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Surf & Turf Bacon Burgers

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Surf & Turf takes on a whole new tasty meaning with these Surf & Turf Bacon Burgers! Start with a juicy Black Angus burger, then add a light and creamy crabmeat topping and crispy bacon. It’s an impressive burger perfect for a special night in.

Salmon with Lemon-Caper Sauce

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

When it comes to romantic holidays like Valentine’s Day, sharing a home-cooked meal is a memorable, cost-effective and meaningful experience. For a romantic evening in, this baked salmon with lemon-caper sauce is a marvelous choice.

Baked Brie With Pecans and Apricot Preserves

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

For me, Valentine’s Day isn’t a day for expensive gifts, but honoring the love of your life by spending quality time together. A romantic dinner for two is the perfect way to do that. Make the Valentine’s Day meal more special than any other day with some gourmet eats from your own kitchen, like this decadent Baked Brie!

Heart-Shaped Sweet Potatoes

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

These sweet potato hearts fit the bill exactly. Sprinkle them with sea salt and pepper, or even drizzle them with melted butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar for the ultimate treat. Serve these beauties alongside your favorite Valentine’s Day entrée for a vibrant and nutritious meal.

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Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie

If you need anything to turn red, beets are your answer. In addition to natural color, you get to enjoy all of the super food properties from the beets. Plus, much like cooking with pumpkin, zucchini, or carrot, beets add moisture and a velvety texture. Their earthy taste pairs especially well with chocolate too. I call that a win-win situation.

Toffee and Chocolate Dessert Cheeseball

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

This simple dessert cheeseball is perfect for all ages to make, and it’s a treat the whole family can enjoy together after dinner. I love to see the look on my kid’s faces as we dig into a dish they helped make! Spending time in the kitchen with your kids is a great way to make memories on Valentine’s Day.

Mini Heart-Shaped Puff Pastry Pizzas

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

These mini pizzas pack in a double whammy – not only are they miniature, but they are heart-shaped, which means they’re infinitely more adorable than your average pie. I also love that these are a perfect way to include the kiddos in your Valentine’s Day festivities.

Chocolate Truffles With Dates, Cocoa and Coconut

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Whenever possible, I try to keep my dessert recipes on the clean end, using whole food, un-processed ingredients. Of course, chocolate treats that don’t require a huge time investment and only call for a few ingredients are an ultimate bonus. This chocolate truffle recipe is not only quick and easy to prepare, but also melt-in-your-mouth delicious all while staying on the healthful end of the dessert spectrum.

Creamy Strawberry Shake

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Strawberry shakes are one of my favorite treats to make throughout the year, but they’re particularly lovely on Valentine’s Day since they’re a pretty pink hue. Try out this recipe this Valentine’s Day in place of a sugary cocktail and you’ll get all the same delicious, special occasion flavor with none of the side effects.

Risotto with Asparagus

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

Use good-quality Parmesan for a winning risotto. This recipe works well with fresh mushrooms, too!

Baked Oatmeal Cups

Created by: Nellie Tracy, Butter With a Side of Bread

With four kids, my mornings are very hectic and I don’t have much time to prepare a healthy breakfast for my family. I love this recipe because you can make it ahead of time, and reheat each oatmeal cup within seconds. I think they taste wonderful plain, but you can also top them with some Greek yogurt and/or fruit!

Basil and Strawberry Infused Chia Seed Water

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

The new year is here and it’s time to make those resolutions! One of mine is always to give my body food and drinks that make me feel good, and water is always at the top of that list. Here is one of my favorite recipes to spice up plain water and get in the habit of drinking it a little bit more.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie

This snack is a lighter swap for any game day celebration that offers those familiar buffalo flavors with a fraction of the calories. I paired my spicy and flavorful buffalo cauliflower bites with a rich and creamy blue cheese dressing as well as some cool, crisp celery sticks that helped mellow the heat from the hot sauce.

Braised Winter Vegetables

Roast a big batch of winter’s best veggies and enjoy serving them in a variety of ways. Best yet, skip most of the peeling and chopping by purchasing ready-to-cook squash, carrots and Brussels sprouts in the produce section.

Southwest Chicken and Rice Bowls

Created by: Nellie Tracy, Butter With a Side of Bread

I have found that the best way to eat lighter throughout the week is to prep some of my meals ahead of time so that they are ready to go in the fridge. When something is ready to eat, you’re more likely to grab it, rather than other less healthy options. This recipe is very simple and versatile so you can add additional veggies if you like.

Creamy Chicken Soup

Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie

This is the time of year I love to cook big meals. That’s why I’m especially fond of hearty soups. Not only do they incorporate lots of fresh veggies, but they are so comforting and satisfying. This soup is also a perfect freezer meal because you can double or triple the batch and then just freeze what you don’t plan on eating that night for another day.

Easy Lunch Bowl Combinations

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Lunch bowls are a great go-to for lighter eating, and you can prep them at the beginning of the week for so many different combinations. Use this variety of grains, proteins, vegetables and toppings to mix and match for lunch throughout the week to come. Your veggies can be cooked or raw – it’s up to you!

Eggplant Parmesan Quinoa Casserole

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Most of this flavorful and filling Eggplant Parmesan Quinoa Casserole can be prepared a day or two beforehand, making it the perfect light and quick dinner idea for a busy weeknight. Just give the eggplant a quick sauté, layer the casserole with the already prepared quinoa and cheese filling and simply pop in the oven!

Light Breakfast Hash

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

Swap out the traditional bacon and egg breakfast for this light breakfast hash that’s full of sweet potatoes and nutrient-filled greens. It only takes a few minutes to make and is a great way to start your day off with a boost. Best of all, you can make enough for your entire family in the same amount of time it takes to make one serving.

Italian Chicken Bake

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

This Italian chicken bake has just five simple ingredients, but tons of flavor! I use canned diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning to give the chicken lots of great flavor and moisture. The chicken cooks in the tomatoes, so it stays super moist and creates its own sauce. You can serve it over pasta or with bread so you have something to scoop up all that goodness.

Overnight Oats

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

For me, a new year means new goals and lifestyle adjustments to get back on track after the holidays. Meal planning has always been a great way to stick to my diet and make the best possible food choices available. One of my favorite breakfasts is overnight oats.

