Autumn is here, and Halloween season is upon us. Time for costumes, corn mazes, cauldrons, and of course, candy!
Balance out the sweets your kids will eat during tick-or-treating season with these healthy recipes. They are a fun and festive way to celebrate Halloween while giving your kids the nutrition they need.
Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers6 bell peppers
1 pound ground turkey
4 slices whole wheat bread, cubed
1 small onion, diced
1 small tomato, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup chili sauce
¼ cup yellow mustard
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease an 8x8 inch baking dish. Carefully mix together ground turkey, egg, bread cubes, onion, tomato, garlic, chili sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
Wash peppers and cut jack-o-lantern faces into them using a small knife. Slice off pepper tops, scoop out the core and seeds. Then, stuff peppers with the ground turkey mixture.
Place peppers into the baking dish and lean them against each other. Bake until the peppers are tender, and mixture is fully cooked, about one hour.
Cheesy Witch Brooms5 string cheese sticks
10 pretzel sticks
10 fresh chives
Cut each string cheese stick in half and use a knife to fray the bottom halves. Insert one pretzel stick into the top of each string cheese half. Finish things off by tying a piece of chive around the middle of each string cheese half.
Monster Apple Bites2 green apples, slices in quarters
32 sunflower seeds
3 strawberries, thinly sliced lengthwise
Cut the middles out of each quarter apple to create a “mouth.” Spread peanut butter inside each gap. Place four sunflower seeds at the top of each gap for “teeth.” Place one sliced strawberry inside each gap for the “tongue.”
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