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15 Flavorful Farro Salads That’ll Fill You Right Up

Your New Go-To Grain
It’s easy to fall in love with farro’s nutty flavor and al dente chewieness — never mind the fact that this ancient grain is good for you too! There are a handful of easy ways to cook farro (and plenty of great recipes for using it in sides, salads, soups and even vegetarian mains) but one of our favorite ways to enjoy it is in a salad. Whether you cook up the perfect farro and sprinkle it over your leafy greens or make this wholesome grain the star of your dish, you’ll find that its versatility makes it easy to pair with all your favorite flavors. Farro salad can be adapted for any season (or whatever ingredients you have on hand) but there’s no denying that it’s right at home with summery herbs and produce. Take this salad, for example. Jeff tops hearty farro with fresh basil, juicy tomatoes and charred corn for a warm-weather dish you’ll want to eat all year round.

“What should I make the kids for dinner?”

You can make a whole slew (or perhaps we should say, stew) of delicious and quick dinner recipes without any kitchen equipment like a slow cooker, Instant Pot, or air fryer, but these popular devices make preparing a meal for the whole family a breeze. Crockpot recipes in particular can help pull you out of a “What should I make the kids for dinner?” rut, promising quick prep time for you and a kid-friendly dinner for them. The whole family will love these meals, but kids will especially appreciate how creamy and cheesy their dinnertime favorites — from mashed potatoes to meatball subs — will come out, all thanks to your handy Crockpot!

The job of a Crockpot (a.k.a. slow cooker) is to make meal-prepping for a family or any large group of people super easy. They can prepare fast and healthy dinners for kids, but also hearty lunches, delicious appetizers, and even dreamy desserts. All you have to do is prep all of the necessary ingredients, toss them into the cooker’s ceramic or porcelain pot, set the correct settings according to the recipe, and go about the rest of your day. Obviously, you’ll want to keep an eye on what you have cooking or baking, but you can pretty much let the Crockpot be the chef while you tackle everything else on your to-do list. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to take your slow cooker down from the shelf, pick out one of our easy Crockpot meals for kids, toss in your ingredients, and walk away. It’s that simple!

When you have one or more kids to feed, it can be exhausting to find the “perfect” dinner that picky eaters actually want to eat — and that can be made on a busy weeknight after homework, ballet class, and soccer practice. Not to mention the added work of preparing a separate dinner for Mom and Dad if you aren’t craving, say, mac ‘n’ cheese with a side of tater tots. Enter our list of the best kid-friendly dinner recipes. Here, you’ll find dozens of ideas for easy dinners that the whole family will love, the majority of which are healthy meals that can be made in under 30 minutes.

Even though catering to kids’ ever-changing taste preferences can be a constant source of frustration, these recipes are designed to combine their favorite foods with new ingredients that will expand their palate. And if your kids have to stick to a certain diet, you’ll be happy to know that many of these recipes are vegetarian and gluten-free, too. Some can even be prepared in a slow-cooker for a convenient kid-friendly Crockpot dinner you can make ahead of time. Plus, these delicious family dinner ideas are super versatile, so you can serve them as breakfast for the kids, too. No one said that cooking dinner for a family was going to be easy, but these kid-friendly meals will help make everyone at the dinner table a happy camper (including you!).

This Halloween season, why should the kids get to have all the fun? (Spoiler: They shouldn’t!) Indeed, the grown folks are just as deserving of some clever tricks and treats — whether that’s at a Halloween party or just cozied up on the couch under a blanket with a spooky Halloween movie. Of course, we’re not just talking about creative Halloween snacks, but also some seriously dazzling Halloween cocktails for the 21-and-up crowd.

The easy Halloween drinks on our list range from classics remade with a Halloween twist (think Manhattans, mimosas, martinis, and more) to over-the-top theme-y Halloween cocktails, decked with ghoulish-looking props and garnishes. For some crowd-pleasing Halloween trickery, we’ve even got color-changing cocktails, and drinks that sparkle with golden glitter.

We also included some nonalcoholic Halloween mocktails (and booze-optional) drinks for the non-drinkers or under-age celebrants on the big night. And here’s the best news of all: The drinks on our list are easy to whip up, so you can enjoy these treats without any fancy bartending tricks.

Looking for more Halloween inspiration? Check out our Halloween dessert recipes and browse our fun Halloween costume ideas.

Snack time is anytime — especially during the peak of Kit Kat season. Halloween-themed food lends itself to being both salty and sweet, and savory and sour, all the while giving off strong spooky vibes. And when it comes to something to nibble on before a family Halloween dinner or while you’re waiting for trick-or-treaters to ring your doorbell on October 31, there are plenty of Halloween snacks to indulge in.

From fruit-focused noshes to creepy cupcakes and cookies, these Halloween treats are great for all ages. These healthy food ideas can be enjoyed on the-go or after school during the month of October. Although, you and the kids may want these candy apples and spooky cheese balls year-round. These easy recipes can also work as a Halloween appetizer if you are planning a costume party with the adults or the kids are having their friends over for a movie-marathon and sleepover. Regardless of the occasions, these Halloween snacks can be prepped ahead of time for quick bite and are a great way to get the whole family in the Halloween spirit.

We can’t think of a more iconic family name in the Halloween movie genre than Sanderson (besides maybe Addams). Winifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson — a.k.a. the Sanderson sisters — are the trio of witches from the Halloween cult classic film Hocus Pocus, which came out in 1993. Made famous by actresses Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, respectively, the iconic movie is brimming with memorable quotes that go way beyond, “It’s just a bunch of hocus pocus!” The best Hocus Pocus quotes will get you every time you watch, no matter if it’s your second viewing or your seventh.

Hocus Pocus may be nearing its 30th anniversary, but it’s a timeless story with funny lines and just the right scare factor to make it a great family-friendly Halloween movie. Kids and adults alike make it a seasonal tradition to re-watch every October 31 — it’s actually the most-watched Halloween movie of all time. With Hocus Pocus 2 coming out on September 30, 2022, there’s no better time to refresh your memory of the most famous Hocus Pocus quotes. Plus, these witchy quotes make perfect Halloween Instagram captions.

In case you need a quick recap of the plot, Hocus Pocus centers around Max, a teenage boy who doesn’t believe the local legend in his new town of Salem, Massachusetts. When Max lights the Black Flame Candle and accidentally brings the Sanderson sisters back to life, it’s up to him, his younger sister Dani, and his crush, Allison, to thwart the witches’ sinister plan of achieving immortality by hunting children. Spooky shenanigans ensue, complete with a magic spellbook, a talking black cat, and even some trick-or-treating.

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