Orange Chia Granola

You'll love the hint of orange in this Orange Chia Seed Granola!  #breakfast #oats

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]

Orange and Shallot Roasted Asparagus

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This Orange and Shallot Roasted Asparagus is a simple side dish that's full of fresh flavors. I want to eat all of the oranges. We've been getting the most delicious oranges in our farm box and I cannot stop eating them. Or cooking with them. Or baking with them. Their zest lends amazing flavor to everything from cookies to fruit salad to savory dishes, and their insides are juicy, sweet, and just plain delicious. When I shared this Grapefruit Ricotta Cake earlier in the week, I mentioned that we've been getting a fruit and veggie box delivered once a week. I plan to share more about that soon, but for now I'll just say that it is turning out to be a great source of inspiration for me ... [Continue Reading]

Grapefruit Ricotta Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Grapefruit Ricotta Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - SO moist, sweet, and tart!

Ricotta cheese makes this grapefruit pound cake extra moist, and the sweet grapefruit cream cheese frosting is the perfect balance to the tart cake.  You will love the bright citrus flavor in this Grapefruit Ricotta Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting! This past weekend I celebrated my birthday. It was a great weekend, filled with a nice balance of family time, me time, and birthday fun! Saturday morning we took the kids to a birthday party for one of their friends. Then I spent three hours Saturday afternoon cooking and photographing two new recipes. I'll give you a hint: they both include orange, both turned out fabulously, and I'll be sharing them with you very soon! Oh, and you ... [Continue Reading]

Light and Fluffy Blueberry Banana Muffins

Light and Fluffy Blueberry Banana Muffins {Whole Wheat, Refined Sugar Free!} | Kristine's Kitchen

These Light and Fluffy Blueberry Banana Muffins are easy to make, whole-wheat, and free of refined sugars! They are perfect for make-ahead breakfasts or snacks! I think I could write a whole blog dedicated to muffin recipes. I make a batch of muffins pretty much every week. They are quick and easy to make, and perfect for storing in your freezer for a fast breakfast. I like to make them on the healthier side so I can snack on a muffin and still keep to my healthy eating goals. Sometimes I make my tried and true favorite muffin recipes, and sometimes I like to experiment with a new recipe like this one. I developed this recipe at my sister's request. She was looking for a healthy ... [Continue Reading]

Perfect Potato Soup with Garlic Herb Croutons

Perfect Potato Soup with Garlic Herb Croutons - easy enough for a weeknight!

Leek, onion, and garlic bring delicious flavor to this easy potato soup. I think you'll love this Perfect Potato Soup with Garlic Herb Croutons, and it's quick enough for a weeknight! Last week was spring break week here, so of course the weather turned cooler and we got some rain. Though not enough rain to help with our California drought. We were stuck inside with colds as it was, so I would have welcomed more rain. Here's a funny side story. Brad was telling the kids that there is a drought so we need to save water. When I was helping William, who's almost three now, brush his teeth, he informed me that we need to turn off the water because there is a drought in the sink. I wonder ... [Continue Reading]

Raspberry-Filled Chocolate Lemon Cupcakes

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A bright lemon cupcake is filled with a sweet raspberry puree and topped with rich, fudgy Greek yogurt chocolate frosting. These Raspberry-Filled Chocolate Lemon Cupcakes are perfect for celebrating! Five years ago today, I published my first post on Kristine's Kitchen. I shared this Strawberry Chicken Salad with Warm Citrus Dressing if you're curious. :) A lot of life has happened since then. When I started Kristine's Kitchen, Julia was just over a year old. I had gotten through the crazy first year of a first baby, and finally felt like I had more time to do something for myself. I immediately fell in love with blogging, and it became the thing I turned to at naptime when I needed to ... [Continue Reading]

6 Simple Tricks for Healthy Snacking

6 Simple Tricks for Healthy Snacking - start doing these today!

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]

Creamy, Lemony Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus

Creamy Lemony Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus - an easy one-pot skillet meal.

This Creamy, Lemony Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus is an easy, one-pot meal with light and bright flavors for Spring. Are you tired of hearing about the one-pot meal yet? Never, you say? I thought so. The quick and easy meal will never go out of style, in my house at least! I'll never get tired of meals that dirty less pots and pans either. I love to cook, but washing dishes? Not so much. Another perk to one-pot cooking is that, since everything cooks together in one pot, the flavors have plenty of time to meld together. Take this Creamy, Lemony Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus, for example. The pasta cooks in the same skillet where you browned the chicken. And the chicken continues ... [Continue Reading]