Kristine's Kitchen https://kristineskitchenblog.com nourishing your family and home Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:14:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies Recipe (One Bowl) https://kristineskitchenblog.com/oatmeal-breakfast-cookies-recipe/ https://kristineskitchenblog.com/oatmeal-breakfast-cookies-recipe/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:00:58 +0000 https://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=22678 This Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies Recipe is my kids’ favorite breakfast cookie recipe. The cookies are egg-free, with dairy-free and vegan options. Stir together the dough in one bowl for this easy recipe. This is a great recipe for kids to help with in the kitchen! When you are stuck in a breakfast rut and don’t […]

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This Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies Recipe is my kids’ favorite breakfast cookie recipe. The cookies are egg-free, with dairy-free and vegan options. Stir together the dough in one bowl for this easy recipe. This is a great recipe for kids to help with in the kitchen!

This Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie Recipe is my kids' favorite breakfast cookie recipe. The cookies are egg-free, with dairy-free and vegan options. Stir together the dough in one bowl for this easy recipe. This is a great recipe for kids to help with in the kitchen!

When you are stuck in a breakfast rut and don’t know what to feed your kids for breakfast, try these oatmeal breakfast cookies. Cookies for breakfast are not an everyday thing in my house, but I believe that sometimes a healthier cookie can have its place at the breakfast table. These cookies are certainly more nutritious than a donut or a bowl of sugary cereal.

Be sure to also read my real food breakfast plan for more helpful tips for getting a nutritious breakfast on your table.

The cookies pictured are made with mini chocolate chips, but you can swap the chocolate for dried cranberries, chopped nuts or coconut. This Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies Recipe is made with oats, whole wheat flour, flaxseed, applesauce, cinnamon, vanilla and honey.

This recipe has been kid-tested and approved, not only by my own kids but also by my 9-year-old’s Girl Scout Brownie troop. Recently I was in charge of leading the brownie meeting and teaching the girls how to make homemade snacks. One of the snacks that the girls made were these breakfast cookies.

As they mixed up their cookie dough, some of the girls were skeptical. As they added the flaxseed and applesauce, they said they didn’t think the cookies were going to taste very good. In the end, every single girl tried the cookies and they all loved them! Not much makes me happier than seeing kids excited about healthy foods that they’ve made themselves. 🙂 (more…)

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Teriyaki Chicken and Veggie Noodle Bowls (One Pot) https://kristineskitchenblog.com/teriyaki-chicken-and-veggie-noodle-bowls-one-pot/ https://kristineskitchenblog.com/teriyaki-chicken-and-veggie-noodle-bowls-one-pot/#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:00:04 +0000 https://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=22696 These Teriyaki Chicken and Veggie Noodle Bowls are a one pot dinner that the whole family will love! A slightly sweet, refined sugar-free homemade teriyaki sauce makes vegetables more appealing to kids! Meal prep the ingredients ahead of time to help get dinner on the table faster. I’m on a mission to get my kids […]

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These Teriyaki Chicken and Veggie Noodle Bowls are a one pot dinner that the whole family will love! A slightly sweet, refined sugar-free homemade teriyaki sauce makes vegetables more appealing to kids! Meal prep the ingredients ahead of time to help get dinner on the table faster.

These Teriyaki Chicken and Veggie Noodle Bowls are a one pot dinner that the whole family will love! A slightly sweet, refined sugar-free homemade teriyaki sauce makes vegetables more appealing to kids! Meal prep the ingredients ahead of time to help get dinner on the table faster.

I’m on a mission to get my kids to eat more vegetables. You with me?

When I think about it, we’re actually not doing too badly. My kids enjoy baby carrots (especially if they have a ranch dip). They will eat broccoli as a side dish. They love green smoothies. Green spider pasta, a.k.a. kale pesto is usually a hit with them. They also like sliced bell peppers dipped in my easy white bean dip. Same goes for baked sweet potato fries.

But still. There is always room for improvement in both the variety of vegetables that they will eat and in the eagerness with which they will eat those veggies!

I’m trying all sorts of strategies and veggie-packed recipes, and will share the successes with you in the hopes it will help your own family.

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These Teriyaki Chicken and Veggie Noodle Bowls are a one pot dinner that the whole family will love! A slightly sweet, refined sugar-free homemade teriyaki sauce makes vegetables more appealing to kids! Meal prep the ingredients ahead of time to help get dinner on the table faster.

