Monday, December 13

Menu Plan Monday with Betty Crocker

Baking time! Like always my 6 year old came home with a letter from school stating that their holiday party is coming up and she wrote down to bring cup cakes. Luckily that same day I got an email featuring Betty Crockers "Red Hot Holiday Trends!" Check them out:

Red Hot Holiday Trends: The Betty 10
Betty Brings You the Brightest Holiday Trends
What makes a trend red hot? When it’s exciting, it’s fresh, and making its mark from coast to coast. With the help of our 750,000 Facebook fans, we’ve selected the food trends that will be red hot this holiday season. Check out the top 10 list in our Red Hot Video, as well as delicious new recipes with gorgeous photos. And since it’s the season for giving, spread the cheer and share these trends with your friends too.

Top 10 Trends:
What makes a trend red hot? When it’s exciting, it’s fresh, and making its mark from coast to coast. From the DIY craze to the rise of beer and bacon, the food trends that made our red hot list are each very different, but have one thing in common – they’ll get you excited about food.

Bright Colors, Playful Food
Food Is Fun Again. Food is more fun than ever, as our favorite foodie bloggers and boutique bakeries have shown. Think bright pops of color, cake on a stick, and all sorts of creative new takes on traditional baked goods; even whoopie pies have been reinvented with fresh, fun flavors. Add some play value to your holiday menu with our recipe for colorful, mini Cupcake Poppers that will bring out the kid in you!

Street Eats and Tweets
Meals Go Mobile. Street food is all the rage, exploding from the coasts to the heartland and even on to reality TV this year. Food truck fans use Twitter to make sure they can find these restaurants-on-wheels and get their hands on the cutting-edge flavors they create. Our recipe for Indian Spiced Mini Donut Muffins, inspired by a Minneapolis food truck, is the perfect find.

Man Up, Eat Up
Beer. Bacon. Good. Beer and bacon for breakfast? Oh yes, say the manly men. And some women. With craft brewing at an all-time high, and the never-ending popularity of bacon, why not combine the two? This recipe for Mancakes covers all your basic manly food groups: beer, bacon, and pancakes. It’s the best way to serve up dude food for breakfast.

Spot at the Table
Pets Are Part of the Family. With more and more “pet parents” making dog food from scratch, man’s best friend has been promoted to a bona fide member of the family. Get your furry friend’s tail wagging with this recipe for Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Puppy Treats. It’s simple, and made with pet-friendly ingredients. You’ll surely get Spot’s approval, and maybe he’ll even steer clear of the dessert table.

Gifts to DIY For
Wrap Up Some Creativity. Homemade and straight from the heart is the in thing for the creative- (and wallet-) minded gift-giving crowd. Give your holidays the personal touch by whipping up Salted Chocolate Almond Fudge for everyone on your list. The sweet and salty flavors in this recipe turn traditional fudge into an even more extraordinary gift that everyone will adore.

Food For a Cause
Feed the Soul. This season spread the holiday spirit beyond your kitchen and into the homes of those less fortunate. An easy way to give back at the holidays is to organize a bake sale for a local charitable organization, just like we do in Betty Crocker’s Kitchen each year! Add a little cheer to the regular mix of bake sale items with this recipe for Sweet Swirl Marshmallows. We know they’ll be a best seller!

Kids In the Kitchen
Connect While You Cook. The culinary craze has hit home, and everyone wants in on the kitchen action – even the youngest members of your family. Introduce the kiddos to the world of spoons and spatulas, as well as the time-honored tradition of baking cookies for Santa. Go a step further and get the whole family involved by making this super-simple recipe for a snack mix we like to call Reindeer Feed. We’re sure Blitzen and the rest of the crew will love it.

Alternative Diets Go Mainstream
Hold the Gluten. Embrace the Vegan. Alternative diets are becoming a way of life for many – maybe even you! However, it can still be difficult to find great-tasting foods that are gluten free or vegan. Help everyone feel welcome at your celebrations this year by baking up tasty versions of classic holiday treats with our recipes for Gluten Free Fudge Crinkles and Vegan Sugar Cookies.

Retro Rewind
Get Back to Great. It feels like everyone has retro fever this year, as swinging ‘60’s style continues to pop up on TVs, radios and runways. And now the old-school new wave is invading our kitchens as well. Create a decidedly vintage spread for your holiday shindig with fun and festive appetizers that have a little retro flair. They’re a blast from the past that will bring back the memories, and the recipe requests.

Mixology MashUp
Cookies Meet Cocktails. We’re loving the idea of borrowing inspiration from the hottest restaurants and creating new flavors all our own. Especially when it comes to remixing classic cocktails using fresh flavors in food as your muse. These Cookie Cocktails are the perfect way to serve up some holiday spirit at your cookie swap.

Red Hot Holiday Trends
One of my favorites is the "Retro Rewind!" Can't you just see a party full of your old favorites! So for my daughters Christmas party this week we will be making the Cupcake Poppers! Check out the how-to video below. I'll be showing you the recipe later this week (hopefully).


And without further adieu here is the menu plan for this week:

Monday - Homemade Hamburger Helper (cheesy)
Tuesday - Chicken Alfredo with Garlic Toasties (recipe later)
Wednesday - Chicken Vegetable Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwhiches
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Menudo n Corn Tortillas

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