easy Halloween recipes

5 Easy Recipes for a Halloween Open House

When trick-or-treating’s done, invite neighbors and their kids over for a low-key, nutritious meal.

By Amy Aaaahhh!berg

5 Easy Recipes for a Halloween Open House

Make room on the table in case the ghouls stop by.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Amassing bags of candy is a traditional Halloween goal for kids, but they're not the only ones tempted by the irresistible array of bite-sized treats. This year, try some easy Halloween recipes and replace some of that sugary, processed bounty with a simple and healthy buffet for family, friends, neighbors, and any other visitors who might drop by on trick or treat night. An informal open house (even if it's not haunted) is a great way to touch base, share stories, and calm down after the evening’s festivities.

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These easy Halloween recipes from the Rodale Recipe Finder taste just as great on any crisp fall evening. So invite your family and friends over, and savor the season!

#1: Three-Onion Dip with Broccoli. Start things off by setting out a big platter of crudités and this tasty dip. Fresh, creamy, but low in fat, this version of everyone’s favorite onion dip will go fast—consider making a double recipe. In addition to carrots and celery, consider slicing up red, orange, or yellow peppers, snow peas, and radishes for more variety and nutrition. Peppers provide vitamin C, snow peas are a source of the electrolyte potassium, and radishes contain compounds that protect muscles. Other crisp, juicy options for dipping include cucumbers and jicama. Steam or blanch cauliflower and broccoli florets briefly before serving, if desired. To save time and make things easier, purchase some precut veggies at the grocery store. Have baked whole wheat pita chips on hand, too, for scooping.

#2: Turkey Sloppy Joes on Whole Wheat Buns. Low in fat but high in protein, these hearty, savory sloppy joes will please both kids and grown-ups alike. Made lighter with lean ground turkey, and served on healthier whole wheat buns, they make a the perfect entrée for a cozy, family-oriented party. Subbing ground white-meat turkey for ground beef saves 10 to 20 grams of fat per three-ounce serving. Whole wheat buns round out this healthy entrée. Keep the sloppy joe mixture warm in a slow cooker or chafing dish, and let guests serve themselves.

#3: Hot Apple Cider with Ginger. Adjust the spices to your liking when mixing up this zingy mulled cider. Make an early batch and keep an insulated carafe of steaming apple cider at the ready for whoever will be sitting on the porch doling out treats. Also stock up on some chilled cider for those who don’t like it hot.

#4: Chocolate-Drizzled Popcorn. Sure, there’s the candy waiting, but this spin on traditional Halloween treats will tempt even die-hard candy freaks. A fiber-packed treat, it’s easy to make, and the cashews add a dose of protein.

#5: Caramel-Apple Tart. Another desert option that can satisfy a little goblin's sweet tooth while providing some healthy fiber and vitamins—it might keep the kids from gobbling all their candy in one night.

Filed Under: RECIPES

Published on: October 29, 2009

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