This teriyaki noodle bowl recipe is packed with veggies. It’s basically a chicken and vegetable stir fry, with noodles mixed in at the end. The teriyaki sauce and noodles make all of those vegetables more appealing to the kids. If you cut the vegetables up small, (more…)

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How to Make Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets for Kids https://kristineskitchenblog.com/how-to-make-crispy-baked-chicken-nuggets-for-kids/ https://kristineskitchenblog.com/how-to-make-crispy-baked-chicken-nuggets-for-kids/#respond Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:00:03 +0000 https://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=22682 An easy recipe for how to make crispy baked chicken nuggets for kids! This recipe is both egg free and dairy free. Your kids will love these healthy homemade chicken nuggets! They are freezer friendly, so make ahead a big batch for meal prep! You only need five ingredients to make these crispy baked chicken […]

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An easy recipe for how to make crispy baked chicken nuggets for kids! This recipe is both egg free and dairy free. Your kids will love these healthy homemade chicken nuggets! They are freezer friendly, so make ahead a big batch for meal prep!

An easy recipe for how to make crispy baked chicken nuggets for kids. Egg free and dairy free. Use either homemade or store bought breadcrumbs. Your kids will love these healthy homemade chicken nuggets! They are freezer friendly - make ahead a big batch for meal prep!

You only need five ingredients to make these crispy baked chicken nuggets. And three of those five are salt, pepper and water.

This is my simplest recipe for making homemade chicken nuggets. If you’re looking for a basic chicken nugget recipe to please picky kids, this is it.

These baked chicken nuggets are much healthier than those that you might find in the frozen foods section at the grocery store. Since they’re baked, not fried, these are also healthier than most restaurant chicken nuggets. Since you make them yourself, you can feel good about serving your kids homemade chicken nuggets made with only real, recognizable ingredients: chicken, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and water. I’ve given a few suggestions for spicing up the flavors of these chicken nuggets in the tips section below. (more…)

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How to Cook Black Beans in your Instant Pot https://kristineskitchenblog.com/how-to-cook-black-beans-in-your-instant-pot/ https://kristineskitchenblog.com/how-to-cook-black-beans-in-your-instant-pot/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:00:15 +0000 https://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=22649 These Mexican-flavored black beans are easy to make in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, with no soaking required! Use them in burritos, tacos, salads, enchiladas or as a side dish. These Instant Pot Black Beans freeze well so you can meal prep a big batch! This post also includes directions for how to cook […]

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These Mexican-flavored black beans are easy to make in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, with no soaking required! Use them in burritos, tacos, salads, enchiladas or as a side dish. These Instant Pot Black Beans freeze well so you can meal prep a big batch! This post also includes directions for how to cook black beans in your Instant Pot for baking (without seasoning). Recipe is vegan.

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These Mexican black beans are easy to make in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, with no soaking required! These Instant Pot Black Beans freeze well so you can meal prep a big batch. This post also includes directions for how to cook dried black beans in your Instant Pot for baking (without seasoning). Recipe is vegan and an easy way to cook dried beans.

These black beans are my 9 year old’s favorite thing that I make in my Instant Pot. The girl loves her bean and cheese burritos! And she loves them even more when they’re made with these homemade Instant Pot Mexican Black Beans. She’s quick to tell me that they are so much better than the beans from a can!

I have to agree. There really is no comparison between these seasoned black beans and canned.

If you want to try making your own black beans but don’t want to go to the trouble of soaking them, then cooking beans in your Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) is the way to go.

When you cook dry beans yourself, you can control the firmness and texture of your cooked beans. I like to cook mine for 30 minutes on high pressure in the Instant Pot, with 10 minutes of natural pressure release. The beans will soften just a bit more during the 10 minute pressure release. This cook time produces a mostly soft bean with a little bit of a firm bite to it. You can adjust the cook time to produce softer or firmer beans.

Are you looking for other basic recipes to try in your Instant Pot? These Easy Peel Hard and Soft Boiled Eggs and this Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup are two of my favorites!

Why you should try these homemade Instant Pot No Soak Black Beans:

  1. It’s (relatively) quick to cook dried black beans in your Instant Pot. Since you don’t have to pre-soak the beans, you can have these ready in about an hour, from start to finish.
  2. Black beans are a versatile ingredient. You can use them to make many quick dinners, including burritos and taco salads.
  3. Cooking beans from scratch is likely healthier. Cooking dried beans yourself means that you don’t have to worry about BPA in the lining of cans, you control the amount of salt that you add, etc.
  4. Black beans are an excellent source of vegetarian protein and fiber. Black beans are also a good source of iron and folate, as well as other vitamins and minerals. These Instant Pot Mexican Black Beans are also vegan.