Simple Spaghetti Carbonara

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Savory and comforting, Spaghetti Carbonara is a tasty choice for a weeknight (or weekend) meal. It comes together very easily and it’s ready in almost no time. The egg sticks to the noodles, making them extra filling while the bacon, garlic and parsley add the flavor.

Thai Chicken Burrito Bowls

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

The great thing about these Thai Chicken Burrito Bowls is that you can swap in whatever suits your own taste buds. I happened to use broccoli and red peppers, but you could also use snap peas, baby carrots, or green peppers, etc. Also, you can change out the chicken for pork, beef or even shrimp.

Winter Pimm’s Cup

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

By the time New Year’s Eve rolls around, we’ve all had our proper fill of holiday sweets and party drinks. This year I wanted to create something a little on the lighter side, but still incorporate those wintery flavors. This Winter Pimm’s Cup is a twist on a summer time favorite and is perfect for sipping.

Cookie Dough Truffle Footballs

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

These delicious cookie dough truffles use an egg-free recipe that you don’t have to worry about eating raw. Even better, they’re a great way to make your food match your party theme. On game day, everyone is used to cheesy dips and comfort food, so surprise them with these football shaped desserts.

Corn Dip

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Are you hosting a party for the big game? This hot corn dip is a great party recipe and sure to be a crowd pleaser while watching your favorite team play. It’s made with a variety of cheeses, corn and green chilies. Sprinkle some chili powder on top before serving and you have a tasty appetizer to serve your guests.

Harissa Hummus

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

When I’m getting sucked into a good football game, I reach for anything that I can dip a chip into. Homemade hummus is a crowd pleaser, and a healthful snack or appetizer option for friends and family.

Honey-Soy Chicken Wings

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

It wouldn’t be game night without a plate full of wings! But isn’t it time to break away from the same old wings and try something new? For a delicious twist on the original, try these tasty honey-soy chicken wings. Serve them as an appetizer at your next game night gathering and people will be begging for more.

Skinny Cheesy Corn Dip

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Game day is all about the food, and usually it’s heavy, fattening and high in calories. But it doesn’t have to be! This cheesy corn dip is delicious and light, while keeping the same sweet, creamy, flavor we all love.

Potato Poppers

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Football wouldn’t be complete without some good eats. Change up the traditional jalapeno popper by making these creamy potato poppers instead. No fork necessary! Since they can be prepared ahead of time, they are perfect for entertaining. Enjoy them cold, or reheat them for maximum flavor.

Slow Cooker Chili

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Slow cookers are great when hosting a party to watch the big game. Setting the slow cooker on first thing in the morning and having hot chili ready by the time guests arrive helps save time and allows me to focus on other tasks. This slow cooker chili recipe is as easy as it gets!

Southwest Breakfast Poutine

Chilaquiles, meets poutine, meets breakfast. This smash-up recipe combines the best of each – salsa verde, fries and cheese curds, topped with a fried egg.

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole

Sausage and veggies in a creamy sauce, topped with eggs, cheese and a crispy layer of tater tots – breakfast is served.

Savory Ham and Cheese Waffles

A savory take on a breakfast staple, these ham and cheese waffles are even more delicious served with a fried egg on top.

Apple Pie Pull Apart

Apple pie is appropriate for breakfast in this delicious, flaky pull apart bread and it comes together easier than pie.

Honey Pepper Bacon

Sweet and smoky with peppery heat, this upgraded bacon is the perfect breakfast side.

Gnocchi Mac & Cheese

Traditional mac & cheese gets an upgrade when gnocchi stands in for pasta in this cheesy baked dish.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake

A complete meal in one dish – chicken, pasta, bacon, tomatoes and spinach with a creamy ranch sauce baked to bubbling perfection under a layer of gooey cheese.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

Take your favorite appetizer – spinach artichoke dip – and turn it into dinner with this lasagna recipe.

Pan Fried Chicken Cutlets with Spicy Honey

Thin pieces of chicken are lightly breaded and pan fried until golden and crispy and finished with a drizzle of spicy honey. Try them on a biscuit with a few pickle slices for a delicious chicken sandwich.

White Chicken Chili

Chicken, white beans and peppers in a light creamy broth spiked with cumin and chiles.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

This quick and easy chicken soup is a great way to use up leftover chicken and get dinner on the table in no time.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Everything great about buffalo chicken wings rolled into meatballs. Great as an appetizer or making buffalo meatballs sandwiches.

Coffee and Donut Milkshake

Dessert, breakfast or breakfast dessert? Whatever you call it this combination of coffee ice cream and donuts is delicious.

Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

New Year’s Eve is a time to gather with friends and loved ones to celebrate. Whether you’re hosting a big party or looking for a quick recipe to enjoy in the comfort of your home while the ball drop, this recipe makes a great appetizer for New Year’s Eve.

Ginger Pear Gin Fizz

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

The New Year is a wonderful holiday for celebrating with friends and family, and I have a few New Year’s traditions I’ve been in the habit of following through on each year: sharing resolutions, making a big feast and creating a signature cocktail to enjoy throughout the evening.

Kir Royale

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

A New Year’s Eve celebration just isn’t complete without a sip or two of champagne! This recipe is a great one that pleases champagne lovers and champagne skeptics alike. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to prepare.

Mediterranean Chopped Salad

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Homemade salads aren’t very exciting unless you have the right combination of toppings. Plain lettuce and dressing is no fun, but this Mediterranean Chopped Salad is full of flavor with feta cheese, Kalamata olives, Persian cucumbers and more. Toss it together with a homemade Greek dressing and you’ll be eating healthier in no time!

Oven Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

If you’re entertaining guests this New Years’ Eve and want to keep the menu healthful yet filling, oven-baked chicken with a side of roasted root vegetables is a great main dish. Preparing this recipe is very simple! The chicken comes out tender, flavorful, and is a great option for kicking off the New Year on the right foot.

Rock Candy for your NYE Party Drink

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year, and to get excited about the year to come. Sparkling cider is a go-to party beverage on New Year’s, but I thought it would be fun to add some pizzazz and extra fizz to the party drink.

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Stacy's Pretzel Thins

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

This quick and delicious spinach-artichoke dip may just be the perfect addition to your New Year’s Eve, whether you’re hosting a get-together with friends or welcoming the New Year quietly at home. The hot, cheesy goodness of this dip is even more scrumptious served alongside Stacy’s Pretzel Thins.

