Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dinner Tonight: Tex-Mex Ravioli Bake

Andrew was out of town the other night, so I made this for the kids and me.  We used cheese ravioli which made the meal vegetarian but you could most definitely substitute with a beef or chicken filled ravioli too!  The bottom line is...this supper is so simple!  I made this because I knew my kiddos would love eating up the cheesy ravioli and it would be quick to make and even simpler to clean up after dinner (all things I look for when I'm cooking for just us three).  Such a fast little weeknight meal.


This recipe serves four adults.

Shopping List
2 (9 oz) packages of cheese ravioli
10 to 12 green onions, chopped
1 (10 oz) can Rotel tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 cup frozen corn
1 tablespoon chili powder (or a 1 oz packet of taco seasoning)
1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Grease (I used Pam) a pie plate or an 8x8 baking dish.  Set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat.  Drop your ravioli and cook until al dente (about 4 minutes).  Drain water and reserve ravioli.

Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine the green onions (reserve a few for garnish), Rotel, beans, tomato sauce, corn and chili powder.

Pour your cooked ravioli across the bottom of your prepared baking dish, pour the black bean mixture down over the top.  Sprinkle the cheese down over everything and bake 15 to 20 minutes or until the casserole is nice and bubbly and the cheese has melted.

Remove from oven and serve.

So simple, right?  Big flavor without a big fuss. 

Happy dinner!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Quick & Easy Halloween Treats

Halloween is Friday friends!  If you need a quick treat to make for your kiddo's class, to take to work, for a neighbor or just because, I have some simple ideas for you!  Grab some candy corn, orange and black sprinkles and your favorite little helpers and make a treat or two...

My kids are obsessed with Whoopie Pies!  These yummy little cakes are easier to handle than a cupcake but have the same great flavors.  These Candy Corn Whoopie Pies are perfect for school parties!

Pumpkin Angel Food Cake only requires two ingredients plus a dollop of whipped cream...just frightfully delightful!

The sweet and salty combination of candy corn and peanuts make my Candy Corn and Peanut Neiman Marcus Bars out of this world!

I've been making these homemade Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes for years and years!  I love them without frosting as a muffin too :).

And for some of my other delicious treats... here to see 14 of my Easy Halloween Treats!  So fun, so seasonal and so perfect for busy ladies looking to make something special for the ones they love.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Menu

I love Halloween night!!  Love, love, love it!!  

After school, my kiddos will get their costumes on, we'll get our candy in a big bowl by the front door and we'll have an early dinner.  After dinner, we always trick or treat in our neighborhood before going over to visit a few friends and trick or treat in their neighborhood too.  Then, we come home and pass out candy the rest of the night at our house.  This is just such a fun time of year!!

Growing up, my mom always made Ghoul-ash for Halloween supper.  Always :).  And now, I make it too.  Here is a suggested menu for you and your ghosts and gobblins before you head out and then fill up on the sugary stuff.

Start off your evening with some yummy Spicy Corn Dip!  Easy and delish!

Next, eat your greens with my Broccoli and Cranberry Salad.  Broccoli is the favorite vegetable in our it's served a lot!  I love a salad that doesn't have lettuce (because it's unexpected), so this one is perfect!

And then all you need is maybe some yummy cornbread and a big bowl of Ghoul-ash!  It will be a frightfully delicious dinner before your trick or treating begins!

For dessert, you sort and snack on your favorite candy.  For me, it's Heath Toffee...I'm hoping my kids score a lot of that this Halloween night (and then, I'm hoping they share with their mama!).

For other Halloween ideas, check out my family blog today!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Meal Planning Monday #60

Happy Monday!

Tomorrow, I will be featuring my suggested Halloween menu but for today...some other wickedly easy recipes to whip up this week!  Enjoy!

This quick little one pot meal will be on your table in minutes.  My Sausage and Tortellini Soup is perfect for your busy week.

Green Chile Chicken Baked Tacos are for dinner tonight!

You can use ground turkey or ground beef in my Turkey & Spinach Lazy Lasagna.  That's what I call a One Pound Meal...all you need is a pound of ground beef and dinner is done!

Andrew calls my Taco Chili "the hybrid".  It's part tortilla soup and part chili...and all delicious!

And of course, our bundt cake of the week should be this one...

...Candy Corn :).

And if you need one more festive treat this week, these Oreo Pumpkins are so much fun (and yummy too!).

Come back tomorrow for my Halloween menu and other spooky ideas!


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