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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]

Potato, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza - you'll love this meatless pizza!

Potato, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza

Rosemary and garlic-roasted potatoes plus sweet caramelized onions top this Potato, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza. One more day until Pizza Friday! Is that a thing in your house? When I make my weekly menu plan, I always include a pizza night because it's an easy meal that I don't have to think much about. Most often, Friday is our pizza night, but not always. I like to be flexible and sometimes Saturdays call for pizza too. Or Mondays, right?  :) Our go-to pizza is a simple veggie and cheese pie, with bell peppers, mushrooms, olives, and red onion. Other times I like to mix things up and try something new. This Potato, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza was a new twist ... [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]

The BEST Citrus Recipes for Spring!  With lemons, oranges, grapefruit, limes, and tangerines!

28 Citrus Recipes for Spring!

We are officially 5 days into Spring!  Has the weather gotten the memo where you live?  We've had many beautiful days here recently, and by the end of this week temperatures are supposed to reach 85 degrees!  I can hardly believe it.  While California weather is awesome, it's not typically this warm for so many days in March.  I'm definitely not complaining one bit! If it's snowing or freezing cold where you live, please don't hate me.  I'm sending you some sunshine in the form of these 28 bright citrus recipes! Spring makes me think of sunshine, short sleeves, morning walks, and afternoons at the park.  And lemons!  It doesn't feel like Spring to me until I've done some baking with ... [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]

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders - quick, easy, and freezer-friendly!

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders

These Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders will quickly become a favorite of both the adults and kids in your home. They are baked, freezer-friendly, and delicious with my Greek yogurt honey mustard dipping sauce! Before we had kids, Brad and I used to go out to eat at a certain neighborhood restaurant once a week. It was a causal place, and they served foods like burgers, sandwiches, and salads. For my order, I would alternate between the cheeseburger and the chicken tenders. Their chicken tenders are the best I've had at any restaurant, and I'd ask for both bbq and honey mustard dipping sauces. I'm getting hungry just thinking about them now! My eating habits have changed considerably ... [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]

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chili Soup. An easy, healthy, vegetarian soup made in the crock pot!

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chili Soup

A healthy vegetarian chili soup made entirely in the crock pot. This Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chili Soup is an easy meal for lazy, chilly days. We are in full on slow cooker season around here. Last week I shared this Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna, today we have Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chili Soup, and next week I have another super easy crock pot recipe to share. And those are just the new recipes that I've been working on for the blog. I've also been making my tried and true favorite slow cooker recipes during the past few weeks.  I'm putting that kitchen appliance to work! Judging by all of the slow cooker meals that I've seen popping up on my favorite blogs, ... [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]

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]