Panini, treats, and food for Halloween

Halloween Buffet and Panini Sandwich Bar

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Panini, treats, and food for Halloween

A buffet to satisfy everyone on Halloween

The Halloween Buffet and Panini Bar turned out scrumptious and fabuous thanks to my daughter-in-law Ashley.

She helped me set up the buffet table and it looked grand!

Thank you so much Ash for your time and very cool decorations. It make it all come together boo-tifully!

On Halloween night, at our place, family and friends drop by to show off their kids, or grand kids, their costumes, and visit for a spell.

It is usually the tradition to have chili, soup, stew or even a pizza decked out to look like a pumpkin.

But I wanted something that as people came by, they could make their own food to their liking. 

See, something went terribly wrong, and a few of my kids do not like soups or pasta (I know….WHAT?). So a panini bar fits everyone just right.

This is family friendly to the best!  There’s something for everyone.  Healthy food. Have gluten free bread on hand.  People can make their  sandwich hot or cold.  And best of all….you get to relax and enjoy the company!

EVERYTHING you’ll want from crafts to decorations to keepsakes is here at It’s ALL About Halloween 

Halloween Buffet and Panini Bar

Halloween Buffet and Panini Bar

Halloween Buffet and Panini Bar

A panini bar is a wonderful option for guests to make their own.  See below for more on the paninis.

Here are the details of the awesome Halloween Buffet Table.

The plates and utensils were on a side table due to space.

 

Eye See YOU Halloween Cupcakes started the dessert table.

Red Cupcakes decorated with white frosting, topped with a candy eyeball and red gel icing

Halloween decorated cupcakes

 

My Cold Cider Drink comes up next.

A cold apple cider easy to make with purchased ingredients

A delicious cold apple cider

 

You could also serve my copycat version of Starbucks Hot Caramel Apple CiderCarries Cold Cider

 

Not to be passed by is my own Spooky Halloween Layered Cake

Halloween colored cake batter and decorated cake

Cake with layers of batter in Halloween colors, then decorated with Halloween candy

 

If you want a real treat with a trick, make sure to have out my own creation of Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

White chocolate with halloween sprinkles and a surprise when you eat it

Chocolate with a bit of sweet, some pop and a little heat

  

Always a favorite is Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn

Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn colored Orange and Purple with candies

Granny Corn, Mother Sugar Popcorn

Homemade or purchased donuts are easy to put in a fun decorated plate or bowl.


The incredible Make Your Own Hot Sandwich Panini Bar

meat, cheese, condiments and more set out for make your own hot panini sandiwich

Panini Bar for guests to make their own hot sandwiches

For MORE Halloween food, decorations and crafts, come on over to It’s All About Halloween

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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Food for Halloween from sweets to main dish

Ideas for Halloween Food for everyone of all ages and tastes



A taco with a spider made out of an olive on top to make it Halloween festive

Halloween Spidey Tacos

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A taco with a spider made out of an olive on top to make it Halloween festive

A taco specially made for Halloween festivities

Halloween Spidey Tacos are to the rescue!

With Halloween season it’s sweets and rushing around to lots of fun events.

So if you are looking for a meal idea that is festive, easy, simple and fast, I’ve got you covered!

This is a meal the kids and family can help make too.

Halloween Spidey Tacos are delicious, in expensive and everyone likes a taco. Make some for your family or a party!

 



Halloween Spidey Tacos

Ingredients:

LARGE/JUMBO olives, 2 per spider

Corn tortilla shells that stand on their own

 

Taco ingredients:

Cooked ground beef, or your preference of meat

Taco seasoning if desired 

Lettuce

Tomatoes

Grated cheese

Sour Cream  





Directions:

Cut one olive per taco, in half, then each half into 4 slices to make 8 ‘legs’ per olive.

As shown here.

Halloween Spidey Tacos

Halloween Spidey Tacos

Build your taco as desired.

Then place one large/jumbo olive inside the taco for the body.

Halloween Spidey Tacos

Halloween Spidey Tacos

 

Put each slice of the olives in place for the legs.

