Real Food Halloween Recipes & Menu Ideas
Our household loves Halloween! It’s true, within the early days we had been trick-or-treating holdouts (all that sugary synthetic sweet… shudder!). Now that my youngsters are older and we’ve discovered a wholesome stability, occasions have modified. We simply purchase candy with better ingredients (and ensure to have non-candy treats too).
Reinventing our dinner plan is one other approach I made peace with this sugar-happy vacation. These festive however wholesome Halloween recipes are good for a chunk to eat earlier than or after trick-or-treating, or only a technique to make Halloween enjoyable at dwelling!
Wholesome Halloween Recipes & Menu Concepts (Mother Accepted!)
A few of these recipes are our authentic creations and a few are nice concepts we’ve adopted from others. I made certain to decide on recipes that:
- include precise diet (wholesome fat, protein, nutritional vitamins, and so on.)
- are made with actual meals
- are straightforward for youths to make (see my parenting rule: mother doesn’t need to do all the pieces!)
In the long run, taking part in with our meals is quite a lot of enjoyable, and these low prep recipes depart time for all of the costume making and face portray you need!
1. Spiderweb Pancakes
Begin the day without work with some grain-free pumpkin pancakes. Soften some chocolate (as a result of, Halloween) and drizzle off a spoon in fast, spider-like style to “spin” a dramatic and scrumptious internet on prime of every stack.
2. Banana Ghosts
My youngest daughter appears ahead yearly to creating these tremendous easy banana “ghosts.” Merely peel a banana, lower in half, and press chocolate chips into the tip of the banana as eyes and a sliced almond as an open, wailing mouth! Stand upright on the flat finish on a plate drizzled with chocolate for a cute self-serve snack.
3. Clementine “Pumpkins”
It couldn’t get simpler (or more healthy) than this: peel a mandarin or clementine orange, being cautious to maintain the orange segments intact. Insert a brief piece of thinly sliced celery within the opening of the orange and voila! You’ve gotten an lovely pumpkin-esque deal with little youngsters (and adults) will love.
Make up an entire platter or serve on a small dessert plate with dinner (since they’ll get loads of precise dessert later!).
4. Jack O’Lantern Stuffed Peppers
Most of us have made some model of stuffed peppers earlier than. You may simply make them right into a enjoyable and wholesome Halloween meal!
Purchase 8-10 vibrant orange peppers. Slice off the highest and take away the seeds, and lower smiling (or scary) Jack o’ lantern face into the edges. Stuff with Philly cheesesteak toppings (our favourite) or a extra conventional filling, bake, and revel in!
Or, make it an appetizer. Put together an orange bell pepper the identical approach, however depart it uncooked and fill with radish cream cheese dip and cut veggies.
5. Watermelon Monster Head
You’ve seen watermelon fruit baskets… how a couple of watermelon monster head? Reduce a watermelon in half, scoop out the shell, and lower a jagged mouth. Flip the wrong way up on prime of a fruit salad plate and add some eyes to your watermelon “head.” It appears like this monster has misplaced his lunch, which youngsters will love and gobble up!
6. Meatloaf Mummies
We make meatloaf cupcakes regularly (like mini-meatloaves with whipped candy potato “frosting”). For Halloween we costume these up for the event by utilizing white mashed potatoes piped on prime with a flat icing tip. Add two inexperienced peas for eyes and you’ve got a meal that appears identical to a mini mummy, all wrapped up in bandages!
7. Witches’ Brew Smoothie
Shhh… that is only a inexperienced smoothie recipe I make on a regular basis! Cucumber and lime give it a vibrant inexperienced look that’s good for Halloween. Simply name it by a brand new identify and serve with a peeled grape (eyeball) garnish and you’ve got a spooky snack youngsters received’t flip down.
8. Mulled Cider (or Wine!)
This “deal with” is among the finest methods so as to add a touch of natural hygge and make it really feel additional cozy and alluring in the home. Plus it smells wonderful! Merely long-simmer mulling spices in cider (or round my home, wine for the adults!) and serve heat.
9. Pumpkin Soup or Chili
Should you haven’t tried a velvety, creamy pumpkin soup for a fall meal, you’re lacking out! Pumpkins are plentiful within the backyard and market this time of yr, making this soup a budget-friendly choice. This soup is simple to make, takes minimal prep, and is simple to maintain heat till you’re able to eat.
You may as well add pumpkin to chili, one among my favourite sneaky veggie-boosting tricks.
10. Zoodles or Shirataki Noodles (for “Brains”)
I’ve a whole post on shirataki noodles in case you’re , however these uncommon noodles have that good slippery really feel to pose as “brains”! Peeled zucchini noodles made with a spiralizer will even work effectively for this. Serve with alfredo sauce or Thai peanut sauce and current it as mind “goo” to gross them out and delight them on the similar time.
11. String Cheese Ghosts
Should you’re packing lunches, these tremendous straightforward string cheese ghosts are a cute, excessive protein deal with. Simply use a Sharpie to attract by yourself pleasant or spooky ghost faces!
12. A Chilling Charcuterie Board
With a charcuterie board, there’s no finish to how artistic you might be. Particularly when Halloween themed! Reduce cheese with Halloween formed cookie cutters, add clementine pumpkins (above), add olive “eyeballs,” or string cheese and bell pepper “fingers.”
13. Deviled Eggs (Of Course!)
I didn’t even need to make up a reputation for this one! Make deviled eggs much more sinister with the addition of black olive spiders, or combine filling with some beet puree and prime with olives for “bloody eyeballs.” Both approach, they’re full of protein and fat to assist fill youngsters up and regulate blood sugar.
14. Veggie Tray Skeleton
Who says greens can’t costume up too? My youngsters have taken this Halloween custom over from me and have enjoyable making a special character yearly. And I’m completely happy to produce the greens! They discovered knife skills from an online cooking course for youths years in the past, and now they’re paying off!
Serve with hummus or real-food ranch dip.
Do you might have concepts for a spooky and enjoyable Halloween menu? Please share your favourite real-food Halloween recipes!