Sherried Chicken with Mushrooms

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

This Sherried Chicken recipe has it all: sautéed mushrooms, a flavorful sauce and tender chicken, cooked to perfection. It’s extra fancy and perfect for entertaining guests or family during the week. For all its fancy taste and appearance, it’s easy and comes together simply.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Sweet Potato Casserole is a classic favorite, with toasted marshmallow topping, sweetened pecans and flavorful sweet potato mash. Using a slow cooker eases the cooking process while a turn in the oven guarantees the caramelized pecan topping and toasted marshmallows.

Kabocha Squash Casserole

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

My favorite winter squash is the kabocha squash. It’s naturally very sweet, with a smooth texture and buttery flavor. Making a naturally sweetened kabocha squash casserole with a gluten-free topping ensures your gluten-free friends and family will be able to enjoy the dish, while those who do eat gluten won’t be able to tell the difference.

Holly Ball Cheese Ball

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Your holiday guests will enjoy this festive and tasty cheese ball inspired by a classic holly ball! With it’s sweet pomegranate seeds, salty feta cheese and peppery arugula, this easy to make yet impressive Holly Ball Cheese Ball is sure to please every guest’s palate.

Cranberry-Ginger Energy Bites

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Keep yourself fueled and energized during the busy holiday season with these easy to make Cranberry-Ginger Energy Bites. These tasty no-bake bites are full of tart cranberries, spicy ginger and hearty oats to keep going through that holiday shopping, gift wrapping and cookie baking!

Cranberry-Orange Punch

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

This easy punch recipe combines the traditional holiday flavors of cranberry and orange in one delicious drink. It’s inexpensive and easy to make, perfect for adding a bit of bubbly fun to any holiday party!

Christmas Cookie Dough Dip

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies. I’ve got something even more fun than cookies, and that’s a delicious Christmas Cookie Dough Dip that you can enjoy with cookies, fruits and other goodies.

Pecan and Brown Sugar Rugelach

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Rugelach are traditional Jewish cookies made with either cream cheese or sour cream, and then filled with jams, nuts, or raisins. They are eaten year-round but are particularly enjoyed during the Hanukkah season. This fun twist on these traditional crescent-shaped cookies will be a new family favorite.

Pesto Garlic Rolls

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

This recipe was recreated for a dear friend who had them in an Italian restaurant. Great for an appetizer with pasta or a starter to a Holiday feast!

Brussels Sprout Casserole

An updated version of the classic green bean casserole with seasonal Brussels sprouts, a splash of sherry and a crunchy parmesan topping.

Hot Chocolate Cookies in a Jar

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Give the gift of food this holiday season, with easy-to-make cookies. Do most of the work yourself, but let your loved ones bake the cookies when they are in the mood for them. Hot Chocolate Cookies in a Jar are the perfect gift because everyone knows food is the way to one’s heart!

M&M Brownie Mix

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Homemade brownies are my favorite dessert, so I want to share that love with others. Unfortunately homemade brownies can dry out and go bad before people get to enjoy them. So I found a better way! Brownie mix in a jar!

Holiday Leftover Hand Pies

Now that all the guests are gone, whip up these easy hand pies using leftovers to make the most of your meal!

Mango Cranberry Sauce

Add a refreshing, unique flavor to your Thanksgiving cranberry sauce with mangos. An excellent alternative to the original!

Cranberry Citrus Punch

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Cranberries have always been a key part of Thanksgiving and now you can incorporate them into kid-friendly punch that’s easy to make right before the big feast. The cranberry juice cocktail, orange juice and lemon-lime soda make this non-alcoholic drink perfect for guests of all ages.

Pumpkin Lush Bars

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

This Thanksgiving, swap the pumpkin pie for Pumpkin Lush Bars! Pumpkin pudding plus a thick cream cheese layer on top of a buttery crust and your taste buds will be doing flips.

Spiked Vegan Eggnog

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Eggnog is an incredibly flavorful and delicious beverage to share with friends and family around the holidays, but it’s rich in fat and sugar (no wonder it tastes so great)! While my family has been making the authentic version of eggnog ever since I was a small child, I began making a healthier version of the classic drink 3 years ago and have never gone back.

Cinnamon-Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Bacon

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Fresh, seasonal, vegetable-centric sides are a favorite in my family, as we’re all big on vegetables, and these types of dishes add color and flavor to the feast. This cinnamon-maple glazed Brussels sprouts and acorn squash dish is made simple on the stove top. While there are a few steps to preparing the dish, the basic premise behind the recipe is simple: use one skillet for all of the cooking.

Cinnamon Sugar Diced Sweet Potatoes

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

Skip the traditional sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving this year and try these cinnamon sugar diced sweet potatoes instead. They’re caramelized with coconut oil, sautéed with cinnamon and salt, then topped with a little cinnamon sugar and butter for the perfect sweet side dish.

Fall Roasted Brussels Sprouts Medley

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

This Thanksgiving, treat your family with a bright and colorful dish that delights the taste buds. With the combination of Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, pecans and dried cranberries, a Fall Roasted Brussels Sprouts Medley will quickly become a family favorite.

Mango Bellini

Treat your guests to a sweet and tangy drink to wash the winter blues away.

Sparkling Cranberry-Lime Seltzer

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

There is something about a festive punch or a fancy glass filled with a colorful, fruity drink at a Thanksgiving get-together that sets the tone for the entire gathering. This easy-to-prepare non-alcoholic sparkling drink is a fun new way to feature cranberries at the holiday table, and one that everybody - young and old - can enjoy.

Vegan Roasted Vegetable Thanksgiving Bowls

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

In order to ensure your vegan and vegetarian friends don’t leave Friendsgiving hungry, make these healthful and flavorful Thanksgiving Bowls. They’re vegan, gluten-free and are packed with all sorts of flavors and textures – including Thanksgiving favorites like wild rice, roasted sweet potato, green beans, candied pecans and even cranberry sauce. It makes for a festive entrée and ensures those who don’t eat meat aren’t left out of the celebration. I like the idea of adding garbanzo beans for a plant-based protein source, roasting them with spices to spruce them up.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Onion

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Start a new side dish tradition this holiday season and serve these tasty roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and onion. They are quick and easy to make, which will free up time to spend with family and friends. The secret to this delicious side dish lies in tossing the Brussels sprouts in bacon grease before cooking, delivering a perfectly seasoned, crisp-tender vegetable that will delight everyone at the table.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

These easy pumpkin cupcakes are super moist and make a perfect fall dessert. The pumpkin pie spice brings all my favorite seasonal spices to the cupcakes and they are absolutely delicious! White chocolate “pumpkin seeds” take only a few minutes to make and are a fun Halloween candy all on their own. Put it all together and you have a festive fall treat!