Halloween Spidey Tacos

Halloween Spidey Tacos

Dab a bit of sour cream for 2 eyes and there you have your DELICIOUS Amazing Halloween Spidey Taco!

Halloween Spidey Tacos

Halloween Spidey Tacos

Idea from the Kraft site, Copyright Carrie Groneman, 2014, 2018

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A taco with a spider made out of an olive on top to make it Halloween festive




meat, cheese, condiments and more set out for make your own hot panini sandiwich

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

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meat, cheese, condiments and more set out for make your own hot panini sandiwich

Panini Bar for guests to make their own hot sandwiches

sDo you want a break from soup, chili or the ‘usual’ Halloween fare?  Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar is a great option!

This is a perfect way to allow your guests as they come Trick or Treating to make their own, hot sandwich.

And you can enjoy the party since all the prep work is done ahead.

It’s easy, put out what you’d like for available ingredients and enjoy the festivities!

If you are looking for crafts, fun, decorations and ALL About Halloween, click HERE

 

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

Ingredients:

Deli meat: turkey, ham, roast beef; any of your choice

Sliced cheese: provolone, cheddar, swiss; any of your choice

Small Ciabatta rolls, or any crusty rolls work really well.  Small is best to avoid waste. It’s also a good idea to have gluten free variety if you know that will be useful.

Condiments: variety of mustards, mayos and other sandwich toppings 

Lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced onions – as desired

Panini Maker or Press 

 

Directions:

Have the ingredients ready for people to make their own panini.

Make sure the meat, cheese and condiments are over ice, or kept chilled – never left out to spoil during the course of the evening or party.

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

When people arrive, or are ready to eat, they can assemble their panini to their liking with the meat and cheese they want.

Simply put it together as desired, then into the panini maker/press and heat completely through.

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

*** Before heating through – or after, whichever is preferred – add in any of the condiments and toppings desired.  

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

This is what we did: 

  • There were a variety of the small bags of chips  available to suit everyone’s choice.
  • Cups with ranch dressing and carrots were all ready to go; you could also include celery sticks.
  • Cups of green and purple grapes were handy to snag as guests helped themselves.
  • I purchased the smaller Ciabatta buns in the store to avoid waste.  You can use any denser type roll you like.
  • For the meat I put out deli sliced ham, turkey (forgot to include the roast beef in the pic, oops) and also precooked bacon strips. Keep on ice if it is to stay out for an extended length of time.
  • Cheeses are so varied, but I settled with cheddar and Munster.
  • On the tray for condiments included:  fresh spinach leaves (I like it better than lettuce on these), thin sliced red onion, mild pepper rings, roasted red bell pepper, and sandwich spreads (you can purchased these from the store *if mayo based keep on ice if out for an extended amount of time).  My Jalapeno and Red Pepper Jelly is AMAZING and my favorite condiment on a panini and so many other things. 

As guests put their sandwich together, they could eat it cold or heat/grill it on the panini maker and ta-da!  Magically they had their own scrumptious meal to eat as they visited, or to take on the go.

meat, cheese, condiments and more set out for make your own hot panini sandiwich

Just use whatever is available in your price range and relax, they’ll make their own dinner – which is always the best part!!!

 

Halloween Make Your Own Panini Bar

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016, 2018

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A tortilla with crisp romaine lettuce, bbq seasoned shrimp, mango salsa wrapped up

Grilled Shrimp Wrap with Mango Salsa

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A tortilla with crisp romaine lettuce, bbq seasoned shrimp, mango salsa wrapped up

A Caribbean Jerk seasoned shrimp with a sweet and savory mango salsa

Grilled Shrimp Wrap with Mango Salsa

 

Grilled Shrimp Wrap with Mango Salsa is one of my favorite summer-time meals! 

I love the Caribbean Jerk seasoning on the barbecued shrimp; what flavor.

Wrap it up in a tortilla with crunchy romaine lettuce, some really good brand sweet and savory mango salsa and it takes this to gourmet 5-Star level.  

You’d never guess it’s a healthy dish because it tastes that good.

If you want to try another shrimp recipe, another favorite is this Sassy Orange Grilled Shrimp.

