Halloween looks a lot different this year. Whether you’re skipping trick-or-treating for a spooky movie marathon, hosting candy corn bingo night or putting all your faith in a socially distanced candy slide, here are seven kid-friendly dinners that’ll keep your family in the spirit all week long.
2 medium sweet potatoes
10 garlic cloves
1½ pounds Brussels sprouts
1 large red onion
1⅓ pounds parsnips
2 medium potatoes
1 cooking apple
5 ounces arugula
8 ounces pearl or cippolini onions
1 quart cremini mushrooms
3 cups pumpkin, fresh or canned
4 small acorn squash
1 sweet onion
3 bunches thyme
2 bunches rosemary
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch sage
2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
3 ounces prosciutto
5 slices bacon
3 pounds beef chuck
15 ounces whole milk ricotta
2 sticks butter
5 ounces shaved Manchego or Parmesan
Crème fraîche (optional, for serving)
2 ounces crumbled blue cheese
8 ounces shredded white cheddar cheese
4 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2½ pints whole milk
1 pint heavy cream
2 ounces grated Parmesan
1 pound short pasta
Canned and Packaged Goods
Dry white wine
One 32-ounce carton chicken stock
One 15-ounce can pumpkin purée
16 ounces beef broth
One 6-ounce can tomato paste
Mashed potatoes, to serve
Pantry Ingredients: all-purpose flour, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, freshly-ground black pepper, nonstick cooking spray, extra-virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard, honey, balsamic vinegar, bay leaf, ground nutmeg, panko breadcrumbs
Monday: Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Herbed White Wine Sauce
Five-ingredient homemade pasta and a nine-minute sauce? Sign us up.
Tuesday: Honey Mustard Sheet-Pan Chicken with Brussels Sprouts
Your trusty baking sheet ensures irresistible, crackly chicken skin.
Wednesday: Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup
Tart apples, like Bramleys or Granny Smiths, will balance the parsnips’ subtle sweetness like a charm.
Thursday: Pumpkin Pizza Crust with Arugula and Prosciutto
Picky kids? No worries. You can totally make a white pizza on this crust or stick to traditional tomato sauce and mozzarella.
Friday: Macaroni and Cheese in Acorn Squash Bowls
Color your dinner guests impressed.
Saturday: Cheater’s Slow-Cooker Beef Bourguignon
They’ll need a hearty dinner before they hit the streets in costume.
Sunday: Pumpkin Polenta
Trust us: You’ll want to bookmark this recipe for Thanksgiving.