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

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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.


4.9 from 15 reviews
Chorizo Mac & Cheese
  • 1 box of Stouffer's Macaroni and Cheese
  • 3 red chorizos
  • ¼ shredded cheese (I used Mexican blend or taco blend)
  • ½ Cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paparika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp Butter, melted
  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.
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 friday Nothing 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 drink Since 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.


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.

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

About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages.

Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting .

When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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  1. sofia - American Vida

    What a cool idea the turkey pizza! Looks awesome =) And the milkshake uff yum!
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  2. dailycurlz

    Love all the ideas
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  3. lanie craig

    I love flan it is my favorite dessert and this looks so good tom me.great review now I am hungry!
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  4. Cristina

    Todoooooo me encanta! Qué ideas más buenas para celebrar estas fiestas.
    No te faltó nada para festejar, maravilloso todo, Paula.
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  5. Kelli Avery

    OMG!! That turkey pizza is ADORABLE!! I want to make something similar for Thanksgiving this year. lol So cute. Thanks for sharing!
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  6. Sofia

    You had me at chorizo!! I want that Mac N Cheese right about now!! 😀 oh, yumms!

  7. Sarah Bailey

    Gosh you have me hungry for Mac and cheese now that looks so good! x
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  8. Kim Harris

    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

    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Thanks Kim! The kids loved to help out making the turkey and it was so easy to make, now they want to have “turkey” pizza every day. 🙂

  9. Adriana- Hogar-Mujer

    Me encantaron todas las ideas, quede impactada con tanta cosa rica y ademas la presentacion que les diste, la pizza turkey, etc. Quedo espectacular, gracias!
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  10. Nova S

    I like the awesome idea, that mac and cheese is great too, a good appetizer to make.
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  11. Tingting R.

    These goodies look good! I like the pizza idea…turkey pizza. Cool!
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  12. Veronica Cervera

    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.
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  13. Jennifer Williams

    Those are such cute ideas, love the pizza. Mac and Cheese is always a hit in our house.
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  14. Reina - Soy Mamá en Casa Blog

    Que ricas ideas, me gustan toditas, las fotos estan bellas ! gracias Paula muy lindo todo
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  15. Teresa Garza

    Wow.. me encantaron todas las ideas.. Pero mi favorita es la Pizza con forma de Pavo.. Super linda.
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  16. Natalia

    Todas las recetas me han encantado! En especial la de chorizo.
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  17. Maria

    I AM LOVING this post!! The turkey pizza is amazing!!

  18. Bohemian Babushka

    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
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Gracias amiga, it was just a prebday celebration the real celebration I will be spending in a hotel where someone else is doing the cooking and cleaning. 😉

  19. Lennie

    I love all the ideas. Specially the turkey pizza. Great pictures!!
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  20. Melinda Dunne

    Great ideas you have on this! I love the turkey pizza my grandkids would really get a kick out of that.
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  21. Chubskulit Rose

    Oh, I love how you decorate the pizza, that is so creative.
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  22. Adin B

    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!

  23. S. Yissele

    OMG! Que delicia todo, lei todo y no sabes el hambre que me diste!! Tengo que preparar todo! Yummy! Muchas gracias por mostrarnos tan buenas opciones! Saludos!

    ¡FELIZ DÍA!ॐ
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  24. Ronnie

    Whoah! These look amazing. Love the pizza turkey, but the small bowls of mac & cheese were the winners for me. They look delish!

  25. Rita Von

    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!
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  26. Jenn

    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.
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  27. Lexie Lane

    I’ve been looking for a new mac and cheese recipe. These are all so beautiful and absolutely good enough to pin! Lovely pics!

  28. Kathy @ CountingToTen

    Paula…you are one SERIOUS cook! Holy cow! LOVE the mac and cheese recipe…Now I’m going to have to google a “chorizo”….what the heck is that?

  29. Jayne Townsley

    Wow! What a seriously good looking food spread!
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  30. Amberlee Cave

    That all looks so amazing! I need to figure out how to make my food look cool like that! lol Thanks for sharing!
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  31. Rosanna Mignone

    Hi Paula Me cai de espaldas cuando vi el peppermint milkshakes Luce delicioso and I can’t wait to do it . I am sure my son will love it to. Thanks for sharing

  32. Jenn

    All of these look fantastic! The milk shake is seriously making me crave one!
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  33. Jennifer Williams

    Everything looks delicious, but I have to try that shake. It is perfect for this time of year.
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  34. Elizabeth

    The peppermint shake looks really tasty. Sounds like you went all out for your guests. I am sure the kids loved the pizza.
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  35. Michelle G.

    Great ideas!!! These are some scrumptious looking recipes! Thanks for sharing!
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  36. Diana Rodriguez - Entre Compras y El Hogar

    Excelentes ideas!!
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  37. Loreina

    Those all look so delicious! We’ll have to try the turkey pizza soon! Thanks for sharing!
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  38. katherine

    That peppermint shake is amazing!
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  39. Debi

    I love the turkey pizza. I have to make it for the kids.
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  40. Natalie

    These look like a lot of fun! That pizza looks awesome, except the hubby & kids dont like peppers..

  41. Shanna

    All those look amazing! Can you come cook for me? 🙂
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  42. Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks)

    This looks AWESOME! The turkey is so creative and I want that shake! #client
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  43. Denise Davis

    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!
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  44. Tiffany

    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.

  45. Christine

    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 🙂
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  46. Donna

    Everything looks great, but the turkey pizza is AWEsome!

  47. Funular

    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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