Plan Ahead for an Unforgettable Holiday Party with Family Size Meals from Nestle

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chorizo mac and cheese
I can’t believe that November is already here and as I gear to start some serious holiday celebrations and even some fun holiday shopping, I mean who is not looking forward to Black Friday?; my days just keep getting busier and busier. I need to be prepared for any last minute visitors, or those that let me know that they are coming with enough time but then I’m so busy running around I remember at the last minute. Yes, this happens to me a lot! This year I have decided to reduce my holiday stress and enjoy every moment I spend with family and friends so I want to make things easier for myself by spending less time in the kitchen. So on my last trip to Walmart I stocked up on lots of family size, party ready food that I can store in my freezer and just heat up when I am entertaining.

chorizo macarroni and cheese

So when my in laws and my husband’s aunt came over the other day to wish me an early happy birthday, I was ready and all I had to do was get the food out of the freezer and give it a bit of a personal touch. I started off with a box of Stouffer’s party size Lasagna and Stouffer’s party size Macaroni and Cheese. The lasagna I transferred into a casserole dish before baking and everyone thought I had made it before and just had it in the freezer. I added some red spanish chorizo to the mac & cheese and made delicious baked chorizo mac & cheese. Everyone loved it and my husband who does not eat mac & cheese even had a second helping.

 

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chorizo mac and cheese
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Chorizo Mac & Cheese
Author: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz
Ingredients
  • 1 box of Stouffer's Macaroni and Cheese
  • 3 red chorizos
  • 1/4 shredded cheese I used Mexican blend or taco blend
  • 1/2 Cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paparika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp Butter melted
Instructions
  1. Bake the mac & cheese according to the package instructions.
  2. While mac & cheese is baking remove casing from chorizos, cut into 1 inch pieces and place them in a food processor.
  3. Pulse 2 or 3 times until chorizo is finely chopped.
  4. Mix mac & cheese with chorizo and transfer into a casserole dish.
  5. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the mac & cheese.
  6. Spread the breadcrumbs on top of the cheese.
  7. Drizzle the melted butter over the top.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes until it lightly browns on the top and the edges start to bubble a bit.
Recipe Notes
For a milder version leave out the chili.

While the lasagna and mac & cheese where in the oven I got out a Digiorno Rising Crust Pepperoni Pizza from the freezer for the kids. I decided to make the pizza more festive and the kids helped me turn it into a beautiful “turkey pizza”, perfect for Thanksgiving.

peppermint cocktail holiday cocktail

The kids had so much fun making it and not only did it look and taste great but it was also healthier since we added some veggies. To make the pizza all you need to add is some sliced red and orange sweet bell peppers, black olives for the turkey’s eyes, a slice of salami for the turkey’s body and yellow bell pepper to make the beak and the feet. I used the pepperoni that was already on the pizza and added about 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella to make it cheesier.

pizza turkey turkey pizza Thanksgiving black fridayNothing makes a party more festive than adding some cheerful holiday flavors so for dessert I pulled out Edy’s Slow Churned A Very Merry Eggnog ice cream and Edy’s Slow Churned Peppermint Wonderland ice cream. These are both limited edition ice creams and I love that they have half the fat of regular ice cream and only 100 calories per serving, yes just 100 calories.

Peppermint Milk Shake

I used the Peppermint Wonderland ice cream to make a delicious peppermint milk shake. I just added some almond milk to make this healthier and crushed ice and put everything in the blender. To serve this I covered the rim of the glasses in crushed candy cane, for this I used some melted white chocolate which I had on hand from some white chocolate strawberries I made recently. You just dip the rims of the glasses in the melted chocolate and then dip in the crushed candy canes. I topped it with some whipped cream, yes from a can, sprinkled some red sugar crystals on the whipped cream and garnished with a candy cane and some fresh peppermint from my garden. I also made a peppermint holiday cocktail and shared the recipe on a separate post HERE. Needless to say both the milk shake and the peppermint cocktail where a total hit and the only mistake I made was buying only one Peppermint Wonderland ice cream as I ran out of it and everyone was left wanting more.

