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Easy Two Cheese  Pasta with Chickpeas - make a big batch for healthy lunches or a quick dinner | Kristine's Kitchen

Easy Two Cheese Pasta with Chickpeas

Make a batch of this Easy Two Cheese Pasta with Chickpeas and you'll have a healthy lunch ready for yourself or the kids in no time! This recipe is part of my Healthy Bites for Kids series, featuring easy recipes for breakfasts, lunches and snacks. While I’ve designed these recipes to be enjoyed by kids, adults will love them too! Do you get crazy hungry super fast when lunch time nears? Like, so hungry you need to eat something right now or those around you better watch out? I, unfortunately have this problem. And my kids do too. (Uh oh.) Julia especially, but William's extreme hunger grumpiness came out the other day as well. Three people in one house who all get crazy hungry at ... [Continue Reading]

Spicy Grilled Portobello Tacos - you will LOVE this healthy, meatless meal! | Kristine's Kitchen

Spicy Grilled Portobello Tacos

Spicy Grilled Portobello Tacos, topped with grilled onions and creamy feta and avocado, are a delicious, quick, and easy meal! Tacos are one of those meals that I can eat again and again without tiring of them. I'm always glad to find new variations on the taco that my family and I can enjoy. It's even better when those variations are meatless yet still full of flavor. These grilled portobello tacos are a little spicy, and a lot delicious! The grilled portobellos act like the “meat” in the taco, filling you up with nutritious vegetable yumminess. Add in grilled onions, tomatoes, avocado, and feta cheese, and you have a taco that is sure to satisfy even on a super hungry ... [Continue Reading]

Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles - a refreshing and healthy treat | Kristine's Kitchen

Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles

These Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles are made with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt. Cool, creamy, and refreshing, you will love these popsicles! Happy Friday!  I'm SO excited to be guest posting for Kelly over at The Pretty Bee today!  Kelly's blog is one of my absolute favorites.  She shares healthy and delicious recipes, many of which are allergy-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan.  I am always learning new kitchen tricks from her! These healthy pineapple-peach yogurt popsicles are made with just 4 ingredients.  Easy to make, and fun to eat, you will love these popsicles!  Head on over to The Pretty Bee for the recipe! ... [Continue Reading]

Deconstructed Falafel Salad - easy, healthy, flavorful | Krisitne's Kitchen

Deconstructed Falafel Salad

This Deconstructed Falafel Salad is a lovely mixture of flavors and textures. Chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, herbs, and avocado are all tossed in a flavorful lemon-cumin-tahini dressing. Easy, homemade pita chips add a delicious crunch! What do you usually eat for lunch? I tend to make sandwiches, since they are easy and don't require much thought. Sandwiches can get boring quickly, though. I find that when I eat a healthy salad for lunch, I have more energy in the afternoon and am less likely to want to nap! The key to a healthy and filling salad is to have a good balance of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. This Deconstructed Falafel Salad has all of that, plus plenty of ... [Continue Reading]

Broccoli Cheddar Mini Frittatas - you'll love these healthy little bites! | Kristine's Kitchen

Broccoli Cheddar Mini Frittatas

Broccoli Cheddar Mini Frittatas are delicious and healthy little bites! This recipe is part of my Healthy Bites for Kids series, featuring easy recipes for breakfasts, lunches and snacks. While I’ve designed these recipes to be enjoyed by kids, adults will love them too! I like to serve my kids eggs for breakfast a few times a week, but the old standby, scrambled eggs with cheddar, can get boring. With just a little bit more effort, you can make these Broccoli Cheddar Mini Frittatas. They are fun to eat and filled with veggies and protein. A winning recipe all around!   To make these, you start by steaming the broccoli in a small amount of water. It cooks really quickly – 5 ... [Continue Reading]

This refreshing fruit water makes it easy to drink your 8 glasses! | Kristine's Kitchen

Refreshing Fruit Water

This refreshing fruit water will make it easy to reach your goal of drinking eight glasses a day! This fruit water is my latest obsession. If you have a hard time drinking your eight glasses a day, then you've got to try this. I actually love drinking plain water, and wouldn't have any problem drinking enough of it, were it not for being so busy. Sometimes I just forget to sip water throughout the day.   When I have a glass of this refreshing fruit water, however, I'm much more likely to remember to stay hydrated. The flavors of the fruit, cucumber, and mint are infused into the water, making it taste amazing. You can adapt what you add to your water depending on your taste preferences. ... [Continue Reading]