Enjoy!




Grilled Shrimp Wrap with Mango Salsa

Ingredients for Shrimp Marinade:

1 pound medium shrimp, shelled, deveined and remove tail

3 Tbl. oil, your choice of vegetable or olive

2 tsp. brown sugar

1 Tbl. + 1/2 tsp. McCormick Perfect Pinch Caribbean Jerk Seasoning

Wood or metal skewers

 

Directions for the Shrimp Marinade:

If using wood skewers, place them in a baking dish full of water to soak for 30 -60 minutes, to help prevent them burning while grilling.Shrimp Wrap 1Combine the oil, brown sugar and McCormick Caribbean Jerk Seasoning in a bowl and stir well.Shrimp Wrap 2Add in the shrimp and gently fold in until completely covered.Shrimp Wrap 3Cover with plastic wrap or a lid if the bowl has one.Shrimp Wrap 4Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to marinate.

When the shrimp is ready, thread onto the skewers.

Place onto a prepared medium-hot grill.

Cook on one side for 3-5 minutes; or until pink.Shrimp Wrap 5Turn and cook until cooked through and pink.Shrimp Wrap 6Allow to cool slightly and push off skewer; you are now ready for recipe below.




Ingredients for Shrimp Wrap & Mango Salsa:

Grilled shrimp Mango salsa, purchased or homemade (I used purchased from Costco for ease and I really like that brand)

Large tortilla wraps

Romaine lettuce, chopped into large bite sized pieces, washed well, dried (I used my salad spinner)

 

Directions for Shrimp Wrap & Mango Salsa:

Place a large tortilla down on a plate or cutting board.

Lay a good amount of lettuce down off the center slightly.Shrimp Wrap 7Spoon desired amount of pre-made Mango Salsa on top of the lettuce.

Lay grilled Shrimp on top of the salsa.Shrimp Wrap 8Wrap up and tuck like a burrito.Shrimp Wrap 9Cut and serve.Grilled Shrimp Wrap with Mango SalsaCarrie’s original recipe.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

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Enchilada Casserole in the Dutch Oven

Dutch Oven Cooking – Dorito Enchilada Casserole

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Enchilada Casserole in the Dutch Oven

Enchiladas in the Dutch Oven made with Dorito chips

Dutch Oven Cooking – Dorito Enchilada Casserole

Do love Dorito chips? Then you’ll love this Dorito Enchilada Casserole!

But does Dutch Oven Cooking worry you?

Does it seem difficult, or do you wonder where to start?

I can help YOU!  

I have a complete guide on all you need to know from choosing the right dutch oven to lighting the coals; it’s all in a link below.

Now, to the YUMMY part!

This dutch oven casserole is an easy toss together dish that has a base of Dorito chips and a couple of other purchased ingredients to make this a terrific choice for a camping trip or a backyard cookout.  

Combining Dorito chips and cheese, that’s a true win that will satisfy ALL ages.  

For dessert you should try Stan’s Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler it’s really tasty!



Keep in mind anything you can fry, bake = cook in your kitchen you can generally do in a dutch oven.  For example, this recipe can be followed as directed, poured into a prepared casserole dish then baked in your home oven at 350 degrees for approx 20-30 min; until hot and bubbly.  Continue with recipe as written.  This simple recipe will show you how adaptable your own recipes are to dutch oven cooking.  ENJOY!!!

 

I have a GREAT 2-page Dutch Oven cheat sheet HERE to help you follow along

 

Dutch Oven Dorito Enchilada Casserole

Supplies:

9 – 9 1/2″ CAKE PAN, optional

 

 

 

 

 

 

12″ DUTCH OVEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

10.5 oz. package Doritos (I used nacho cheese), reserve 1/3 of the bag for topping

1 small onion, finely chopped

10 oz. can chili with beans

10 oz. can enchilada sauce

8 oz. tomato sauce

1  1/2 cup shredded cheese*      

*8 oz. cheese total  

 

Toppings –

1/3 of the Doritos

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese* 

1 cup sour cream

Instructions:

Click HERE for a tutorial on how to start the charcoal and lots of helpful basic instructions.  This comes together so quickly, you’ll want to get everything ready BEFORE beginning this recipe, it’s a favorite!

