10 Frozen Pizzas to Always Leave on Grocery Store Shelves

Article by Jennifer Maldonado  for EatThis,NotThat.com

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10 Frozen Pizzas to Always Leave on Grocery Store Shelves

Sometimes, all you really need is a frozen pizza to hit the spot. It’s ready in minutes and you don’t have to worry about going out to pick it up or wait for the delivery person to arrive. Plus, you don’t have to spend too much time in the kitchen like you would if you made it from scratch. But not every frozen pizza is the same. And some are worse for you than others.

So which is the worst frozen pizza out there? Well, we rounded up the 10 unhealthiest frozen pizzas you’ll find in the freezer aisle. That way, you know which pie to just skip when you’re looking for the perfect addition to your Friday night hangout in your living room.

1. Stouffer’s Three Meat French Bread Pizza

Per pizza: 460 calories, 25 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,070 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (3 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 18 g protein

These French-bread based mini pies are topped with sausage, pepperoni, and bacon, creating a small pizza that has more sodium than 12 McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets. Yikes.

2. DiGiorno Croissant Crust Three Meat

Per pizza: 2,050 calories, 110 g fat (50 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 4,200 mg sodium, 180 g carbs (10 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 85 g protein

DiGiorno took things up a notch with the introduction of its croissant crust. While it might make for a lighter, flakier pie, it’s still high in calories and sodium.

3. Red Baron Thin and Crispy Pepperoni Pizza

Per pizza: 1,170 calories, 60 g fat (30 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 3,030 mg sodium, 114 g carbs (6 g fiber, 27 g sugar), 45 g protein

Red Baron’s thin crust pies aren’t actually worse than the classic crust options. Just one slice of the Thin and Crispy Pepperoni Pizza will set you back 1,010 milligrams of sodium. The classic version? It’s still pretty scary, coming in at 810 milligrams of sodium.

4. Tombstone Original Supreme Pizza

Per 1 pizza: 1,360 calories, (28 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 3,200 mg sodium, 140 g carbs (8 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 60 g protein

The presence of peppers, olives, and onions don’t really help make things better here. This pie, which is also topped with the classic processed meats combo of sausage and pepperoni, is scary high in sodium.

5. Celeste Pizza for One, Sausage and Pepperoni

Per pizza: 400 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 900 mg sodium, 47 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 10 g protein

If you thought going for the “personal pan” option would be a safer bet, this sausage and pepperoni pizza from Celeste proves otherwise. Coming in with 900 milligrams of sodium and a very long list of ingredients that includes fattening palm oil, this one gets a skip.

6. DiGiorno Bacon Me Crazy Pizza

Per pizza: 1,640 calories, 84 g fat (40 g saturated fat), 3,680 mg sodium, 136 g carbs (8 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 80 g protein

The fat and sodium in this pie are way too high! Even if you are splitting this pie, one serving alone is packing 920 milligrams of the salty stuff.

7. Red Baron Classic Crust Four Cheese Pizza

Per 1 pizza: 1,520 calories, 68 g fat (36 g saturated fat), 2,880 mg sodium, 160 g carbs (8 g fiber, 32 g sugar), 64 g protein

You might think that since this pizza is thin crust and just topped with cheese and no meats, you would in the clear. But don’t be fooled! It’s still high in calories, fat, and sodium.

8. California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza

Per 1 pizza: 880 calories, 32 g fat (16 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 1,940 mg sodium, 101 g carbs (4 g fiber, 27 g sugar), 47 g protein

While this pizza gets some points because the chicken it’s topped with is grilled, there are still plenty of red flags. The fact that there are a few different sugars listed on the ingredients is not the best when it comes to finding a healthier pizza option.

9. Screamin’ Sicilian Brazen Buffalo

Per pizza: 1,320 calories, 60 g fat (28 g saturated fat), 5,200 mg sodium, 124 g carbs (8 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 72 g protein

This spicy Buffalo chicken pizza is simply drowning in salt. One slice sets you back 1,300 milligrams, making the whole pie clock in at more than 5,000 milligrams. Keep in mind that The American Heart Association recommends the average person have no more than 2,300 milligrams a day of sodium, moving toward an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 milligrams. 