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Blender Green Smoothie Waffles https://kristineskitchenblog.com/blender-green-smoothie-waffles/ https://kristineskitchenblog.com/blender-green-smoothie-waffles/#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:00:38 +0000 https://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=22613 These Blender Green Smoothie Waffles are a fun way to get kids to eat their greens! The waffle batter is mixed up in a blender… so easy and clean up is quick, too! When parents ask me how to get their kids to eat greens like spinach, lettuce and kale, one thing I suggest is […]

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These Blender Green Smoothie Waffles are a fun way to get kids to eat their greens! The waffle batter is mixed up in a blender… so easy and clean up is quick, too!

These Blender Green Smoothie Waffles are a fun way to get kids to eat their greens! The waffle batter is mixed up in a blender so they are really easy to make. The waffles turn out crisp on the outside with soft insides. The waffles have a hint of green smoothie flavor, with a little coconut and banana mixed in!

When parents ask me how to get their kids to eat greens like spinach, lettuce and kale, one thing I suggest is to blend them into smoothies. Whether it’s a green monster smoothie or a blueberry spinach breakfast smoothie, most kids will happily drink their greens.

If your kids love green smoothies, give these Blender Green Smoothie Waffles a try! Not only are these waffles delicious and easy to make, they are also a good way to get some extra greens into your diet at breakfast!

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Can you taste the spinach in green smoothie waffles?

Not at all! These Blender Green Smoothie Waffles have a slight fruity green smoothie taste. You also taste a hint of coconut from coconut oil. The coconut oil helps to make these waffles crispy on the outside. If you or your kids don’t like coconut you can substitute melted butter. Your waffles might be a little less crisp if you use butter. (more…)

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Healthier Slow Cooker Baked Ziti https://kristineskitchenblog.com/healthier-slow-cooker-baked-ziti/ https://kristineskitchenblog.com/healthier-slow-cooker-baked-ziti/#comments Mon, 02 Apr 2018 11:00:32 +0000 https://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=22579 This Slow Cooker Baked Ziti is made with ground turkey and whole wheat pasta. The pasta cooks right in the slow cooker so it soaks up the delicious flavor of the sauce! If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I use my slow cooker all the time to help me get […]

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This Slow Cooker Baked Ziti is made with ground turkey and whole wheat pasta. The pasta cooks right in the slow cooker so it soaks up the delicious flavor of the sauce!

This Slow Cooker Baked Ziti is made with ground turkey and whole wheat pasta. The pasta cooks right in your crock pot so it soaks up the delicious flavor of the sauce. This healthier slow cooker pasta recipe is a simple comfort food dinner for your family!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I use my slow cooker all the time to help me get dinner on the table. With four kids, our evenings are a nonstop blur of activity. If you can relate, prepping dinner ahead in the slow cooker is one way to make sure that you have a nutritious dinner ready for your family.

Since many of you also like to cook with a slow cooker, I’ve written an eBook of easy slow cooker dinner recipes. I’m giving you a sneak peek into the book with this Slow Cooker Baked Ziti recipe! The recipes in this book will simplify your weeknight cooking. You get a full month’s worth of delicious meals that are easy to make and healthy!

You can learn more about the details of the eBook and the other recipes included in it here. I routinely cook from it myself and many of the recipes are my kids’ favorites!

This Healthier Slow Cooker Baked Ziti is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes. I like to make this baked pasta in the summer when it’s too hot to turn on the oven. You can get your cheesy, baked pasta fix without heating up your kitchen! This recipe is also perfect winter comfort food.

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This Slow Cooker Baked Ziti is made with ground turkey and whole wheat pasta. The pasta cooks right in your crock pot so it soaks up the delicious flavor of the sauce. This healthier slow cooker pasta recipe is a simple comfort food dinner for your family!

