When Halloween night rolls around, it always seems to land on a busy night for our family. It is tough enough getting a quick and healthy meal on the table before the candy-centric madness begins, forget about making it a little bit fun… I like my kiddos to fill up on healthy food before we head out, but I also want to be able to help them with their costumes or with face painting so several years ago I started making a freezer dinner specifically with Halloween night in mind. Here is this year’s rendition:
~Halloween Freezer Menu 2012~
You can use purchased gluten free dairy free 13″ pizza crusts to make the pizza, or use the ingredients on the printable freezer recipe card to make homemade pizza crusts. For the cookies, I am making one of our favorite cookies, but jsut dressing them up a bit with melted chocolate to keep with the theme. In the pic above I simply drew a face on the photo of my cookies with the computer, however, I have done the same chocolate drawing technique for other themes and it works GREAT so I am using it here. I decided against making a grocery list for this menu. Just because you may want to make 3 pizzas, it doesn’t mean you would also want to make a triple batch of cookies, right? So, as there are only 2 freezer recipe cards, decide how much you would like to make of each recipe and only purchase the amount needed for your different batch sizes in the column indicated on the recipe card. I hope that makes sense. Please leave a comment if you have any questions. :)
On Saturday I’ll be having my kids help pull together our meal of Black Bean & Veggie Pizza and Pumpkin Cookies decorated as jack o’lanterns with dairy free chocolate. Both recipes freeze really well, so they are perfect to make ahead. Woo-hoo! On Halloween night I’ll also be serving a variety of fresh vegetables with dairy free Ranch Dip. The veggies can be chopped a couple of day’s ahead and the dip can also be whipped up a few days ahead. Wrap both well and refrigerate until serving. While the pizza is baking I am planning on assembling the veggies in one of two ways that I think would be really fun… First up is this fun veggie skeleton from Operation Santa. How cute is that?
If I am in too much of a rush, I’ll just pile the veggies on a platter with the dip in a bowl. HOWEVER, even if I am zipping round, I will have time to pull together this second Halloween look from Family Spice. SO easy! What a great idea!
I hope this helps make dinner time a little bit fun and easier on Halloween night! Have fun! BOO!