This is the time of year for Halloween parties and that can be an overload of sweets and treats. Your hungry goblins will love these fun healthy ideas that are wholesome and will balance out the trick-or-treat sweets.
Black Bean Cat Crudites
Black bean dip
Assorted vegetables of your choice: celery, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, whole green beans, mushroom slices, zucchini and summer squash slices
1. Arrange vegetables in the shape of a cat (see photo #1 above). Serve with a bowl of black bean dip for the face. Decorate "face" with cauliflower ears, tomato eyes, green onion whiskers and a pepper nose and mouth.
Greek yogurt or veggie/chip dip (dip needs to be thick enough to hold the carrots)
5 large carrots
Softened cream cheese
Baby carrots and Meijer blue tortilla chips for dipping
1. Fill serving bowl with thick dip. Wash and peel carrots for 4 fingers and a thumb.
2. With a vegetable peeler, make a flat, shallow notch in the tip of each carrot. Then use a dab of dip or soft cream cheese to "glue" an almond slice "fingernail" on each notch.
3. Stick the fingers in the dip, as shown, and serve with plenty of peeled baby carrot and tortilla chips for dipping (see photo #2 above).
Dried apple rings
1. For each pair of eyes, gently flatten two dried apple rings with the palm of your hand. Top with an apricot and a raisin to make an "eyeball".
Meijer whole wheat English muffins
Meijer sliced black olives
Red or green pepper
Meijer string cheese
1. Heat the oven to 350°F. For each mummy, spread a tablespoon of pizza sauce onto half of an English muffin (toast first, if desired).
2. Set olive slices in place for eyes and add round slices of green onion or bits of red or green pepper for pupils.
3. Pull apart string cheese and lay strips across the muffin for the mummy wrappings (see photo #3 above).
4. Bake for about 1 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the muffin is lightly browned.
6 Popsicle sticks
3 oz. white chocolate candy
1. Peel bananas and remove any strings. Cut each banana in half widthwise.
2. Push a Popsicle stick into each half through the cut end, then cover each pop with plastic wrap and freeze until firm (about 3 hours).
3. Place white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high until melted (about 1 minute). With a butter knife, spread the melted white chocolate on the uncovered frozen banana halves.
4. Set the pop on a waxed-paper-covered dish. Press on candies or currants for eyes and mouths and return the pops to the freezer until ready to serve.
Recipes adapted from Family Fun Magazine
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