Halloween is upon us and there’s no better holiday to have a “themed” dinner. Halloween is one of the few holidays all about having fun. So, if you’re too old to go trick-or-treating and you’re not partaking in any costume parties this year, you can still celebrate with a little creepy, Halloween-inspired meal.
Let’s start with these Halloween Jalapeno Popper Mummies. You’ll need fresh jalapeno peppers, softened cream cheese, shredded Pepper Jack cheese, minced garlic, minced scallion, salt, pepper, crescent rolls, and candy “eyeballs”. You’ll mix together the cream cheese, the Pepper Jack cheese, scallion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Slice your peppers half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Fill your peppers with the cheese mix. Unroll your crescent rolls into rectangles and use a pizza cutter to cut each rectangle lengthwise into four even pieces. Wrap a couple pieces around each pepper, leaving a small opening for the eyes. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees and put candy eyes on as soon as you remove from oven.
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These Savory Mushroom and Quinoa Stuffed Mini Pumpkins are an ideal Halloween entrée option. You’ll need to begin by cutting the tops off six mini pumpkins and removing the seeds. Bake them at 400 degrees with the tops on for 25-30 minutes. While the pumpkins are cooking, make the quinoa by combining it in a sauce pan with vegetable broth. You’ll need to bring it to a boil and then simmer until all of the liquid is absorbed. Saute sliced white mushrooms and chopped leeks in olive oil until tender. Add in chopped garlic, rosemary, and thyme and cook for another minute. Add some white wine and allow to cook until most of the wine has evaporated. Combine the quinoa and mushroom mixture. Remove the pumpkins from the oven and spoon the quinoa/mushroom mixture into each pumpkin and serve.
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Halloween Banana Popsicles are a fun and healthy dessert. You’ll need four large, fresh bananas (not overripe), nonfat Greek yogurt, powdered sugar, mini semisweet chocolate chips, creamy natural peanut butter, and popsicle sticks. Depending on what your making (ghosts or mummies) you’ll dip all in the yogurt and powdered sugar mixture, which you’ll let freeze. You can put the eyes on the ghosts right away, but you’ll want to wait for the mummies because you have to drizzle on melted peanut butter first and then add the eyes. Let the peanut butter freeze and you’re ready to serve.
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Happy Halloween and I’ll be back next week with some ways to enjoy split peas.