Kristine's Kitchen http://kristineskitchenblog.com healthy bites and sweet treats Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:41:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 12 Tips for Surviving Life with a Newborn http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/03/28/12-tips-for-surviving-life-with-a-newborn/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/03/28/12-tips-for-surviving-life-with-a-newborn/#respond Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:41:23 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=7784 Now that my third baby is two months old, I’ve been thinking about what exactly it is that makes the newborn stage so challenging yet so wonderful at the same time. Call me crazy, but if I could turn back the clock and go through the birth and first two months again, I would in […]

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Tips for Surviving Life with a Newborn

Now that my third baby is two months old, I’ve been thinking about what exactly it is that makes the newborn stage so challenging yet so wonderful at the same time. Call me crazy, but if I could turn back the clock and go through the birth and first two months again, I would in an instant. I know it’s cliché, but the time really does go by so fast.

That being said, there are many, many things about the first few weeks of parenthood that are so. not. easy. I’ve thought through what helped me get through the past two months with my sanity (mostly) intact and came up with these 12 Tips for Surviving Life with a Newborn.

1. Sleep.

I know. You’re thinking, really? Don’t you think I would if I could? When you sleep may be out of your control right now, but try to squeeze sleep in whenever you can. Go to bed early or take a nap when baby is napping. This can be harder to do when you have older kids, but when my third was born, I tried to at least fit in a nap on the weekends when my husband was home.

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2. Make middle-of-the-night feedings manageable.

During the first few weeks of my little one’s life, I found myself feeling sad and overwhelmed once the nighttime drew near. I realized that a big part of why I would feel this way in the evenings was the thought of the sleepless night to come. While nothing can make waking up every few hours with a newborn easy, I did find a few things that helped. (...)
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28 Citrus Recipes for Spring! http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/03/25/28-citrus-recipes-for-spring/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/03/25/28-citrus-recipes-for-spring/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:33:35 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=7740 We are officially 5 days into Spring!  Has the weather gotten the memo where you live?  We’ve had many beautiful days here recently, and by the end of this week temperatures are supposed to reach 85 degrees!  I can hardly believe it.  While California weather is awesome, it’s not typically this warm for so many […]

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The BEST Citrus Recipes for Spring!  With lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, and tangerines!

We are officially 5 days into Spring!  Has the weather gotten the memo where you live?  We’ve had many beautiful days here recently, and by the end of this week temperatures are supposed to reach 85 degrees!  I can hardly believe it.  While California weather is awesome, it’s not typically this warm for so many days in March.  I’m definitely not complaining one bit!

If it’s snowing or freezing cold where you live, please don’t hate me.  I’m sending you some sunshine in the form of these 28 bright citrus recipes!

Spring makes me think of sunshine, short sleeves, morning walks, and afternoons at the park.  And lemons!  It doesn’t feel like Spring to me until I’ve done some baking with lemons.  Citrus fruits are at their peak from Winter through early Spring, and I love the bright, fresh flavor that they add to both sweet and savory dishes.

Today I’ve rounded up 28 citrus recipes for Spring from some of my favorite blogs.  The list includes recipes using lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, and even tangerines.  We’ll start with the salads and main dishes, and then move on to my favorites – the sweets!  If you make it all the way to the bottom of the list, you’ll even be rewarded with a few fun beverages!  ;)

Salads and Main Dishes with Citrus:

Roasted Orange and Beet Salad

Roasted Orange and Beet Salad by Floating Kitchen

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Honey Mustard Chicken Quinoa Bowls with Mango-Citrus Salsa by Whole and Heavenly Oven

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Pan Seared Sriracha Lemon Pork Chops by Maebells

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Orange Almond Salad with Avocado by Tastes Lovely

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Fettuccine with Lemon Ricotta and Zucchini by Savory Nothings

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Winter Citrus Salmon Salad by Bites of Bri

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Florida Grapefruit Smoked Salmon Salad by Inspiration Kitchen

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Paleo Honey Orange Beef Stir Fry with Sweet Potato Noodles and Kale by Food Faith Fitness

Citrus Sweets:

Lemon-Ricotta Cake with Almond Glaze by Kristine's Kitchen. This lemon cake is bursting with bright lemon flavor!

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Almond Glaze by Kristine’s Kitchen

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Key Lime Pie Sandwich Cookies by Sweet Peas and Saffron

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Strawberry Lemonade Shortbread Bars by Well Plated by Erin

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Blueberry Lemon Bread with Lemon Glaze by Live Well Bake Often

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Lemon Clementine Crinkle Cookies by  Rachel Cooks

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Lemon Greek Yogurt Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting by Baking a Moment

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Coconut Lemon Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwiches by She Likes Food

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No-Bake Avocado Lime Parfait by Yummy Healthy Easy

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Lemon White Chocolate Cupcakes with Ombre Roses by The Recipe Rebel

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Key Lime Bars by Flavor the Moments

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Orange Creamsicle Cookies by Flying on Jess Fuel

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Double Chocolate Lemon Surprise Cupcakes by American Heritage Cooking

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Crepes with Whipped Meyer Lemon Ricotta by Blogging over Thyme

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Raspberry Lemon Chia Seed Muffins by The Pretty Bee

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Tangerine Dark Chocolate Chunk Donuts by Melanie Makes

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Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars by A Latte Food

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Lemon Crème Brûlée Tart by Kristine’s Kitchen

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Orange Vanilla Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup by Crazy for Crust

And finally, a few fun drinks to wash it all down:

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Honey Sweetened Strawberry Lemonade by Sally’s Baking Addiction

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Spring Sangria by Eat. Drink. Love.

