Archive for: Easy Weeknight Meals


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

Almond-Crusted Salmon

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]

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

Chicken Tortilla Casserole

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]

Summer Vegetable Skillet Lasagna - a healthy one-dish weeknight meal! | Kristine's Kitchen

Summer Vegetable Skillet Lasagna

Need another easy summer meal in your rotation?  You will love this Summer Vegetable Skillet Lasagna, full of fire-roasted tomatoes and summer squash! I'm all about the easy meals these days. You too? When dinnertime nears, I just don't have the motivation or desire to make a complicated meal. And, let's be realistic, even easy meals take longer than they should when you're also supervising 5- and 2-year old siblings. Julia and William have actually been wonderful about playing together nicely lately, but, you know, sharing is hard! Most often, I'm having to stop them from having so much fun that someone's going to accidentally get hurt. Like when they decide to ... [Continue Reading]

Tortellini with Spinach, Onion, and Pine Nuts - a favorite easy meal that's full of flavor! | Kristine's Kitchen

Tortellini with Spinach, Onion, and Pine Nuts

This simple pasta dish is full of cheesy tortellini, healthy spinach, and crunchy pine nuts. It's a delicious easy dinner, and is also great as a cold pasta salad for lunch. Today's recipe is an old favorite from the early days of the blog (July 2010!) that deserved an updated photo and repost to highlight it once again. I've been making this Tortellini with Spinach, Onion, and Pine Nuts for years, and it's still a family favorite! Are any of you feeling a little lazy lately? I certainly am, especially when it comes to cooking dinner. I want a homecooked meal most nights, but don't want to put in a whole lot of effort to get it! I'd much rather spend my time outdoors or relaxing ... [Continue Reading]

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]

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]

You will LOVE this Southwestern Pasta Salad with a spicy chili-lime dressing | Kristine's Kitchen

Southwestern Pasta Salad

Full of all of the southwestern flavors that you love, this Southwestern Pasta Salad with a spicy chili-lime dressing is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! Pretty much everyone is a fan of pasta salad, right? It's a great crowd-pleasing dish that's easy to make and share at BBQ's and potlucks. The best pasta salads are full of pasta (of course) and veggies, all coated in a flavorful dressing. I've made all sorts of varieties of pasta salads, including this flavorful Greek pasta salad, an amazing pesto pasta salad, and one with orzo, tomatoes, and mint. I know I'm not alone in my love of southwestern flavors, and I thought they would make an awesome pasta salad. And was I ever right! ... [Continue Reading]

Roasted tomatoes and broccoli make this mac and cheese-style pasta something special. | Kristine's Kitchen

Cheesy Broccoli Tomato Pasta Bake

This macaroni and cheese-style pasta bake is made even better with roasted broccoli, roasted tomatoes, and whole grain pasta. The other day, the infamous “What's for dinner?” question came up in my house. I had a plan (as I usually do) but didn't feel like eating what I'd planned for. What's a busy mom of two to do? Make macaroni and cheese, of course!   Mac and cheese is always a winner with the kids, and this time I upped the nutritional value by adding some roasted broccoli and roasted tomatoes. My whole family loves roasted vegetables, and who can resist broccoli coated in a creamy, cheesy sauce? Not I.   ... [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]

These Ham and Cheddar Sliders with Honey Mustard are kid-friendly and super easy to make! | Kristine's Kitchen

Ham and Cheddar Sliders with Honey Mustard

Ham and Cheddar Sliders with Honey Mustard are the perfect make-ahead party food. Who can resist a warm sandwich with melty cheese, salty ham, and sweet honey mustard sauce? When we celebrated William's 2nd birthday with a Thomas the Train party, these Ham and Cheddar Sliders with Honey Mustard were the hit of the party menu. Everyone kept raving about how good they were, and they are so easy to make! I wanted to keep the party menu simple but still delicious, and sliders were definitely the way to go. I assembled these earlier in the day, popped them in the fridge on a baking sheet, and then warmed them in the oven right before dinner time. For these sliders, I made a quick honey ... [Continue Reading]

Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wrap - easy, healthy, delicious | Kristine's Kitchen

Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wrap

This hummus and grilled vegetable wrap makes a healthy and delicious lunch or easy dinner. I'm always trying new recipes for dinner, snacks, and treats, but lunch often gets overlooked in my menu planning process. Which means we end up eating a lot of sandwiches, cheese quesadillas, and, sometimes leftovers. Usually I don't have much time to devote to preparing lunch, so if I'm going to make something out of the usual rotation it needs to be easy. These wraps totally fit the quick and easy requirement. ... [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]

Portabello Pesto Panini- you will love this veggie sandwich!  | Kristine's Kitchen

Portabella Pesto Panini

Pesto, roasted portabellas, red onion, and fresh mozzarella grilled to panini perfection. I could eat this sandwich every week. Here's what we're working with: ciabatta rolls, pesto, roasted portabellas, sauteed onions, and fresh mozzarella. These ingredients combine to make an amazing vegetarian panini. I happened to have just the right amount of pesto stored in my freezer left over from a recipe I made a few months ago. I had planned to use it as a pizza sauce, but I'm so glad I didn't because it made these panini unbelievably easy to put together. My new plan? To make a big batch of pesto every few weeks and store it in the freezer in ¼-cup size portions. Then I will be prepared ... [Continue Reading]

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork- so quick and easy to make!  | Kristine's Kitchen

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

BBQ Pulled Pork is unbelievably easy to make in your slow cooker. I tend to use my slow cooker most in the cooler months of fall and winter. It really lends itself to cooking chilis, stews, and other hearty, tummy-warming dishes. But now that it's spring and summer is just around the corner, I'm not ready to put my slow cooker away. Why reserve its use for only half of the year when it makes meal preparation so easy? I have a couple of slow-cooker recipes that are great served year-round, including asian-inspired dishes, my family's favorite shredded chipotle beef, pulled chicken, and now this BBQ pulled pork. ... [Continue Reading]

Parmesan Chicken and Rice Casserole- perfect for busy weeknights | Kristine's Kitchen

Parmesan Chicken and Rice Casserole

This Parmesan Chicken and Rice Casserole is a perfect dinner to make on a busy weeknight. Most nights when I come home from work, cooking anything but the simplest dinner is hard to manage. Please don't let the fact that I write a food blog lead you to believe that I make a gourmet meal every night. Just like everyone else, I'm doing my best to balance my kids and family, work, household chores, and taking care of myself (by exercising or reading, for example). On my days off from teaching I have a little more time to devote to the kitchen, but the days I work it's go, go, go from the minute I wake up until bedtime. I'm lucky in that I only teach part time right now, so there are ... [Continue Reading]

Stacked Chicken Enchiladas | Kristine's Kitchen

Stacked Chicken Enchiladas

One of my family's favorite cusines is Mexican food, and we really enjoy a good enchilada.  The corn tortillas, the spicy sauce, the melty cheese... what's not to love?  Well, sometimes it's the assembly of the enchiladas that I'd like to pass on.  Most of the time I don't mind it, but if I'm in a hurry I surely don't want to fuss with dipping, filling, and rolling tortillas.  That's where these stacked chicken enchiladas come in.  To make these, I simply layer the ingredients in a baking dish, bake, and serve.  Easy peasy! Now I know it may sound like I'm contradicting myself here, since I just wrote about how these stacked enchiladas save you time and effort, but I'm going to highly ... [Continue Reading]

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Pears and Cider | Kristine's Kitchen

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Pears and Cider

Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite meats to cook with. It stays moist, the kids love it, and there are so many simple ways to prepare it. It's an especially good option when we are tired of the old standby, chicken. We have a few favorite ways to prepare pork tenderloin, and I'm glad to add this recipe to our rotation. This roast pork tenderloin could even be made on a weeknight after work- it's that easy and doesn't require any marinating time beforehand. You first sear the pork on the stovetop. Then while the pork finishes cooking in the oven, you cook some pears in the skillet and make a quick sauce with shallots and cider. All you need to add to make a complete meal is a salad or ... [Continue Reading]