Plan Ahead for the Holiday with Nestle Family Size Meal Ideas

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#PlanAhead for the Holidays with Nestle #shop #cbias

With a family of five, I need to plan ahead for the holidays.  If I don’t then we’re eating way too late or scrounging around at the last minute for something that resembles dinner.  It doesn’t have to be that way though!  You can be ready for surprise guests, have food available after attending all those events and be festive too using Stouffer’s Party Size Entrees (Macaroni & Cheese and Lasagna), Digiorno Rising Crust Pizza, and Edy’s Limited Edition Slow Churned Ice Cream.  Want to see what I mean?  Just check out the way I served this family size lasagna.

Festive Holiday Lasagna Family Meal #PlanAhead #shop #cbias

I’m using Stouffer’s Party Size Entrees: Lasagna with Meat Sauce to feed my family and putting it on winter plates to help set a festive tone.  I also added some sliced basil to the top of the lasagna for a bit of holiday color.  Check out that salad!  A few well placed peppers and tomatoes bring in bright color and flair.  Cut a shape from provolone cheese using holiday cookie cutters and your meal is festive as well as fast!  I use that same cookie cutter trick on the Digiorno pizza below!  Don’t miss it!

Fried Mac and Cheese #PlanAhead, #shop, #cbias

I’ve been a fan of Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese for as long as I can remember.  Here’s a fun appetizer you can whip up for guests quickly.  Just keep Stouffer’s around and you can make it whenever you’d like!

Fried Mac and Cheese balls

Fried Mac & Cheese Balls

Great way to serve mac & cheese as an appetizer.
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  • Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese frozen
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1 small box of Panko
  • Oil for frying


  • Only slightly thaw the Stouffer’s Macaroni & Cheese, just enough so it can be cut.
  • Cut macaroni into bite sizes.
  • Beat eggs in bowl, set aside.
  • Mix flour, 1 tsp of cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper in a bowl, set aside.
  • Mix 1 tsp cayenne pepper with Panko, set aside.
  • Coat macaroni with flour mixture.
  • Dip coated macaroni into beaten eggs.
  • Coat macaroni with Panko mixture.
  • Fry until golden brown.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Southern

Let’s Talk Pizza!

You have GOT to try this!  It’s so easy and quickly makes your Digiorno Rising Crust pizza ready for the holidays. Grab those holiday cookie cutters and some provolone cheese.  Cut shapes out of the cheese and lay them on the pepperoni after you’ve cooked the pizza.  Don’t put them on the pizza while it’s cooking or the shapes might spread too much.  Easy!

Holiday Decorated Digiorno Pizza #PlanAhead #shop #cbias

Are you ready for the big reveal?  Ok!  Here it is:

Holiday Decorated Digiorno Pizza #PlanAhead, #shop, #cbias

Ta Da!!  That awesome pizza impressed my whole family and it was delicious.  I have to say, I was so glad I had this pizza on hand because we’d been gone for hours taking each kiddo to a separate school event and this hit the spot!  Plus, it looked super cute too.  You can cut your cheese shapes out in advance so you’re ready when the pizza hunger hits.

Eggnog Milk Shake with Edys Ice Cream #PlanAhead #shop #cbias

Have an eggnog fan in your family?  I have 4 of them.  Use Edy’s Limited Edition “A Very Merry Eggnog” Slow Churned Ice Cream to make a milkshake!  But wait…there’s more!

Peppermint Ice Cream Pie with Chocolate Crust #PlanAhead #shop #cbias

Use Edy’s Limited Edition “Peppermint Wonderland” Slow Churned Ice Cream to make a peppermint ice cream pie with a chocolate cookie crust!  The best thing about making this pie, besides the great taste,  is that it can stay in the freezer until a guest drops by.  Nice!  Now that’s planning ahead!  Here’s a peppermint ice cream pie recipe from Nestle Kitchens (sad, recipe no longer available).  I made a few changes to mine.  I used 1/2 of the peppermint ice cream with all of the whipped topping.  I also used 25 cookies and 4 tablespoons of butter.  Either way, you’re going to LOVE this pie!

Happy Holiday Cooking Everyone!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kristin! We sure did enjoy eating all those things! Plus, the kiddos now want to keep that pie on rotation. LOL! 😉

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