Archive for: Easy Weeknight Meals


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

Portabello Pesto Panini

Pesto, roasted portabellos, 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 portabellos, 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]

Quick and Easy Meals for Busy Weeknights | Kristine's Kitchen

Quick and Easy Meals for Busy Weeknights

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. I love the lights, the decorations, and the cozy times spent by the tree with a cup of tea or hot cocoa. Along with those quiet moments, though, there are plenty of times when it is all too easy to be overwhelmed by long to do lists. I'd like to help you take care of one item on your list- the question of what's for dinner. Today I'm sharing some of my tried and true favorite meals that are quick and easy to make. Plus, most of these are healthy meals, so you can balance out all of those cookies that you just might be snacking on. Add some of these recipes to your menu plan, and save your energy for that holiday shopping! Plus ... [Continue Reading]

Turkey Chili Taco Soup~ Kristine's Kitchen

Turkey Chili Taco Soup

This Saturday we had our family over for lunch following William's baptism. The baptism service was very nice, and it was wonderful to get together to celebrate as a family. For lunch we made this Turkey Chili Taco Soup, and it was a huge hit. Most everyone asked for the recipe, and here it is! When I say “we” made this soup, I really mean Brad. Having a lunch party at our house on Saturday isn't easy when we both work Fridays because there is not much time to prepare. I did my best to clean the house earlier in the week, and then Friday night after the kids went to bed there were only a few last minute things we needed to do. I worked on picking up the house and setting the tables (with ... [Continue Reading]

Panera Mac and Cheese | Kristine's Kitchen

Panera Mac and Cheese

This summer flew by, probably because the kids and I were so busy. Between swimming lessons, My Gym classes, more swimming, and running errands, we had someplace to be pretty much every day. Sometimes when the kids and I are out and about, I like to treat us by going out to lunch or for a morning snack. Often we'll choose to eat at Panera, because it's kid-friendly and we love the menu of bagels, sandwiches, and salads. If it's lunchtime, Julia always orders the mac and cheese and (not always willingly) shares some with her little brother. I was excited to find that Panera's mac and cheese recipe is available on their website, so that we can enjoy it at home as well. Julia loved the ... [Continue Reading]

DIY Hummus: Original and Roasted Red Pepper~Kristine's Kitchen

DIY Hummus: Original and Roasted Red Pepper

Hummus is a healthy snack, high in protein and a great dip for fresh veggies. Lately I've been making a batch of hummus to enjoy as an easy, healthy dinner too. I serve it with a variety of fresh cut vegetables and homemade whole-wheat pita wedges, and we have a casual, balanced meal that includes protein, veggies, and whole grains. The kids love both the hummus (they are partial to the roasted red pepper one) and the pita, and we round out their meal with some fresh fruit. (We're still working on getting them to enjoy veggies other than broccoli and the occasional slice of cucumber.) I've read in a few different places about a secret to making perfectly smooth hummus: peeling the ... [Continue Reading]

Southwest Quinoa Salad | Kristine's Kitchen

Southwest Quinoa Salad

My recent posts have been full of sweet treats, so I thought it was time to share something healthy to start the week off on the right foot. Healthy certainly doesn't mean that you won't be excited to dig in to this Southwest Quinoa Salad, though. It's full of good for you ingredients that are also full of flavor. I used red quinoa for the first time in this salad, and love the added color that it brings to the dish. Quinoa is a great base for the salad because it soaks up the flavors of the seasonings, and some red bell pepper balances out the textures by adding some crunch. Be sure to mix up the easy guacamole to add to your bowl- it will only take a minute and is delicious with the ... [Continue Reading]