We like to use an 9 – 9 1/2″ CAKE PAN to put inside the 12″ DUTCH OVEN for this recipe.   Dorito Enchilada Casserole 2Either spray the CAKE PAN with non-stick cooking spray OR  You can lightly oil or coat the inside of the DUTCH OVEN it-self with cooking spray.Dorito Enchilada Casserole 3Finely chop the onion.Dorito Enchilada Casserole 4




Reserve approximately 1/3 of Doritos, crumble the rest in a large mixing bowl.Dorito Enchilada Casserole 5Add in the finely chopped onion, canned chili, canned enchilada sauce, tomato sauce and 1  1/2 cups of the shredded cheese to the crushed Doritos. 

Stir together well.Dorito Enchilada Casserole 6Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan OR prepared dutch oven.Dorito Enchilada Casserole 7Put the lid on top of the dutch oven.Dorito Enchilada Casserole 8Put approximately 10 prepared coals on your metal plate, or whatever surface you are going to cook on. 

Click HERE for instructions for preparing the coals.Charcoal 1Place the prepared DUTCH OVEN on top of the lit coals. 

Place  approximately 16 lit coals on top of lid.Charcoal 3Bake until the enchilada mixture is bubbling, approx 20 minutes; however, check periodically. 

Carefully remove the lid with a lid lifter.   Charcoal 4Top with remaining Doritos, crushing as you put them on top. 

Sprinkle on the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.Dorito Enchilada Casserole 8Cover with lid and bake for another 5 minutes or so until the cheese has melted and Doritos are warmed through.

Scrumptious!!!Dorito Enchilada Casserole 9Serve as is, or with a dollop of sour cream if desired.Dorito Enchilada Casserole 10

 

ENJOY!

Dorito Enchilada Casserole

Dorito Enchilada Casserole made in the Dutch Oven

Adapted from Recipe by 50 Campfires. Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

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How Do I Use The Coals & Temperature – All About Dutch Oven Cooking: 101

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Stan’s Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler in a Dutch Oven

Dutch Oven Mini-Pull-Apart Butter Rolls

Butter Pull-Apart Rolls in the Dutch Oven

Dutch Oven Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

 

Dutch Oven Scalloped Potatoes

Recipe for Dutch Oven Scalloped Potatoes

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Dutch Oven Beef Roast with Vegetables

Beef roast and vegetables in the dutch oven

What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat

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Taking in a Meal to a neighbor or family

What food to make and tips to make it easier on you and the person you are helping

 Have you been asked, or even offered to take in a meal to someone?

I’ve got you covered here in  What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal that They Will Want To Eat, and I can help you with this situation.

Even though you want to do this act of kindness, does the thought of taking in a meal, send panic running (or galloping) through your body?

Or do you get cold sweats worrying about what to take that they would want to eat?

And how in the world do you approach them in the first place?

Don’t worry, I’ve brought together valuable information just for you!

  • Everything from how to comfortably ask the day and time for bringing in the meal; making it convenient for all involved.
  • What type of food they would actually want to eat while keeping you in control of what the meal is, so you can stay in your budget.
  •  Ideas for you to know how to be approachable when wanting to help, so it’s not awkward for anyone.

 

So, if you’re looking for tips on taking in food when there is a new baby,  someone had surgery, there’s an illness in the family, unfortunately a death – or just because you know it would cheer them up—

I’ve got What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat, along with recipes that are easy and varied for you to choose from.

These handy tips will  make your meal not only one that is enjoyed, but remembered as thoughtful and extremely appreciated.  




What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal they Will want to eat

A meal is always welcome and a VERY thoughtful gesture of friendship and kindness.

However, it can be a scary idea to think about feeding other people,  or their kids; especially if you don’t know them very well.

So, when do you take in a meal? What are the circumstances that says: FEED US PLEASE

Then, what do you say when contacting them about taking in a meal? 

Most importantly, how do you find out what they like, so they will enjoy it, meaning your time and resources are useful and not wasted?

