Archive for: Easy Weeknight Meals


Just 30 minutes to make this healthy, spicy Kung Pao Stir-Fry with Summer Squash!

Spicy Kung Pao Stir-Fry with Summer Squash

Why order take-out when you can make this Spicy Kung Pao Stir-Fry with Summer Squash in 30 minutes at home?  It's our new favorite way to enjoy the flavors of Kung Pao in a healthy homemade meal! One of my favorite things about cooking is that I can make dishes at home that I'd usually order at a restaurant. We enjoy going out to eat, but most of the time I'd rather just stay in the comfort of my own home. In my pj's and make-up free, if that's the kind of day it is. :) Whenever we go out for Chinese food, we always order Kung Pao Chicken. Even the kids like it, so long as we make sure there are no spicy pepper flakes on their chicken. Brad and I love the spice, ... [Continue Reading]

This Spinach Pesto Pasta with Fresh Green Beans and Chicken is a fresh and healthy summer meal!

Spinach Pesto Pasta with Fresh Green Beans and Chicken

This Spinach Pesto Pasta with Fresh Green Beans and Chicken is a delicious way to enjoy fresh vegetables. Made with whole wheat pasta, it's a light and healthy summer meal! Last week I wasn't feeling the whole meal planning thing. I'm usually really good about planning out our dinners for each night of the week, but I needed a break. So I just added a few staple foods like chicken, tortillas and cheese to our grocery list and decided to figure the rest out later. Most weeks it works best for me and my family to have a menu plan, but it was refreshing to take a break for a week and it actually inspired some new recipes! I had to get creative with what we had in our refrigerator and ... [Continue Reading]

This Pear, Feta and Walnut Pizza is my all-time favorite!

Pear, Feta and Walnut Pizza

This Pear, Feta and Walnut Pizza is not your ordinary pizza.  The combination of sweet pears, tangy feta and toasty walnuts is out of this world delicious! Happy Friday, Friends! How has your week been? Mine's been crazy busy, but I did have the day off yesterday. I used the extra time to catch up on some housework and laundry (or at least try to), work on report cards, and take care of the kids of course! This weekend is going to be a full one, between the soccer field, finishing up report cards (next week is the last week of school – woo hoo!), and other miscellaneous kid and house stuff. What are your weekend plans? There are a few recipes that I make that I've been making ... [Continue Reading]

This Caprese Pasta is quick, easy, and flavorful!

Caprese Pasta

This Caprese Pasta is full of fresh ingredients and so easy to make.  A light tomato sauce coats whole wheat pasta, plus fresh mozzarella and basil add tons of flavor! Which summer produce are you most excited about? I love summer fruits, including peaches, strawberries, and blueberries. But I think I'm most excited about juicy summer tomatoes, especially cherry tomatoes. We are growing some in our garden and while none are ripe yet, there are lots of little green tomatoes growing on our plants. We can never grow enough, though, so I always end up buying more at the farmer's market. I love the variety of cherry and grape tomato colors – red, orange, yellow, and even purple. The yellow ... [Continue Reading]

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

Perfect Potato Soup with Garlic Herb Croutons

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]

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

Creamy, Lemony Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus

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]

BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes - quick, easy, packed with sweet-spicy bbq flavor!

BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes

These BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes are irresistibly spicy-sweet sandwiches packed with veggies, turkey, red onion, and cilantro. Add some melty cheese and you've got a meal that will make the whole family happy! I never know what to expect from my kids when dinnertime rolls around. Some days, Hannah's sleeping and Julia and William play together as nicely as can be. Other days... well, I'm sure you can imagine! I've been planning super easy meals because even when the kids are cooperating, I can't push my luck. Things can only go smoothly for so long before someone is crying. ;) Sloppy joes are a family favorite that are quick and easy to get on the table. I have a few different recipes that ... [Continue Reading]

Kale Pesto Pasta - pasta tossed with creamy pesto and toasty pine nuts. A healthy meatless meal!

Kale Pesto Pasta

Kale plays a starring role in this Kale Pesto Pasta. A flavor-packed, creamy pesto sauce coats whole wheat linguine pasta for a satisfying and healthy meatless meal. Today I've got another easy meal to add to your repertoire. Because who doesn't love a recipe that's quick to make on a weeknight, yet so good that you will look forward to dinner time all day? All it takes to get this Kale Pesto Pasta on the table is: (1) mix up the pesto sauce, which is takes just minutes in the food processor, and (2) boil some pasta. Add in a salad and some bread to make a complete meal. Brad and I couldn't stop raving about this Kale Pesto Pasta as we were eating it. The pesto is packed with ... [Continue Reading]

Vegetarian Chili - an easy recipe that you can make in your slow cooker or on the stovetop.

