Kristine's Kitchen http://kristineskitchenblog.com healthy bites and sweet treats Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:33:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Dark Chocolate Raspberry S’more Ice Cream http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/08/03/dark-chocolate-raspberry-smore-ice-cream/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/08/03/dark-chocolate-raspberry-smore-ice-cream/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:33:39 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8355 This post is brought to you in partnership with REAL® Seal. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. This Dark Chocolate Raspberry S’more Ice Cream is the best way to get your s’more fix! It’s cool, creamy and loaded with dark chocolate, marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs, and raspberries! August?! How can […]

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This Dark Chocolate Raspberry S’more Ice Cream is the best way to get your s’more fix! It’s cool, creamy and loaded with dark chocolate, marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs, and raspberries!

Creamy Dark Chocolate Raspberry S'more Ice Cream. You'll want a big bowl of this sweet ice cream!

August?! How can it be August already? As it does every year, this summer is flying by. A month and a half ago I was kind of wondering how I was going to survive the summer being home every day with three kids. But we’ve figured out our routine, as we always do, and I am not at all ready to leave these slower-paced summer days behind. Summer’s not over yet, though! There are still vacations to be taken, BBQs to enjoy, and ice cream to eat. :)

During the summer, my family spends a lot of time outdoors.  Often in the evening we’ll hang out in the backyard, talk, play with the kids, and cook dinner on the grill.  And our favorite way to end a summer meal outdoors is with, you guessed it, ice cream!

Creamy Dark Chocolate Raspberry S'more Ice Cream. You'll want a big bowl of this sweet ice cream!Which brings us to this Dark Chocolate Raspberry S’more Ice Cream. This might just be my favorite ice cream ever. First there’s the s’more factor. We all love a good s’more, right? A s’more in ice cream form is even better. Especially when it’s made with dark chocolate. And raspberries.(...)
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Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Tart with Shortbread Crust and Peaches http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/07/30/greek-yogurt-cheesecake-tart-with-shortbread-crust-and-peaches/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/07/30/greek-yogurt-cheesecake-tart-with-shortbread-crust-and-peaches/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:52:50 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8360 This Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Tart with Shortbread Crust and Peaches is the stuff dessert dreams are made of. It’s a creamy, lightened-up way to enjoy cheesecake and so easy to make too! I have always been a sweets and dessert person. Offer me a cookie, brownie, or ice cream and I have a very hard […]

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This Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Tart with Shortbread Crust and Peaches is the stuff dessert dreams are made of. It’s a creamy, lightened-up way to enjoy cheesecake and so easy to make too!

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Tart with Shortbread Crust and Peaches

I have always been a sweets and dessert person. Offer me a cookie, brownie, or ice cream and I have a very hard time turning it down. With that said, I’m trying to limit the amount of sweets that I eat, and reserve them for special occasions. I want to eat a healthy diet for health reasons, and I also just feel better when I make healthy choices. I’m definitely not perfect though, and I’m still figuring some things out.

When I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my first pregnancy, I couldn’t imagine how I was going to survive without cookies or breakfast pastries. But I did. Now, after three pregnancies where I limited my sugar and carbohydrate intake, my body has adapted to not crave sugar quite so much.

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Our Favorite Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread {Whole Wheat, Refined Sugar Free} http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/07/27/our-favorite-healthy-blueberry-banana-bread-whole-wheat-refined-sugar-free/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/07/27/our-favorite-healthy-blueberry-banana-bread-whole-wheat-refined-sugar-free/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:51:14 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8339 A delicious breakfast bread that’s made with white whole wheat flour and sweetened with pure maple syrup and banana, so you can feel good about eating it.  You’ll definitely want a second slice of this Favorite Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread, warm from the oven! Ever since I first made these Light and Fluffy Blueberry Banana […]

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A delicious breakfast bread that’s made with white whole wheat flour and sweetened with pure maple syrup and banana, so you can feel good about eating it.  You’ll definitely want a second slice of this Favorite Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread, warm from the oven!

This is our favorite healthy blueberry banana bread! It's whole wheat and sweetened with maple syrup. You'll definitely want a second slice, warm from the oven!

Ever since I first made these Light and Fluffy Blueberry Banana Muffins, my family cannot get enough of them. On any given day, you’ll likely find a stash of them in our freezer, ready for quick breakfasts and snacks. They’re healthy, yet still taste like a treat. Which is why I love them so much – they satisfy my sweet tooth yet I feel like I’m making a healthy enough choice when I eat them.

Since we loved the blueberry banana combination so much in the muffins, I decided to forgo my usual banana bread recipe and give a healthy blueberry banana version a go. It was major success on the first try, and we’ve been enjoying loaf after loaf of this bread ever since! So much so that I feel completely justified in calling it Our Favorite Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread.

This is our favorite healthy blueberry banana bread! It's whole wheat and sweetened with maple syrup. You'll definitely want a second slice, warm from the oven!

This is our favorite healthy blueberry banana bread! It's whole wheat and sweetened with maple syrup. You'll definitely want a second slice, warm from the oven!