I have it all covered, so you don’t need to worry.  

 

When should you take In A Meal?

There are so many opportunities, but here are the most common:

  • A new baby.
  • Someone is ill or had surgery.
  • There has been a death in the family.
  • A job loss.
  • They are getting ready to move and everything is packed away (*see special moving tips below in this post)
  • Moving in (*see moving tips, again below in this post)
  • You know they are struggling with something personal, a family member’s situation, or outside circumstances that are challenging.  A meal can make the world seem gentler and a more compassionate place to be.
  • A traumatic event of any type. I have a post you might like How Can I Help When Someone Is Sick And Show I Care?
  • Anytime you want to help out, be kind, and especially when you feel impressed to, that is the perfect reason to take in a meal.

 

The Appreciation Comes From The Details

Let’s be real, we all say ‘thank you’ to a meal and that we ‘like it’.

However, if we ask a few questions, we are going to be HERO’s as well as taking in a meal that will be REALLY enjoyed and EATEN.

Details such as:

  • Use disposable pans, bags and dishes to deliver the food in. I like to prepare as many of the items I am taking  in the same type of pan if possible. The reason for this, is that I only have to have one to purchase and store one type; saving money and space.  Something like THIS would be good for everything from salads, to jello, to rolls to a main dish. You could  use two of these pans  for the main dish if you are taking the meal to a large family.

 

       Using something disposable avoids situations such as: whose bowl does this belong to?                Which unmarked pan does the young boy at the door want returned while his mother                  waits outside, not wanting to ‘be a bother’, as you are frantically trying to find the right lid          to ‘her pan’ in the myriad of  dishes stacked on the kitchen counter….which makes you                want to scream/cry/wish you had ordered out pizza that night.  Disposable dishes all the            way baby. They make everyone happy!

       Or there’s the well-meaning neighbor stopping by to collect their dishes – when you’re not           feeling well as you recover, or finally just got the newborn to sleep… gggrrrr….So if that’s             you, neighbor….please do a favor and call ahead:) Actually, please just use disposable.

 

  • Ask if anyone in the family has food allergies, or if there is anything they simply will not eat.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Of course you, kind person, need to stay in your budget and fix a meal that you are comfortable making.  However, if you take in something they cannot, or simply will not eat, it’s a waste for all involved.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For instance:  Some people really cannot force themselves to eat rice – it’s a texture thing. And some cannot tolerate the taste of spaghetti sauce.                                                      Despite your best effort in making a meal, and their gratitude in your gift, it will not be as useful as it could be. (For example, I will not, cannot – not in a boat, not with a goat, not in the rain, not on a train….I will NOT eat eggs as the major ingredient.  So a beautiful quiche would be devoured by my husband and family, while I would have to open a can of something or other.  I would still send a thank you note of course, but if the meal were to help me out—-hhhmmm—–you get the point)

 

  • If you know your neighborhood well, and others are also taking in a meal(s) to the same family, it would be a good idea to ask the family what food(s) they have already had brought in. You don’t want to be the third well intended person in a row to bring in, say…. chili. 

 

  • If you are dropping the meal off early, or a freezer meal, be sure to label the food with what it is, the date to use by, along with any special cooking or reheating instructions.

 

  • Ask if there is a certain night they would like a meal brought in. Or let them pick from two or three nights that are convenient for you. 

 

  • If you have the means, taking in a freezer meal, along with a meal for that night, would be very appreciated.  

 

After delivering 5 cesarean babies,  several knee surgeries,  then total knee replacements on BOTH knees TWICE, adding in several other surgeries myself; not to mention all that has happened with 5 kids and a handsome hubby over upwards of 40 years of marriage; I have been a blessed recipient of numerous meals.  Truly they have been such a gift.

I have also taken in, or delivered more meals in my adult life now than I can begin to count. 

So, from receiving, and giving, so many meals, I’ve learned some tips that I’ll share with you about how to make it a win-win situation for everyone involved, as well as EASY too! 

 

Did you know there’s Etiquette to taking in a meal?