Candy Corn Dip

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Inspired by a favorite fall time candy, this triple layer Candy Corn Dip is sure to be a big hit at this year’s Halloween or harvest party. Simply serve with fresh apple slices, pretzels or graham crackers, and watch it disappear!

Pumpkin Delight

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

Pumpkin Delight is the perfect fall version of striped delight. It starts with the same graham cracker layer, then changes things up with a layer of cream cheese and pumpkin pudding before finishing off with creamy whipped topping. It’s a little bit of fall in every single bite, and is one of those desserts everyone will love.

Eyeball Lychee Martinis

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

These spooky eyeball martinis are the perfect cocktail for your Halloween celebrations. Lychees stuffed with blueberries make up the “eyeballs,” while vodka, triple sec, lychee syrup and lemon juice make up the base of the drink. Each martini is topped off with a little bubbly, and they’re ready for the party!

Spooky Fruit Parfaits with Coconut Whipped Cream for Halloween

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

These spooky parfaits are the easiest thing to put together. Simply pick up your favorite fruit from the store (Halloween colors preferred!), chop it up, put it in fancy glasses and top with homemade whipped cream. For these parfaits, I used red plums, black grapes and blackberries. You can also use blood oranges, cherries, strawberries, blueberries or black plums.

Vampire’s Brew Sparkling Water

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

One of my favorite ways to stay hydrated is flavored sparkling water. This is also the perfect alternative to cocktails at a holiday bash, and something the whole family can enjoy. Since Halloween is on the way, here is way to turn it into a drink worthy of your celebrations. You can set up an entire bar of flavors for your guests to choose from!

Black Magic Margaritas

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

With a few extra steps and ingredients, you can turn all of your favorite cocktail recipes into “spooky” versions for your upcoming Halloween parties. Margaritas are our go-to drinks for get-togethers. And since I didn’t want to stray too far from our favorite recipe, I just changed up the color to make it festive and just the right amount of creepy for the holiday.

Cookie Pizza

Created by: Erin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Use some of that Halloween candy to make a cookie pizza for the whole family. The base is a delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe that’s frosted and then decorated with candy. You can make it your own by using whatever you have on hand, or just picking up some of your favorites at the store.

Popcorn Balls

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

As a child, my neighbor made these delicious popcorn balls for Halloween treats!

7 Layer Buffalo Chicken Dip

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Classic 7 layer dip meets everyone’s favorite football season obsession – buffalo chicken. This dip can easily be prepared ahead of time, making it perfect for tailgating season. Spicy, creamy, cheesy and perfectly dip-worthy!

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Sun-dried tomato dip is perfect for healthy snacking, but still delicious. You can eat it with chips, crackers or with veggies, your choice. Plus it’s super easy to make! It’s great to bring to a last-minute get together or to have in your fridge ready to serve. And an added bonus? It’s Paleo!

Mini Berry Tartlets

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Looking for a delicious finger food that will satisfy your sweet tooth at your next football tailgating party? Look no further than these mini berry tartlets....perfect for tailgating, picnics, barbecues and more.

Apple Manhattan

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Fall is the perfect time to gather with friends for football. For grown up fans, treat them to the fruit of the season - the apple. With a bit of apple juice and a slice of apple garnish, a classy drink becomes dressed for fall...perfect for tailgating.

Slow Cooker Party Mix

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Tailgating season is quickly approaching! Gathering with friends to watch your favorite team play is always a great time. Whether you’re tailgating or hosting a Sunday game day at home, this slow cooker party mix is perfect for a large crowd.

Roasted Vegetable Stacked Enchiladas

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

These roasted vegetable stacked enchiladas are the whole nine yards when it comes to football food. They feed eight people (or more if you’re serving side dishes), they’re very pleasing to the palate, and they’re hearty enough that you don’t even miss the meat.

Lightened Up Potato Skins

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Baked potatoes, topped with bacon, cheese and sour cream, make for a hearty meal but can be high in carbs. These potato skins, lightened a smidge by removing the center of the cooked potatoes, make for a delicious alternative.

Italian Meatballs

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

With fall quickly approaching, everyone is looking for great recipes that can be used both as a quick weeknight meal and as something they can bring as a football party appetizer. Meatballs are perfect because they work for both.

Slow Cooker Ranch Potatoes

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Use your crock pot to make crispy-tender potatoes flavored with ranch. These potatoes are great with just about anything: roast chicken, pork chops, steak, fish…you name it! And just think of all the ways you could change up the flavor to enjoy them over and over again.

Slow Cooker Banh Mi Sandwiches

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

This easy version of a classic Vietnamese sandwich uses a slow cooker to gently tenderize rich pork shoulder, seasoned with all the classic flavors that go along with a banh mi – soy sauce, fish sauce, rice vinegar, ginger and garlic. Delicious!

Pumpkin Fudge

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

These days you can find pumpkin spice lattes, donuts, cake and even milkshakes. If you’re looking for one more dessert to satisfy your pumpkin spice craving then you’ll want to try this pumpkin fudge. It’s fairly easy to make if you put in just a little work.

Southwestern Chili

Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie

Chili…rarely do you find such a comforting, filling meal that’s not only really good for you (depending, of course, on how you make it and the toppings you choose), but so versatile in terms of how different it can taste based on the recipe you choose. This one is delicious!

5-Cheese Pizza with Arugula Salad

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

A pizza dinner is a great way to get kids involved, especially during National Family Meal Month. From shredding the cheese to dressing the simple salad, your kids can take control of putting this meal together. It’s cheesy and flavorful, and the peppery Arugula salad becomes the perfect topping and side dish in one!

Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Pizza

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

This breakfast pizza combines two favorite breakfast foods – scrambled eggs and bacon – with pizza crust and cheese. The result is absolutely delicious and the perfect way to get everyone around the table for National Family Meal Month.

Chana Saag

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

In celebration of National Family Meal Month, this classic vegetarian Indian dish can be made easily in 30 minutes or less. Plus, when you have help from family members in the kitchen, the cooking process is a breeze.

