Set the Scene
You don’t have to overeat on the most horrifying night of the year. Let someone else hand out candy to the little monsters while you prepare these frighteningly yummy Halloween-healthy recipes and dance with the ghouls next door.
Healthy appetizers to scream about
If you plan to hand-out candy to neighborhood trick-or-treaters but don’t want to snack on their goodies, assign the job to a costumed guest or older child. Start your evening with an appetizer without eye appeal but with heart-healthy ingredients and mouth appeal.
Sweet Potato Chips with Black Olive Tapenade make for great pre-meal bites with flavor and vitamins like beta-carotene. Use olive oil for crunchy chips and a flavor enhancer for the black-olive tapenade. Each chip has 23-calories and 1-gram of fat.
After the chips have disappeared and your guests have chatted, danced and worked up their appetites, bring on the main dishes.
Oranges and candy corn for dinner
Orange Scented Beef Stir-Fry will please everyone’s palette with oyster sauce, rice vinegar and red bell peppers mixed with beef and broccoli florets. Serve over rice and watch your hungry Halloweeners eat every bite. You can use shrimp, pork or tofu instead of beef and add veggies like celery or sprouts.
If you want a main dish you can make before-hand and heat for guests, try the Candy Corn Chicken Quesadillas found on Boulder Locavore. These quesadillas look like giant candy corn but have fewer calories and a tanginess that candy corn fails to deliver. Use mild, medium or hot salsa and try roasting your own chilies for the best results. Your ghoulish guests will love the look and want more after they take a bite. Cook these ahead of time and store them in freezer bags until you need them.
For biscuit lovers the Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits recipe at My Recipes will leave you feeling energetic and ready to trick-or-treat some more. These biscuits come out with light flaky layers and a warm honey and butter aroma. Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits go with the stir-fry, the quesadillas or sitting out as appetizers.
A harvest moon celebration
Offer your friends and freaks a drink made for Halloween and get the party started right. The HGTV website features Witches Brew Halloween Cocktail served in a cauldron. Mix pineapple and cranberry juice with 7-Up or Sprite in your cauldron. Pour the mix in drink glasses and add a shot of Malibu rum by pouring it in the side of the drink for a Harvest Moon look and a kick to your punch.
Enjoy the night as the veil separating the living from the dead opens and you never know who is dancing at your dinner party.