How to cook pasta in your slow cooker, and why you should:

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Cheese Pizza Bites https://kristineskitchenblog.com/cheese-pizza-bites/ https://kristineskitchenblog.com/cheese-pizza-bites/#respond Thu, 29 Mar 2018 11:00:06 +0000 https://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=22552 These Cheese Pizza Bites are a healthy lunch or snack for kids. Serve them with pizza sauce for dipping! This easy cheese pizza bites recipe is made with a quick no rise whole wheat pizza dough and mozzarella cheese. Figuring out what to feed kids for lunch is a constant struggle, isn’t it? It’s easy […]

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These Cheese Pizza Bites are a healthy lunch or snack for kids. Serve them with pizza sauce for dipping! This easy cheese pizza bites recipe is made with a quick no rise whole wheat pizza dough and mozzarella cheese.

These Cheese Pizza Bites are a healthy lunch or snack for kids. Serve them with pizza sauce for dipping! This easy cheese pizza bites recipe is made with a quick no rise whole wheat pizza dough and mozzarella cheese.

Figuring out what to feed kids for lunch is a constant struggle, isn’t it? It’s easy to get in a rut with sandwiches. Sandwiches can get boring quickly!

I’ve been working to create more fun and healthy lunch options for your little ones. So many of you have written to me to tell me that feeding picky eaters is a challenge in your home. I’m working on ideas and recipes to share with you to help! Be on the lookout for many more kid-friendly meal options here on the website.

These Cheese Pizza Bites can be made ahead for quick lunches, snacks or even dinner. This pizza bites recipe is made in a mini muffin pan, for the perfect finger food for kids. Serve these mini pizza bites with my Hidden Veggie Pizza Sauce for dipping!

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Hidden Veggie Pizza Sauce https://kristineskitchenblog.com/hidden-veggie-pizza-sauce/ https://kristineskitchenblog.com/hidden-veggie-pizza-sauce/#comments Mon, 26 Mar 2018 11:00:28 +0000 https://kristineskitchenblog.com/?p=22539 This Hidden Veggie Pizza Sauce is packed with over 1 1/2 cups of sneaky vegetables! Use this kid-friendly vegetable pizza sauce to top your favorite pizza or as a dip for grilled cheese sandwiches or pizza bites. This veggie-packed tomato sauce is easy to meal prep and freezes well. Pizza is a kid favorite, and […]

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This Hidden Veggie Pizza Sauce is packed with over 1 1/2 cups of sneaky vegetables! Use this kid-friendly vegetable pizza sauce to top your favorite pizza or as a dip for grilled cheese sandwiches or pizza bites. This veggie-packed tomato sauce is easy to meal prep and freezes well.

This Hidden Veggie Pizza Sauce is packed with over 1 1/2 cups of sneaky vegetables! Use this kid-friendly veggie pizza sauce to top your favorite pizza or as a dip for grilled cheese sandwiches or pizza bites. This veggie-packed tomato sauce is easy to meal prep and freezes well.

Pizza is a kid favorite, and when it’s made with the right ingredients it can be a nutritious meal. Making pizza at home allows you to use a whole grain crust and a veggie-packed tomato sauce. If you top the pizza with a few more veggies (let the kids pick their own and help!), a slice of pizza is a good mix of whole grains, protein (from the cheese and possibly toppings), and vegetables.

To make homemade pizza the easy way, we will often use whole wheat English muffins as our crust. The English muffin pizzas are just the right size for kids. It’s fun to let everyone make their own! Kids are also more likely to try a food if they are involved in preparing it.

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This Hidden Veggie Pizza Sauce is packed with over 1 1/2 cups of sneaky vegetables! Use this kid-friendly veggie pizza sauce to top your favorite pizza or as a dip for grilled cheese sandwiches or pizza bites. This veggie-packed tomato sauce is easy to meal prep and freezes well.

Pita or flatbread pizzas are another delicious option, either using store-bought pita bread or this easy homemade pita bread recipe when time allows.

This Hidden Veggie Pizza Sauce is packed with over 1 1/2 cups of sneaky vegetables! Use this kid-friendly veggie pizza sauce to top your favorite pizza or as a dip for grilled cheese sandwiches or pizza bites. This veggie-packed tomato sauce is easy to meal prep and freezes well.

How to hide veggies in pasta sauce:

First of all, should you hide veggies in your kids’ meals? This question is the subject of debate among parents. My take is based on the idea of everything in moderation. Should you always hide vegetables to get your kids to eat them? No. It’s important to teach kids about healthy eating. You want them to learn that a healthy diet includes a variety of foods, such as whole grains, protein, fruits and vegetables. Kids should be exposed to different kinds of vegetables, prepared different ways, often.

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