10. Tombstone Original 4 Meat

Per pizza: 1,480 calories, 72 g fat (32 g saturated fat), 3,640 mg sodium, 140 g carbs (8 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 68 g protein

By now, it should be clear that any pizza that is topped with multiple processed meats is going to be bad news for your waistline. And that’s all this 4 Meat pie from Tombstone is—trouble!

Source: 10 Frozen Pizzas to Always Leave on Grocery Store Shelves (msn.com)

Disney’s Epcot beef bourguignon and yule log cake recipes make the perfect holiday dinner

By Terri Peters for Today©

At Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays, parkgoers can walk the World Showcase, sampling foods that are holiday staples in different countries. At each food cart, a menu of savory entrees, sweet desserts and festive beverages are presented, from a pumpkin spice margarita in the Mexico pavilion to pork schnitzel in Bavaria.

But two standout favorites among festival attendees this year are located in Disney’s Canada pavilion: A flavorful beef bourguignon and a maple yule log, both served up at the Yukon Holiday Kitchen food booth.

Disney chef Kevin Downing told TODAY Food both dishes are new to this year’s festival, but that hasn’t stopped them from being a big hit both with Disney’s chefs and park guests.

Beef Bourguignon with Crushed Red-Skinned Potatoes by EPCOT Festival Chefs

“The beef bourguignon is served over crushed red skin potatoes with a hearty gravy over top,” said Downing. “It’s a perfect dish for the days when it’s super cold outside, and a Merlot pairs perfectly with it because you get the big bold flavors of the red wine along with the nice red wine flavor you get from the beef bourguignon — it’s one of my favorite pairings.”

“And our Bûche de Noël has a maple mouse with cranberry wrapped in gingerbread chiffon,” Downing added. “Our bakery team worked really hard to make it festive and like a traditional yule log.”

Maple Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Cake) by EPCOT Festival Pastry Chefs

Disney shared the recipe for its beef bourguignon on the Disney Parks Blog, describing the decadent dish as, fork-tender beef brisket with savory flavors of bacon-infused wine sauce over crushed buttery red potatoes,” and, as someone who tried the dish at Epcot earlier this month, I’d say it nailed the description.

In fact, the entire meal I ate at Yukon Holiday Kitchen was delicious, so I asked Disney Parks to share the recipe for its Maple Bûche de Noël (or yule log) with TODAY, too.

With both recipes and a host of ingredients in tow, I spent my Sunday afternoon in the kitchen, attempting to re-create both dishes.

While my yule log wasn’t as beautiful as Disney’s and resembled something on an episode of “Nailed It,” it tasted as good as the one served at Epcot. Making a yule log, I learned, is a labor of love, with lots of ingredients and steps to check off along the way. But what delicious steps they were: I could have eaten the maple mousse filling by itself, and the gingerbread chiffon was perfectly spiced.

At Downing’s recommendation, we paired our beef bourguignon with a nice Merlot. And he was right: The pairing only heightened the rich flavors of the wine-braised stew.

A visit to Epcot may not be in your future this holiday season, but with this impressive meal from Disney Parks, you can feel festive (and full!) in the comfort of your own home.

Source: Disney’s Epcot beef bourguignon and yule log cake recipes make the perfect holiday dinner (msn.com)

The only icing recipe you need for holiday cookie decorating

By Madeline Buiano for The Daily Meal

Like building gingerbread houses, cookie decorating is a holiday right of passage. Watching your sugary, snowmen-shaped confections emerge from the oven, ready to be slathered with icing will make your tummy rumble and your mouth salivate. This recipe for royal icing is perfect for decorating your cookies with top hats, carrot noses and more.

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The best part about this royal icing is that it dries hard and quickly, allowing you to make a flurry of holiday shapes and customize them as your heart desires. Want to give Rudolph his shiny red nose? The secret is royal icing. This icing is also the ideal thing to hold together gingerbread houses and make whipped snow for them to sit on. Just beware, this icing uses raw egg whites, so it’s not ideal for babies, pregnant women or high-risk individuals.

Southerners are known for having delicious food on their tables, and the holidays are no exception. This appetizer for hominy fritters with homemade bacon thyme dipping sauce is inspired by hush puppies, which are a Southern staple.

