Halloween Ghoulash (beefy Mac & Cheese) with Bottom Dollar Food (+ $100 #giveaway!)

Whoops! She did it again! I won another Bottom Dollar Food blogger cooking contest at the Culinary Art Institute of Philadelphia. That’s right… I smiled at the fabulous Chef Dan D’Angelo again and he bought my charm… or maybe he really liked my Mac and Cheese! Either way… I’m a winner! This time, several local bloggers gathered for an afternoon of cooking Halloween-friendly dishes, with the idea that we could easily feed our kids a healthy meal before running out to load up on candy. While I offered to rename “Ghoulash” “Noodly Webby Dinner” it won the contest for best Ghoulash. (Joey Fortman won for best Witches Stew, so be sure to check out her recipe).

All of the ingredients included here are available at Bottom Dollar Food in their store-brand, My Essentials, allowing you to feed your kids a home-cooked  inexpensive meal before filling up their goodie bags.

what to make for halloween dinner

Ghoulash (Meaty Mac & Cheese)


  • Box of Mac & Cheese
  • 1/2-1 pound ground beef (turkey, chicken, pork, etc.)
  • Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 onion, diced into 1 cm pieces
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Heavy Cream (about 1/2 cup, more to make it soupier)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • (or substitute the heavy cream and butter for Buttermilk)

Get Cooking

  1. Saute onion in oil until nearly translucent
  2. Add ground meat and season with Italian seasoning to taste, brown and drain
  3. In separate pan, boil water and cook noodles
  4. Drain noodles and return to pan, with burner on low heat
  5. Add powdered cheese and 2 tablespoons of butter to noodles (if using buttermilk, omit this), meat and stir
  6. Slowly, add heavy cream (or buttermilk) to desired consistency.
  7. Mix in shredded cheese and stir to melt, allowing cheese to "web" through noodles.
  8. Serve before the doorbell rings! Happy Halloween!

$100 giveaway

$100 Giveaway!

Bottom Dollar Foods is offering a $100 gift card to a Julieverse reader. Here’s how to enter:

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Enter to win $500 from Bottom Dollar Food on Facebook!

Bottom Dollar Food’s Facebook page is holding a “Game Day Essentials” promotion. This exciting Facebook promotion gives four lucky Recipe winners a chance to win $500 in Bottom Dollar Food gift cards and one lucky Random Drawing winner will get a $500 Bottom Dollar Food gift card.

How to Participate: Those interested in participating in “Game Day Essentials” will need to visit the Bottom Dollar Food Facebook page and open the “Game Day Essentials” tab. If not already a fan, you must first “like” the “Game Day Essentials” tab. (If already a fan, then you can click on the tab and begin registering for the contest.) The tab will direct participants through online forms to submit their basic contact information as well as registering their Bottom Dollar Food Membership Card number.

By registering their Membership Card numbers, participants become eligible for the random drawing of one (1) $500 Bottom Dollar Food gift card. Also, for each purchase of a My Essentials product with their Membership Card number between 10/11/12 – 10/25/12, participants will receive an extra entry into the Random Drawing. Remember, you must register for this promotion through Bottom Dollar Food’s Facebook page, just because you have a Membership Card does not automatically enter anyone into the sweepstakes.

Recipe Contest: After the initial registration process, fans can then submit recipes in two categories: Dips and Appetizers. The timeline for submitting recipes is between 10/11/12 – 10/25/12. Each recipe must contain at least ONE MY ESSENTIALS PRODUCT in the ingredients. The recipe must be their own, not copied from a cookbook or other published/online source.

Recipe Finalists: Each category will have four finalists (selected by an independent third party). Facebook fans will then get the opportunity to vote for their favorite recipe from 11/5/12 to 11/9/12. The recipes that receive the most votes in each category will be declared Grand Prize winners and receive a $500 Bottom Dollar Food gift card.

Chef’s Pick: Those same recipe finalists will also have their recipes prepared and judged by a professional chef in each category. Those two “Chef’s Picks” recipe winners will also receive a $500 Bottom Dollar Food gift card as a Grand Prize.

Please note that each portion of the promotion contains “No Purchase Necessary” options for those who do not wish to register online. Please see the Official Rules for additional details.

Want to submit your recipe? Here’s the link to the Game Day Essentials tab on Facebook.

Thanks to Bottom Dollar Food for the fun, fun day at the Culinary Art Institute of Philadelphia, Chef Dan D’Angelo, and students and staff, for the inspiring lessons, and Bottom Dollar Food for providing gift cards, promotional items and promotional gift card.

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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  1. says

    I always try to feed them something with carbs or something homestyle. The last thing I want is a kid with an upset stomach when we are out trick or treating!

  2. says

    Half the time the kids aren’t hungry because they’re so excited so I do an easy dinner before we go t.o.t. usually something like sandwiches, burritos or a salad.


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