It’s no secret that I love a good Halloween party, but I’ve also been into healthy eating lately (not exactly what Halloween is known for), which has presented me with a new challenge.

A healthier Halloween challenge

My uber chic friend at In New York Paris Tomorrow gave me a copy of THE SECRET LIFE OF FOOD by Clare Crespo, and problem solved! I’m loving Clare’s wildly fun, yet nutritious recipe ideas so much, that I’ve got to share a few of them with you in time to plan for your big Halloween bash! Treats that will trick your little ghouls and goblins into healthy holiday fun.
Hand Punch: photo by Eric Staudenmaier

Who wants sodas when you can have punch with a couple hands floating in it? Just fill unpowdered surgical gloves with cranberry juice, and tie a knot at the end to keep juice in the glove while you freeze it overnight. Mix light colored juices of your choice (here she’s used pineapple and lemonade) in a large punch bowl, then carefully peel the glove off of the frozen hands, and place them in the bowl.

Eyeball Snacks: photo by Eric Staudenmaier
Getting Tatjana to eat boiled eggs might be a stretch, but she would have loved eating eyeballs just to shock me as a kid. Slice the cooled and peeled boiled eggs in half, cut pitted black olives into quarters, and place in the center of each “iris.”
Spider Web Soup: photo by Eric Staudenmaier
Here Clare’s made a yummy tomato soup, but you can make any family favorite. The clever spider web is made by mixing a 1/4 cup of sour cream with 1 tablespoon of milk, then putting the mixture in a squeeze bottle to form a small circle in the center of the soup, with larger circles around it until you reach about 1/2 inch from the edge of the bowl. Use a knife to draw lines from one circle to the next to form the web. Tip: practice makes perfect on this one.
Spaghetti with Eyeballs: photo by Eric Staudenmaier
I love this simple everyday bowl of spaghetti and meatballs that stares back at you! Just bake the meatballs with pimento-stuffed olives for the eyeballs, and place two meatballs on top of each bowl of spaghetti.
We’ve been awfully good up until now, so I think we deserve a little naughty with our nice.

Finger Cookies: photo by Eric Staudenmaier
Everyone knows I’m a sucker for a keyboard player, plus I happen to be a certified cookie monster. I think I just fell in love again. Roll some cookie dough between your hands to make finger shapes, then use a knife to make indentations for the knuckles. While the baked fingers are cooling, mix 1/4 cup powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon water to make an icing glue. Use the glue to attach an almond slice “fingernail” to the end of each finger.

What fiendish goodies will you nightmare up?
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