1 Ask what time they would like the meal brought in to avoid any embarrassing complications.

 

2- Should you take in a homemade or pre-made/frozen/purchased meal or dish? That’s up to you.

 

3- Make sure whatever the meal is, that it’s completely ready to serve to make it easy on the person you are helping. Meaning, they do not have to prepare it in any way, shape or form.

 

4- This is not the time to try to impress them with your amazing culinary skills of grandeur – imagined or real, lol.  Good old fashioned – comfort food is a winner every time.

 

5- Let the person know who you are bringing the meal into that you are:

A) just dropping off a meal (hot or one to be warmed up)

 

B) helping the kids have their dinner, cleaning up the dishes, getting the adults their dinner and tidying up afterwards – maybe you could even do a bit extra with the help of the kids:)

Only do what is comfortable for that person you are helping and best for you also.  You don’t want to put yourself in a situation that is awkward, anymore than you do the person you want to help.  It is very important to get the details clear before the meal is brought in.  Either way, let them know you have only the best intentions and can leave it with the kids at the door if that’s best.

 

6- Give a couple of choices that you are able to make or provide for the meal; meaning within your budget and ability.

For example, I have a grand daughter who at the age of four will eat Kim-chi and we are not Korean.  The girl will eat about anything and try everything that doesn’t run faster than her.

I have another grand daughter who likes……fast food pizza….oh and donuts:)

So ask the parents what ALL their kids will enjoy. Because you aren’t doing anyone a favor if they have to pull out the pans and make dinner after you leave to feed the kiddos. 

It’s not being picky in my opinion, it’s just life, and if we are there to support a friend in that situation, let’s be a help and not a hindrance. (Meaning no comments or judgments, that are not charitable in nature or nice in tone at this sensitive time for the family.)

 

7- Let the person know if you are bringing in the entire meal; meaning sides and dessert.  Or if you are just bringing in the main dish so they know what to plan on, and can make arrangements for the rest of the meal if needed.

 

8- Do all you can to NOT to be late or cancel.  Confirm the day or night before so it is clear that you are bringing in what you have discussed, as well verify the time.

If something does come up that is completely unavoidable and prevents you from taking in a meal, make sure to apologize and take in a meal soon as possible, along with one for the freezer due to the inconvenience.

 

9- If taking in meals for a new baby, I have special ideas in my post ALL THINGS BABY

 

10- Sometimes the situation is more complicated and you need to know how to handle the emotions and what is happening with the person or family that you are serving. It can be hard to know what’s appropriate when illness, tragedy, suicide or any other situation of deep mourning occurs.  What do you do? What do you say, or not say, is even more difficult. How can you help that is actually of benefit?  I have some great information at my post: How Can I Help When Someone Is Sick And Show I Care?

ways to help a person or family when tragedy, illness or hardship strikes their home. What to say, not to say, what to do and more

 

TIPS for taking in meals when someone is MOVING in or out

Take everything needed for the meal including:

  • ALL the paper products such as paper plates, cups, utensils, napkins

 

  • Drinks. Ask what they like and allow the kids to have; such as water bottles, type of perferred soda pop and kids punch pouches.

 

  • Ask if they will have access to the oven or stove to warm up the food.  If not, it would be considerate to take in (on a smaller scale of course) as I show in my post a COLD PASTA BAR or build-your own sandwiches with the ingredients and condiments in separate containers.  Or simply a variety of Sub Sandwiches for them to choose from. 

 

  • Find out if it would be more convenient to have the food transportable if they are moving from one location to another, and take the food in a disposable foam cooler.  THESE DISPOSABLE BOWLS  would be great to have on hand for this reason.  These recipes would work GREAT for this type of meal:

 

BEST CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

A cold pasta salad using rotini pasta that has grapes, celery, crisp apples, smokey Gouda cheese and toasted almonds. All topped with a creamy poppy seed mayonnaise dressing for a perfect dish

 

Asian Chicken and Orzo Pasta Salad

An oriental style bowl filled with a refreshing salad made with Orzo pasta, rotisserie chicken, fresh vegetables and a light refreshing dressing with a little spice from chili sauce and cool from Ranch dressing

 

The Easy Chicken Pot Pie and the Best Homemade Manicotti can be made and baked the same day or frozen for later use. 

