BOO! It’s nearly Halloween, and we’re really excited as it’s a fun way to ignore the gloomier days now that winter is coming. So much of Halloween is about the sweet treats: toffee apples and sweets; so here are our healthier meal ideas for a Halloween feast that kids will love.
Stuffed “pumpkin” heads
- Make a mince ragu or beef chilli with beans, depending on your preference (beef mince or lentils are equally yummy, cooked with onions, garlic, tomato and herbs. You can add peas and carrots too if you like). Simmer the mince while you prepare the peppers.
- Cut off the lids of the orange peppers, and make small incisions for the pumpkin’s eyes and mouth.
- Stuff the peppers with the mince and bake in the oven until the peppers are tender.
You can follow the full vegetarian recipe here at Healthy Slow Cooking (and thanks to Kathy Hester for the awesome image above!)
Witches’ Fingers Carrots
- Find a bunch of long, thin pointed carrots which have the leaves and root stems left on.
- Remove the leaves, and roast the carrots in the oven until al-dente.
- Five minutes from the end, toss the carrots in a little olive oil and honey, and scatter over some crushed nuts or seeds for a little texture. Return to the oven to finish cooking.
- Serve standing vertically in mugs – and everyone can help themselves to a warty witch’s finger.
Dragon’s Eyeball Broth
- Make some noodle soup, using a packet of fine noodles and a stock cube. You can add sliced veggies, but the broth should remain quite clear.
- Boil and peel some quail’s eggs (or hen’s eggs for giant dragons!) and drop the hard-boiled egg eyeballs into the soup at the end.
- If you’d like to, you could get the kids to decorate the hard boiled eggs first, with edible ink pens, drawing on the detail of the eyeballs.
- Get a couple of fresh cauliflowers, and remove the leaves and stalk so the ‘brain’ can sit flat in a baking dish.
- Firstly boil or steam the whole cauliflower until just tender.
- Next, make a cheese sauce to your usual recipe, and keep it slightly thick.
- Dilute the cheese sauce a little by stirring in some ketchup or tomato paste, or pureed roasted red peppers. Swirl the red sauce through the cheese, for a marbled effect.
- Place the par-cooked cauliflower into a baking dish, cover with the cheese/tomato/pepper sauce, and bake or grill until the sauce is bubbling and golden.
‘Slime’ smoothies are delightfully gross for kids. Simply whizz up an avocado with some spinach and mint, then add lime juice and apple juice and a dollop of yoghurt for a really disgusting looking but super-healthy and delicious slime smoothie.
Or, make a banana milkshake and add a couple of drops of green food colouring for a similar effect.
Decorate-it-yourself Halloween Cupcakes or Cookies
Challenge the kids to create the scariest cupcake: from spiders to monsters, witches and ghouls – just let them go wild!
- Firstly, lay out a plastic tablecloth so you don’t have to worry about mess too much.
- Then, bake a batch of cupcakes or cookies for the kids to decorate themselves. (You could make courgette, beetroot or pumpkin cupcakes for added veggie healthiness.)
- Put out separate dishes with yellow, black, white, green, orange and red icing onto the table, with lolly sticks, chopsticks or toothpicks for precision decorating.
- In extra bowls place chopped up kiwi, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries for colourful, healthy toppings.
- More decoration ideas could include orange zest strips for hair, toasted flaked almonds for teeth or tombstones, or cashew nuts for claws.
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