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{10 Minute} No-Bake Granola Bars http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/03/18/10-minute-no-bake-granola-bars/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/03/18/10-minute-no-bake-granola-bars/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:24:20 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=7720 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 […]

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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!

{10 Minute} No-Bake Granola Bars - with oats, coconut, almond butter, and honey.

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.

{10 Minute} No-Bake Granola Bars - with oats, coconut, almond butter, and honey.

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 lover, well, what are you waiting for?

{10 Minute} No-Bake Granola Bars - with oats, coconut, almond butter, and honey.

What I’ve discovered through my numerous test batches of no-bake bars is that nut butter is an essential ingredient for holding the bars together without making them overly sweet. I love a good peanut butter granola bar, but sometimes I want a bar without peanut butter flavor. (I know, crazy, right?) With these No-Bake Granola Bars I used almond butter, honey, and coconut oil to help bind the bars together. I also added a little bit of melted unsalted butter.  I tried making the bars without the butter, and they didn’t hold together nearly as well.  If you can’t do nut butter for allergy reasons (or personal preference), then sunbutter would be a good alternative.

{10 Minute} No-Bake Granola Bars - with oats, coconut, almond butter, and honey.

These {10 Minute} No-Bake Granola Bars are barely-sweet chewy snack bars filled with oats and a hint of toasty coconut flavor. Puffed brown rice cereal adds a bit of crispiness in each bite. I added a dark chocolate drizzle because, well, dark chocolate. I think that’s self explanatory. (Feel free to leave off the chocolate if you want – the bars are plenty scrumptious plain too.)

{10 Minute} No-Bake Granola Bars - with oats, coconut, almond butter, and honey.

Between these Energy Bites, my Nutty Peanut Butter Bars, and today’s {10 Minute} No-Bake Granola Bars, I think it’s safe to say I’m hooked on the no-bake snacks. How about you? Do you have a favorite no-bake recipe?

{10 Minute} No-Bake Granola Bars - with oats, coconut, almond butter, and honey.

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BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/03/16/bbq-turkey-sloppy-joes/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/03/16/bbq-turkey-sloppy-joes/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:25:25 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=7708 These BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes are irresistibly spicy-sweet sandwiches packed with veggies, turkey, red onion, and cilantro. Add some melty cheese and you’ve got a meal that will make the whole family happy! I never know what to expect from my kids when dinnertime rolls around. Some days, Hannah’s sleeping and Julia and William play […]

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These BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes are irresistibly spicy-sweet sandwiches packed with veggies, turkey, red onion, and cilantro. Add some melty cheese and you’ve got a meal that will make the whole family happy!

BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes - quick, easy, packed with sweet-spicy bbq flavor!

I never know what to expect from my kids when dinnertime rolls around. Some days, Hannah’s sleeping and Julia and William play together as nicely as can be. Other days… well, I’m sure you can imagine! I’ve been planning super easy meals because even when the kids are cooperating, I can’t push my luck. Things can only go smoothly for so long before someone is crying. ;)

BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes - quick, easy, packed with sweet-spicy bbq flavor!

Sloppy joes are a family favorite that are quick and easy to get on the table. I have a few different recipes that my family enjoys, but this time I was wanting something new. I thought BBQ sauce would work really well in a sloppy joe sandwich, and boy was I ever right!

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Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Cake with Mint Buttercream http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/03/10/rich-and-fudgy-chocolate-cake-with-mint-buttercream/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/03/10/rich-and-fudgy-chocolate-cake-with-mint-buttercream/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:58:52 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=7679 This Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Cake with Mint Buttercream is a perfect celebration cake. Whether it’s for a birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, or just because, this fudgy cake is fun and festive! This past weekend we celebrated Julia’s 6th birthday. Last year, we threw her a colorful art party and invited her friends from school. […]

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This Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Cake with Mint Buttercream is a perfect celebration cake. Whether it’s for a birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, or just because, this fudgy cake is fun and festive!

Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Cake with Mint Buttercream - so fun for a birthday celebration!

This past weekend we celebrated Julia’s 6th birthday. Last year, we threw her a colorful art party and invited her friends from school. This year we went the simple route and kept the party to just family. Julia had lots of fun playing with her cousins and so long as there was cake she was a happy girl!

Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Cake with Mint Buttercream - so fun for a birthday celebration!

As soon as the kids are old enough to have an opinion on what kind of birthday cake they want, I let them decide. When I asked Julia what kind of cake she wanted for her 6th birthday, she said chocolate with green frosting. For the longest time, I could not figure out why the request for green frosting. I was pretty sure she didn’t know that her birthday fell just a few weeks before St. Patrick’s Day, and that the chocolate-mint combo would be all over the blogosphere…

Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Cake with Mint Buttercream - so fun for a birthday celebration!

