4 Cool Halloween Veggie Treats
Love Halloween but hate the sugary sweets that come along with it? Thankfully there are plenty of healthier alternatives that are both tasty and fun for the whole family. Check out these four spooky veggie-related “treats” that will “trick” your little ones into thinking they’re being spoiled!
Little Pumpkin Dunkers
Ditch the greasy chips and give your kids a healthy option that’s just as tasty and way more creative. All you need are a few large carrots, a package of toothpicks, some curly-leaf parsley, scallions and some homemade hummus in your flavor of choice. Simply cut the carrots into coin shapes and insert a toothpick into the top of each one. To make the stems, thread a small sprig of parsley and a small-cut piece of scallion onto the top of the toothpick. Spread the hummus on a dish or platter to create the “field” and arrange the “pumpkins” on top. Then, simply dip and enjoy!
Creepy, Crawly Chili
Who doesn’t love a steaming hot bowl of rich, hearty chili? Now you can add an element of Halloween fun to yours by topping each serving with a creepy, crawly cheese cutout made with holiday-themed cookie cutters you can find at your local store (think bats, spiders, etc.). And don’t worry – you won’t have to slave for hours or wait all day for the slow cooker to be done. Our Quick and Easy Chili is ready to serve in less than 45 minutes! Fast and fun!
Your kiddos don’t have to give up sweets to eat more veggies. These carrot cupcakes are perfect for the fall season and also a great way to sneak more healthy vitamins and minerals into your kid’s diet. And since they’re topped with their own rich, homemade cream cheese frosting, they’ll taste more like a treat than any trick we know! Whip up a batch for that upcoming Halloween party – trust us, they’ll go like hotcakes (and the other parents will thank you)!
Spider Web Nacho Dip
Give your regular nacho dip a devilish upgrade with this frighteningly fantastic recipe. Start by spreading a layer of low-sodium pinto beans onto a 12 to 14 inch round serving plate and smooth down with a spatula. Spread a layer of salsa (drained of juice) on top of the beans leaving a small amount of the bean layer showing around the edge. Sprinkle cheese on top, again leaving some of the salsa layer showing. Add a layer of guacamole and top with the “web” design using piped sour cream. Complete the look with a plastic toy spider and serve with tortilla chips. Yum!
Balance out the candy bars and other sugary sweet treats your kids will get this year. Give them some creative, spooktacular veggie treats instead for a happier, healthier Halloween.