A savory and nutritious casserole anchors a make-ahead menu to please the whole family.
Trick or treating—it’s that time again. As the kids have probably driven you crazy assembling their outfits, we’ve taken care of dinner. Here’s an easy menu, featuring an tasty, nutritious casserole adapted from Lauren Bank Deen’s cookbook Kitchen Playdates (Chronicle 2007).
Deen knows a thing or two about feeding kids—she has two. She also was the first sous chef at the Food Network and producer for Martha Stewart Living Television.
A handful of peanutty snack mix will keep appetites at bay before the evening starts. And while the kids are busy dressing up and heading out the door to trick or treat, pop the make-ahead casserole in the oven and set out the salad and cookies. When they return, you’ll get rave reviews for your own brand of wizardry.
Heart-healthy monounsaturated fats from the peanuts and peanut butter, and fiber in the cereal make this a nutritious alternative to chips.
The sweetness of butternut squash and the savoriness of sausage combines in a casserole kids will love.
A thin crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside cookie.