Healthy Halloween Recipes

Published: October 28, 2010

As a child, I loved Halloween. I loved getting dressed up, decorating the house and the yard, and having parties with friends and family. My dad loved Halloween even more than I did; he showed his spirit by decorating our whole house! When we drove down the block, I would become blinded by the lights coming from my yard. So, when it came time to think of some Halloween recipes for a work potluck luncheon and some fun block parties, I immediately thought of recreating an edible version of my childhood Halloween haunted yard.

The recipe below is fun for the whole family, and is not limited to the following instructions. You can be as creative as you want, but try to incorporate as many vegetables as possible. For instance, you can make a fence around the forest out of pretzels or blend hummus and spinach to make grass. We’d love to see what you and your family design this Halloween as your healthy haunted treat. Take a picture of your creation and send it to us atDellHealthyLiving@uth.tmc.edu. Enjoy your masterpiece!

Samantha Weiss, RD
Graduate Research Assistant

Recipe and pictures from Family Fun Magazine
(http://familyfun.go.com/halloween/halloween-recipes/)

Haunted Forest Platter

3 stalks of broccoli
3 medium beets
Wood toothpicks
3 hard-boiled eggs
Black beans
Assorted vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, carrots (both shredded and baby), pea pods, kohlrabies, radishes, sweet red peppers, sweet yellow peppers
1 ounce spaghetti, cooked and drained
Liquid green food coloring (optional)

1. To make a haunted forest, first create trees. Cut bottoms from stalks of broccoli to make 6-inch broccoli trees. Slice beets about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick to make a base for broccoli trees. Break wood toothpicks in half. Insert three to four toothpick pieces into bottom of each broccoli stalk and then insert into a beet slice. Stand broccoli upright. Cover to keep moist.

2. To make egg ghosts, use a small knife or 1/2-inch aspic cutters to hollow out eyes and mouths to form a face. Cut small pieces of black beans to press into hollowed-out areas for eyes or mouth, if desired. Cover to keep moist.

3. Using your imagination, create creepy creatures with tomatoes, baby carrots, or others

4. Place broccoli trees on serving platter. Cover surface of platter with shredded carrot. Hide egg ghosts in forest along with creepy creatures. Scatter piles of vegetables such as pea pods, beet slices, kohlrabi slices, and/or any other desired vegetables. Add strips of red pepper to the broccoli branches.

5. To make moss, add a few drops of green food coloring to a small amount of water in a medium bowl. Add cooked spaghetti and let stand about 5 minutes. Drain and place over broccoli trees. Keep platter covered until serving time. If necessary, spritz platter with water to keep it moist.

Another recipe option:

Fruit and Vegetable Critters:

An assortment of fruits and vegetables (not limited to the following): apples, pears, bananas, kiwi, celery, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, green beans, mushroom, zucchini, squash.

Have the whole family work together make Halloween themed items out of the vegetables, such as cats, ghosts, vampires, witches, bats, tombstone, and more.

Take a picture of your creation and send it in. Then enjoy!

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