Apple Dippers with Honey-Cinnamon Yogurt {plus a new series - Healthy Bites for Kids!} | Kristine's Kitchen

Apple Dippers with Honey-Cinnamon Yogurt {Healthy Bites for Kids}

Apple Dippers with Honey-Cinnamon Yogurt are a nutritious snack that can be prepared in less than 5 minutes.  This recipe is part of my Healthy Bites for Kids series, featuring easy recipes for breakfasts, lunches and snacks.  While I've designed these recipes to be enjoyed by kids, adults will love them too!   I'm starting a new series on the blog today!  I am super excited about this Healthy Bites for Kids series, because it allows me to combine my passions for cooking, healthy eating, and kids (I am a mom and teacher, after all!).  We'll get to these Apple Dippers with Honey-Cinnamon Yogurt in a minute. (Don't they look scrumptious?!)   If you don't have kids or grandkids, you'll ... [Continue Reading]

No-Bake Energy Bites {plus a new series:  Healthy Bites for Kids!} | Kristine's Kitchen

No-Bake Energy Bites

No-Bake Energy Bites are one of my very favorite things. These bites have oats, coconut, nut butter, flaxseed, and mini chocolate chips, all rolled into easy to grab little bites. They are a perfect snack for kids and adults alike! Let's talk about these No-Bake Energy Bites.  They are just about the best snack ever.  They're easy to make (hello no-bake!), fun to eat, and so delicious.  Plus, other than the sugar from the honey and chocolate chips, they are made with all healthy ingredients.  You could leave out the chocolate chips or replace them with some dried fruit, but they are pretty tasty as is. I make a batch of these energy bites just about every week, because they are so ... [Continue Reading]

Mocha Granola - a dessert-y granola full of coffee and chocolate! | Kristine's Kitchen

Mocha Granola

This Mocha Granola is full of chocolate, coffee, and almonds.  It makes a great late-night snack, breakfast, or afternoon pick-me-up! Hello Friends and Happy Friday! We've come to the final recipe of Granola Week! In case you missed any of this week's recipes, here's a quick recap. We started the week with this Tropical Granola, filled with pineapple and coconut. I also shared 5 great reasons why you should make your own granola. Tuesday's recipe was this super crunchy Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola. If you love almonds and dried cherries, you've gotta try this one. Next up was this super simple 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola. Peanut butter lovers, this one's for ... [Continue Reading]

Honey Almond Flax Granola by Kristine's Kitchen.  A healthy and delicious way to start your day!

Honey Almond Flax Granola

This Honey Almond Flax Granola is one of my very favorite breakfasts. Not only will you crave bowl after bowl of this granola, but it's also a healthy way to start your day! Just look at that Honey Almond Flax Granola. I'm wishing I had a bowl of it right now. You too? It's just bursting with crispy, oaty goodness! Full of toasted coconut flakes, sliced almonds, crunchy oats, and flaxseed, this granola is lightly sweetened with honey and a little bit of maple syrup. I added two teaspoons of pure almond extract as well, to really infuse the granola with almond flavor.   Out of all of the granola recipes that I'm sharing this week, I think this one is my favorite. It's really hard for me to ... [Continue Reading]

4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola - the easiest granola recipe | Kristine's Kitchen

4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola

This Peanut Butter Granola is made with just 4 ingredients, in only 10 minutes of prep time. It's crisp and lightly sweetened, with just the right amount of peanut butter flavor. Today is day 3 of Granola Week, and if you missed my recipes for Tropical Granola and crunchy Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola you should go check them out!  I'll wait for you right here. :)   You're gonna love today's granola. It can pass for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert. When it comes to food, simplicity is often best and that is so true with this recipe. You only need 4 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time to make amazing, crunchy peanut butter granola.   Do you get as excited as I do about recipes ... [Continue Reading]

Deliciously Crunchy Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola | Kristine's Kitchen

Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola

Made with red quinoa, this Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola is super crunchy and filled with cherries and almonds! Almond extract gives it even more almond flavor. When I set out to create a new batch of granola recipes, I knew I wanted to include a quinoa granola. I had never made quinoa granola myself, but I'd seen it pop up on blog after blog. I love cooking with quinoa, and I knew it would give a granola some nice crunch. I've used red quinoa because of it adds a pop of pretty color to the granola. (Plus, it coordinates so well with the cherries, don't you think?) You add the quinoa to the granola raw, just like the oats, and it toasts up as the granola bakes. You will want to be ... [Continue Reading]

