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


By Cooking Panda

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

Tags: easy October meal, Halloween dinner, kid friendly, Kid Recipes, weeknight dinner
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Get The Recipes: 3 Kids Snack Hacks


By Cooking Panda

Yogurt Bites

Ingredients And Materials

  • Yogurt flavors of choice
  • Ziplock bag
  • Parchment paper
  • Directions

    1) Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

    2) Fill a ziplock bag with your yogurt of choice. Cut off one corner and pipe yogurt onto parchment paper. You can make bite-sized circles, of even fun shapes!

    3) Freeze for at least 1 hour, or until yogurt bites are completely frozen. Remove from freezer, serve and enjoy!

    Snack Packs

    Ingredients And Materials

  • Clothes pins
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Small ziplock bags
  • Snacks, we used grapes and fish crackers
  • Directions

    1) Glue eyes to the tops of the clothespins. Allow to dry completely.

    2) Add grapes to one side of the ziplock bag and fish crackers to the other. Pinch the bag together in the middle and seal with clothespin, this keeps the foods separate.

    3) Cut a pipe cleaner in half and stick into the top of the clothespin. Fold like an antenna.

    4) Pack in either a lunch bag or keep around the house for a midday snack. Enjoy!

    Apple Mouth


  • Sliced apples
  • Peanut butter
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Directions

    1) Spread peanut butter on two slices of apples. Line one apple with marshmallows. Top with the second apple, peanut butter side down. it’s a smile!

    2) Serve, enjoy and make sure to smile back!

    Tags: hack, Kid Recipes, kids, recipes, snacks
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    Make These 8 Fun Earth Day Desserts (Recipes)


    By Cooking Panda

    Happy Earth Day!

    The pro-conservation holiday falls on April 22, and it’s important that you are ready for the occasion.

    One way that you can cut down on your carbon footprint is by being mindful of food waste. Americans waste tons and tons of food every day, so it’s important to take steps to make sure that you’re eating what you buy.

    The EPA recommends planning your grocery store trips and sticking to your list (which should be full of stuff you know you’ll use and you’re planning to include in a recipe) and freezing what you can: Bread, sliced fruit and meat usually freeze pretty well. Eat your leftovers and keep track of what food you have in your fridge so that you can shop there first!

    If you want to make a delectable sweet treat for Earth Day, how about one of these adorable earth day desserts:

    1. Earth Cake with Rock Candy Core

    It’s globe-shaped, cakey and sort of stratified, but most important, the center is packed full of chocolate pebbles. Adorable!

    2. Layers of Earth Cupcakes

    How cute are these cupcakes? They’re not too hard to make, either, so you can score tons of extra points with whomever you serve them to.

    3. Minty Green Milkshakes

    There is a wide variety of options here, so pick your favorite. If you want, you can even drizzle or rim your glass with something blue, like blueberry jam, to get the full spectrum of earthy colors in there.

    4. Earth Day Cake Pops

    Cake pops are always a great choice for desserts, because they tend to be a lot easier than some other baked goods, and the single-serving portions are convenient — plus these are easy to decorate, since you just dip them into blue candy and then add some green blotches.

    5. Earth Day Cupcakes

    The secret to these luscious, festive cupcakes is even simpler than you might think: All you need to do is mix up two bowls of different colored batter and spoon them together into your baking cups. They look so stunning!

    6. Frog Pond Cookie Cups

    Cookies AND candy, all in one fun dessert? No way!

    7. Oreo Cheesecake Dirt Cups

    Sure, maybe everyone has tried the regular dirt cups with chocolate pudding, gummy worms and crushed Oreos (and those really never go out of style), but why not spend an extra minute and whip up something a little more unique and exciting by adding this easy cheesecake filling? It’s delicious!

    8. Rainbow Pretzel Butterflies

    These are the perfect treats to make with your little ones. Plus, they’ll love the fruit roll-ups that taste sweet and give the butterflies their colorful wings.

    Featured Photo Credit: Amelia Sommer/FlickrTags: Earth Day, earth day desserts, Earth Day recipes, easy desserts, Kid Recipes, weekend desserts
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