Healthy Dinner Ideas for Halloween night

Halloween is right around the corner and you know your little ones will be getting their share of junky treats. To be able to send them out for a night of fun, without any parental guilt, make sure to fill their tummies with a delicious healthy dinner.

My friends at Cookus Interruptus just wrote a post on a nourishing Halloween dinner, including a lovely Rosemary Red Soup, Parsley Pumpkin Seed Garnish, and Potato Corn Muffins. Having experienced all those dishes, I can honesty vouch for it as a YUM dinner!

In our house, chili dogs with all the additions are a Halloween tradition. We like to make our own two-bean chili with plenty of Walla Walla sweet onions. Buying uncured all-beef dogs give us peace-of-mind, knowing we aren’t filling our bodies with nitrates and all sorts of preservatives. Roasted squash complements the chili nicely, adding color and essential vitamins to the meal.

For those vegetarians, tempeh sloppy joes are a nice holiday treat. Add a side salad or your favorite steamed veggie and you have yourself a meal. Tempeh sloppy joes are super easy and can easily be passed off as the real thing. Crumble the tempeh into a skillet and saute with some chopped onions. Add sloppy joe sauce (ketchup, mustard, vinegar, garlic ) and cook ’til bubbly. Pour onto wheat hamburger buns and enjoy!

Split pea soup is also a nice dish to serve on All Hallow’s Eve. All warm and nourishing, with a piece of crusty bread, your ghouls and goblins will be set for a long night of fun and candy collecting.

Here in Walla Walla, local dentists are offering a “candy buy-back” program. For all that extra candy collected that parents don’t really want their children to eat, the program will take it off our hands, send it to the troops in a holiday care package, and give kids a $5 gift card to a local toy store. If not in WW, look in your local area for similar programs. Great idea!

Happy Halloween!

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One Comment on “Healthy Dinner Ideas for Halloween night”

  1. Dalia Villegas
    November 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Cool ideas! Thanks Melissa!

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