Creamy Turkey Enchiladas

Created by: Ana Frias, Muy Delish

These turkey enchiladas are the perfect recipe to make traditional Mexican food while keeping it healthy. Keep frozen turkey stocked in your freezer for your healthy meal inspirations!

Family Pasta Bake Three Ways

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Whip up a flavorful and cheesy pasta dish that every member of the family can agree on and love, with this impressive and easy-to-make Family Pasta Bake Three Ways. Layers of rigatoni smothered in marinara sauce are sandwiched between chicken Alfredo and a creamy basil cheese layer in this family-pleasing pasta bake.

Garlic Bruschetta

Go meatless tonight with a dinner full of fresh, bright flavors! Your family will savor every moment together over delicious bruschetta and a satisfying pasta meal made with crisp red peppers, herbs, and creamy alfredo.

Italian Meatballs

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

With fall quickly approaching, everyone is looking for great recipes that can be used both as a quick weeknight meal and as something they can bring as a football party appetizer. Meatballs are perfect because they work for both.

One-Pot Beef Stroganoff

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Busy weeknights call for quick and easy dinners. This one-pot beef stroganoff is a quick and easy version of the classic, so you can have it on your busiest night. Plus it’s more budget friendly than the original because you use ground beef to make it come together.

Oven Roasted Turkey Sandwich with Tomato Soup

Serve up a classic lunchtime pairing that’s also perfect for dinnertime! Wholesome turkey and hearty bread team up with rich tomato soup to bring a homey, cozy meal to your family’s table.

Shredded Chicken Mini Tacos

Make your family meal a celebration of authentic flavor! Everyone can customize their own fiesta-ready taco to build a tasty, well rounded taco that’s easy to fill and fun to eat!

Swirl Baked French Toast

Switch things up and watch them smile! Have the most important meal of the day at the end of the day—packed with delicious breakfast-time favorites and finished with rich maple syrup.

Beer-Cider Slam

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

By itself, beer right out of the bottle is a perfect, self-contained beverage. Its naturally bitter and sweet taste, effervescence (who doesn't appreciate bubbles?) and lower alcohol content are all a plus. So why mess with a good thing?

Rhubarb Pie

Created by: Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Products

While rhubarb is actually a tart vegetable, it’s most often used with fruits in pies, cobblers, and crisps. Here, it shines on its own—unless you want to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Homemade Hummus

Created by: The Simple Truth Blog

Hummus only takes a few ingredients to make—many of which you may have on hand! Enjoy with pita chips or fresh veggies like carrots or bell peppers.

Lavender Collins Cocktail

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

There’s something refreshing about a cocktail with a mix of floral and citrus flavors. This Lavender Collins Cocktail is the perfect mix of sweet (from a lavender-infused syrup) and tart (from lemon juice). The club soda topping gives it a nice sparkling twist.

Fusilli & Arugula Salad

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Springtime is here, and that means there are a lot of delicious and fresh veggies to go around. Try switching up your traditional green salad with pasta this season – you'll be surprised at what a little fusilli can do.

Breakfast Enchiladas

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Who doesn’t love enchiladas? The melted cheese mixed with the flavors of the sauce and meat are delicious. Combine this with breakfast, the best meal of the day, and you’ve got the perfect idea!

Coconut Overload Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

Cupcakes are not just for children (grownups love them too!), especially when they're soft, sweet and full of flavor. While cake mix versions are convenient, adults are often looking for something with a little more complexity, originality, substance and charm. However, I will say even the older crowd loves a really good frosting. 

Vegan Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

One of the hardest things about being vegan or lactose intolerant is missing out on delicious desserts when you eat out or you're at a party. Every year on Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I stay home and cook together in our pajamas, but we usually don’t make a dessert.

Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

Every year for Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I make dinner at home. We always try a new recipe, and it becomes such a fun experience – cooking together in the kitchen, lighting some candles for ambiance and getting to eat in our pajamas.

Football-Shaped Rice Krispies Treats

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

We love football season! However, I have to admit I might be in it more for the food than the football. That's okay, right? Although there are a lot of die-hard female football fans, I enjoy cooking for the game a little more than just sitting and watching it. I bet I'm not in the minority on this one.

Non-Alcoholic Sangria

Created by: Emily Buys, The Clever Housewife

Every party or celebration needs a beverage that sparks conversation. When I'm getting ready for the big game, I start prepping and planning for a drink that will wow the crowd, and this sangria mocktail does the trick. It’s kid-friendly and – even better – it tastes superb.

Alpine Mint Hot Chocolate

One sip of this decadent hot chocolate will transport you to a cozy ski lodge in the Alps. Patterned sweater optional.Sweet and delicious, with just a hint of mint, this hot chocolate is a favorite for family members of every age.

Carrot & Dill Soup

This cozy combination is big on flavor, for a soup that will deliciously chase the chills away.

Cheesy Bacon Pull Aparts

Shake up your normal breakfast routine with this delicious combination of cheese, bacon and biscuits.

Chili con Cremini

Step up your chili game with mushrooms and a host of other flavorful ingredients, for a cold-weather meal that’s sure to become a favorite.

Coconut Lentil Soup

Lentils and coconut combine perfectly for a soup that’s brimming with flavor.

Coffee Vienna

For a decadent morning coffee, or for a warm treat any time of day, try this tasty beverage!

Fire-Roasted Tomato Chili

This rich, flavorful, crowd-pleasing chili is a recipe that will keep you warm down to the tips of your toes! Serve alongside chips and dip, chicken wings and a vegetable tray.

Old School Beef Stew

This classic combination of hearty beef, potatoes, carrots, onion and celery makes for a crowd-pleasing dinner that’s just as delicious as leftovers the next day!

Snickerdoodles

Warm up this winter with a batch of snickerdoodle cookies! A little bit of cinnamon gives these cookies their classic taste…perfect for enjoying warm and fresh, just a few minutes out of the oven.

Caprese Frittata

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

This Caprese Frittata is a twist on classic caprese salad flavor – tomato, basil and mozzarella – that’s ready in less than 30 minutes. You can even make it ahead the night before and reheat in the morning!

Chicken Tortilla Pie

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

This tortilla pie is made with chicken, black beans and corn, using a spring-form pan to layer it all together. It’s almost effortless, and supremely tasty. Plus you can spice it up as much as you like!

Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

There are several things in life that I have a maximum 30-minute attention span for: working out, cleaning and cooking dinner on a weeknight. My reasons are fairly obvious for the first two items on my list – I participate in these activities out of necessity only.

Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

Created by: Emily Buys, The Clever Housewife

I couldn't help but snatch up a bunch of the apples that were in season this past fall. Kroger had – and continues to have – a beautiful supply of apples. I splurged on a couple of bags so I could have a fun and affordable holiday tablescape.

Mint Yogurt Dip

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

After indulging on decadent food and drink over the holidays, it’s natural to want to cut back in the eating department for the new year. Many of us incorporate some sort of healthy eating New Year’s resolution into our habits, even if it only holds up for a month or two. I prefer to be optimistic in my goals.

Orange Glazed Boneless Pork Chops

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

I'm always trying to find a solution to the classic family dinner dilemma – making a dish my kids will enjoy and one my husband and I will enjoy, too. I tend to look for recipes I can adapt for my one picky eater and the palates of the rest of the family. It can be really challenging. I often pick a favorite flavor and use it as a starting point to create something healthy with a taste everyone will enjoy.

Quick and Easy Protein Energy Balls

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

I am a huge fan of “healthy” protein snack bars, and I typically grab a few every time I’m at the store – the downside is that this is an expensive habit. I set out to find a comparable snack, and love that this one is made with stuff most of us already have in our cupboards!

Panko Latkes with Sour Cream Horseradish Sauce

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

Latkes are one of my favorite parts of the Hanukkah meal. I grew up eating latkes, but not being Jewish, we called them potato pancakes. My Polish grandmother grated the potatoes on the finest section of her box grater. Before she could finish all the potatoes, they were turning brown because they're quick to oxidize. Ultimately, they didn't look very appetizing.

Apple-Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

I have spent the last 15 years perfecting this Hanukkah apple cake for my husband. He absolutely adores cinnamon and apples together in baked goods. This particular sweet combination triggers happy childhood memories for him, especially during the holidays. His mother baked lots from scratch, with this flavor profile playing a dominant role.

Bacon, Apple and Pretzel Bread Stuffing

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

I love a good stuffing, especially a nontraditional one. Don't get me wrong, I look forward to classic recipes during the holidays, but I always make a few new dishes too. Stuffing is one of the easiest ways to add something unexpected and creative to the mix.

Almond Donuts with a Blueberry Glaze

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

The almond-blueberry combo in these homemade donuts is as fun as it is delicious. These are guaranteed to be just as exciting as the presents on Christmas morning. The frosting can be made ahead of time, and if you really want to be on top of things, you can make the dough the night before, too.

Turkey Breakfast Casserole

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

Certain recipes have been in families for years – recipes you remember enjoying from the time you first started forming memories. My family has a sausage egg casserole that my grandma has made for as long as I can remember.

Cran-Apple Fizzy Mocktail

Created by: Emily Buys, The Clever Housewife

The party beverage often gets overlooked, or gets turned into a bottle of soda, juice or water. Just a little planning and creativity can really make that punch stand out. Every holiday party or gathering needs a fun beverage that can be consumed by kids and adults.

Cranberry Bruschetta

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Cranberries make for a great holiday recipe ingredient, but sometimes the recipes can be really time consuming. Try this quick and easy cranberry bruschetta, and your holiday party guests will be calling you the next Martha Stewart.

Pomegranate and Mustard Glazed Ham

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Holiday traditions. Every family has them at this time of year, and families have completely different ideas of what’s “traditional” for the holidays. For my family, Thanksgiving means turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie. But there are no food traditions to be heard of for my family during the holidays after Thanksgiving. We play around each year with different meal plans and proteins.

Cranberry and Pistachio Cheese Ball

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

There are a million reasons why I love the holidays. The lights are dazzling; there’s festive music everywhere you go and people just seem genuinely happy. Although, as a person who seriously loves to eat, perhaps the single thing I love most about this time of year is all the fun finger food I inevitably get to snack on at every party.

Dried Cranberry, Sage and White Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

I always thought when it came to the kitchen, you were either a cook or a baker – never in between – and for most of my life that mentality was pretty accurate. Although, in the last couple of years, I’ve actually found baking to be quite simple, and I even feel a heavy sense of accomplishment when a recipe I’ve developed from start to finish is received with rave reviews.

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Holidays are all about some serious side dishing. We all know how it goes. Life as we know it gets put on hold and we focus our attention on this one thing that seems fairly unimportant at any other time of the year – the side dish. But during the holidays, side dishes can be just as important and require just as much forethought and energy as the main dish.

Hot Toddy Apple Cider

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

There’s nothing more comforting than a warm cup of apple cider during the holidays. Here's your classic apple cider taken up a notch. Hot toddy apple cider is an easy, comforting and delicious drink, perfect for snuggling by a holiday fire.

Holiday Confetti Popcorn

'Tis the season to satisfy your sweet tooth with our quick and easy Holiday Confetti Popcorn. Whether you're looking for a simple gift or just something sweet to snack on, this easier-than-it-looks treat is delicious and sure to delight friends and family this holiday season.

Cheesy Bacon Pull Aparts

Shake up your normal breakfast routine with this delicious combination of cheese, bacon and biscuits.

Cheesy Crab Cake Cups

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

The only thing you need to know this holiday season are the four Cs: Cheesy Crab Cake Cups! These appetizers will seriously make you forget about the main course and have you looking forward to them every Thanksgiving!

Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie Martini

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

I love pumpkin pie-flavored anything, so this cocktail was a no-brainer. I decided to make it dairy free because many of my family members, including myself, are sensitive to dairy. The last thing you want after a huge Thanksgiving meal and delicious dessert is to feel bad.

Eggnog Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

With festive notes of pumpkin and eggnog, this recipe from Nicole Leggio of CookingforKeeps.com is a great “wild card” dessert among the classic pumpkin and pecan pies we all love so much. Even better: it requires little to no preparation – perfect when you’re cooking an entire Thanksgiving feast from start to finish.

Moist Cake Corn Bread

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

This twist classic cornbread recipe is rich and moist, perfect to serve alongside all the fixings at your Thanksgiving dinner. Looking for an easy way to serve? Opt for baking the batter in a greased muffin pan. This cuts the baking time down to 20 minutes or so. Serve the individual servings in a basket on the table.