HOMINY FRITTERS WITH BACON THYME DIPPING SAUCE

Southerners are known for having delicious food on their tables, and the holidays are no exception. This appetizer for hominy fritters with homemade bacon thyme dipping sauce is inspired by hush puppies, which are a Southern staple.

For the Hominy Fritters With Bacon Thyme Dipping Sauce recipe, click here.

To make royal icing, you’ll need just 10 minutes of free time and a few common pantry staples: like eggs, confectioners sugar, cream of tartar and vanilla extract. Want to make your holiday cookies very merry? Mix the icing with food coloring to create wonderful shades of red, green and blue, perfect for Santa’s coat and snowy scenes.

Get started by mixing the egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla on high speed until frothy. Adjust the mixer speed to low and slowly add the confectioners sugar. Return the mixer speed to high and mix the icing until it’s thick and forms glossy, high peaks.

Use royal icing to customize your cookies once they are completely cool. Be sure to cover the icing you aren’t using with plastic wrap so it doesn’t dry up. Got extra time on your hands? Don’t stop the cookie baking extravaganza there, try out more of our best Christmas cookie recipes, from sugar to peppermint swirl.

Royal Icing

Ingredients

4 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

4 pasteurized egg whites

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Food coloring, if desired

Directions

In a large metal bowl of an electric mixer, use the whisk attachment to beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla on high speed until frothy.

Adjust mixer speed to low. Slowly add confectioners sugar.

Increase speed back to high. Mix icing until thickened and there are glossy, stiff peaks.

To add food coloring, separate icing into bowls and add the desired amount of coloring to each bowl, incorporating using a rubber spatula.

While frosting cookies, cover icing you are not using with plastic wrap, as royal icing dries very quickly.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/foodnews/this-is-the-only-icing-recipe-you-need-for-holiday-cookie-decorating/ar-BB1bKdbk?ocid=msedgntp

Holiday appetizers you can make for less than $5

By Tess Rose Lampert for Cheapism ©

Slide 1 of 26: 'Tis the season of holiday get-togethers and family gatherings — even if those are much smaller this year due to the pandemic — and it's always nice to offer something to nibble on. Bite-size appetizers are a great way to keep costs down and not everything needs to be made from scratch. These easy, inexpensive ideas serve about 10 to 15 people, from meat eaters to vegetarians to vegans. Prices are rough estimates based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data and an informal survey of grocery prices.Related: 50 Great-Tasting Red Wines Under $20

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Finger Lickin’ Good

‘Tis the season of holiday get-togethers and family gatherings — even if those are much smaller this year due to the pandemic — and it’s always nice to offer something to nibble on. Bite-size appetizers are a great way to keep costs down and not everything needs to be made from scratch. These easy, inexpensive ideas serve about 10 to 15 people, from meat eaters to vegetarians to vegans. Prices are rough estimates based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data and an informal survey of grocery prices.

Slide 2 of 26: Deli ham and cheese get turned into a crowd pleasing combo with the help of store bought pizza dough. Roll out the pizza dough ($3) as thin as possible without tearing it and line it with a few thin slices of deli ham and cheese ($2). Roll up the dough with the ham and cheese inside and bake at 450 degrees until bubbly and golden brown. Once cool, slice into bite sized rounds.Related: 15 Simple, Tasty Sandwiches That Cost Less Than $1 to Make

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Ham and Cheese Wheels ($5)

Deli ham and cheese get turned into a crowd pleasing combo with the help of store bought pizza dough. Roll out the pizza dough ($3) as thin as possible without tearing it and line it with a few thin slices of deli ham and cheese ($2). Roll up the dough with the ham and cheese inside and bake at 450 degrees until bubbly and golden brown. Once cool, slice into bite sized rounds.

Slide 3 of 26: At about 20 cents per piece, frozen ravioli make a great inexpensive appetizer when fried in oil ($1) until golden brown and served hot. Because they are so rich, figure only one or two ($4 worth) for each guest.Related: The Best Fried Foods Around the World

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Fried Ravioli ($5)

At about 20 cents per piece, frozen ravioli make a great inexpensive appetizer when fried in oil ($1) until golden brown and served hot. Because they are so rich, figure only one or two ($4 worth) for each guest.

