These 6 Halloween Dinners Are So Good, It’s Scary! (Recipes)

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Don’t forget to fuel up before trick or treating this Halloween!

The spooky holiday is the perfect opportunity to make dinner fun for everyone by using seasonal flavors and/or getting creative with your presentation, so that your meal is creepy, cute and delicious all at the same time.

Kids and adults alike will love these scary good dinners!

1. Beef Stew With Ghoulish Mashed Potatoes

The chunks of beef and peas look great with the potato ghosts, but you can totally use this with just about any stew, curry or chili, provided that it’s nice and thick. This one uses a fair few ingredients, but it all goes into the slow cooker so it’s pretty quick!

2. Halloween Spider Pizzas

It’s so easy to make these creepy crawling critters! Of course, you’re more than welcome to follow your favorite pizza recipe and add all the toppings you want, though if you go this route, you might want to sprinkle a little extra cheese over everything before adding the olive spiders so that they stand out.

3. Chef John’s Zombie Meatloaf

This tasty meatloaf is adorable and seriously impressive. It looks like it requires a ton of skill to assemble, though it is hard to mess up if you just go step by step.

4. Cheese and Pumpkin-Filled Manicotti

Rich, stuffable and seasonal to boot! Feel free to add veggies like peppers or peas, or meat like shredded chicken or browned ground beef.

5. Mac-O-Lantern and Cheese Bowls

Whether you are cooking for kids or adults, sometimes we all need a little extra encouragement to eat our veggies. This tasty and stunning method will do the trick! Who can turn down an edible bowl that’s filled with everyone’s favorite comfort food?

6. Eyeball Taco Salad

Taco-seasoned beef, shredded cheese and nacho-flavored chips combine with salad veggies to make this a super fun way to get a balanced dinner — even if it is staring back at you!

Featured Image: Pixabay

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Five Easy Dinners For Each Day Of The Week

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We’re here to answer the question you probably ponder every night: What should you have for dinner? Here are five delicious, easy meals to cook on busy weeknights.

1. Homemade Hamburger Helper

Beef stroganoff from scratch in less than 30 minutes? Is this too good to be true? It takes just one pan and tastes so much better than the boxed stuff. Ground beef, mushrooms, sour cream, and thick egg noodles go together beautifully in this comfort food favorite.

2. Easy Tomato Baked Meatballs With Polenta

Filling, savory meatballs covered in tomato sauce and cheese, on a bed of creamy polenta. It’s easy to make, and the leftovers might even be better than the original dish if you fry the polenta into crispy strips.

3. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This recipe only takes 10 minutes to prep, so you can throw everything into your crock pot before you leave in the morning and come home to hot tortilla soup that will warm you right up. Garnishes like chopped fresh cilantro, diced avocado, diced red onion, shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla strips or chips are all perfect.

Pro tip: Make this for company. Hide the slow cooker and pretend that you spent hours preparing the soup. If you tell them it took all day, you won’t technically be lying.

4. Thanksgiving Salad With Wild Rice And Lemon Dressing

This versatile salad is exciting and hearty enough to be a great dinner on its own, but you can also make it for company and impress your Thanksgiving crowd. You can substitute the under ripe mangos for apples, but trust us that the mangos bring a perfect bright flavor and texture. If you’re looking to switch the salad up, you can also throw in some grapes, pecans, walnuts, feta cheese, goat cheese, white cheddar cheese, quinoa, or farro. They are all excellent.

5. Smoked Salmon Frittata

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Dill, smoked salmon, red onion, fresh tomatoes, scallions, capers and cream cheese come together to dazzle your palate and remind you that sometimes you need to make Brinner, also known as breakfast for dinner. Help yourself to some mimosas while you’re at it.

The leftovers keep well, so you can share this 6-serving frittata or have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner throughout the week.

Sources and Photo Credits: Damn Delicious, Real Food By Dad, Gimme Some Oven, Pinch of Yum, Baker By Nature

Tags: dinner, kid friendly, quick, recipe, weeknight
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Ridiculously Easy Chocolate Eclair Cake Recipe

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Mmm…eclairs.

Do you have kids who are learning to cook? Are you looking for an easy potluck dessert? Or maybe you are craving eclairs but don’t feel like going through all the fuss of making them?

If so, this delicious twist on the classic dessert is perfect for you. The easy and quick but scrumptious cake tastes just like an eclair, but it’s much easier to make, using graham crackers and a pudding mixture. The no bake recipe doesn’t use any fancy kitchen tools — just a bowl and a spoon — and it is great for kids who are learning to cook or adults who want to whip something up for a crowd.

All you do is layer graham crackers and a pudding mixture and top it with chocolate frosting. Chill, then serve it to a crowd — or keep it all for yourself. We won’t tell.

Here is the easiest way to make an eclair cake, courtesy of All Recipes:

Prep: 25 minutes          Ready In: 4 hours 25 minutes

Ingredients:

2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix 
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed 
3 cups milk
 1 (16 ounce) package graham cracker squares 
1 (16 ounce) package prepared chocolate frosting

Directions:

In a medium bowl, thoroughly blend the pudding mix, whipped topping, and milk.

Arrange a single layer of graham cracker squares in the bottom of a 13×9 inch baking pan. Evenly spread half of the pudding mixture over the crackers. Top with another layer of crackers and the remaining pudding mixture. Top with a final layer of graham crackers.

Spread the frosting over the whole cake up to the edges of the pan. Cover, and chill at least 4 hours before serving.

Note:

The frosting will be easier to spread if the cake is covered and chilled for about 30 minutes before spreading.

 

Sources: YouTube, All Recipes / Photo Credit: Cook Diary, The Kitchen is My Playground, About French Food, Screenshot/YouTube

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Easy Two-Ingredient Ice Cream Cake Recipe

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Who doesn’t love ice cream cake? Kids and adults alike enjoy this decadent treat that combines the best of both worlds: fluffy, moist cake with sweet, rich ice cream.

Here’s the best part: did you know that ice cream cake is insanely easy to make? We found you a recipe that only uses two ingredients, plus optional icing.

Our recipe uses chocolate cake and ice cream, but feel free to mix and match any flavors you want. As a tasty bonus, you can spread frosting, fudge topping or anything else you want over the top of the cake. All Recipes recommends beating a quart of plain vanilla ice cream in your mixer until it is smooth and using it to frost the cake. It’s that easy.

Here is the devilishly easy chocolate ice cream cake recipe, courtesy of All Recipes:

Prep: 20 minutes     Cook: 30 minutes     Ready In: 3 hours

Ingredients:

1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix

1/2 gallon chocolate ice cream in a square container, softened

Optional: 1 quart vanilla ice cream for frosting

Directions:

Prepare cake according to package directions; bake in a 9×13 inch baking dish and cool completely.

Use ice cream that comes in a rectangular carton. Remove the carton and, using a piece of string or dental floss, cut the ice cream in half lengthwise (long side to long side) and place the two layers side by side on a piece of waxed paper.

Place the cooled cake over the ice cream. Using a knife, trim the cake and ice cream so that the edges match. Use a spatula or knife to smooth out the ice cream slabs and cover the seam.

Place a board or serving platter over the cake, hold onto the waxed paper and board, and flip the ice cream cake over. Remove the waxed paper and smooth out the seam between the ice cream slabs.

Cover with waxed paper and freeze until very firm. Decorate as desired.

 

Sources: YouTube, All Recipes / Photo Credit: All Recipes, Hip 2 Save, The Girl Inspired, Screenshot/YouTube

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