Vegetarian Chili {Stovetop or Slow Cooker}

An easy three bean chili that can be made on the stovetop or in the crock pot, both with just minutes of prep time.  Okay guys. I know there are a million and one chili recipes out there. And possibly even that many vegetarian chili recipes. But I've got a couple of reasons why you should make this one. Give it a try, and I'm certain you will fall in love with this Vegetarian Chili. Here's why. As is my way these days, this recipe is so super duper easy. You can even choose whether you'd like to make this Vegetarian Chili on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. Either way involves very little prep, it just depends on when you have time in your day to get dinner started. If you're at home ... [Continue Reading]

3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Taco Chicken - 10 minutes prep, the easiest ever taco chicken!

3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Taco Chicken

Looking for the easiest chicken taco recipe? This easiest ever 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Taco Chicken is it! Three ingredients, your crock pot, and 10 minutes are all you need. Now grab those tortillas and enjoy! Any day now I will be mom to a 5-year-old, a 2-year-old, and a newborn. Which is completely exciting and also somewhat terrifying at the same time. I'm telling myself that planning ahead and simplifying things at home will make all the difference between feeling overwhelmed versus relaxed in parenting my three little ones. I know I'll be anxious to get back into the kitchen soon after baby girl arrives, but I also know that cooking dinner while taking care of two kids and a ... [Continue Reading]

Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna - 20 minutes of prep and then your crock pot does the rest!

Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna

This crock pot lasagna is possibly the easiest lasagna you will ever make. A few minutes of stovetop cooking for the meat and onions, and then into your slow cooker everything goes. Dinner will be ready when you are! Not to state the obvious or anything, but it's January. Which for many of us means we are in full-on winter. No, I don't live where it snows or gets below zero or anything, but temperatures still drop and we have our share of rainy, windy weather here. What's more comforting on a cold winter day than knowing your dinner is cooking away in the slow cooker, and making your house smell amazing at the same time? Not much, except maybe the fact that when dinnertime does ... [Continue Reading]

Cheesy Shells with Broccoli and Chicken - Mac and cheese with a nutrition boost! | Kristine's Kitchen

Cheesy Shells with Broccoli and Chicken

A steaming bowl of macaroni and cheese is pure comfort food. Mix in some cooked chicken and broccoli, and you have a complete meal. These Cheesy Shells with Broccoli and Chicken are creamy, cheesy pasta at its best. Macaroni and Cheese. The ultimate comfort food. When it's cold outside, there's nothing better than sitting down to a bowl full of warm, cheesy pasta. The only problem is that on it's own, mac and cheese doesn't make much of a balanced meal. Sure, you can roast some broccoli or make a salad to go alongside, but how about instead boosting the nutrition of the mac and cheese itself? Enter these Cheesy Shells with Broccoli and Chicken. Here we have four food groups all ... [Continue Reading]

Easy Cheesy Beef and Pasta Skillet:  a one-pot meal the whole family will love | Kristine's Kitchen

Easy Cheesy Beef and Pasta Skillet

This pasta skillet is a one-pot meal that the whole family will love.  The pasta cooks right in the tomato meat sauce, soaking up tons of flavor! Hey there. How was your weekend? We've had gorgeous weather here, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 70's. It's so beautiful outside this time of year with all of the fall colors. Brad took the kids to the park on Saturday while I got my hair done (I was way overdue!), and then Julia and I went out for a walk and some fresh air on Sunday. Saturday night about 12:30 we woke up to the sound of the signature barky cough of croup. William apparently is prone to getting croup, as this was the third time he's had it. The past two ... [Continue Reading]

Chicken and Rice Salad with Ginger-Sesame Dressing | Kristine's Kitchen

Chicken and Rice Salad with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

With a ginger, sesame, and lime dressing, this colorful salad is packed with flavor! Enjoy it for an easy dinner or lunch. As I type this, it's Thursday night, and can I just say how glad I am that tomorrow's Friday?  As you read this, it will be Friday, so happy almost weekend to you!  I don't know about you, but I am t.i.r.e.d. by the end of the week.  My Friday night routine these days consists of (1) an easy dinner, (2) bathe the kids, read stories, and put them to bed, and (3) relax on the couch with the latest episode of Parenthood and a bowl of ice cream.  (If I wasn't pregnant, there would be wine.  Ice cream works for now, though!)  Then I'm off to bed by about 9:30, which ... [Continue Reading]

Pan-Seared Tilapia with Melon Salsa | Kristine's Kitchen

Pan-Seared Tilapia with Melon Salsa

A refreshing fruit salsa is the perfect counterpart to pan-seared tilapia.  I feel like I'm stuck somewhere in between summer and fall. In the blog world, it's all about pumpkin and apples. Which, by the way, I am totally ready for. I've shopped for a few new pairs of maternity jeans (gotta have the skinny jeans to go with my boots!) and sweaters, and can't wait to wear them. The only problem? We've had temperatures in the nineties for the past week and according to the forecast, plenty more warm weather is to come. Maybe October will bring cooler days?  Sigh. I'm balancing this all out by both baking with pumpkin and enjoying lighter, no-oven-necessary meals. Like this Pan-Seared ... [Continue Reading]

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]