Archive for: Appetizers & Snacks


Healthy Quinoa and Sweet Potato 7 Layer Dip

This Healthy Quinoa and Sweet Potato 7 Layer Dip is a flavor-packed appetizer for snacking on while watching the big game, at your next party, or anytime! I am beyond excited to share this recipe with you guys. This healthy 7 layer dip is my new favorite meal/snack/everything. This is the perfect thing to eat while watching the big game. There's so much flavor in this Healthy Quinoa and Sweet Potato 7 Layer Dip, thanks to all of the different layers and my homemade enchilada sauce. With some tortilla chips for dipping, you'll be glad this dip is healthy because you'll be going back for seconds for sure! ... [Continue Reading]

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Orange-Ginger Sauce

These Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Orange-Ginger Sauce are a light and healthy 30 minute meal that's packed with flavor! I'm so glad that this first week of the new year includes 30 Minute Thursday! Creating these 30 minute recipes is a challenge for me, but it's one that I'm completely enjoying. Mostly for selfish reasons. :) Cooking for my family these days has to be quick, so having a repertoire of healthy dinners that I can make in just 30 minutes is so handy. If you're new here and wondering what this 30 Minute Thursday business is all about, let me explain. On the first Thursday of every month, a few of my best blogging friends and I each share a dinner recipe that can be made ... [Continue Reading]

Our Favorite Green Smoothie

Our favorite green smoothie starts with kale, banana, and frozen fruit. A squeeze of lemon juice and a dollop of Greek yogurt make this smoothie a little creamy and ultra refreshing... yum! Hey there! How's life been treating you these past few weeks? I hope you're feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready for new challenges! This year, I've got big plans for Kristine's Kitchen. And it all starts with you. I'll be bringing you even more of the recipes that you love, recipes that can help you meet your healthy eating goals. And we'll keep them easy (for the most part), and of course from scratch. Because we do things the homemade way around here. Let's start the year off right with a ... [Continue Reading]

Chocolate, Almond, and Cherry Truffles

These Chocolate, Almond, and Cherry Truffles are a healthier treat for your holiday sweets table! This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. All opinions expressed here are my own. With Christmas only a few days away and New Year's shortly after, I have one last recipe to share with you! I think you'll want to make at least one batch of these Chocolate, Almond, and Cherry Truffles to share with your family and friends. And you'll probably want a batch for yourself, too. ;) If you need a last minute gift for your neighbors or colleagues, a few of these truffles would be a lovely addition to your holiday cookie plates. I have a stash of these in my refrigerator, and I ... [Continue Reading]

Smokehouse Almond, Goat Cheese, and Pomegranate Toasts

These Smokehouse Almond, Goat Cheese, and Pomegranate Toasts are a delicious combination of sweet and smoky, creamy and crunchy! These little bites are the perfect snack! The holiday season is in full swing, with Thanksgiving right around the corner and Christmas not far behind it. How it's almost the end of November I'm not quite sure. Brad and I were out doing some shopping this weekend, and it just seemed strange to be hearing Christmas music in the stores already. I can't say that I minded it, though. I love this time of year! And there's another season upon us as well... football season! And what's the best part of watching the game? The snacks, of course! ... [Continue Reading]

Easy White Bean Dip

This Easy White Bean Dip is one of my family's favorite healthy snacks. It's made with just a few ingredients that you likely have on hand in your kitchen. It's healthy snacking time! Between me and the kids, it's pretty much always snack time in my house. I can't even tell you how many times during the day I hear the words, “Mom, I'm hungry!” And you know what? I'm just as bad as the little ones. I think they've inherited my metabolism because I am always hungry and reach for a snack every couple of hours. Which means I do my best to always keep healthy snack options on hand. Because, as much as I'd like to, we can't snack on cookies all day long. Some of our favorite snacks include ... [Continue Reading]

Apple Cinnamon Cookie Energy Bites

Filled with oats, almond butter, and fresh apple, these no-bake Apple Cinnamon Cookie Energy Bites are a healthy snack that's perfect for all ages! I have the hardest time packing Julia's lunch for school. William is easy – he loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches so that's what he gets most days (and I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that's what I bring to work most days too). Julia, though, has never liked peanut butter. She's picky about quite a few foods, in fact. Thus the lunch-packing challenge. My solution? Most days we pack her a variety of snack foods, including at least one fruit or vegetable, and a jelly sandwich. We have a hard time fitting in enough protein-rich foods ... [Continue Reading]

Peanut Butter and Honey Cheerios™ Granola + Buy a Box Give a Box Promotion

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiveABox #CollectiveBias Two breakfast favorites combine into one in this Peanut Butter and Honey Cheerios™ Granola!  The crunchy clusters of Cheerios™ and oats are packed with peanut butter and honey, plus a touch of cinnamon. Every year, I tell my new group of third grade students the story of my first day of third grade. It's not a particularly remarkable story, which is the point I want to make to them. Their stories, no matter how big or small, are important and worth telling. I write the story of myself eating breakfast on my first day of school as a way to introduce them to ... [Continue Reading]

Energy Boosting Trail Mix with Toasted Coconut and Dark Chocolate

This Energy Boosting Trail Mix with Toasted Coconut and Dark Chocolate is a healthy mix of nuts and seeds, plus dried cherries and dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth.  It's the perfect snack for the back-to-school rush or to pack in your work bag or purse when you're on the go! It's back to school time for us this week! Yesterday was Julia's first day of 1st grade. I know I'm stating the obvious, and the feelings of just about every mom with school-age kids, when I say, “How did that happen?!” Kindergarten just flew by. My favorite part of Kindergarten was watching Julia's reading and writing progress, and I can't wait to see what this year will bring. It's so fun when she writes ... [Continue Reading]

