Healthy Halloween Fun: Part 1

Two tasty and fun Halloween recipes that are sure to get your kids to scream 'eeeeeeeew' but for all the right reasons this time! 

Halloween can be a fairly polarising subject in Australia.

It’s not traditionally a holiday we celebrate but as time goes by and the world becomes smaller, everyone is adopting everyone else’s practices… especially the super fun ones.

I love a dress-up. My kid’s are apples that have fallen close to my dress-up loving tree so I admit we do Halloween with gusto.

One of the concerns of parents is that it’s a sugar fest of epic proportions but it doesn’t have to be. Sure the kids would love it if it was, but they would also love dressing up and eating some spooky food. You can participate in Halloween, have some fun and still keep your kid’s consumption on the right track. 

Or you can be like me and take them Trick or Treating, allow them two lollies before confiscating the rest and I eat them after bedtime while I watch my favorite series. 

Your choice; No judgment here.

Banana Ghosts

ghost bananas
Makes: 8
Difficulty: Easy peasy

Ingredients
  • 4 bananas
  • 200g white chocolate
  • 8 paddle pop sticks
  • cake writing tubes (available in the cake section of your supermarket for $5 for 4 colours, super handy) or sultanas or choc drops for decorating
Method
  1. Melt your white chocolate over a double boiler (a bowl over a saucepan of water.)
  2. Chop your bananas in half and insert the paddle pop sticks in the flat end.
  3. Place a sheet of baking paper on a tray.
  4. When your chocolate is melted and smooth, gently dip, roll, and spoon the chocolate on in a thin, but thorough layer.
  5. Pop on the tray and whack them in the fridge for half and hour. If you decorating with sultanas or choc drops, do them now.
  6. If you’re decorating with a cake writing kit, wait until set a little and then draw your ghouly ghost face on.
  7. Pop back in the fridge to allow for setting and then eat that spook’s heads off. 

Spider meatballs

spider meatballs body

Makes: 25 spiders
Difficulty: easy

Ingredients:

·         500g beef mince
·         ½ a brown onion
·         1 small carrot
·         1 small zucchini
·         1 cup grated cheese
·         1 tablespoon dried mixed herbs
·         1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
·         1 egg
·         salt and pepper
·         1 small packet of pretzels
·         a piece of chargrilled capsicum

Method:

  1. Place your onion, carrot and zucchini into a food processor and blitz until finely shopped. If you don’t have a processor, chop onion finely, and grate the vegetables.
  2. Pop your chopped vegetables and mince into a large bowl. Add the herbs, cheese and Worcestershire sauce, crack your egg on top, season well and then combine with your hands.
  3. You need to work it well to ensure it’s properly mixed. I suggest your remove all rings before doing so, because picking meat out of your jewels is not very cool.
  4. Using tablespoon-sized chunks, roll your mix into 25 balls. BBQ, grill or pan fry in a small amount of oil until cooked through.
  5. When cooked, break your pretzels into “legs”, push them into the meat, and add your spooky red eyes cut out of the capsicum.

Prepare to have dinner devoured because they’re tasty, fun and just the right amount of “eeeeeeeew.”

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