Slide 4 of 26: Frozen meatballs cost about $3 a pound and offer large portions. Simply heat them up in the sauce of your choice ($2), such as barbecue or marinara, and serve with toothpicks for a fun and tasty party dish.Related: Delicious Foods Worth Buying at Ikea — and Some to Skip

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Meatballs ($5)

Frozen meatballs cost about $3 a pound and offer large portions. Simply heat them up in the sauce of your choice ($2), such as barbecue or marinara, and serve with toothpicks for a fun and tasty party dish.

Slide 5 of 26: Frozen spinach ($1) and a light sprinkling of feta ($1) in crispy phyllo dough ($3) is a classic flavor combination. To assemble, thaw and season the spinach and combine with feta. Put a spoonful into the phyllo of any shape and bake according to the instructions on the phyllo packet.Related: With These Healthy Recipes, You Won't Miss Packaged Snacks

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Mini Spinach Pies ($5)

Frozen spinach ($1) and a light sprinkling of feta ($1) in crispy phyllo dough ($3) is a classic flavor combination. To assemble, thaw and season the spinach and combine with feta. Put a spoonful into the phyllo of any shape and bake according to the instructions on the phyllo packet.

Slide 6 of 26: Create this favorite using one package of break-and-bake croissant dough ($2) and a package of hot dogs ($3). Cut the hot dogs into bite-size pieces and wrap in a small piece of dough. Bake until the dough puffs up and starts to turn golden.Related: 25 Betty Crocker-Era Holiday Recipes That We Secretly Love

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Pigs in a Blanket ($5)

Create this favorite using one package of break-and-bake croissant dough ($2) and a package of hot dogs ($3). Cut the hot dogs into bite-size pieces and wrap in a small piece of dough. Bake until the dough puffs up and starts to turn golden.

(OK, there are about 20 more appetizers for you to look at. Just click below and you will magically find the entire 26. So, excuse me while I taste-taste some of these apps.)

Source: Holiday appetizers you can make for less than $5 (msn.com)

NO BAKE PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE BALLS

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls are a delish alternative to the traditional pies. Wow your friends & family with these holiday dessert delights!

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls are a delish alternative to the traditional pies. Wow your friends & family with these autumn dessert delights!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 C White Chocolate (either chips or broken into pieces) divided
  • 3/4 C Vanilla Wafer Crumbs (See instructions may double amount)
  • 1/2 C Pumpkin Puree
  • 6 ounces Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 C Powdered Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Take 1/2 C of the White Chocolate and melt
  2. While chocolate is melting (careful it burns easy) mix crumbs, puree, cream cheese, sugar and spices – I found it easiest to use a Food Processor but if you need to a hand mixer or blender should work
  3. Add melted white chocolate to already mixed ingredients and blend again – let it go in the processor for a while. It take about 2-3 minutes for everything to combine well for the balls.
  4. TASTE. If you need more sugar add it.
  5. Place mix into a bowl and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (can be longer but then cover)
  6. NOTE if dough is still “mushy” freeze for 15-30 minutes. You have to work fast and make the balls. I refrigerate the balls again before dipping in chocolate
  7. NOTE 2 if you don’t like the consistancy of balls at 3/4 C wafer crumbs add more wafer crumbs up to 1 1/2 C total of crumbs
  8. Place wax paper on a cookie sheet
  9. Take out chilled dough and begin making balls by rolling (about) 1 heaping spoonful at a time
  10. Melt remaining white chocolate
  11. Dip balls into white chocolate and refrigerate to set.
  12. Store in fridge and serve when chilled

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls (whoneedsacape.com)