I made a loaf of this bread the other morning when my parents and brother were coming over for a visit. It literally took me ten minutes (fifteen, tops) to mix up the batter and get the loaf in the oven to bake. The ingredient list is simple, and there’s no need for a mixer. The best part? While this Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread bakes, it makes your kitchen smell absolutely amazing. You will have a hard time waiting to dig in!(...)
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Roasted Carrot and Garlic Hummus http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/07/21/roasted-carrot-and-garlic-hummus/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/07/21/roasted-carrot-and-garlic-hummus/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:41:10 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8322 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 […]

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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!

Roasted Carrot and Garlic Hummus recipe, so yummy and healthy for lunch or snack!

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 been trying to work more variety into our lunches because we seem to be stuck in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich rut. I want to try to make a salad for lunch at least once a week, as well as try out some new ideas that I’ve saved to my lunch ideas board on Pinterest.  And I plan to make a batch of hummus once a week, which we can enjoy for lunch one day and snack the next.

Roasted Carrot and Garlic Hummus recipe, so yummy and healthy for lunch or snack!

I’ll be starting with another batch of this Roasted Carrot and Garlic Hummus. The roasted carrots lend a (...)
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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/07/18/peanut-butter-banana-smoothie/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/07/18/peanut-butter-banana-smoothie/#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 13:40:07 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8294 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 […]

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A healthy smoothie made with just 4 ingredients (plus ice). This Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie is thick, creamy, and a great energy booster!

Thick, creamy, and healthy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie!  My favorite!

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 get it. How can you not like peanut butter, even in cookie form? Maybe one day she’ll come around.  😉

Thick, creamy, and healthy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie!  My favorite!

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Olive, Tomato and Feta Pita Crisps with Avocado http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/07/13/olive-tomato-and-feta-pita-crisps-with-avocado/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/07/13/olive-tomato-and-feta-pita-crisps-with-avocado/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:30:11 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8258 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 […]

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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!

Olive, Tomato and Feta Pita Crisps with Avocado - an easy appetizer that's completely addicting!

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.  Most often, we use them to top our weekly homemade pizzas.  But there are so many other ways to enjoy California Ripe Olives beyond the usual pizza.  These Olive, Tomato and Feta Pita Crisps with Avocado are my new favorite way to eat black olives.

Olive, Tomato and Feta Pita Crisps with Avocado - an easy appetizer that's completely addicting!

These pita crisps can be made in just minutes and are the perfect appetizer for all sorts of gatherings.  I also love to make up a batch during an afternoon at home just for snacking.  That’s what I did with this batch, and they were gone in a matter of minutes!(...)
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Cherry Pie with Almond and Oat Crumble http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/07/09/cherry-pie-with-almond-and-oat-crumble/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/07/09/cherry-pie-with-almond-and-oat-crumble/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 13:42:27 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8244 Sweet juicy cherries plus an almond oat crumble make this pie something special. This Cherry Pie with Almond and Oat Crumble just might become your new favorite pie! It had been too long since I made a pie. Baking pies is something that I tend to do seasonally. Around the holidays, pumpkin and apple pies […]

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Sweet juicy cherries plus an almond oat crumble make this pie something special. This Cherry Pie with Almond and Oat Crumble just might become your new favorite pie!

Juicy cherry pie with almond oat crumble!  Like a pie and a crisp in one! The BEST!

It had been too long since I made a pie. Baking pies is something that I tend to do seasonally. Around the holidays, pumpkin and apple pies are a given. Then there’s that long pie-less stretch of months in between Christmas and summer when we are enjoying winter comfort foods and then the arrival of spring produce. By the time summer rolls around, I’m craving the process of making a homemade pie as well as a big slice of that pie!

Juicy cherry pie with almond oat crumble!  Like a pie and a crisp in one!

Summer fruits just about beg to be made into a pie, crisp, or crumble. Peaches, strawberries, apricots, blueberries, and cherries… I don’t think I can choose a favorite when it comes to pie. How about you?(...)
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Spicy Kung Pao Stir-Fry with Summer Squash http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/07/02/spicy-kung-pao-stir-fry-with-summer-squash/ http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/07/02/spicy-kung-pao-stir-fry-with-summer-squash/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:11:13 +0000 http://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=8233 Why order take-out when you can make this Spicy Kung Pao Stir-Fry with Summer Squash in 30 minutes at home?  It’s our new favorite way to enjoy the flavors of Kung Pao in a healthy homemade meal! One of my favorite things about cooking is that I can make dishes at home that I’d usually […]

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Why order take-out when you can make this Spicy Kung Pao Stir-Fry with Summer Squash in 30 minutes at home?  It’s our new favorite way to enjoy the flavors of Kung Pao in a healthy homemade meal!

Just 30 minutes to make this healthy, spicy Kung Pao Stir-Fry with Summer Squash!

One of my favorite things about cooking is that I can make dishes at home that I’d usually order at a restaurant. We enjoy going out to eat, but most of the time I’d rather just stay in the comfort of my own home. In my pj’s and make-up free, if that’s the kind of day it is. :)

Whenever we go out for Chinese food, we always order Kung Pao Chicken. Even the kids like it, so long as we make sure there are no spicy pepper flakes on their chicken. Brad and I love the spice, (...)
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