Both come with printable baking instructions to include with the gifted dish

Click HERE for the Easy Chicken Pot Pie

This easy Chicken Pot Pie recipe tastes like homemade but it's with premade pie crusts, frozen vegetables and rotisserie chicken. The homemade savory sauce is gourmet and brings it all together. Freeze one for later

Best Chicken PotPie

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for Best Homemade Manicotti

A plate with green beans and manicotti stuffed pasta shells. The shells are filled with ground beef, cheeses and seasonings. They are topped with marinara sauce and more cheese then baked till warmed through

Easy Stuffed Manicotti Pasta

 

 

 

 

 

 

More ideas:

Best Chicken Fajitas

Delicious Chicken and fresh Vegetable Fajitas baked in the oven with green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and onion. Seasoned with a wonderful homemade fajita seasoning. Serve with your choice of condiments.

 

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Delicious Chicken and fresh Vegetable Fajitas baked in the oven with green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and onion. Seasoned with a wonderful homemade fajita seasoning. Serve with your choice of condiments.

Best Chicken Fajitas

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Delicious Chicken and fresh Vegetable Fajitas baked in the oven with green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and onion. Seasoned with a wonderful homemade fajita seasoning. Serve with your choice of condiments.

Easy Oven Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Fajitas

Have you been looking for a great Chicken Fajita recipe?

Your search is over with this extraordinary dish, due to the fabulous homemade seasonings that compliment the fresh ingredients perfectly. 

It’s also a great choice to take to a neighbor or friend in need as I explain in  What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat

You can easily make this recipe in your baking pan in just a few minutes for dinner tonight.

OR, make it and bake it in a disposable tin pan to deliver hot and convenient as you’ll see in a picture at the end of the post.

A quick and scrumptious dish!

 

 

Best Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients:

Fajitas – 

2 small onions, or 1 large

3-4 medium bell peppers, your preference of colors

2 Tbl. vegetable or olive oil, your preference

1   1/2 – 2 lb. chicken, boneless skinless breasts or tenders 

2 Tbl. oil, your preference

 

Seasoning – 

1  1/2  tsp chicken bouillon

1  1/2  tsp. brown sugar

1  1/2  tsp. corn starch

1  1/2  tsp smoked paprika

3/4  tsp. onion powder

3/4  tsp. garlic powder

1/2  tsp. cumin

1  1/2 Tbl. oregano leaf (not ground)

3/4 tsp. chili powder

1/2  tsp. salt

 

Condiments – 

Tortillas

Chopped tomato

Cilantro, washed and stemmed

Avocado, cut up

Guacamole

Salsa

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Mix the seasoning ingredients together in a bowl and set aside: bouillon, brown sugar, cornstarch, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, chili powder and salt. 

Cut up the onions and peppers into long strips approximately 1/4″ – 1/2″ wide.Delicious Chicken and fresh Vegetable Fajitas baked in the oven with green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and onion. Seasoned with a wonderful homemade fajita seasoning. Serve with your choice of condiments.

Easy Oven Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Fajitas

Slice the chicken into thin long strips. Delicious Chicken and fresh Vegetable Fajitas baked in the oven with green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and onion. Seasoned with a wonderful homemade fajita seasoning. Serve with your choice of condiments.

Easy Oven Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Fajitas

Place all of the vegetables and the chicken into a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.Delicious Chicken and fresh Vegetable Fajitas baked in the oven with green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and onion. Seasoned with a wonderful homemade fajita seasoning. Serve with your choice of condiments.

Easy Oven Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Fajitas

Drizzle the oil over the meat and vegetables; toss to coat everything evenly.Delicious Chicken and fresh Vegetable Fajitas baked in the oven with green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and onion. Seasoned with a wonderful homemade fajita seasoning. Serve with your choice of condiments.

Easy Oven Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Fajitas

Pour the seasoning mix over the top of the mixture in the pan; Delicious Chicken and fresh Vegetable Fajitas baked in the oven with green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and onion. Seasoned with a wonderful homemade fajita seasoning. Serve with your choice of condiments.

