Halloween can be a dieter's worst nightmare. It can be worse than Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even Easter. There are just so many treats! Your kids come up with buckets full of candy and sweets, while your friends are inviting you to parties with alcohol and fattening goodies.
And then there’s the worry of what all this is going to do to our health! Just how will our organs react to the drinking, the food, and the desserts?
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Well, it’s time to put your worries to one side. The best part of Halloween is that you can make it healthy without being a bore. In fact, some of the healthiest options are fun to make, and your kids will love to be a part of it. I’ve got 7 recipes that you need to follow for a healthy Halloween in your home.
Don’t Forget the Pinterest Ideas
Of course, there are already others who have come up with some great healthy Halloween recipes. There are banana ghouls, apple monster mouths, and much more that are extremely quick and easy to do. You don’t even need to follow specific recipes for these.
People share their photos on Pinterest, and you can go from there. Oh and there’s also Instagram! Take a look through all the different Halloween ideas just to get you started. Then you can move onto these bigger, more delicious and tummy- filling healthy Halloween recipes.
Get Your Chicken Quesadilla On
Let’s start with something filling and great for parties. Chicken quesadillas go down great on their own, but what about adding a Halloween twist to them? You can make them look like candy corn. You and your kids will get the feeling of eating something bad, but it’s really super delicious and good for you.
You can make six with this recipe, and it won’t take you too long to prepare and cook: around 30-40 minutes.
- 12 tortillas
- 2 cups chicken, roasted and diced
- 3tbsp salsa
- 3tbsp sour cream
- 1.5tbsp green chillies, chopped
- 1 package slice of white cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 package slice of dark orange cheese like sharp cheddar
- A small block of light orange cheese of your choice
- Seasoning to taste
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350F
- 2. Keep the bottom of your tortilla round but cut the sides into a triangle. Make them in pairs, as you’ll want to make sure they work together for your sandwich. Place in a sealed bag to avoid airing out.
- 3. Mix the salsa and the sour cream in a bowl.
- 4. Add in the chicken and chillies. Season to taste.
- 5. Place one of each pair of tortillas on a baking sheet. Spoon in the mixture evenly and top with the other pair of each quesadilla.
- 6. Cover the cheese over the quesadilla into a candy corn colouring pattern—put the white cheese at the tip, dark cheese in the middle, and the lighter cheese at the base. Make sure all the quesadillas are completely covered.
- 7. Bake in the oven until the cheese is completely melted. It shouldn’t go running or thin. It’ll only take about 5 minutes.
Now it’s all ready to serve. You can enjoy with a knife and fork, or you can just get right in there with your hands. It’s up to you how messy you want to get.
Give Your Hot Dogs a Mummy Look
Hot dogs aren’t the healthiest option, but they’re quick and simple. And we all know that everything in moderation is fine, right?
Well, these Mummy Hot Dogs are great fun to make. They’re also simple, making them the perfect Halloween party food.
- 1 can crescent dinner rolls
- 8 hot dogs
- 1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
- 2. Unroll your crescent dough and create triangles with it. Cut the triangles into narrow strips.
- 3. Wrap your dough around the hot dogs, making it look like bandages wrapping around a body. Leave a slight gap right at the top for the eyes.
- 4. Place on a pan and bake for about 15 minutes, until the dough is golden.
- 5. Allow to cool. You can add the eyes with the mustard or just leave the mustard to one side for dipping.
Serve Your Squash Soup in a Halloween Way
Sometimes you just want to create something healthy with a Halloween twist. This is just the case with this squash soup recipe. The difference is you serve it in pumpkin bowls. Don’t worry, it won’t take you too long to create.
Ingredients for the pumpkin bowls:
- 4 small pumpkins
- 2 tsp sugar
Ingredients for the soup:
- 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into small chunks
- ½ onion, chopped
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 springs of thyme
- 3 tbsp double cream
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
Ingredients for the toppings:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sourdough croutons
- Paprika or chilli powder
- Crisp bacon
- Fried onions
- Parsley leaves
- 1. Start with the bowls. Preheat the oven to 400F. Take out the stem of all pumpkins and remove the lid. Take out all the seeds and fibres. Sprinkle the salt and sugar and then roast for around 30 minutes.
- 2. While that happens, melt a small amount of butter in a saucepan and add the onion and a pinch of salt. Add the thyme (removed from the sprigs) and increase the heat a little. Stir and cook until onion is soft.3
- 3. Add in your squash and sugar and cook for another 4 minutes.
- 4. Add in 5 cups of water and boil. Reduce the heat and cook for 20 minutes on a simmering heat.
- 5. Place soup in the blender and puree until smooth. You can also use a handheld blender.
- 6. Stir in the cream and season if desired.
