Easy Halloween Treats

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Holidays, Recipes | October 28, 2015 | By

Staying in to celebrate this Halloween? Leave the tricks at the door and bake up some delicious, sweet treats for your guests.

Whether it’s a party for your friends and family or simply entertaining the neighbor kids these cookie remixes are an easy and delicious way to treat all your guests.

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Taking Your Arroz Con Pollo To Go

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Recipe Remixes | October 17, 2014 | By

Is 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.

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#30DaysofDinner Meal Plan: Week 4

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Recipes | September 20, 2014 | By

We all know the month of September can be hectic. Kids are heading back to school. Fall sports and after-school activities are starting up. While getting into the routine of it all after the slow months of summer, it’s easy to feel like each member of the family is going in a different direction.

The 30 Day Dinner Challenge gives you the opportunity to focus on spending time as a family around the dinner table during this busy season.

To help you through the #30DaysofDinner, we’ll be sharing a new meal plan here each week so you never run out of ideas. Make sure to follow our #30DaysofDinner board on Pinterest to get even more recipes for easy dinners, delicious sides, and even a special dessert or two!

Monday:
Save a little time this Monday by fixing the Monte Cristo Chicken from September’s menu. Just pop it in the oven and your family will be enjoying this savory dinner in no time. Serve with these Baked Asparagus Fries from our #30DaysofDinner Pinterest board.

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#30DaysofDinner Meal Plan: Week 3

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Recipes | September 14, 2014 | By

We all know the month of September can be hectic. Kids are heading back to school. Fall sports and after-school activities are starting up. While getting into the routine of it all after the slow months of summer, it’s easy to feel like each member of the family is going in a different direction.

The 30 Day Dinner Challenge gives you the opportunity to focus on spending time as a family around the dinner table during this busy season.

To help you through the #30DaysofDinner, we’ll be sharing a new meal plan here each week so you never run out of ideas. Make sure to follow our #30DaysofDinner board on Pinterest to get even more recipes for easy dinners, delicious sides, and even a special dessert or two!

Monday:
Busy day? Just pop the Layered Ravioli Bake from September’s menu in the oven or let your family do it for you and you’ll be enjoying more time where it matters most!

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#30DaysofDinner Meal Plan: Week Two

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Recipes | September 7, 2014 | By

We all know the month of September can be hectic. Kids are heading back to school. Fall sports and after-school activities are starting up. While getting into the routine of it all after the slow months of summer, it’s easy to feel like each member of the family is going in a different direction.

The 30 Day Dinner Challenge gives you the opportunity to focus on spending time as a family around the dinner table during this busy season.

To help you through the #30DaysofDinner, we’ll be sharing a new meal plan here each week so you never run out of ideas. Make sure to follow our #30DaysofDinner board on Pinterest to get even more recipes for easy dinners, delicious sides, and even a special dessert or two!

Monday:
Start off your week with a no-hassle dinner. All you have to do to take the Firehouse Three Cheese Pasta from August’s menu from fridge to table is pop it in the oven. Serve with Finishing Touch Garlic Bread and a Caesar salad. 

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National Soup Month

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Recipes | January 20, 2014 | By

There’s no better way to warm up on a chilly winter day than with a steaming bowl of soup. In honor of National Soup Month, we’re sharing this recipe for Kielbasa Bean Soup, which is a hearty meal in itself. It’s perfect for throwing together while the kids are outside playing or putting in the slow cooker so it’s ready when everyone gets home from school and work.

Kielbasa Bean Soup
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups potatoes, ½-inch diced and par boiled*
  2. 2 10.5-ounce cans bean with bacon soup
  3. 2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  4. ¾ pound kielbasa sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
  5. 1 onion, chopped
  6. 2 carrots, diced
  7. 2 celery stalks, diced
  8. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  9. ½ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, soup, tomatoes, kielbasa, onion, carrots, celery, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Transfer to a crockpot or large pot.
  2. Slow-cook in the crockpot, set on low heat, for 5 to 6 hours, until thick. Alternatively, simmer over low heat on the stovetop for 2 hours or until thick.
  3. Make sure to serve this with some crunchy bread!
Notes
  1. *To par boil potatoes: Scrub and wash unpeeled potatoes. Dice potatoes into ½-inch pieces. In a large pot, bring water to a rolling boil. Add diced potatoes and cook for 2 minutes. Remove potatoes from water. Rinse potatoes in cold water. Drain and use as directed in recipe.
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Bake Cookies Day

Christmas, Holidays, Recipes | December 16, 2013 | By

Just a week before the Christmas holiday, Bake Cookies Day is the perfect reminder to make a few sweet treats to share with family and friends. To get you started, we’re sharing a cookie recipe handed down by co-founder Tina Kuna’s mother. Grandma Rue (as the grandkids who couldn’t pronounce her last name, Ruebush, called her) brought these scrumptious cookies to festive occasions, making every gathering extra special. Whether you’re planning on serving Christmas cookies to your kids, gifting a plateful to friends or participating in an annual cookie exchange, these cookies are sure to be a delicious addition.

Grandma Rue’s Peanut Butter Fingers
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup butter
  2. ½ cup granulated sugar
  3. ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. ¼ cup nonfat egg substitute
  6. ⅓ cup peanut butter
  7. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  8. ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  9. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  10. 1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
  11. 1 cup chocolate chips
For Drizzle
  1. ½ cup powdered sugar
  2. ¼ cup peanut butter
  3. 2-4 tablespoons milk
Instructions
  1. Spray one 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. In a bowl, cream the butter, sugars, and vanilla together with a handheld mixer until smooth. Add the egg substitute and peanut butter and mix until smooth.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then combine with the sugar/peanut butter mixture until well blended (you may need to mix by hand). Spread the mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the baked cookie dough mixture immediately after removing the pan from the over. Let stand for 5 minutes, until the chips have melted. Quickly spread the melted chocolate evenly over the baked cookie dough.
  6. Mix powdered sugar, peanut butter, and milk until creamy, adjusting the milk to a desired consistency, using just enough milk to make the topping loose enough to drizzle. Drizzle the topping over the smoothed chocolate.
  7. Cut into bars and serve.
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If you’re looking for more cookie ideas, try Martha Stewart’s traditional cookie recipes, these show stopping Christmas cookie recipes and ideas on packaging cookies as gifts from Better Homes and Gardens.