This Is the Most Hated Thanksgiving Dessert

Slide 1 of 8: With Thanksgiving fast approaching, people around the U.S. are preparing their holiday menus, albeit for smaller crowds. While stuffing, turkey, and cranberry sauce may be staples on Thanksgiving tables across the country, there's one potentially polarizing element of the meal: the dessert. Read on to discover which common Thanksgiving treat people are most likely to avoid at your holiday celebration. And before you start preparing your holiday meal, If You Have This Common Ingredient in Your Pantry, Throw It Away Now.According to a new survey from YouGov, there's a major divide among Thanksgiving celebrants when it comes to dessert. Among the 1,055 individuals polled, 840 of whom planned to celebrate the holiday this year, 37 percent said they were planning on making their desserts from scratch, while 26 percent said they'd save themselves the hassle and opt for store-bought desserts instead. However, whether your holiday sweets are homemade or come from the freezer case at your local supermarket, there's a clear standout when it comes to the least popular Thanksgiving dessert. Read on to find out which Thanksgiving treat simply isn't worth the time it takes to make it. And before you get together for the holiday, If You're Doing This, You Won't Be Totally Safe From COVID on Thanksgiving.Read the original article on Best Life.
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Article by Sarah Crow for Bestlife

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, people around the U.S. are preparing their holiday menus, albeit for smaller crowds. While stuffing, turkey, and cranberry sauce may be staples on Thanksgiving tables across the country, there’s one potentially polarizing element of the meal: the dessert. Read on to discover which common Thanksgiving treat people are most likely to avoid at your holiday celebration.

According to a new survey from YouGov, there’s a major divide among Thanksgiving celebrants when it comes to dessert. Among the 1,055 individuals polled, 840 of whom planned to celebrate the holiday this year, 37 percent said they were planning on making their desserts from scratch, while 26 percent said they’d save themselves the hassle and opt for store-bought desserts instead. However, whether your holiday sweets are homemade or come from the freezer case at your local supermarket, there’s a clear standout when it comes to the least popular Thanksgiving dessert. Read on to find out which Thanksgiving treat simply isn’t worth the time it takes to make

7. Pumpkin pie

Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 35 percent

6. Pecan pie

Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 16 percent

5. Apple pie

Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 11 percent

4. Sweet potato pie

Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 10 percent

3. Chocolate pie

Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 6 percent

2. Cherry pie

Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 4 percent

1. Banana pudding pie

Thanksgiving diners who say it’s their favorite: 3 percent

There you have it. So I guess pumpkin pie takes the honor as the most popular holiday dessert. I can’t believe chocolate comes in at number 3 worst!

Source: This Is the Most Hated Thanksgiving Dessert, Survey Says (msn.com)

Soft Batch Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Warning: These Soft Batch Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies are for CHOCOLATE LOVERS only!!! Full of intense chocolate fudge flavor, these cookies basically melt in your mouth. So good with a glass of milk!

How to make Chocolate Fudge Cookies

  1. Preheat your oven and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients!
  3. Melt chocolate chips and the butter in the microwave. And in a separate bowl whisk the vanilla sugars and eggs. Beat in milk and vanilla. Then add melted chocolate in and combine.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Then toss in the remaining chocolate chips!
  5. Scoop 1/4 cupfuls of the batter onto the prepared baking sheet, and bake one tray at a time.
  6. Press a few extra chocolate chips on top of the warm cookies, if desired. Cool on the cookie sheet… then devour!!!
  • These cookies must – I repeat – MUST cool completely on the tray. I usually leave the room for a good hour before I even think about sneaking them off the tray.
  • Because these cookies are so chocolate heavy, I added a good pinch of salt and vanilla the the dough. Please don’t skip these two ingredients – they make it work.
  • Any chocolate chip brand will do.

Source: Soft Batch Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies – Baker by Nature

11 Air Fryer Recipes To Crisp Up Your Thanksgiving Spread

a couple of hot dogs with different toppings

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Believe me, I’m all for a classic Thanksgiving spread, but year after year, it can start to get a little, well, boring. Classic or not, nobody likes a predictable meal! That’s why this holiday season, I’ll be spicing up my spread with a few air fryer Thanksgiving recipes. It’s 2020, and in case you haven’t noticed, we air-fry everything now.

We all know the turkey can take up quite a bit of space in the oven, so why not make some sides in your air fryer and save yourself some space, time and effort? From classics like delicious delicata squash to baked potatoes, there are tons of great options that taste just as good (or even better!) when made in your very own air fryer.

