Archive for: Main Dish


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]

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]