to start your day!

Honey Almond Flax Granola

This Honey Almond Flax Granola is one of my very favorite breakfasts. Not only will you crave bowl after bowl of this granola, but it's also a healthy way to start your day! Just look at that Honey Almond Flax Granola. I'm wishing I had a bowl of it right now. You too? It's just bursting with crispy, oaty goodness! Full of toasted coconut flakes, sliced almonds, crunchy oats, and flaxseed, this granola is lightly sweetened with honey and a little bit of maple syrup. I added two teaspoons of pure almond extract as well, to really infuse the granola with almond flavor.   Out of all of the granola recipes that I'm sharing this week, I think this one is my favorite. It's really hard for me to ... [Continue Reading]

4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola - the easiest granola recipe | Kristine's Kitchen

4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola

This Peanut Butter Granola is made with just 4 ingredients, in only 10 minutes of prep time. It's crisp and lightly sweetened, with just the right amount of peanut butter flavor. Today is day 3 of Granola Week, and if you missed my recipes for Tropical Granola and crunchy Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola you should go check them out!  I'll wait for you right here. :)   You're gonna love today's granola. It can pass for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert. When it comes to food, simplicity is often best and that is so true with this recipe. You only need 4 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time to make amazing, crunchy peanut butter granola.   Do you get as excited as I do about recipes ... [Continue Reading]

Deliciously Crunchy Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola | Kristine's Kitchen

Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola

Made with red quinoa, this Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola is super crunchy and filled with cherries and almonds! Almond extract gives it even more almond flavor. When I set out to create a new batch of granola recipes, I knew I wanted to include a quinoa granola. I had never made quinoa granola myself, but I'd seen it pop up on blog after blog. I love cooking with quinoa, and I knew it would give a granola some nice crunch. I've used red quinoa because of it adds a pop of pretty color to the granola. (Plus, it coordinates so well with the cherries, don't you think?) You add the quinoa to the granola raw, just like the oats, and it toasts up as the granola bakes. You will want to be ... [Continue Reading]

This Tropical Granola is lightly sweetened with toasted coconut, almonds, and pineapple. | Kristine's Kitchen

Tropical Granola {plus 5 reasons why you should make your own granola}

To kick off a week of granola recipes, I'm sharing 5 reasons why you should make your own granola, plus a recipe for Tropical Granola. Full of coconut, pineapple, and almonds, this granola will bring a taste of the tropics to your kitchen table! Hi there and Happy Memorial Day! I hope you have the day off and have some outdoor fun planned! I'm heading to our neighborhood park with the kids, and then this afternoon we'll be grilling out in the backyard at my parents' house. It's supposed to be about 90 here today, so we'll head indoors for the hottest part of the day. What have you been up to over this long weekend? I am super excited about today's post because it kicks off a week of ... [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]

Whole Grain Fruit Bars- a healthy treat for your lunchbox - Kristine's Kitchen-1486

Whole Grain Fruit Bars

Homemade Whole Grain Fruit Bars are the perfect treat to add to your lunchbox. Made with real ingredients, kids and adults alike will love these bars! These Whole Grain Fruit Bars are my latest addiction. I love how easy they are to make. I love that they are whole grain and contain only recognizable ingredients. I love that these fruit bars can pass for both a snack or healthy dessert. In my efforts to pack nutritious lunches made from real foods for both myself and my kids, I've been making up a batch of these every few weeks. They make a great lunchbox addition or after-school snack, paired with a cold glass of milk of course. You know those fruit-filled cereal bars that you can buy ... [Continue Reading]

Oatmeal-Honey Sandwich Bread | Kristine's Kitchen

Oatmeal-Honey Sandwich Bread

Today let's bake some bread! In my ideal world, I would make all of our bread from scratch. Of course, in this ideal world I would also always make homemade granola bars, Greek yogurt, graham crackers, granola, hummus, pita, and, well you get the idea. In the real world there is such a thing as limited time, so I have to make choices about what I will make in each particular week. For the past few weeks, I have been baking this oatmeal-honey sandwich bread, and it's my new addiction. It makes great sandwiches and amazing toast.  I also can't resist a fresh slice spread with a little butter, right after it cools from the oven.  So. so. good. In my testing of this recipe, I've found that I ... [Continue Reading]

Homemade Hot Cocoa | Kristine's Kitchen

Homemade Hot Cocoa

A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for Peppermint Hot Cocoa. Today I'm sharing a traditional hot cocoa recipe with you, because sometimes you just want a basic cup of cocoa. This homemade hot cocoa is simple to make on the stovetop, or even in the microwave if you're in a hurry. I went light on the sugar because only a little is needed to enhance the rich chocolate flavor. Whipped cream is optional but highly recommended! I prefer to mix up my hot cocoa ingredients each time I make it, but I know that some of you might like to keep a mix on hand. Below I have also included a larger-scale recipe to make hot cocoa mix, which you can store almost indefinitely at room temperature. We still ... [Continue Reading]