Of course, there are also some wildcard options, including (drumroll please!) turkey and stuffing egg rolls and fried stuffing balls. Yes, they both taste as good as they sound, and no, it’s not embarrassing if your mouth has already started watering. I’m in the same boat.

In addition to delicious sides, I’ve included a few alternatives to the classic Thanksgiving turkey—although, as you’ll see below, you can actually air-fry that, too. If you’re cooking for a smaller crowd, skip the massive bird and opt for turkey meatballs! If you’re making use of leftover turkey on Black Friday, just wait ’til you get a load of these turkey reuben patty melts.

All right, all right—I won’t tempt you any longer. Read on for 11 Thanksgiving recipes that put your air fryer to good use.

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

No Thanksgiving meal is complete without a hearty baked potato! This year, use the air fryer for a crispy crust and tender tater inside.

Air Fryer Stuffing Balls

Why yes, I do believe that everything tastes better in fried ball form, hence my obsession with these balls of stuffing. YUM.

Air Fryer Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving turkey usually goes in the oven, but if you want to air fry yours, you can follow this recipe.

Air Fryer Everything Bagel Crescent Rolls

Why serve basic biscuits when these everything bagel crescent rolls exist???

Air Fryer Carrot Fries

Carrot fries look nice, taste great and add a pop of festive color to your Thanksgiving table. This is also a great way to revive any veggie leftovers for some Black Friday snacking.

Air Fryer Delicata Squash

Squash is a Thanksgiving essential, and you can pair these crispy slices with everything from turkey to salad.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

I cannot stress this enough: the more sweet potato options, the merrier. While I like a full potato with my meal, I’ll never say no to a handful of crispy sweet potato fries, too.

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs

If you prefer ground turkey or just aren’t cooking a big bird for your feast, try these delicious meatballs as a different way to make your turkey the star of the show—I mean, the meal.

Air Fryer Turkey & Stuffing Egg Rolls

OK, now you’ve got my attention. What could be better than combining two Thanksgiving essentials in one crispy crust? Consider these my new show-stopper.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Toasts

If you want a semi-healthy app option, throw these sweet potato toasts in your air fryer and top with garlic shrimp and spinach. Plus, the entire recipe is gluten-free.

Air Fryer Turkey Reuben Patty Melts

Another great option if A) you aren’t doing the whole big feast but still want turkey, B) you prefer ground turkey to the full bird, or C) you need some turkey leftovers inspo.  These sandwiches are IT.

Stylecaster article by Bella Gerard 

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/foodnews/11-air-fryer-recipes-to-crisp-up-your-thanksgiving-spread/ar-BB1b22RH?ocid=msedgdhp

Thanksgiving Desserts that aren’t Pies

Think Outside the Circle

Pies are great and all, but Thanksgiving can get a little overloaded with pies. Everyone’s got to have pumpkin pie, apple pie, and pecan pie, but having those same pies every year gets boring fast. To mix things up, you can use those beloved fall flavors in other types of desserts. Items like cakes, cobblers, cheesecakes, trifles, and puddings are just as good as pies, if not better. So branch out this year with some new Thanksgiving dessert recipes that will make you forget all about pie. 

(OK, here’s the thing. This article has 31 desserts to show you. I can’t cut and paste all 31, so I’ll leave you a link to the article so you can check out all 31. I will show you a few samples because they look delish.)

Slide 2 of 31: It's lovely to use your slow cooker as much as possible for Thanksgiving when oven space is at a premium. Start this slow cooker praline pecan cobbler in the morning, and it'll be done by dessert time. It's super simple, too. Just mix a few ingredients and dump them into the crockpot. It even creates its own praline sauce, so serve it warm over vanilla ice cream. Recipe: 365 Days of CrockpotRelated: 52 Recipes to Keep Your Slow Cooker Bubbling While You're Busy

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Slow Cooker Praline Pecan Cobbler

It’s lovely to use your slow cooker as much as possible for Thanksgiving when oven space is at a premium. Start this slow cooker praline pecan cobbler in the morning, and it’ll be done by dessert time. It’s super simple, too. Just mix a few ingredients and dump them into the crockpot. It even creates its own praline sauce, so serve it warm over vanilla ice cream.