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Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/03/04/skinny-banana-almond-butter-muffins/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/03/04/skinny-banana-almond-butter-muffins/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:21:33 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=7649 A whole grain muffin that not only tastes amazing (hello dark chocolate chips!), but also is packed with good-for-you ingredients like flaxseed and almond butter.  Bake up a batch of these Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins today! Muffins. Almond butter. Dark chocolate. These are three of my very favorite things. Today we’re combining them into […]

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A whole grain muffin that not only tastes amazing (hello dark chocolate chips!), but also is packed with good-for-you ingredients like flaxseed and almond butter.  Bake up a batch of these Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins today!

Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins - So good, you won't believe they're healthy too!

Muffins. Almond butter. Dark chocolate. These are three of my very favorite things. Today we’re combining them into a skinny muffin that’s perfectly snackable. These Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins are a new favorite in my house and I think they will be in yours too!

I made these Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins with almond butter because I wanted Julia to eat them and she won’t touch anything made with peanut butter. Almond butter, however, she likes so long as it’s in a smoothie or baked good. I always keep almond butter in my kitchen and I enjoy its milder flavor when I want to sneak in some extra protein without adding peanut butter flavor. I love peanut butter and can eat it in multiple times a day, but unfortunately my daughter feels differently! If you can’t get enough of peanut butter, you can substitute it for the almond butter in these muffins.

Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins - So good, you won't believe they're healthy too!

You know how sometimes you eat a muffin and then you’re starving 20 minutes later? That’s what happens when said muffin is full of refined flours and sugars. These Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins, however, will leave you feeling satisfied. They are 100% whole-wheat (white whole-wheat flour is working its magic again). We’ve also got flaxseed in the mix, and, of course, protein-packed almond butter.

I’ve sweetened these muffins with honey and a touch of brown sugar. So no, they aren’t completely free of refined sugars, but I love the hint of caramel flavor that brown sugar brings to baked goods.  If you prefer, you can substitute extra honey for the brown sugar.Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins - So good, you won't believe they're healthy too!

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Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars {No Bake} http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/02/26/nutty-peanut-butter-granola-bars-no-bake/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/02/26/nutty-peanut-butter-granola-bars-no-bake/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:46:10 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=7633 These Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars have a rich peanut butter flavor and take just 10 minutes to make. Those of you who are regular readers know how much I love to make (and eat!) homemade snacks. So it should come as no surprise to you that I’ve used some of my rare moments of […]

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These Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars have a rich peanut butter flavor and take just 10 minutes to make.

No Bake Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars - rich peanut butter bars you can make in 10 minutes!

Those of you who are regular readers know how much I love to make (and eat!) homemade snacks. So it should come as no surprise to you that I’ve used some of my rare moments of free time lately to create these no bake Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars.

These no bake bars are the perfect thing to make when you are short on time yet still want a satisfying and delicious snack. You can make them in just minutes and you likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry. The only thing that you might not have is the puffed brown rice cereal, but once you make these bars I think you’ll be keeping that stocked so you can make them again and again!

No Bake Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars - rich peanut butter bars you can make in 10 minutes!

I added dry roasted peanuts to these Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars for crunch. The brown rice cereal adds crispiness, and honey gives a touch of sweetness. After making these no bake bars, I can’t stop thinking of other delicious variations and mix ins. There are so many possibilities, I’m having a hard time deciding what type of no bake bar to make next!

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Kale Pesto Pasta http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/02/23/kale-pesto-pasta/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/02/23/kale-pesto-pasta/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:31:40 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=7607 Kale plays a starring role in this Kale Pesto Pasta. A flavor-packed, creamy pesto sauce coats whole wheat linguine pasta for a satisfying and healthy meatless meal. Today I’ve got another easy meal to add to your repertoire. Because who doesn’t love a recipe that’s quick to make on a weeknight, yet so good that […]

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Kale plays a starring role in this Kale Pesto Pasta. A flavor-packed, creamy pesto sauce coats whole wheat linguine pasta for a satisfying and healthy meatless meal.

Kale Pesto Pasta - pasta tossed with creamy pesto and toasty pine nuts.  A healthy meatless meal!

Today I’ve got another easy meal to add to your repertoire. Because who doesn’t love a recipe that’s quick to make on a weeknight, yet so good that you will look forward to dinner time all day? All it takes to get this Kale Pesto Pasta on the table is: (1) mix up the pesto sauce, which is takes just minutes in the food processor, and (2) boil some pasta. Add in a salad and some bread to make a complete meal.

Kale Pesto Pasta - pasta tossed with creamy pesto and toasty pine nuts.  A healthy meatless meal!

Brad and I couldn’t stop raving about this Kale Pesto Pasta as we were eating it. The pesto is packed with flavor and nutrition. We’ve got kale, basil, Parmesan, toasty pine nuts, and garlic going on here. Whole wheat linguine gets all deliciously coated with the creamy pesto sauce and toasted pine nuts add more flavor and crunch on top. And it’s healthy, too. Kale = (...)
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