Spooky, Healthy Halloween Recipes

Every year the average American consumes approximately 3.4 pounds of candy, the equivalent of 7,000 calories, over Halloween. With all the extra sugary treats and calories from trick-or-treating and classroom parties, making healthier meals or snacks is a must.

These recipes use fun Halloween colors and spooky faces to make sure children eat their fruits and vegetables before a long night of collecting candy. The best part about these recipes is they will make sure everyone is eating a healthy meal– some will even satisfy a sweet tooth without the candy!

Jack O’Lantern Photo Credit: A Healthier Michigan

Candy Corn Photo Credit: Andrew Malone

Apples Photo Credit: Rebecca Siegel

Ingredients

  • Orange peppers
  • Thin whole wheat spaghetti noodles – 1 box
  • About 6 cups total of vegetables of your choice, cleaned and chopped into bite size pieces (Tomatoes, Cucumber, Bell Peppers, Olives of your choice, Banana Peppers, Artichokes, Sun-Dried Tomatoes)
  • 1-2 lbs. total of your favorite lunch meats, cubed into bite sized pieces (Salami, Ham, Turkey, Pepperoni)
  • About 1 lb. (3-4 cups) total of your favorite cheeses cubed into bite sized pieces (Cheddar, Provolone, Feta, Colby-Jack)

Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 2 cups olive oil
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice, about 2 -3 lemons if using fresh squeezed
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 4 tsp. kosher salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Antipasto Spaghetti Jack O'Lanterns

Instructions
1. Make red wine vinaigrette first. Just whisk together all ingredients and place in an air-tight sealed container in the refrigerator.
2. Cook spaghetti noodles in water seasoned with some salt and a splash of oil. Cook until al dente, then drain and rinse with cold water.
3. Place noodles in a bowl and dress with vinaigrette right away.
4. While the noodles are cooking, clean orange bell peppers. Cut off the top and keep as top of “jack o’lantern.” Clean out all the seeds and membranes of orange bell pepper carefully.
5. Next carefully, cut out a jack o’lantern face from each orange bell pepper. Set aside.
6. Chop all vegetables, meat and cheese, then add to noodles. Toss thoroughly so all the salad items are covered in dressing.
7. Place pasta salad and peppers in the refrigerator. I recommend making the pasta salad the day before serving.
8. When serving, place antipasto spaghetti salad in each of the jack o’lantern orange bell peppers for a fun, healthy and spooky Halloween meal. Enjoy!

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candy corn

Ingredients

  • Pineapple tidbits canned, drained or fresh chopped pineapples
  • Fresh chopped jackfruit or jarred or canned jackfruit, drained and chopped
  • Starfruit, de-seeded and chopped
  • Mandarin oranges, drained or orange segments chopped
  • Mangoes, diced
  • Cantaloupe, diced
  • Low-fat cottage cheese
  • Vanilla or honey Greek yogurt
  • Low-fat whipped cream or low-fat whipped topping
  • Candy corn for garnish

Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits

Instructions
1. Use a clear cup and layer with fruit. Recommend using one fruit of each color and one white topper for most effective display that mimics the colors of a candy corn.
2. Start with one of the yellow fruits to layer on the bottom.
3. On top of that choose an orange fruit to make the second layer.
4. Now choose cottage cheese, yogurt or whipped cream topping as the top layer.
5. Garnish with a couple of candy corns and enjoy!

Note: This can be set up as a parfait bar for kids to make themselves.


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apples

Ingredients

  • Gallon of apple cider
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Apples of choice, peeled, cored and cut in half
  • Blueberries
  • Lychees
  • Ice cubes, optional

 

Spooky Cinnamon Apple Cider

Instructions
1. Take peeled and cored apple halves and on the rounded side, cut faces into them.
2. Place blueberries into lychee fruit and freeze to look like eyeballs.
3. Pour chilled apple cider into punch bowl, add 2-4 cinnamon sticks, apple faces, blueberry-lychee eyeballs and optional ice cubes. Serve into cups. Enjoy!

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