As Halloween is only a few days away, you may be wondering how to make the occasion extra special. While most of the focus will be on the costumes and sweets, you can also theme the meals around this spooky celebration. There are literally hundreds of great recipes to be found on the internet, some healthier than others. This means that you will have to choose wisely, serving up some scrumptious dishes that are also good for you and your family. To give you some inspiration, here are a select few of the choices available.
This can be done with any tomato-based sauce and pasta such as spaghetti or fettuccini. The trick is to add some fake, yet realistic eyeballs to the mix. To make them, you will need:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Mozzarella balls
- Basil leaves
For each eyeball, follow these simple steps. Cut your cherry tomatoes in half and remove the seeds with a teaspoon or knife. Now cut the mozzarella balls in half and insert them into the centre of your fresh, room temperature cherry tomatoes. Shape them to fit if necessary. Then cut a circle out of the basil leaves and place them in the centre of the mozzarella balls. Your eyeballs will now be ready to place in the meaty, red sauce on top of your pasta.
Since you likely have a carved pumpkin out the front of your home, you may be wondering what to do with the leftover flesh. A pumpkin pie can be a great way to use up anything extra in a healthy, simple manner. Here’s how!
- Boil the pumpkin pieces for 15 minutes and drain
- Preheat your fan oven to 180°C
- Line your tart tin with pastry and chill for 15 minutes
- Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown
- Push pumpkin through sieve
- Mix the pumpkin with cinnamon, sugar, salt & nutmeg
- Add beaten eggs, melted butter and milk
- Pour into tart and cook for 10 minutes at 200°C
- Lower temperature to 180°C and cook until filling has set
- Leave to cool. Mix cinnamon & icing sugar and sprinkle on the top
This vegetarian dish can be healthier by choosing low fat milk and butter. If done properly, it is enough to serve 8 people.
When it comes to making dessert, it’s time to sweeten things up for you and the whole family! This sumptuous Halloween dish comes from 123 Recipes, a great site where you can find plenty of other options! The actual process is quite simple to do. Follow these quick and easy steps below:
- Beat flour, vegetable oil, milk, vanilla, eggs and granulated sugar together
- Pour this into a plastic bottle that has a narrow opening
- Apply medium heat to your skillet and grease with oil
- Squeeze the batter to form four straight lines that intersect at a point
- Use more batter to make a cobweb shape, working quickly to avoid burning
- Cook for a maximum of 60 seconds and then carefully turn over
- Move to a wire rack, let them cool and then sprinkle with powdered sugar
This can also be a fantastic snack to give out for those trick-or-treaters that turn up at your doorstep. Who says homemade meals have to be boring?
Dracula’s Blood Punch
Lastly, you’ll need something to refresh your tribe of monsters. To keep this family friendly, let’s avoid any alcohol! Luckily, there are plenty of options available out there when it comes to creating delicious Halloween mocktails for everyone. One of the best is Dracula’s Blood Punch, the perfect way for the kids to pretend to be vampires without actually having them bite each other. Making this drink is simple too. Place some cherry juice, orange rind, chilli, cinnamon sticks, cloves and ginger into a pan and simmer for five minutes. Leave to cool and then place in the fridge for up to 2 days. Once ready, simply pour into a glass or jug and serve to the family!
We hope that this gives you some inspiration for your upcoming Halloween feast. Good luck and have fun with organising this spooky celebration!