Now that it’s officially November, we’ve gone a little comfort-food crazy. And what’s more comforting than a giant pepper or potato filled with lots of cheese, veggies and grains? Not much. That’s why this week’s Meal Planner is stuffed to the brim with hearty dishes to warm you from the inside out. Even if you’re not ready to admit that it’s officially sweater weather, you can still indulge in a little something stuffed.
Monday, November 3rd
Happy Halloween, everyone! It wouldn’t truly be All Hallows’ Eve without some spooky snacks to dig your vampire teeth into. These recipes are super quick and easy, so you won’t even have to take a break between face painting and candy distributing. Just watch out for any extra-hungry ghosts and goblins!
1 15 ounce can pitted dark cherries in light syrup, drained, syrup reserved
8 ounces vodka
4 ounces triple sec
1 bottle sparkling white wine, chilled
Drop 1 cherry in each of 8 champagne flutes. Divide the cherry syrup, vodka and triple sec among the glasses. Top with the sparkling wine. Serves 8.
Have a happy Halloween!
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On her show today, Rach is whipping up a batch of croque monsieurs with a turkey twist– delish! Check out some of our other spins on this exquisite French sandwich:
Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic.
If decorating a pumpkin has gotten buried in your to-do list between whipping up dinner, baking Halloween treats and–dare we say it–starting to plan for Thanksgiving, have no fear. These three pumpkin ideas are easier than making a ghost costume out of a sheet. All you need are a few inexpensive items you may already have at home. You stoop has never looked more festive… for less!
Halloween’s less than a week away, and your front stoop isn’t the only thing that should be getting into the spooky royal treatment. Make dinner super thrilling and exciting this week with five recipes that are sure to put your family in the mood for some tricks and some treats.
Monday, October 27th
When you’re done carving, save those pumpkin seeds for Pepita Pesto Pasta with Roasted Squash
Tuesday, October 28th
Garlic Shrimp is sure to ward off any vampires
Wednesday, October 29th
Spell out fun messages like “Boo!” in Alphabet Stew
Thursday, October 30th
Sweet and Lemony Wings will satisfy your candy-craving sweet tooth
Friday, October 31st
Slow-Cooker Paella is perfect for a Halloween dinner party. It’s nice and warm and will feed the masses!
Have a happy, safe, trick- and treat-filled Halloween!
More Weeknight Dinner Ideas
We’ve already told you how much we love mash-ups. Whether it’s two Italian classics crammed into one (hello chicken parm pizza!) or a French onion soup-Chinese dumpling hybrid, the delicious end results are greater than the sum of their parts. Such is the charm of the ramen burger. When you cross the all-American sandwich with the ultimate Japanese comfort food, everybody wins.
Move over craft beers–the hard-cider market is going gangbusters (it grew 102 percent in 2013)! Here are four new arrivals and some fun uses–other than straight swigging!
They came. We tasted them. And one conquered. After three months of devouring Cappuccino, Wasabi Ginger, Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese and Mango Salsa chips, America voted on a winner of the Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contest: Meneko Spigner McBeth and her Wasabi Ginger Kettle Cooked chips!
Photo courtesy of Chip Review
We caught up with Meneko, a registered nurse from Debtford, NJ, to find out about her ‘Do Us a Flavor’ experience.
RR: So, how does it feel to know America chose your idea as the next Lay’s flavor?
MSM: It feels amazing. I think I’m still in a little bit of shock but overall it feels great.
RR: What was your inspiration behind Wasabi Ginger?
MSM: My inspiration was my grandmother, who is Japanese. I grew up cooking with her and making sushi and she would always have hers with wasabi. As a kid, I wasn’t allowed to have wasabi but when I got older I fell in love. I love spicy things in general.
RR: Did you consider any other flavors to enter?
MSM: I actually did. I entered quite a few more, at least 10, but Wasabi Ginger was my first entry.
RR: Can you give us any insight into the creation and flavoring process?
MSM: This year, when you entered you were able to pick the type of chip and also give your three main ingredients. Mine were wasabi, ginger and soy sauce. Back in July, we went to the Lay’s headquarters and tried out all four of the finalists’ flavors, too.
RR: Any thoughts as to what dip would go best with this chip?
MSM: I think the chip is delicious on its own but I’m sure you can put it with just about anything you want and it’ll be good. I stick to just sitting in front of the TV and eating them solo.
RR: Do you think you could use these chips in any recipes?
MSM: During the voting process, someone sent me a message saying they took the chip, crushed it up and used it as breading on their chicken. I think I might try that.
Wasabi Ginger Kettle Cooked chips are now a part of the official Lay’s family and will arrive on grocery shelves very soon. Congrats again, Meneko!