Tomorrow is Halloween. Are you ready? With it being a school night, getting the kids out the door quickly and back home safely is important.
As soon as it gets dark, they’ll be wanting to get outside trick or treating. The time crunch between getting home and going trick or treating makes it difficult to get a healthy and nutritious dinner on the table. The more your kids eat of dinner, the less likely they are to gorge on the Halloween candy that they pick up. Here are 7 ideas for a easy and quick dinner on Halloween night.
If it is the day before Halloween:
Make dinner prep even easier by using a slow cooker. While you’re busy at work, the slow cooker is working away at putting together a delicious meal for you. There are so many options with the slow cooker. Great options would be something warm and hearty for the chilly fall air. You could make a chicken stew or pumpkin chili perhaps. Or, have fun with dinner by serving this mummy meatloaf with a side of vegetables.
Another easy make ahead meal for Halloween night is to assemble a casserole ahead of time. All you need to do is put it into the oven to bake when you get home. In an hour or less you’ll have a piping hot dinner ready to go. Throw together a salad for a complete meal. Some great casserole ideas are lasagna or enchiladas.
Cook from the freezer
If you have a well stocked freezer, then Halloween night is the perfect occasion to use a meal from your stock. Check out our previous series on freezer cooking for tips and recipes.
If it is Halloween day:
Breakfast for dinner
Every child loves breaking the rules and having breakfast for dinner is a fun and easy way to do so. It can be as simple as scrambled eggs or baked eggs with toast or a little more involved by making pancakes or French toast. For a fun Halloween twist you could hard boil eggs and turn them into ghosts or devils.
Sandwiches are easy to and quick to put together, but by grilling or toasting them, you make them extra special. You can use whatever you have on hand for the filling. Otherwise stick with classics such as a hot ham and cheese slider or BLT for a child friendly meal that they’ll be sure to finish. If you feel extra creative you could even cut them into halloween shapes like these monsters or ghosts or spiders.
Pasta & Noodles
Whether you make your own sauce or you go with the jar variety, pasta is an easy meal. A basic tomato sauce can be put together easily or you could go with a garlic and butter sauce which is sure to please everyone.
For some variety, instead of serving Italian pasta, you could go with an Asian theme by serving up noodles in soup. They’re sure to warm everyone up before they head out the door for trick or treating. You could use udon noodles or soba noodles or rice noodles. Add in some vegetables and dumplings and you’re all set.
If it is after work on Halloween & you need to put dinner on the table:
Pick up Sum-mthing
If all else fails and you don’t have time to cook a full meal, pick up a few of our spring rolls or gyozas and serve it with some noodles or fried rice for a completely meal. We’ve already done half the work for you.
What is your go-to meal on Halloween night?