This Tropical Granola is lightly sweetened with toasted coconut, almonds, and pineapple. | Kristine's Kitchen

Tropical Granola {plus 5 reasons why you should make your own granola}

To kick off a week of granola recipes, I'm sharing 5 reasons why you should make your own granola, plus a recipe for Tropical Granola. Full of coconut, pineapple, and almonds, this granola will bring a taste of the tropics to your kitchen table! Hi there and Happy Memorial Day! I hope you have the day off and have some outdoor fun planned! I'm heading to our neighborhood park with the kids, and then this afternoon we'll be grilling out in the backyard at my parents' house. It's supposed to be about 90 here today, so we'll head indoors for the hottest part of the day. What have you been up to over this long weekend? I am super excited about today's post because it kicks off a week of ... [Continue Reading]

This Salmon Power Salad is full of health-boosting superfoods! | Kristine's Kitchen

Salmon Power Salad with Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette

This Salmon Power Salad is full of superfoods such as blueberries, walnuts, spinach, and of course, salmon. This delicious salad is full of health-boosting power! Dinner salads are one of my favorite types of meals. I know that the name “salad” can be deceiving, as some are filled with unhealthy, high-calorie ingredients. By making main dish salads at home, you can control the ingredients and nutrition. Plus, eating at home is usually much more budget-friendly, too.   I had two goals when making this salad. First, it had to taste good. Taste is so important when it comes to our food, right? My second goal was to incorporate as many healthy “superfoods” as possible. Superfoods are ... [Continue Reading]

Chicken Tacos with Cucumber-Avocado Salsa | Kristine's Kitchen

Chicken Tacos with Cucumber-Avocado Salsa

Grilled chicken tacos with a refreshing and flavorful cucumber-avocado salsa. This recipe is one of the very first that I shared after starting this blog- over four years ago now. It had gotten lost in the archives and desperately needed a little updating and a new photo. This is one of our favorite meals to make during grilling season, and a friend recently found the recipe on my site and reminded me of it. While we used to make these tacos all the time, I had forgotten about them. Well, now that I've been reminded, we've made these three times in the span of two weeks. There is so much to love about this recipe. The marinade for the chicken is simple, just lime juice, garlic, and ... [Continue Reading]

Peach, Mango, and Kale Smoothie | Kristine's Kitchen

Peach, Mango, and Kale Smoothie

A good-for-you green smoothie made with kale, peaches, mango, and Greek yogurt. Full of protein and fiber, this smoothie will give you the energy boost you need to tackle your day! Happy Wednesday! How can it be that January is almost over? It seems like it was just a few days ago that I was writing this New Year's post. I know they say that when raising young children the days go by slowly and the years fly by, but around here it seems that it's the days, weeks... everything that go by especially quickly. A busy, full life will do that I suppose.  Happily, it's full of great things like snuggles with my sweet kids, story time, watercolor painting, and playtime at the park. Today I'm ... [Continue Reading]

Healthy Carrot Cake Oat Muffins | Kristine's Kitchen

Healthy Carrot Cake Oat Muffins

Oh do I have a treat for you today! These little carrot cake oat muffins are ridiculously tasty, and good for you too! They are perfect for snacking or a grab and go breakfast, with plenty of whole grains to leave you feeling satisfied. Pair a muffin with a piece of fruit, some yogurt, or a hard boiled egg, and you'll be set to tackle your day! These carrot cake muffins are made with white whole-wheat flour and old-fashioned oats. Applesauce keeps them moist and delicious and takes the place of most of the butter in the muffins. They are low in sugar, with only 10 grams per muffin. And let's not forget the carrots. These muffins are packed with veggies! But really, the very first thing ... [Continue Reading]

Lemon-Parmesan Kale Salad | Kristine's Kitchen

Lemon-Parmesan Kale Salad with Pine Nuts

Happy New Year Everyone!  I am excited to begin a new year and can’t wait to see what 2014 will bring.  I try not to make too many specific resolutions at the beginning of a new year, because I’d rather focus on developing balance in my life that is sustainable long-term.  I do spend some time at the beginning of each new year thinking about goals and this year is no different. This year, I am taking a different approach and plan to focus on a guiding phrase.  My phrase is:  Simplify and Breathe.  I have been doing some of reading about organization and living more simply, and I’m currently reading the book Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider.  I’m only at chapter 4 so far, but this ... [Continue Reading]