Nestle Family Virtual Halloween Party: Carving Out Time for Dinner

When I was little, when we got home from school on Halloween Day, only a few things were on my mind: costume, candy, makeup, candy, friends and well, CANDY. Fortunately, my Mom usually made us sit down before the craziness began in order to get some real food in our bellies before we were set loose on the treats.

Commanding my kids’ attention before trick or treating begins has proven to be quite the challenge. But, the importance of a healthy dinner before indulging in the sweets cannot be overlooked! This year, I plan on trying these “Mummy Dogs” in an effort to make dinner just as appealing as dessert (recipe from!  All you need is a can of pre-made biscuits, turkey hot dogs or veggie dogs, and cheese sauce (a vegan cheese sauce recipe can be found here).  Simply roll out the biscuit dough, lay a hot dog on the dough, spread on some cheese sauce and wrap up your “mummy.”  Bake according to the package directions and don’t forget to leave room to decorate the face (yellow mustard works well!).  Looking for a more adult alternative?  Try this Pumkpin Chili Mexicana made with Libby’s Pumpkin!


Do you need help carving out time for a family dinner this Halloween?  Nestle Family has generously offered one reader free coupons for two, family-sized Stouffer’s meals, Todd Parr’s “Let’s Fix Dinner” book, and a dinner conversation kit for the family.

How to enter:

1. Tell me your favorite fast and easy meal to make for your family!

Additional entries

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Stouffer’s on Facebook.

5. Place my button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on October 28th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. I received a stipend from Nestle Family for my time in generating five posts for this blog tour.


  1. I like to make a cold pasta salad when I need something fast. I can add many different thing and my whole family loves it.

  2. I subscribe to your blog.

  3. Spaghetti and meat sauce is fast and easy.

  4. susan lee wiener says:

    My fast ‘n easy meal is the one my hubby makes. J/K. I like making omelettes.


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  9. Elaine Lund says:

    A fast and easy meal for me to make would be pasta with sauce.

  10. Elaine Lund says:

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  12. Pasta with meatballs is the fastest and easiest meal. Paninis are good too!

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  15. Tracie Trump says:

    My fav go to meal is chicken and rice!

  16. Tamara B. says:

    Tacos,or chicken strips for on the go meal.

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  19. italian beef in the crockpot is fast and easy

  20. I think Spaghetti is fast, easy, and yummy!

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  22. My fast and easy meal is spaghetti with meat sauce. If I am in a real hurry…it’s hot dogs and beans! Thanks!
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  24. Stephanie V. says:

    personalized pizzas on tortillas
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  25. Tacos is my favorite fast and easy meal

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  28. joanne major says:

    grilled cheese and soup is my in a hurry meal

  29. joanne major says:

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  30. My favorite is Roast from a crock pot.

  31. My fast and easy meal is calling Papa John’s. Super easy and fast delivery.

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  33. Cheese quesadillas with a salad. Easy and inexpensive.

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  36. When I need something quick, I usually turn to gnocchi with crab in an oil and butter sauce, topped with parmesian cheese.

  37. I usually make a stir fry.

  38. I am a email subscriber.

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  41. Tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh fruit.

  42. Christina says:

    Just about anything in the crock pot is a quick meal around here…. whole roasted chicken, bbq pulled pork and korean ribs are favorites.

  43. Christina says:

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  46. Christina says:
  47. Spaghetti and meatballs. I stick pre-made meatballs and a jar of spaghetti sauce in the crockpot in the morning. It only takes minutes to cook the noodles when I get home and serve with a bagged lettuce salad.

  48. they both like tacos
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  51. beth shepherd says:

    Spaghetti for sure
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  52. beth shepherd says:

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  54. quesadillas – tortillas and melted cheese

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  56. I can make a really quick stove-top macaroni and cheese just as good as the baked version. I just add in a little Velveeta into the milk and butter mixture before adding the cheddar cheese. The Velveeta keeps the cheddar cheese from separating.

  57. Courtney S says:

    I love to make chef salads for a quick and yummy meal!

  58. Whole wheat pasta with a sauce o some sort.

  59. Our favorite fast and easy is chicken breasts and veggies – all can go in the microwave and it’s quick and healthy!

  60. I like to throw together tacos – easy, quick and good for you!

  61. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    We make Chili Mac. It’s chili mixed with maccaroni & cheese. 🙂

  62. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    Our favorite fast and easy meal is baked ziti w/ garlic bread!

  63. Jennifer M says:

    Pasta bolognese using ground turkey. I can tomatoes all summer so this is fast and simple to make.

