Here in the midwest, the air is crisp and the leaves have begun their colorful show and dance to the ground. Halloween is often the last chance for some outdoor family fun before the winter chill settles in, so we’re always looking for new ways to make the holiday more memorable and fun-filled than the year before. With kids and adults alike sporting their favorite costumes, everyone is bound to be in high spirits and happily swapping treats. But before that inevitable sugar rush hits, it’s important to nourish yourselves with something that keeps everyone’s energy levels up while you roam the neighborhood in search of that elusive king-sized candy bar. A hearty make-ahead meal like the ones we’ve shared below will help you get the party started quickly, so you and your boo crew can make the most of the spookiest night of the year!
Nothing screams fall like a piping-hot bowl of chili. Better yet, you can prep this slow cooker meal ahead of time so that it is ready right when you need it. Serve it up with fun toppings, like tortilla chips and guacamole, and you’ll be sure to send everyone out feeling warm and nourished.
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Can we say Mmm..mmm…mmm? Prep these bad boys the night before and you’ll be able to jump right into costume prep while they heat up in the oven. A few slices of avocado on top along with a sprinkle of cilantro, and all that’s left to do is dig in!
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Are you sensing a theme here? Warm? Check! Comforting? Check! Ready ahead of time? Check! Slow Cooker Beef Stew combines everything you need (including a much needed dose of veggies) to get Halloween started on time, and on a healthy note, too.
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