Recipe: 365 Days of Crockpot

Slide 3 of 31: If you're not into making pie but you know your dinner guests will want a pumpkin dessert, try pumpkin swirl cheesecake. It's got the same spiced pumpkin flavor as pie, but it's creamier and feeds a lot more people, too. The simple swirl and gingersnap crust seem fancy, but they're really easy to do. Recipe: Sally's Baking AddictionRelated: 25 Pumpkin Spice-Flavored Products You'll Want to Try — and 13 to Skip

 © cheesecake-marbled pumpkin slab pie by sk (CC BY-NC-ND)

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

If you’re not into making pie but you know your dinner guests will want a pumpkin dessert, try pumpkin swirl cheesecake. It’s got the same spiced pumpkin flavor as pie, but it’s creamier and feeds a lot more people, too. The simple swirl and gingersnap crust seem fancy, but they’re really easy to do.

Recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Slide 4 of 31: Make an apple crisp instead of a pie — it's easier because you don't have to futz with a crust, and it's just as tasty. This caramel apple version uses an oatmeal-flecked topping, plus a homemade caramel sauce drizzled over the apples before baking and over the top when it's done. Make it ahead of time and serve at room temperature, or warm it if you like. Recipe: My Baking AddictionRelated: 20 Things You Didn't Know About Apples

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Caramel Apple Crisp

Make an apple crisp instead of a pie — it’s easier because you don’t have to futz with a crust, and it’s just as tasty. This caramel apple version uses an oatmeal-flecked topping, plus a homemade caramel sauce drizzled over the apples before baking and over the top when it’s done. Make it ahead of time and serve at room temperature, or warm it if you like.

Recipe: My Baking Addiction

Slide 6 of 31: This is a dessert that you can leave out for a while and let your guests graze on until the night is over. It's like a sweet, peanut buttery cheese ball, and you eat it by dipping graham crackers into it, though other treats like pretzels and Nilla wafers would be good, too. The Reese's Pieces decoration gives it the perfect fall colors. Recipe: Delish

 © Dessert Deluxe by Amancay Blank (CC BY-NC-ND)

Reese’s Peanut Butter Ball

This is a dessert that you can leave out for a while and let your guests graze on until the night is over. It’s like a sweet, peanut buttery cheese ball, and you eat it by dipping graham crackers into it, though other treats like pretzels and Nilla wafers would be good, too. The Reese’s Pieces decoration gives it the perfect fall colors.

Recipe: Delish

That’s enough torture. Man those look good. So here is the link to the complete article written by Lacey Muszynsk for Cheapism©.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/recipes/thanksgiving-desserts-that-aren-t-pies/ss-BB1aVcba?ocid=msedgntp#image=1

Quick meals to make with Costco’s $5 rotisserie chicken

Articicle by Raechel Conover  for Cheapism©

Slide 1 of 11: Between work, school schedules, and household chores, there's often little time to make dinner. One way to put a satisfying meal on the table fast: Start with a super-cheap rotisserie chicken. Warehouse clubs such as Costco typically sell them at a loss; Costco prices a 3-pound chicken at just $5. While it's tasty on its own, with minimal effort you can make several dishes out of one to save time and money. Buy a chicken at the beginning of the week to have a simple meal base for several days, and freeze the excess for later. Here are some ideas to get you started (really, almost any recipe calling for chicken can use rotisserie chicken).Related: 12 Healthy Meal Hacks for Hectic Households

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Between work, school schedules, and household chores, there’s often little time to make dinner. One way to put a satisfying meal on the table fast: Start with a super-cheap rotisserie chicken. Warehouse clubs such as Costco typically sell them at a loss; Costco prices a 3-pound chicken at just $5. While it’s tasty on its own, with minimal effort you can make several dishes out of one to save time and money. Buy a chicken at the beginning of the week to have a simple meal base for several days, and freeze the excess for later. Here are some ideas to get you started (really, almost any recipe calling for chicken can use rotisserie chicken).

Buffalo Chicken Flatbread

The blogger behind Katie’s Cucina knows her way around a rotisserie chicken. She stretched a Costco rotisserie chicken to four meals: chicken pot pie, chicken soup, and two days of buffalo chicken flatbread. One day she made a flatbread for dinner, and the next day she served one as an appetizer when entertaining guests. Here, a Greek-yogurt Buffalo sauce drizzle over top makes a perfect complement.