  64. Kathlean Owens says:

    Spagetti is our favorite and fastest meal to make!

  65. Nicole Greene says:

    My fast and easy dinner is Stouffer’s Lasagna—we LOVE it in this house 🙂

  66. Nicole Greene says:

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  67. Nicole Greene says:

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  68. Nicole Greene says:

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  69. Richard T. says:

    We sometimes do chicken and rice in the microwave. Ready in 10 minutes.

  70. We do curried chicken and tomatoes – easy and delicious.

  71. Our favorite is Macaroni & Cheese.

  72. Mellissa C says:

    I like to make Chicken Ala king.

  73. Mellissa C says:

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  74. Mac and cheese is our favorite quick meal.

  75. Grilled Cheese sandwiches and tomatoes soup.

  76. I make grilled cheese sandwiches and canned tomato soup when I’m in a hurry. I have never heard a complaint!
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  77. I’m an email subscriber.
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  78. Theron Willis says:

    Clam chowder fresh from the can. A very quick meal, as all you have to do is heat and serve.

  79. Quesadillas are our quick go to meal. We use whatever leftovers we have in the fridge. Yum!

  80. I subscribe.

  81. And I’m a FB fan of both. Thanks!

  82. april yedinak says:

    I am terrible, because on nights when I need a fast dinner we have scrambled eggs and toast.

  83. april yedinak says:

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  85. Cathy Truman says:

    We like to have Taco’s and spanish rice.

  86. Debbie Bellows says:

    fave easy meal is spaghetti or tacos

  87. Debbie Bellows says:

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  88. Debbie Bellows says:

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  89. Debbie Bellows says:

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  90. My favorite fast and easy meal to make is pasta with a side salad 🙂

  91. we love to make tacos here~:)

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  93. I like both on facebook M Pineda

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  95. roast chicken

  96. Linda Lansford says:

    fast and easy is hamgurgers

  97. Vickie Couturier says:

    I Love to put a porkroast in the crockpot with bbq sauce an leave it on low all day an its ready when we are!


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  112. My fave fast and easy meal to fix is Quesadilla Casserole

  113. follow you @wildorchids09 and tweeted!/WildOrchids09/status/28536318640

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  116. Our best fast and easy meal is tacos

  117. I subscribe to your blog via e-mail

  118. I like both on facebook (Jessica Miller)

  119. We make spaghetti, thawed frozen meatballs (microwave) and tomato sauce.

  120. I love to make make spaghetti

  121. Quesadillas they are fast and everyone can have exactly what they want.

  122. email subsciber

  123. Debbie Bellows says:
  124. Pita pizzas, couldnt be any quicker slice a pita pocket in half (across to create two pizza pis shapes) top with your favorites and bake for about 10 minutes!

  125. Janna Johnson says:

    salmon and rice~!
    Awesome contest! Thanks for entering me!
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  126. My favorite fast and easy meal is bbq crock-pot chicken!

  127. I am a facebook fan of you and stouffers!

  128. Tammy Darling says:

    Burgers and Fries!

  129. Debbie Bellows says:
  130. Favorite quick dinner is boneless pork chops. Marinate them in the morning before leaving the house, doesn’t take long, and then they taste delicious at night! Takes about 10-15 minutes for them to cook in a pan, add some Betty Crocker garlic mashed potatoes and a can of corn and from start to finish it’s less than a half hour.

  131. I subscribed to your blog 🙂

  132. I am fan of the Not So Blog and Stouffer’s on Facebook

  133. Tacos!!!

  134. I like to make tacos when we’re in a hurry. The meat cooks in no time.

  135. I subscribe to your blog.

  136. My family’s favorite fast and easy meal is a rolled up flour taco shell filled with white chicken slices, shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and Miracle Whip.

  137. Email subscriber.

  138. Fan the Not-So-Blog and Stouffer’s on Facebook. Karen Raider

  139. Debbie Bellows says:
  140. tina page says:

    I like to make a quick quiche with frozen pie crust, 4 eggs and a can of cream of chicken soup. It’s easy, yummy, and looks impressive. Simply serve with a bagged salad for those nights you are in a hurry…..

  141. I love good old Mac n Cheese my way! I add a can of cream of mushroom soup and some ground sausage! Yum!

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  142. I’m an email subscriber, coriwestphal at msn dot com.

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  146. Tonya Dean says:

    Pizza, just take it out of the wrapper and slide it in the oven. So easy.


