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Halloween is a great time to bond with family with all the activities going on. On the downside, Halloween can also spell weight gain because of all the food and candies that are laid down on the table. With thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year feasts just around the corner, it’s so easy for it to be a downhill slide from here! News flash: your Halloween treats do not have to be fattening. There are ways to make your Halloween treats more healthy especially the stuff that you’re giving to kids.
Halloween is great because it can give you more chances to be creative and what better way to be creative than by using fruits and vegetables as gore! Kids love these stuff so even if they aren’t very fond of their veggies, anything that looks straight out of their scary shows are bound to catch their attention. Take advantage of the occasion and serve up the following healthy Halloween treats:

Skeleton black bean veggie dip

You can be creative with different type of vegetables here, even the ones that are not listed below. The idea is to fashion the vegetables as a skeleton (whatever kind!) the black bean veggie can form the head of the skeleton, just get creative by placing accents on the plate where the eye sockets, nose and mouth should be.

1 can black beans, pureed

Garlic and onion, finely chopped

1 can crushed tomatoes

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Olive oil

½ tsp cumin powder

Salt and pepper

  • Heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic and onion until onions are transparent (do not let them brown).
  • Add the crushed tomatoes and simmer until the liquid has evaporated.
  • Add the pureed black beans, cumin, lemon juice and stir, cooking for about 10 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper according to taste.

Vegetable options:

Cucumber sticks, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, celery sticks, broccoli florets, string beans, turnip slices

Mummy head mini pizzas

This is great not only for Halloween but anytime. Super easy and quick to make, you can even engage the help of kids to do this recipe.

Tomato sauce:

1 can crushed tomatoes

Finely chopped garlic

Dried oregano

Dried basil

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

 

Crust and toppings:

Pre-made English muffins

Mozzarella cheese block, sliced into strips

Black olive slices

Small capers

  • Prepare the tomato sauce base. Over medium heat, saute the garlic in olive oil, careful not to brown it. Add the crushed tomatoes and dried basil and oregano, season with salt and pepper. Reduce until you have a thick paste.
  • Brush the top of the English muffins with the tomato sauce and then place the mozzarella strips on top of it so that it looks like it’s mummy gauze. Remember that when the mozzarella melts, it can spread around so try to make the strips thin and narrow so that the “blood” will show through. Leave a space for the eye slits.
  • Bake the muffins at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, just when the cheese is melting. Once out of the oven, place sliced olives on top as the eyes, and insert a caper seed in each of the holes.