Healthy & Delicious Halloween
Want some yummy healthy Halloween recipes & party foods that feel indulgent but are nutritious, whole & natural foods (and super easy)?
Well here you go!!
Holidays can be really hard and feel overwhelming when you’re trying to avoid processed foods & sugar. Halloween is actually ABOUT candy! And I’m not interested (or able) to make huge complicated recipes or intricately decorate things.
Here’s what I make to be festive while keeping Halloween healthy.
Crunchy Cinnamon Apple Chips
All you need is:
2-3 Large Apples
2 tsp Cinnamon
Slice thinly (use a mandolin to get them super thin and even). Place a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easy removal. Cover with cinnamon. Bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours. Flip slices and TURN OFF THE OVEN – then bake for 1 more hour. This helps makes them nice and crispy.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Separate seeds from pulp (GREAT job for kids).
Rise seeds well under cold water in a strainer. Shake them dry (they are sticky so avoid paper towels).
Dry them on an oiled baking sheet in the oven at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.
Coat with olive oil, salt and choice of spices.
Bake for additional 20 minutes.
I typically do them the traditional way – just olive oil & salt. But if you’re feeling adventurous, Food Network Magazine had some great ideas.
Indian – Add garam masala; mix with currants after roasting.
Spanish – Add smoked paprika; mix with slivered almonds after roasting.
Italian – Add grated parmesan and dried oregano.
Barbecue – Add brown sugar, chipotle chile powder and ground cumin.
If you’re not carving pumpkins, you can get pumpkin seeds in bulk at many health food stores. They keep for a couple years! Just boil in salted water for 5-10 minutes to soften the shells then add your olive oil and spices and pop in the oven!
I can’t really think of anything that isn’t made better with the addition of melted cheese. It’s really simple & always a big hit. Plus for pickier guests (like me!) it’s great – they can choose what it to dip in & how much cheese they get.
Fondue Dippers – anything! But these are my go to’s
Apple Slices ~ Cauliflower ~ Sourdough Bread ~ Carrots ~ Broccoli
- 2 cups of cream
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp dry mustard
- 1 minces garlic clove
- 6 cups of grated Cheddar cheese (or 5 c cheddar + 1 c emmentaler swiss – delicious)
- 2 Tbsp flour
Pour cream into pot. Add Worcestershire, mustard and garlic. Bring to simmer. Mix flour and cheese in separate bowl. Add cheese slowly while mixing. Keep warm in Crockpot or fondue pot.
For a creepy snack, there’s nothing like a good blood colored dip! Make your own via Delicious Living. Or, if you hate cutting up beets in your kitchen because there’s JUST SO MUCH RED EVERYWHERE (not that I feel like that), you can buy some! Several brands, like Trader Joe’s, have a blood-red hummus pre-made!
Add some veggies or pita chips & you are good to go!
Banana Ghost! This takes all of 10 seconds