Healthy Halloween Treats
Grace Derocha, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, shared her take on healthier Halloween treats with WXYZ-TV. Get her recipes below.
Photo Credit: A Healthier Michigan
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- A variety of fruit
- A variety of salad vegetables of choice
- Orange vinaigrette recipe included below
Orange Jack O’Lantern: Fruit Salad or Greens Salad
1. Cut off top of orange revealing a small whole. Remove orange segments and membranes. Save them to be used later in fruit salad, greens salad or part of the citrus vinaigrette.
2. Cut jack o’lantern face out of the orange. Use orange as vessel to serve fruit or greens salad
3. Chop fruit for fruit salad. Mix together and place in orange.
4. Chop greens and vegetables for greens salad.
- 1 orange, zested
- 2 small oranges, juiced or 1 large orange
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
Orange Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
1. Combine all ingredients in the blender except olive oil.
2. With blender still running, slowly pour in olive oil until fully combined.
3. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 hours to allow flavors to meld.
4. Shake gently before serving on salad. Enjoy!
- 1 pound ground sirloin
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 cup canned 100% pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- ½ cup finely diced onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ cup bread crumbs
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1½ tablespoons chopped fresh sage
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Orange bell peppers, cut into strips to look like spider legs.
Pumpkin Meatball Spiders
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
2. Mix all ingredients together in large mixing bowl, except the ground sirloin and ground turkey.
3. Add ground sirloin and ground turkey into mixture with hands.
4. Form 1.5 inch meatballs and place on parchment-lined cookie sheet.
5. Bake in oven for 15-30 minutes until cooked through.
6. Use orange bell pepper strips to add to meatball to look like a spider.
7. You can also use a small dice of orange bell pepper for spider eyes.
8. Serve on top of zoodles, zucchini noodles. See recipe below.
Inspired by Joy Bauer
- 4 zucchinis
- ¼ stick of butter
- 2-4 cloves of garlic
- 1 cup of parmesan cheese
1. Turn zucchini into noodles using a julienne peeler or a spiralizer.
2. Put zucchini noodles into a colander and salt liberally, let sit for 20 minutes – this allows the zucchini to let out excess water.
3. After 20 minutes, rinse and pat dry with a paper towel.
4. Melt butter and the garlic in a large pan.
5. Saute noodles over med-high heat for 4-5 minutes.
6. Remove from heat and mix in parmesan cheese.
7. Make zoodles look like a spiderweb on the plate and serve with pumpkin spider meatballs. Enjoy!
Inspired by Food Impressions
- Meltable white chocolate
- Mini chocolate chips
- Popsicle sticks
White Chocolate Boo-nanas
1. Cut bananas in half, down the center.
2. Peel and then cut each half length-wise. Each banana should make about 4 boo-nana ghosts.
3. Place popsicle stick through each “ghost.”
4. Place wax paper on platter.
5. Melt white chocolate and dip banana into it. Use mini chocolate chips to make eyes and mouth.
6. Place on wax paper.
7. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Enjoy!
- 2 cups of cranberry juice
- 1.5 cups of apple cider
- 1 cups of grape juice
- 3 cups of ginger ale
- Non-latex glove
1. Mix all 4 liquids together in a punch bowl.
2. The night before make the lychee blueberry eyeballs. Place blueberry inside of lychee and freeze over night.
3. The night before, also place some water in a non-latex glove and seal it. Lay flat in freezer to harden overnight.
4. Before serving punch, put lychee blueberry eyeball and frozen ice hand into punch.