Easy Oven Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Fajitas

Again mix to equally cover.Delicious Chicken and fresh Vegetable Fajitas baked in the oven with green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and onion. Seasoned with a wonderful homemade fajita seasoning. Serve with your choice of condiments.

Easy Oven Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Fajitas

Bake for 40 minutes or until the meat is cooked through and the vegetables are cooked al dente.Delicious Chicken and fresh Vegetable Fajitas baked in the oven with green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and onion. Seasoned with a wonderful homemade fajita seasoning. Serve with your choice of condiments.

Easy Oven Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Fajitas

To eat, place a spoonful of the meat and vegetable mixture down the center of a tortilla.

Spoon on desired condiments.

Serve hot.

 

To make these Best Chicken Fajitas to take to a friend or neighbor in need, as I show you how to easily do at: What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat.  Simply follow all the same instructions  with the exception of making in a disposable aluminum pan and setting the pan ON a baking sheet/cookie sheet (or jelly roll pan) to bake.  The reason for this is because the tin pan is thin, so setting it on the baking sheet prevents food burning on the bottom.Delicious Chicken and fresh Vegetable Fajitas baked in the oven with green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and onion. Seasoned with a wonderful homemade fajita seasoning. Serve with your choice of condiments.

Easy Oven Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Fajitas

 

Carrie Groneman’s recipe

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Easy Pizza Pasta Bake

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A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Best Pepperoni Pasta Bake

My family wants this Easy Pizza Pasta Bake in our regular meal rotation and I like to include it because it’s so simple.

The flavors come together in a really complex way to showcase this dish that is not just ‘a casserole’ but a WOW, what’s in that AMAZING pasta!?!

It’s a family friendly meal that’s a perfect choice to take to a friend or neighbor in need.  You can read more about that  in What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat

I hope you make this Easy Pizza Pasta Bake tonight and let us know how you enjoyed it.

Easy Pizza Pasta Bake

Ingredients:

16 oz. Rotini pasta cooked (I really like Barilla pasta)

2 Tbl.  oil of your choice; choose one that has a very mild flavor, or no taste at all

2 – 23.9 oz. jars of your favorite pasta sauce  – I used Prego Italian Sausage & Garlic for this recipe

1/2 cup water – divided between the two bottles to rinse the rest of the sauce out of the bottle

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

3 teaspoons oregano,  leaf (not ground)

6 oz. can whole olives, sliced (hold out 1/8 cup for the top)

3 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese (divided)

4-6 oz. pepperoni, quartered (except hold out approximately 20 whole pepperoni for the top)

1/2 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Coat your 9″ x 13″ baking dish with spray release.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil; following instruction on the package,A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.Cook the pasta to al dent. Meaning it still has a little ‘bite’ to it, and is not mushy or cooked quite all the way through.

When the pasta is cooked to al dente, drain in a colander, rinse and pour the 2 Tablespoons oil of your choice over pasta, gently mix it over all of the pasta with your hand or a spatula to coat it all evenly.  Allow the coated pasta to sit in the colander while you prepare the sauce.A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Rinse out the pan and put it back on the stove.

Into the pan, pour in:

2 jars of pasta sauce

In each bottle of pasta sauce pour 1/4 cup of water and shake well to get all of the pasta sauce rinsed out. Pour this into the pan with the pasta sauce.

Add in the balsamic vinegar, Oregano, sliced olives (reserving about 1/8 cup for the top), fresh Parmesan cheese, TWO cups of the mozzarella cheese, and the quartered pepperoni (holding out approximately 20 whole pepperoni for the top)

Bring to a simmer and cook on low for 2 minutes.

Add in the pasta and stir GENTLY.A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Pour this mixture into your prepared baking pan.A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Top with the rest of Mozzerella cheese – 1 cup. 

The reserved whole pepperoni and the 1/4 cup sliced olives.A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly all through.A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Best Pepperoni Pasta Bake

Serve hot.

A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Best Pepperoni Pasta Bake

Carrie Groneman’s recipe

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.