Homemade Taco Seasoning | Kristine's Kitchen

Homemade Taco Seasoning

For a while now I have been trying to get away from buying packaged foods as much as possible. I know that fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, are much more healthful than processed foods, and I want to feed my family foods in their natural state as much as possible. One result of this is that I have a really hard time buying packages of things like pre-made taco seasoning, which can be loaded with extra sodium and other not-so-nutritious additives. To make my own homemade taco seasoning, I began by researching various recipes online. The differences between recipes are great, and when creating my own I used a combination of the recipes I found. I wanted my taco ... [Continue Reading]

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice by Kristine's Kitchen

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Fall is here, October is here, and in a few short weeks it will be Halloween and then Thanksgiving. Can you please tell time to slow down a little for me?  I want to just sit and appreciate the change in seasons for a little while.   I'm in full Fall baking mode, even though the temperatures outside are still warm. After much baking with pumpkin this week and last, I decided it was time I made a batch of pumpkin pie spice. You can buy pumpkin pie spice at the store, but if you keep a well-stocked pantry it is so easy to make your own. Store it in an airtight container at room temperature and you should be set for all of your pumpkin baking needs through the end of the season. Check back soon ... [Continue Reading]

Big Cluster Maple Granola | Kristine's Kitchen

Big Cluster Maple Granola

It's now my second week of school and I am very much back into the swing of things in the classroom. I know all of my students' names, have some of their writing and artwork up on the walls, and am getting to know what makes each of them a unique and special individual. I have a wonderful group of third graders this year, which makes it (a little bit) easier to leave my own two sweet peas in the morning. Early wake-ups are deserving of a healthy and delicious breakfast, but I can't afford to spend any more minutes than necessary in the kitchen. (4:45a.m. is early enough for me to wake up, thank you.) I still need a good breakfast to fuel me through my morning, though, and this granola is ... [Continue Reading]

DIY Hummus: Original and Roasted Red Pepper~Kristine's Kitchen

DIY Hummus: Original and Roasted Red Pepper

Hummus is a healthy snack, high in protein and a great dip for fresh veggies. Lately I've been making a batch of hummus to enjoy as an easy, healthy dinner too. I serve it with a variety of fresh cut vegetables and homemade whole-wheat pita wedges, and we have a casual, balanced meal that includes protein, veggies, and whole grains. The kids love both the hummus (they are partial to the roasted red pepper one) and the pita, and we round out their meal with some fresh fruit. (We're still working on getting them to enjoy veggies other than broccoli and the occasional slice of cucumber.) I've read in a few different places about a secret to making perfectly smooth hummus: peeling the ... [Continue Reading]

Thick and Chewy Granola Bars~ Kristine's Kitchen

Thick and Chewy Granola Bars

Let me apologize in advance for these. Once you make these granola bars, you are going to have a very hard time enjoying a store-bought granola bar. You are going to find yourself in the kitchen long after the sun has gone down, mixing up the ingredients for these bars. You will walk down the cereal aisle of your grocery store, looking through the granola bar choices, knowing that you have to choose one because you certainly don't have the time each and every week to make your own. Or do you? You might just decide that the thirty minutes you could spend watching TV or mindlessly browsing Pinterest might be better spent mixing together a batch of granola bars that you can really crave. I ... [Continue Reading]

Perfect iced coffee is easy to make with the cold-brew method. | Kristine's Kitchen

Perfect Iced Coffee

This iced coffee, made using the cold-brew method, really is the perfect glass of cold, refreshing coffee. It's a good day for me if I get a some quiet time all to myself in the afternoon. Lately it's been a rare occasion to have both kids nap at the same time, but when they do, I take full advantage. Usually that means pouring myself a glass of this iced coffee, grabbing a snack, and sitting down with my laptop to either read a few blogs or work on my own. While there may be laundry and housework that needs doing, taking a few minutes just for myself re-energizes me so that I have the patience and energy to tackle the rest of the day. Before this recipe, I tried a number of ... [Continue Reading]

Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread from Kristine's Kitchen

Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

It's been a while since my last post, but not for lack of wanting to work on the blog. I've just been so busy, both with Julia's 4th birthday party (yes, she's 4!) and report cards. The party was a lot of fun, and I hope to write up a post about it soon.  The report cards are done and I'm all set for parent conferences next week, so I finally have a few minutes to devote here. This whole wheat sandwich bread is a recipe I've been wanting to share for a while. Making more of our staples the homemade way is an undertaking that I've really been enjoying. Greek yogurt, graham crackers, and burger buns are just a few of the other foods I've made myself. I definitely don't always make these ... [Continue Reading]