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This baked Quinoa and Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole is healthy comfort food. | Kristine's Kitchen

Quinoa and Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole

A healthy meatless enchilada bake, filled with quinoa, sweet potatoes, black beans, and cheese. This enchilada casserole is comfort food that you can feel good about eating. It's the time of year for cookies, fudge, and all things sweet! I've definitely been doing my share of baking with gingerbread, chocolate, and peppermint. Still, one cannot survive on sweets alone. We need to eat dinner, too, right? I've got your dinner needs covered with this Quinoa and Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole. It's full of healthy ingredients like black beans, quinoa, and sweet potatoes to balance out all of the sugar that you just might be enjoying during this holiday season. Quinoa and black ... [Continue Reading]

Carrot-Ginger Soup. My all-time favorite soup recipe!  6 ingredients, quick & easy! | Kristine's Kitchen

Carrot-Ginger Soup

This easy soup is made with just six ingredients. Topped with a dollop of sour cream, this Carrot-Ginger Soup is sure to become one of your favorite meals to enjoy on a chilly night. This time of year, I crave soup. There is something about a steaming mug of soup on a chilly day that just makes me happy. I have a few favorite recipes that I always make each fall and winter, plus new favorites like this Butternut Squash and Apple Soup and this Turkey Chili Taco Soup. My old standbys, the ones I've been making for years, include Golden Winter Soup (you've got to try it), Harvest Pumpkin Soup, and today's Carrot-Ginger Soup. This Carrot-Ginger Soup is not new to the blog. I first ... [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]

Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup - a subtly sweet soup to warm you up. | Kristine's Kitchen

Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Roasted butternut squash and apples lend a subtle sweetness to this silky smooth soup. October just flew by, didn't it? While I'd love time to slow down a little bit, I have to say I was excited to turn my calendar to the November page on Saturday morning. I'm loving the cooler days that we've had recently and the little bit of rain that came our way on last week. (Hopefully there is more rain in our near future?) What do you most look forward to when the chilly months of the year roll around? For me, it's rainy days spent at home, extra time with family and friends, and cozy afternoons spent relaxing with a good book and a cup of tea. And of course warm, comforting foods like ... [Continue Reading]

Cheesy Vegetable Lasagna Rolls, filled with zucchini, mushrooms, and 3 cheeses | Kristine's Kitchen

Cheesy Vegetable Lasagna Rolls

Zucchini, crimini mushrooms, and three cheeses fill these Cheesy Vegetable Lasagna Rolls.  These are easier to make than traditional lasagna, and just as satisfying! This third pregnancy is starting to slow me down, guys.  I'm still in the second trimester - 24 weeks now - but I am definitely noticing a change in my energy levels the past two weeks.  I feel like there is always so much to get done, and I'm finding that I need to sit down and rest more often than I used to.  The upside is that with each week I'm feeling my baby girl move more and more.  Those tiny kicks and wiggles are a precious reminder that there's really a little person growing in there. A challenge right now is ... [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]

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]