Halloween Week Meal Plan

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Halloween-meal-planNeed a little help with meal planning this week? We’ve got a week’s worth of easy dinners perfect for busy nights and festive Halloween-themed meals all planned out. Be sure to follow our Fall Favorites board on Pinterest for even more ideas!

Sunday:
You might need a little extra time to make this Roasted Butternut Squash Spiderweb Soup, but the delicious fall flavors are worth it! Another option is to make your favorite creamy soup and draw a spiderweb on top for an easy, fun dinner.

Monday:
These Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas are easy to throw together with a little help from the kids. Use pizza toppings such as pepperoni and olives to create everything from Dracula faces and mummies to spiders and jack-o-lanterns.

Tuesday:
How fun are these Jack O’Lantern Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Peppers? They’re also deceptively simple to make. Just use a paring knife to carve faces in your orange bell peppers and fill them with mashed potatoes, browned ground beef, veggies and gravy.

Wednesday:
Surprise your kids with this spooky Halloween Spaghetti! A dose of black food coloring takes this recipe from your typical week-night spaghetti to a creepy Halloween treat.
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2014 Holiday Dinner Timeline

thanksgiving-family-dinnerSample preparation schedule for your Dream Dinners Holiday Roasted Turkey and sides.

  • 3-5 days before: Thaw all of your holiday items in the refrigerator
  • Approximately 3 ½ hours before: Bake your Holiday Roasted Turkey. Remove holiday sides from fridge, bring to room temp.
  • 2 hours 15 minutes before: Bake your Holiday Parmesan Green Bean Casserole 40-45 min., then remove lid and bake an additional 10-15 min. until golden brown and crispy with turkey in oven. ** hold Continue reading

Slow Cooker Fully Loaded Chicken & Potato Soup

slow-cooker-chicken-potato-soup-254x200Isn’t it nice to walk in the house after a busy day of work and activities to smell dinner almost done? Especially on a cold, rainy fall day where you just want to warm up with a bowl of soup. Well to make your life even easier, we have come up with some easy alternative cooking instructions, so you can make your Fully Loaded Chicken & Potato Soup in the slow cooker. Now it will be ready to go when you get home!

Instructions:

**Note: These instructions are for the 6-serving meal.

  1. Add potato and chicken mixture to slow cooker and add 1 ½ cups of water. Stir well to combine.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hrs.
  3. Before serving warm bacon in large sauté pan, over med heat for 2-3 minutes, until bacon starts to crisp. Set aside in paper towel-lined small bowl.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place baby breadsticks on a sprayed baking sheet and bake 4-6 minutes until golden.
  5. Ladle soup into bowl and top with bacon and cheese and green onion blend.
  6. Serve with bread sticks on the side.

 

Appetizer – Parmesan Chicken Sliders

parmesan-chicken-sliders-appetizerIt’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

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Appetizer – Buttery Bombay Chicken with Rice

bombay-butter-chicken-appetizerIt’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

A flavorful appetizer that can be served with or without the rice.

Directions

  1. Cook rice as directed in the cooking instructions.
  2. Cook chicken and set aside. Add sauce to pan and cook as instructed.
  3. Cut chicken into bite size pieces.
  4. Place a small spoonful of rice on each appetizer spoon.
  5. Top each spoon with a little sauce, a piece of chicken and sliced green onions.

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Recipe Remix: Sesame Ginger Salmon Pasta Salad

sesame-ginger-salmon-pasta-saladHave a potluck coming up and need an easy dish to share? Something that is healthy and flavorful, but doesn’t take too much work… Well here is a new twist on an old favorite. You can easily turn your Sesame Ginger Salmon into an Asian-inspired pasta salad everyone will be raving about.

Ingredients:

  • Sesame Ginger Salmon  – 6 serving meal
  • Cavatappi pasta –  1lb
  • Diced red pepper – 1/8 cup
  • Cooked Edamame – 1 cup
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Taking Your Arroz Con Pollo To Go

Leftovers Arroz Con PolloIs it going to be a crazy week and you need an easy on-the-go meal? Or a fun, new way to repurpose your leftovers for lunch the next day? Here is how you can easily turn your Arroz Con Pollo into a tasty wrap that can go with you wherever you need to go.

Ingredients

  • Arroz con Pollo
  • Flour tortillas
  • Shredded cabbage blend
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Sliced avocado

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Appetizer – Golden Shrimp with Parmesan Risotto

It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

Golden Shrimp Skewers
An elegant dish that is so easy to cook. It will leave your guests raving.

Directions

  1. Thread 3-4 shrimp on a 6-inch skewer
  2. Mix panko and butter as directed in the cooking instructions.
  3. Roll skewered shrimp in the panko and butter mixture, and place on a sprayed baking sheet. Sprinkle extra crumbs on top.
  4. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Serve on skewers.

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Appetizer – Homemade Turkey Parmesan Meatballs with Cavatappi

turkey-meatballs-appetizerIt’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

This meal plays double duty. You get two easy, homemade appetizers for the price of one! Continue reading