Archive for: Main Dish


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]

Farmers' Market Minestrone - bursting with fresh summer produce! | Kristine's Kitchen

Farmers’ Market Minestrone

Served barely warm or at room temperature, this Farmers' Market Minestrone is just bursting with fresh summer produce! Are you feeling ready for fall, cooler temperatures, rain, hot tea, and cute boots?  Or are you holding on to summer as tight as you can, soaking up every moment of sun-filled fun?  I'm still in the latter group, not ready for summer to be over quite yet.  The fall season is one of my favorites, but it's just so hard to let go of the relaxed days of summer. One thing I am starting to get excited about, though, is fall food.  Cinnamon, apples, pumpkin...  fall has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to baking.  Something else to love about fall?  Soup time!  ... [Continue Reading]

You will love this vegetarian take on enchiladas!  These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas are a spicy, cheesy, and filling meatless main dish!

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas

You will love this vegetarian take on enchiladas!  These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas are a spicy, cheesy, and filling meatless main dish. What's your favorite Mexican entree?  For me, I'd have to say it's a tie between tacos and enchiladas.  I just never seem to tire of them, and I find myself adding a Mexican-inspired meal to my menu plan at least once a week.  Part of the reason why I love tacos and enchiladas so much is that there are endless ways to customize and adapt them.  These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas are a healthy take on this favorite dish. While the filling for these enchiladas is meatless, it's definitely not lacking in flavor.  Besides the ... [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]

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing | Kristine's Kitchen

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad

This BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad is full of black beans, corn, tomato, avocado, and grilled chicken. It's tossed in a tangy cilantro-lime dressing and drizzled with BBQ sauce. Shredded cheese and crumbled tortilla chips are a perfect finishing touch! Hi, Friends! I hope you enjoyed the 4th of July weekend! We did some swimming, some relaxing, and lots of visiting with family. Now it's time to gear up for another week... One thing that helps me feel prepared heading into the week is a menu plan. I always plan my meals on the weekend, do the grocery shopping, and then there's (usually) never the question of what's for dinner. This BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad is the perfect thing ... [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]

Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups are quick and easy for lunch! | Kristine's Kitchen

Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups

These turkey and cheese roll-ups are a quick and tasty option when once again you are wondering, “What's for lunch?” 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 struggle with finding fresh ideas of what to eat for lunch? How about what to feed your kids for lunch? I know I'm always looking for new ideas for what to feed my two. At least now that it's summer I don't have to worry about packing lunchboxes. But when 11:30 rolls around and everyone starts to get hungry, it's nice to have a plan in mind. So far this week we've ... [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]

Sweet Potato and Kale Pizza | Kristine's Kitchen.  This pizza is my current favorite!

Sweet Potato and Kale Pizza

Baked sweet potato rounds, crispy kale, and tangy goat cheese make this Sweet Potato and Kale Pizza totally crave-worthy. You guys. This pizza. It is sooo good. You don't believe me? Yes, it's covered in sweet potatoes and kale. But have you ever tried baked sweet potato rounds? How about baked kale chips? Roasted red onions? These are the things vegetable dreams are made of. (And no, I don't really dream about vegetables. At least not while I'm asleep.) Did I mention the goat cheese yet? Almost everything is better with goat cheese. ... [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]

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Quiche by Kristine's Kitchen.  Perfect for Mother's Day brunch or a casual weeknight dinner!

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Quiche

Fresh asparagus and creamy goat cheese are the stars of this Asparagus and Goat Cheese Quiche.  It's a perfect dish to serve for Mother's Day brunch.  Paired with a mixed greens salad, it also makes a delicious weeknight dinner. If you can make a good quiche, then you have a fairly easy meal option that works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It can be fancied up to serve on special occasions, and it also makes a nice meal when it's just you and the family.  If I'm serving quiche for breakfast, I will cut up some fresh fruit and make a pot of coffee to go with it.  At dinnertime, all you need is a simple mixed greens salad on the side. In this Asparagus and Goat Cheese Quiche, a ... [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]