10 Halloween-Night Dinners to Make Before Trick or Treating

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Halloween slow cooker turkey
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Updated Oct 29, 2018 @ 6:33 pm

Halloween is a blast, we love it as much as the next person wearing an Elsa costume for the fourth year in the row—but it takes some energy. Whether you’re escorting the kids out around your neighborhood and, uh, helping them carry their candy, or greeting little ghosts and goblins at your door, here are some meals you can fix in advance to make sure everyone is fueled up and ready to go.

Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey and White Bean Chili

Fill everyone’s bellies with this crowd-pleasing, hearty chili. Simply toss everything into the slow cooker in the morning and enjoy it before setting out.

Creamy Pumpkin-Sage Alfredo with Pasta

What’s more Halloween than pumpkin? Plus, this creamy, comforting vegetarian dish is on the table in 15 minutes. Toss together a quick salad while it cooks.

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Don’t be intimidated by the long ingredient list—many are spices, which is what makes this dish so flavorful, and it’s still quick and easy to make. Plus, it calls for cauliflower rice, so you can sneak some vegetables into the family and stay on your Whole30, if that’s your jam.

Lemon chicken
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Easy Weeknight Lemon-Chicken Skillet

Fast, easy, crowd-pleasing—and all done in one skillet, so cleanup is a breeze. With chicken, broccoli, lemon and garlic, it’s an instant classic.

Slow Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup

Loaded with vegetables, filling lentils and warming spices, this oh-so-autumn soup will fuel you for the cold trek ahead.

Paprika-garlic shrimp
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Paprika-Garlic Shrimp

Go from “I’m hungry” to digging in in just 15 minutes with this luscious dish. Serve it with cauliflower rice (or regular rice) and steamed green beans for a complete meal.

Slow Cooker Paleo Beef Stew

Talk about a meal in a bowl—this stew is brimming with carrots, onions and mushrooms, along with red potatoes, beef and plenty of spices to amp up the flavor.

Roasted sweet potatoes
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Quinoa, Kale, Dried Cranberries and Feta

Sweet, salty, creamy, hearty—there’s so much going on in this vegetarian dish, no one will miss the meat. Big plus: It’s on the table in 30 minutes.

Instant Pot Cauliflower Thai Curry

If you were thinking of ordering takeout on Halloween, forget it—not only will it take forever and hold you up, but you can DIY it so much better with this tasty plant-based dish.

Mini frittata muffins
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Prosciutto-Wrapped Mini Frittata Muffins

We love eggs for dinner, and these little veggie-filled frittatas are so delicious and festive. Smaller appetites will love one, bigger people can have two or three. Leftovers make a great breakfast or lunch.

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