  147. Jill Myrick says:

    One of my families favorite meals that is easy for me is Spaghetti.


  148. Jill Myrick says:

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  149. Jill Myrick says:

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  150. Hamburger steaks and mashed potatoes with crescent rolls. It’s easy because you just put hamburger patties in a skillet with a jar of brown gravy, your choice of brand, and simmer for about 45 minutes. Heat a container of mashed potatoes, again, your brand choice, but I like Bob Evans best. Bake the crescent rolls. Done.

  151. katklaw777 says:

    I’d say my fav go to meal would have to be omelets.
    I make them at least once a week and it helps me clean out the fridge.
    The kids get a kick out of choosing their ingredients(leftovers) add some whole grain toast and fruit and dinners complete.

  152. katklaw777 says:

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  153. Debbie Bellows says:
  154. sounds delicious

  155. omelet with veggy

  156. a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Stouffer’s on Facebook (gala ya)

  157. Melissa B. says:

    Spaghetti with green beans and garlic bread is the easiest for me.

  158. Chicken cooked in rotel over rice. Simple, easy and quick – you can’t screw it up.

  159. My fast and easy recipe is Spaghetti. I always have a jar of sauce and a box of noodles in the pantry.

  160. I subscribe.

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  162. Ed Nemmers says:

    Caesar Salad with Chicken Breast!

  163. fast and easy: mashed potatoes, sausages and Sauerkraut

  164. I like you both on facebook (Louis Here)

  165. following you on twitter @left_the_stars!/left_the_stars/status/28935111579

  166. Hamburger and tater tots — easy comfy food!

  167. My favorite fast and easy meal to make for my family is inside out chicken pot pie.

  168. Jessica A says:

    Grilled Cheese and tomato soup

  169. I love to make breakfast at dinnertime. It’s inexpensive, easy, and doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare.

  170. Spaghetti and salad–I always have the ‘fixings’ in the pantry/refrigerator, and it takes virtually no time at all.

  171. baked pasta

  172. I think taco night is so easy suelee1998 @

  173. Diane Baum says:

    Fave and easiest is Tuna noodle casserole-Just boil my noodles and mix the rest of the ingredients togegter and bake for 30 minutes!

  174. grilled cheese and soup is pretty fast and easy

  175. Amy Delong says:

    tacos is fast and easy

  176. Amy Delong says:


  177. The easiest meal to make is tomato-alfredo linguine…all you do is boil the water, cook the 2lbs of pasta, and add a can of spaghetti sauce and alfredo sauce to it and tada!

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  181. I am FB fans of you both as Tofu Fairy.

  182. Susan Smith says:

    Spaghetti and meatballs is a family favorite

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  185. Kerrie Mayans says:

    My fast easy get it on the table quick meal is red beans and rice.

  186. Homemade pizzas are fast, fun, and delicious.

  187. I subscribe.

  188. Mac and Cheese and Hot dogs!

  189. I am a big cheater…LOL…fast and easy = frozen pizza but we love it!

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  193. Beverly Whipple says:

    Ooohhh… tuna on toast and mac and cheese!!! yum… yum

  194. taylorbagels says:

    tuna noodle casserole

  195. taylorbagels says:

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  196. Chrystal J. says:

    My favorite fast and easy meal is veggie pizza.

  197. Nicole Greene says:
  198. Michelle Tucker says:

    We love chicken tenders in the house. Hubby whips them up in about 12 minutes. They are awesome, better than any others I’ve ever tried.
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  199. Michelle Tucker says:

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  200. Michelle Tucker says:

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  201. Pasta and pesto!

  202. Mac & cheese or grilled cheese sandwiches.

  203. Stouffers lasagna, green salad and french bread is our go to meal
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  205. Debbie Bellows says:
  206. My favorite quick and easy meal is no peek chicken! Thanks.

  207. It’s usually homemade pizza or quesadillas.

  208. Subscribed via google reader. Thanks.

  209. ShellieAndBrutus says:

    I love to cook the Stouffer’s meatloaf and add veggies , applesauce and mashed potatoes.

  210. ShellieAndBrutus says:

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  211. ShellieAndBrutus says:

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  212. pasta

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  214. Thanks for the giveaway…our family’s favorite fast/easy meal is spaghetti & meatballs; we keep a supply of frozen homemade meatballs at the ready !

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  218. Charlene Kuser says:

    My favorite fast and easy meal is Chili

  219. Charlene Kuser says:

    I am a subscriber to your blog

  220. Charlene Kuser says:

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  221. Spaghetti & cheesy garlic bread.