Roasted Carrot and Garlic Hummus

Craving something new and healthy for snack or lunch time? This Roasted Carrot and Garlic Hummus is delicious with fresh, raw veggies or pita bread.  It's an easy appetizer to serve at your next party, too! I am always reminding myself that I need to make hummus more often. It's such a healthy snack, especially if your dippers of choice are fresh vegetables. And my kids love hummus just as much as I do! Which is even more reason to make it on a weekly basis. Julia will eat bell pepper after bell pepper dipped in hummus. (She'll even eat hummus plain by the spoonful!) William likes his hummus with carrots, bell peppers, whole wheat pita or crackers, and even an occasional cucumber. I've ... [Continue Reading]

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

A healthy smoothie made with just 4 ingredients (plus ice). This Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie is thick, creamy, and a great energy booster! In the summertime I crave smoothies. Wait a minute, that's not right. I crave smoothies all year long! Especially this easy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, made with just four ingredients in a matter of minutes. I like to make all kinds of smoothies, but I have to say this one is my absolute favorite. Because, um, peanut butter. Can't get enough of the stuff! We go through peanut butter like crazy in our house. Mostly because I bake with it. And William eats a pb&j sandwich pretty much daily. Julia still won't touch peanut butter though. I don't ... [Continue Reading]

Olive, Tomato and Feta Pita Crisps with Avocado

These Olive, Tomato and Feta Pita Crisps with Avocado are an easy appetizer or snack, perfect for all sorts of occasions. Made with whole wheat pita, olives and tomatoes, they are healthy and addicting little bites! When I think of olives, I think of pizza, being a kid, and this sandwich that I craved all the time during my last pregnancy.  As a kid, I could not eat enough olives, and the same is true today.  My own children seem to agree, and will eat as many olives as I let them.  If I'm in the kitchen cooking and they see I've opened up a can of olives, there they are, little hands outstretched and asking for some olives please! My family loves California Black Ripe Olives.  ... [Continue Reading]

Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

These Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are lightly sweetened with ripe bananas and honey.  They are quick and easy to make and perfect for breakfast or snack time! I live about 30 miles from the school that I teach at, which means that I spend a decent amount of time commuting to and from work. It's frustrating to think about the hours I spend commuting as lost time, so I try to find ways to make my commute more enjoyable. I used to listen to audiobooks that I'd check out from the library, but lately I've been listening to podcasts and loving it. My favorites are podcasts about blogging and motherhood. Since returning to work after my maternity leave I've been catching up on episodes ... [Continue Reading]

Creamy, Dreamy Mango Smoothie

Thank you to REAL® Seal for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions expressed here are mine alone. This Creamy, Dreamy Mango Smoothie is so smooth and creamy, you'll think you're drinking a milkshake. But really, you'll be enjoying a healthy 4-ingredient smoothie made with just frozen fruit, milk and yogurt. “Do you guys want a smoothie?” I mention those words in my house, and in an instant Julia and William will be pulling chairs up to the kitchen counter. Smoothies are a favorite snack (and breakfast) around here, and now that the weather is warming up we are making them more and more often. Julia likes to help by adding the frozen fruit to the blender, and William ... [Continue Reading]

Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies

Packed with peanut butter, flaxseed and oats, these Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies will give you an energy boost while satisfying your cookie craving! They are perfect for after school snacks for the kids, too! Tomorrow I go back to work after my maternity leave. To say I am not ready to leave my sweet baby girl is quite the understatement. Where did the past four months go? Nothing can make up for the fact that I won't be home every day with my little ones, but if I try to look on the positive it is only three days a week, my baby will be with family while I'm at work, and I only have five weeks until summer vacation. I'm trying to look on the positive side. But it's still hard. ... [Continue Reading]

Orange Chia Granola

You'll love the hint of orange zest in this Orange Chia Granola, loaded with healthy oats, chia seeds, and nuts! What is your favorite meal of the day? Mine is most definitely breakfast. Maybe that's partly due to the cup of coffee that I get to drink at breakfast time. But it's also the breakfast foods. Waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, eggs, and toast... I love them all. My favorite go-to easy everyday breakfast, though, is homemade granola. I love making (and eating) granola so much that last year I devoted a whole week to sharing granola recipes here. I've written about the 5 reasons why you should make homemade granola. Basically, I'm a granola addict. I never get tired of dreaming up ... [Continue Reading]

6 Simple Tricks for Healthy Snacking

I am all about the healthy snacks. Click the snack category in my recipe index and you'll find plenty of evidence. Snacks give me the energy I need to take care of my kids, work, and home, and I find myself hungry and wanting a snack multiple times each day. Without plenty of healthy snack options, and some planning ahead, I'd be reaching for the cookies and cereal all day long. I have a few tricks up my sleeve that help me keep my healthy eating goals and snack for energy. I hope these simple tricks for healthy snacking will help you stay on track with your nutrition goals, too. Life is busy, and these tips are things that you can easily incorporate into your packed schedule. 1. Fool ... [Continue Reading]

{10 Minute} No-Bake Granola Bars

These chewy No-Bake Granola Bars are packed with oats, crispy rice cereal, and toasted coconut. You can mix up a batch in just 10 minutes, and then comes the hard part – waiting for them to chill in the refrigerator before you can dig in! These No-Bake Granola Bars have been a long time in the making. I think it was about a year ago when I tried my first no-bake granola bar recipe. Unfortunately, those bars did not work out so well. They were way too sweet, and fell apart when you tried to eat them. Since then I've done quite a few experiments with no-bake bars. My first big success was these Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars. If you haven't tried them yet and you're a peanut butter ... [Continue Reading]