Pumpkin Mocha Fudge Brownies

Created by: Cathy Pollak, Noble Pig

I love classic dessert recipes for Thanksgiving, I really do. Would it be Thanksgiving without Mom’s pumpkin layer cake or Aunt Gina’s apple and sweet potato pies? I can tell you right now, it wouldn’t, at least not at my house.

Salt Dough Leaves

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

These easy salt dough leaves are a great way to get the kids involved with the Thanksgiving decor. Poke holes through them before baking to use them as napkin ties, or just scatter them across the table to add a bit of color.

Thanksgiving Cheesy Onion Bread

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Onions, cheese and bread, oh my! Talk about a delicious appetizer. Cheesy Onion Bread not only looks incredible, it tastes even better…making it perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday. Serve this recipe as an appetizer or pass it around the table during your turkey dinner. Either way, your guests will be satisfied!

The Untraditional Apple Pie

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

An apple pie baked in apples – who would’ve thought? This recipe makes for a perfect Thanksgiving dessert that will “wow” your guests the second it comes out of the oven. Everyone expects apple pie on Turkey Day, but no one expects it to look like this!

Vegan “Meatloaf” with Fig Glaze

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

While my family is all about turkey and ham for Thanksgiving, I have plenty of vegetarian friends who go meatless during holiday feasts. Vegan and vegetarian options may seem limited, but there is ample room for creating filling dishes that are both tasty and approachable.

Baked Dressing Balls

These pre-portioned servings of dressing are crunchy on the outside, and look fabulous placed around the bird on the table.

Bat Scream Sandwiches

Created by: Danielle Cheever, Envision Pretty

There are two things people love when it comes to sweet treats: fun-shaped food and ice cream. I decided to combine the two for a super easy Halloween Treat DIY. (I don’t even know if I should call it a recipe – it was that simple.)

Streusel Topped Pumpkin Pie

Who saved room for dessert? If you like classic, creamy pumpkin pie, this streusel topped pie will be your new favorite.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes paired with bacon, cheddar and parmesan make for an exciting side dish the whole family will love.

Trick-or-Treat Pumpkin Pie Dip

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

This creamy trick-or-treat pumpkin pie dip from foodie blogger TheFrugalFoodieMama.com combines trick-or-treating candy with another fall favorite: pumpkin pie. Fat-free cream cheese and reduced fat whipped topping make this party-perfect dip a bit healthier than other renditions of this recipe. You can rely on the Snickers, Twix and M&M’s to provide plenty of sweetness and decadence.

Black Bean Spider Hummus

Hummus is more than delicious…it's easy to make, too! Blend up some at home and add a spooky Halloween touch with this simple recipe.

Caramel Coffee Toddy

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

There’s something about fall that makes me crave a warm adult beverage by a fire. This caramel coffee toddy is really easy to make in bulk for guests – just put a pot of coffee on, add a few ingredients and you’ve got a delicious coffee drink for multiple people that won’t take too much time or energy.

Chipotle Pumpkin Deviled Eggs

Your guests will love these miniature deviled eggs, made to look like tiny pumpkins, complete with stems! The chipotle chili powder gives them a spicy kick for even more irresistible flavor.

DIY Halloween Cocktail Rims

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

Add spooky flair to your next Halloween cocktail party with DIY Halloween cocktail rims. With a few simple kitchen staples, you can transform your ordinary glasses into frightful drinkware that your guests will go crazy for.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

Fall means it's pumpkin season! This time of year it's great to stock up on canned pumpkin. You can use it in many different recipes – from savory to sweet. I try to make it a personal mission to figure out how many different baked goods I can add pumpkin to. In my mind, that is the very best kind of kitchen challenge.

Pumpkin Crème Brulee Tartlets

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy's Digest

These mini-treats are the perfect pastry for your fall dinner party, a comforting and unique twist on your classic pumpkin pie. What's great about this recipe is that it's “no-bake,” so it makes life that much easier! Private Selection™ even has prebaked pastry tartlet shells that come right out of the box!

Savory Tex-Mex Corn Pancakes

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Pancakes. Everyone’s favorite breakfast food, right? Not mine. Pancakes tend to be my husband’s (and the rest of the country's) most requested breakfast item on lazy Saturday mornings, and while I share his love for inhaling fluffy pockets of dough with copious amounts of butter and sweet syrup, I actually happen to love pancakes just as much in savory form – for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Spooky Sangria Bar

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

My friends and I have a tradition of getting together on Halloween to enjoy appetizers, watch horror movies and pass out Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters. Some of us even dress up in costumes and we all enjoy a low-key evening with homemade cocktails. We enjoy making a theme for our evening by choosing a spooky Halloween-inspired food or drink to prepare and share.

Twix Icebox Cake

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

This no-bake layered icebox cake from Emily Caruso of JellyToastBlog.com turns leftover Halloween candy into a sophisticated culinary concoction. Just steal some small, fun-size Twix bars from your kids’ tick-or-treating sacks, combine with vanilla and chocolate ice cream and graham crackers, and you’ve got all the makings of an amazing dessert.

Apple Pie Smoothie

Created by: Blair Lonergan, The Seasoned Mom

Perfect for those busy weekday mornings, this easy recipe, created by Blair Longeran of The Seasoned Mom, tricks kids into thinking that they are enjoying a sweet and creamy milkshake—don’t tell them they are actually consuming generous servings of fruit, protein, calcium and other nutrients!

S'mores Chia Pudding

Created By: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Pudding sounds like a dessert—and it is, especially when chocolate and graham crackers are involved. But chia pudding is packed with omega-rich nutrients with real staying power—enough so that blogger Carrie Robinson of the Frugal Foodie Mama offers this treat to her son before cross-country meets.

Apple Cranberry Crisp

Oatmeal, tapioca and cranberries give this traditionally fall classic a distinctly holiday twist.

Pumpkin Mousse Napoleons

This fanciful take on pumpkin pie combines chilled spiced pumpkin and warm puff pastry. It’s creamy and incredible.

Autumn Apple Strudel

What’s better than a warm pastry stuffed with tangy bites of apples and cranberry? Topping it with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Farmhouse Yukon Mashed Potatoes

Chicken broth adds extra richness to this rustic potato dish, without piling on the butter and cream. That means more room for grated cheese, bacon or chives!

Dirt Cups

Created by: Kraft

No creepy crawlies here! These dirt cups make snacking fun, earthy, and tasty.