- 7. Place the soup in the pumpkins and sprinkle on your toppings.
Your friends and your family will love this healthy Halloween recipe.
Place Your Fruit in a Halloween-Inspired Orange
Like pumpkins, you can also make bowls out of oranges. They look like mini-pumpkins and are much easier to deal with! Make a fruit salad and serve in some Halloween-inspired oranges. This is so quick and simple to make that you can do it for fun just for a snack for your kids. They’ll love showing them off to their friends!
- 1. First, slice off the lid of your oranges and then hollow out the fruit. You can use the orange segments within your fruit salad to avoid them going to waste.
- 2. Carve your pumpkin face on one side of the oranges—or get creative with some designs.
- 3. Dice up all the fruit that you want and don’t forget to add the orange segments. Transfer into your Halloween oranges. Serve with the lid on.
- 4. If you want to get a little naughty with this, add some crushed raspberries to some cream to give it a pink/red tinge. You can then pour over the oranges to make it look like some blood is pouring out.
Make Pumpkin Pudding With a Ghostly Twist
What about getting a little creative with the serving of your pumpkin puddings. These will take some time to prepare, so make sure you get them ready at least the day before. The best part is that you can store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve at your party.
Ingredients for the pudding:
- 1 pack of gelatin
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 cup of sugar
- 6 egg yolks
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 can pumpkin puree
Ingredients for the topping
- 2 egg whites
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- ½ tsp cream of tartar
- Pinch of salt
- Small candy
- 1. Start with the pudding. Place a tbsp of cold water in a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the surface. Don’t stir. Allow the gelatin to soften on its own.
- 2. Place a little water in a saucepan and bring to boil. Whisk the milk, yolks, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a bowl that you can place in the small saucepan. Keep stirring while over the heat for about 10 minutes.
- 3. Remove from the heat and pour over the gelatin. Whisk until the gelatin is dissolved.
- 4. Whisk in the pumpkin puree.
- 5. Divide across 12 small cups (even paper) and place in the fridge to set. It should take 4-8 hours.
- 6. For the topping, place water in that small saucepan again.
- 7. Whisk all the ingredients except the candy in a bowl and then place over the saucepan for a couple of minutes.
- 8. Remove from the heat and beat until stiff peaks created. It should take about 5 minutes.
- 9. Spoon the topping onto your set desserts. Serve with candy eyes. You can keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
Put a Spice in Your Punch
Halloween doesn’t mean unhealthy drinks. It’s time to get a little creative with your punch. This will take a few hours to make, so make sure you give yourself the time. Try making it the night before, so it’s ready just to pull out and serve.
- 2 cups dark brown sugar
- 4 Mexican cinnamon sticks
- 1 can of pumpkin
- 2 limes
- A bit of rum (if desired)
- Pecans for serving
- 1. Mix the sugar and cinnamon sticks with 12 cups of water in a large pot. Allow to boil until the sugar dissolves.
- 2. Add in the pumpkin and reduce the heat to a simmer.
- 3. Remove the lime zest in strips with a vegetable peeler. Add to the pot and simmer for 15 minutes.
- 4. Place in the fridge so the liquid cools and the pumpkin drops to the bottom. It’ll take 2-3 hours.
- 5. Strain the liquid over a pitcher to get all the pulp out. Discard the pulp and lime zest.
- 6. Put the cinnamon sticks back in the punch.
Keep in the fridge until it’s ready to serve. You could keep this in a bowl in the middle of a table, or you can serve in glasses with ice. This is when you can add a splash of run and your pecans to serve.
A Martini With a La Llorona Twist
Hispanic America has the legend of the La Llorona (the weeping woman), and this is a great basis for a martini with a Halloween twist. This really doesn’t take too long to make. In fact, you can do it all as soon as people walk in the door!
- 3 oz Brandy
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1.5 tbsp sugar
- Dash of Angostoria bitters
- Crushed ice
- Dry ice (optional)
- 1. Fill your cocktail shaker with crushed ice.
- 2. Add the brandy, fruit juices, and sugar. Shake for 15 seconds.
- 3. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with your bitters.
- 4. You can add the dry ice for the spooky, Halloween effect.
Make sure you don’t touch the dry ice. It’s fine for drinking, though, as long as you allow it to melt first.
It’s Time to Make Your Party Spook-tacular
Now is the time to get fancy with your Halloween recipes. There are so many healthy options out there, so you don’t need to feel like you’re missing out. Even a little bit of alcohol isn’t going to do you any harm.
You can make filling meals or have spooky treats to hand out at the door. Your kids will love getting involved, your party guests will enjoy something different, and the trick or treaters will wonder what you have up your sleeve for next year.
Which ideas are you going to opt for this year? Remember to take some photos and share them with your friends.