Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies (Gluten-Free) | Kristine's Kitchen

Filled with pumpkin, spices, dried cranberries, and walnuts, these Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies are a great way to welcome fall.  They're gluten-free and the perfect healthy breakfast or snack! My new love... breakfast cookies. How can it be that a cookie made with such healthy ingredients still tastes so irresistible? Seriously, I cannot stop at just one of these. I forced myself to stop at two, but it was reeeaally hard (and I've got pretty good self-control when it comes to not overdoing it on the sweets).  Julia helped herself to two and then asked for a third.  This was after she told me she didn't want pumpkin in her breakfast cookies and wasn't going to have any.  I said you can ... [Continue Reading]

Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins

Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins (whole-wheat!) | Kristine's Kitchen

Your regular ol' banana muffin gets a makeover with whole-wheat flour and three kinds of chocolate.  These Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins will turn your so-so morning into a great one! After a long week, I always look forward to a little baking therapy on the weekend. Most of the time I don't want anything too complicated or time-consuming, because the point is to rest up after a busy week, right? I want to save plenty of time for relaxing with a good book, hanging out at the pool with the kids, or going for a long walk. Muffins are the perfect baking project when you crave something sweet and want it in your belly quickly.  Especially these Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins.  They ... [Continue Reading]

Almond-Crusted Salmon

Almond-Crusted Salmon - this will become your quick, go-to salmon recipe! | Kristine's Kitchen

You can have this Almond-Crusted Salmon on your dinner table in no time.  It's baked (easy clean-up!) and best served with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Have you ever dined with a toddler eating couscous? It is quite the messy food to serve to children. I remember serving couscous one time when William was less than a year old. By the end of that meal, there was couscous all over the floor extending in a 6-foot radius around his high chair. Now, William is 2 ½ and the couscous still manages to get all over the table and the floor near his chair. If you've ever tried cleaning up a couscous mess, you know it's not the easiest to wipe up, either. Today's recipe isn't for couscous, ... [Continue Reading]

Salted Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Salted Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies - Kristine's Kitchen-4133wm

Buttery shortbread cookies are dipped in dark chocolate and then sprinkled with sea salt. These Salted Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies are mostly sweet with just a touch of sea salt. It's the weekend!!! I think that calls for a cookie. A buttery shortbread cookie dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt, to be exact. Yep, these cookies are pretty amazing. This was a long week for me. Julia had her first week of Kindergarten, and I started a new school year with a new group of third graders. Plus I had back to school night this week, which meant a 15 hour work day (including commute time) and 48 hours without seeing William, except for giving him a kiss after he was ... [Continue Reading]

Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Chicken Tortilla Casserole - a little spicy, a lot cheesy, and full of crushed tortilla chips! | Kristine's Kitchen

This Chicken Tortilla Casserole is a one-dish skillet meal that you can have on your dinner table in no time.  It's a little spicy, a lot cheesy, and full of crushed tortilla chips! I know I'm stating the obvious here, but just about everyone (those with young children, at least) is busy adjusting to the back to school routine.  That means your mind is likely on early bedtimes and early wake-ups, packing lunches, homework, and keeping schedules straight.  What you're probably not too interested in at the moment are complicated dinner recipes.  I know I'm not. I've got your dinner needs covered with this Chicken Tortilla Casserole.  You can have this skillet casserole on your table ... [Continue Reading]

What I’m Loving Lately #2

latte bowls

It's been a while since my last What I'm Loving Lately post.  Four months to be exact.  (You can check out my first post here.)  This is partly because I've just never taken the time to sit down and write this, and partly because I'm not a big shopper so it takes me a while to gather enough things that I like enough to share with you.  Here are a few of my current favorite things! I have two of these adorable bowls from Anthropologie.  Mine are a pretty turquoise and coral, but I just love these beautiful shades of blue that are available now.  These bowls are the perfect size for serving appetizer dips, fresh fruit, or your morning bowl of cereal. This metal loaf pan is my ... [Continue Reading]

Easy 100% Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread

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

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]

Farmers’ Market Minestrone

Farmers' Market Minestrone - bursting with fresh summer produce! | Kristine's Kitchen

Served barely warm or at room temperature, this Farmers' Market Minestrone is just bursting with fresh summer produce! Are you feeling ready for fall, cooler temperatures, rain, hot tea, and cute boots?  Or are you holding on to summer as tight as you can, soaking up every moment of sun-filled fun?  I'm still in the latter group, not ready for summer to be over quite yet.  The fall season is one of my favorites, but it's just so hard to let go of the relaxed days of summer. One thing I am starting to get excited about, though, is fall food.  Cinnamon, apples, pumpkin...  fall has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to baking.  Something else to love about fall?  Soup time!  ... [Continue Reading]