Recipe: Katie’s Cucina

Slide 3 of 11: What's better than a grilled cheese sandwich on a chilly evening? A grilled-cheese sandwich with a twist. This chicken, avocado, and tomato grilled-cheese delight is delicious and easy. Just heat up leftover rotisserie chicken, mash up an avocado with spices, slice a tomato, and put it together with cheese slices, mayo, and bread. Grill it up in a skillet and dig in. Recipe: Marla Meridith

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Chicken, Avocado, and Tomato Grilled Cheese

What’s better than a grilled cheese sandwich on a chilly evening? A grilled-cheese sandwich with a twist. This chicken, avocado, and tomato grilled-cheese delight is delicious and easy. Just heat up leftover rotisserie chicken, mash up an avocado with spices, slice a tomato, and put it together with cheese slices, mayo, and bread. Grill it up in a skillet and dig in.

Recipe: Marla Meridith

One-Pot Cheesy Chicken With Broccoli and Rice

It doesn’t get much easier than throwing all the ingredients — even uncooked rice — into one pot, and that’s exactly what this wonder recipe does. With minimal prep time and even less cleanup time (remember, just one pot), this recipe is simple as well as satisfying.

Recipe: Cakescottage

Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice

Do you like making takeout recipes at home? Fans of chicken fried rice will love this easy dish. It combines rice, vegetables, egg, and rotisserie chicken with the traditional sesame oil and soy sauce to make an authentic chicken fried rice dish that is healthier and better than takeout.

Recipe: Rachel Schultz on Homemaking

High-Protein Chicken Salad

Pack on the protein with this fun chicken salad recipe. Easy and delectable, the tangy combo of creamy yogurt, apples, and grapes is perfect for lunch or dinner on the go. Keep it low-carb by using a bed of lettuce instead of bread, or go the more traditional route and serve it on croissants.

Recipe: MyFitnessPal

Chicken Tacos

No recipe needed here. Simply heat up some rotisserie chicken, toss it with a packet of taco seasoning, and serve it on a warm tortilla shell. Add any other fillings of your choice, such as rice, black beans, green chilies, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and taco sauce.

Related: 21 Delicious and Inexpensive Mexican Dishes

Slide 8 of 11: Salad is a perfect complement to rotisserie chicken, and this scrumptious chickpea chopped salad is no exception. The five-minute prep time makes this good-for-you salad even more desirable. You may have many of the ingredients already on hand: rotisserie chicken and chickpeas, of course, plus romaine lettuce, corn, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, cheese, and a dressing of choice, such as barbecue.Recipe: Ambitious Kitchen

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Chicken Chickpea Chopped Salad

Salad is a perfect complement to rotisserie chicken, and this scrumptious chickpea chopped salad is no exception. The five-minute prep time makes this good-for-you salad even more desirable. You may have many of the ingredients already on hand: rotisserie chicken and chickpeas, of course, plus romaine lettuce, corn, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, cheese, and a dressing of choice, such as barbecue.

Recipe: Ambitious Kitchen

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Comfort food at its finest, a hearty and good-for-you pot pie is a classic chicken recipe made much easier with shredded rotisserie chicken. This version uses refrigerated pie crusts, and although the recipe calls for fresh vegetables, you can take the easier route of using frozen.

Recipe: Spicy Southern Kitchen

Baked Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

It doesn’t get much easier than these hearty baked barbecue chicken sandwiches. Just shred some leftover rotisserie chicken, mix with barbecue sauce to taste, load up hoagie buns, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake them in the oven and voila. Be sure to serve the sandwiches with a pickle.

Recipe: Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Chicken Noodle Soup

Ditch the canned chicken noodle soup and go with an easy, home-cooked soup. Vegetables, noodles, and leftover rotisserie chicken combine to make a hearty soup that leaves everyone feeling satisfied and is said to boost the immune system. The recipe tells how to make the stock from scratch, but that’s not necessary. Just substitute low-sodium chicken broth from the store to save time.

Recipe: Chowhound

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