Cocoa Phones

Created by: Kraft

What do you get when you pair two sweet classics? A deliciously fun treat your guests are sure to love.

JayBee Jibblers

Created by: Kraft

Meet one of the tastiest treats on the menu. Serve jibblers at any family gathering and they'll be coming back for more.

Bee Stingers

Created by: Kraft

When the sun's out, life gets a little brighter—especially when you combine two parts chocolate and one part deliciousness. Add chewy, chocolaty goodness to your next party by making a batch of bee stingers.

Grahams Trail Mix

Combine two campsite essentials in one sweet and salty treat with this s’mores-flavored trail mix.

TRISCUIT Pull-Apart “Pizza”

A little bit pizza and a little bit nachos, these toasty squares are a total blank canvas for whatever mix of meat and veggies you have on hand.

Cheeseburger Dip

This hearty cheeseburger dip is already pretty irresistible, but you can make it with Mexican VELVEETA for an extra kick.

Confetti Mac & Cheese

Sneak a serving of vegetables into this cheesy standby to make it extra colorful, and extra nutritious.

Baked Chicken Kabobs

Created by: Kraft

Stick to the delicious stuff with these fun and easy-to-make baked chicken kabobs. It's sure to be a guest favorite.

Attack of the Gummy Worms

Created by: Kraft

When gummies attack, how will you respond? Turn a simple cup into a fun and festive treat with these undeniably delicious crawly sweets.

Cheeseburger Joes

Already put the grill away for the season? These cheeseburger-inspired sloppy Joes offer the same backyard flavor without the grill.

Mac & Cheese Lasagna

Serve this playful take on lasagna with a mixed green salad for a quick weeknight meal that’s still plenty of fun.

Veggie Critter Snacks

Created by: Hidden Valley

Need an awesome recipe your kids can tackle on their own? Task them with creating edible crawling critters using a colorful array of vegetables. From tomato ladybugs to carrot and asparagus butterflies, there’s no telling what they could create. It’s an easy way to get them excited about eating their daily dose of greens. And oranges. And whites. And more.

RITZ Parmesan Chicken

Simple ingredients come together beautifully in a chicken dish that works equally well for Tuesday night supper or a Friday night dinner party.

Bagel Buddies

Created by: Hidden Valley

Tasty food can bring a smile to any face. But what if your food could smile right back at you? Bagel buddies can do just that. All you need is a few bagels, a lot of veggies, and a little creativity.

Nut-Free Trail Mix

Created by: Kroger Dietitian Allison Kuhn, RD LD

You don’t need to go nuts with the trail mix. Try this simple and delicious nut-free trail mix as a sweet and savory party bowl filler.

OREO Milkshake

Up your ice cream game with a milkshake recipe you can prepare in a few easy steps.

Gluten-Free Vanilla Shortcake

Created by: Kroger Dietitian Allison Kuhn, RD LD

Surprise and delight your guests with a fresh baked gluten-free vanilla shortcake.

Mini Fruit Pizza Parfait

These cookie stacks are so simple, you can try making them with all your favorite CHIPS AHOY cookies, PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spreads, and fruits.

Double Berry Smoothie

Try using strawberry nonfat yogurt to triple the berry flavor in these frosty blended drinks.

Banana Party Pops

Created by: Kroger Dietitian Allison Kuhn, RD LD

Make your next party pop with flavor. These yummy party pops feature chocolate-dipped, sprinkle-rolled frozen bananas.

No-Bake Party Snacks

Created by: Kroger Dietitian Allison Kuhn, RD LD

No-bake party snacks are a great option for sensitive snackers. These allergy free bites will be a surefire hit at your next backyard bash.

Mini Chocolate Whoopie Pies

You can personalize these fluffy sandwich cakes with your favorite HERSHEY’S Spreads flavors, but good luck keeping others away from the pile!

Game Day BBQ Pork Dip

Smoky barbeque sauce, cooked pork, and sharp cheddar are swirled with cream cheese for a deliciously satisfying dip.

Family Taco Salad Bar

Created by: Kristin Lesney of the Our Ordinary Life blog.

Bring everyone's favorite toppings and fillings to the table with a freestyle meal that's as fun as it is filling. Plus, baked tortillas are a healthier option everyone will love!

Tailgate Chili

This is a rich, flavorful, crowd-pleasing chili. Serve alongside chips and dip, chicken wings, and a vegetable tray.

Easy Chicken Empanadas

Created by: Danelle McCollum of the Let's Dish blog.

For a special make-ahead meal even on the most hectic night, simply stock these homemade empanadas in your freezer and some PeakFection® Salsa and Guacamole in your fridge.

Spicy Pineapple Lime Chicken with Pita Nachos

Created by: Thien-Kim Lam of the I'm Not the Nanny blog.

Pair a rotisserie chicken with this sweet and spicy fresh pineapple, lime, and jalapeño puree – then add in a little PeakFection® salsa and guacamole– to make this flavorful reinterpretation of nachos even easier.

BBQ Ribs

An overnight marinade makes these ribs a big hit on game day. Serve alongside brats and sauerkraut, baked beans, and coleslaw.

Healthy Favorite: Pineapple Salsa

Created by: Produce for Better Health Foundation

With rich, savory creams and sauces, most Mexican recipes might seem like a dieting splurge—but this pineapple salsa is so healthy, you can enjoy it without an ounce of guilt. It’s delicious with grilled shrimp, fish or chicken. Kroger Staff Dietitian Allison Kuhn notes that the recipe contains zero grams of fat, but is chock full of vitamins as well as plenty of fiber.

Peanut Butter Cup Sandwiches

Simple to assemble and delicious to eat, you can make these sweet and salty little sandwiches up to 24 hours in advance. Just be sure to save some for your guests!

Healthy Favorite: Creamy Mexican Salsa Dip

Created by: Produce for Better Health Foundation

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you: you are seeing the words “healthy” and “creamy Mexican” in the same recipe title! That’s because strained low-fat plain yogurt gives this dip its decadent thickness, rather than cheese or sour cream. Kroger Staff Dietitian Allison Kuhn points out that not only is this recipe delicious and low-fat, but it’s also rich in vitamins A and C, as well as calcium, potassium and fiber.

Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee

Chocolate syrup, Reddi Wip® and chocolate powder top off this delicious after dinner pick-me-up that’s sure to keep your Valentine’s night going.

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