Peppermint milk shake holiday drinkSince the lasagna takes a while to heat up I put this in as soon as my guests arrived and while it was in the oven I whipped up some eggnog flan. Although I have made eggnog flan from scratch before, and I will be posting the recipe for it soon this time I took a bit of a short cut. I grabbed a box of flan mix and made it according to the directions on the box but substituted half of the milk for Edy’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream Limited Edition A Very Merry Eggnog.

egg nog flan holiday dessert

The result was a rich and firm flan with a light eggnog flavor that did not overpower the flan at all. These where delicious and so easy to make and they where set and ready to serve by the time the lasagna was done (about an hour and a half).

This pre birthday get together was a complete success and everything I did came out of the freezer but by giving it a bit of a personal touch and getting creative my guests where wowed and I did not spend all day in the kitchen. For this party I bought Stouffers’s party size Macaroni and Cheese, Stouffer’s party size Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Digiorno Pepperoni Rising Crust Pizza, Edy’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream A Very Merry Eggnog and Edy’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream Peppermint Wonderland.

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I set the table up with fall colors, threw some fall leaves here and there, made a salad and garnished the flan using some fresh cranberries and peppermint leaves and everything looked really nice. No one would have ever thought that all this food came from the freezer aisle of Walmart! You can visit www.meals.com for some more great ideas, like Nestle on Facebook and follow @Nestle on twitter for great recipes and to learn about specials, offers and coupons.

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You can check out some of my other holiday recipes on my Pinterest board below. I’m sure you will find something you like!

51 thoughts on “Plan Ahead for an Unforgettable Holiday Party with Family Size Meals from Nestle

  1. Paula, this is absolutely incredible! I LOVE the turkey pizza–adorable and so fun for a post-black friday shopping trip when you are too tired to spend a lot of time cooking! Amazing. #client

  2. Tremenda fiesta.
    Mi favorito ha sido el mac & cheese con chorizo. Ah, y el coctel tambié se ve como para caerle ahora mismo. Y la pizza-pavo chulísima. Ya veo que valió la pena tu fin de semana cocinando.
    Saludos.

  3. This post was pinned and my awe for you just keep a growin’ !! Preciosa these recipes- to quote our good friend Farah- Brutal!! Sorry you had to cook for YOUR bday celebration, but glad for us that you shared! BB2u

  4. Seriously, you made me drool. LOL! It is funny because I was going to make some mini-mac n cheese today for the kids, but made some choco cupcakes instead. And my dear, I want to have some of the turkey pizza. Thanks for the idea. I would love to make it. 🙂 This time of year makes me so sad and lonely because I am missing my family back home and the celebration we used to have back when grandma and grandpa were still alive. It was fun, lots of chitchats, laughter, food, kids running around, and just fun times with the family. Christmas and new Year is always a big thing for us Filipinos since we don’t celebrate thanksgiving in the Philippines. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  5. Looks like you made a nice feast there. I’m not a fan of pre-packaged foods, but I could certainly make some things from scratch. I might have to pull out my ice cream maker and give that peppermint milkshake a go!

  6. These are great recipes! Sometimes the holidays gets so hectic that before you know it it is dinner time and you are wondering what to make. My Sons will LOVE those mac and cheese dishes.

  7. I love the stouffers Lasagna. It has no preservatives!!! Your chorizo twist on Mac and Cheese looks incredible, too! I don’t think anyone in my family would be willing to try it, though, so maybe I will be one of those unexpected guests at your house!

  8. I love this post! ahhhh that Turkey Pizza!!!! I’m sooooo gonna do that!! I’ve never met someone who didn’t eat Mac and Cheese~but, you fixed that didn’t you? 😉 Yum! Great recipes and ideas xx.

  9. The chorizo mac and cheese looks amazing. I definitely need to try that sometime. The peppermint milk shake looks really good too. I would add a little bit of chocolate to it and have a chocopeppermint milkshake. Yum! Stopping by from Social Fabric 🙂

  10. Paula
    Grandes recetas! This is my attempt at Español! I’m still learning. But anyway, really, great recipes! I especially like the Chorizo Mac & Cheese! I’m hungry now (LOL)! Great post, thanks for sharing!

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