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Easy Dinner Ideas Your Halloween Guests Will Love

Halloween is fast approaching, and if you’re anything like us, you’re looking to get into the spooky spirit. It can be tough to maintain a healthy diet during this time as most Halloween favorites are processed and unhealthy.

So how are you supposed to celebrate Halloween without resorting to these food options or binging on sugar and sweets?

It’s easy! We’ve come up with four easy dinner ideas that can either be the centerpiece to your ghoulish gathering or an amazing side to go with the potions you’re brewing up.

Halloween Bloody Baked Rats

This easy dinner idea is perfect for creeping out your dinner guests or family with its bloody and horrifying appearance!

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 2 pounds ground chicken2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1 cup red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp grapeseed oil
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1tbsp onion powder
  • ¼ cup egg whites
  • 1 cup marinara sauce (no sugar added)
  • ½ cup celery, finely chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a non-stick pan, heat grapeseed oil until shimmering, then add pepper, garlic, and green onions and cook until onions are fragrant and translucent.
  3. Using a large bowl, combine ground chicken, egg whites, and spices.
  4. Combine vegetables with ground chicken by hand or with a spatula.
  5. Mold chicken into small meatballs, shaping them like rats.
  6. Place on greased baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes
  7. Baste the baked rats with marinara sauce every 10 minutes, reserving enough sauce to top and finish with.

Try other spooky shapes for your meatballs, like bats, brains, or bugs. This is a fun, easy-to-adapt dinner recipe, perfect for fall weather and Halloween fun!

Whole Roasted Cauliflower Brain

This easy dinner idea combines elements of horror with health. A whole roasted cauliflower is both incredibly healthy and delicious, and with the inclusion of some clever food design makes a perfect centerpiece for a Halloween dinner party.

Ingredients

  • 1 cauliflower, full head
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tsp capers
  • Marinara sauce (no sugar added)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Trim leaves from the cauliflower head before washing it.
  3. Oil a baking dish and lightly oil the cauliflower head. Be sure to rub oil into the crevasses to ensure an even coating
  4. Season with salt.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, capers, and chosen seasonings.
  6. Baste the cauliflower with the contents of the bowl, and place cauliflower in oven for 60-75 minutes
  7. Once the cauliflower is cooked, spoon over the marinara sauce to represent veins on a brain.

We like to think of this recipe as a fun Halloween costume for our usual Whole Roasted Cauliflower dish. Give it a try and have a bit of fun around the dinner table!

Devil’s Pickled Eggs

Ready to serve

We’ve put a sinister spin on the deviled egg (or is that devil’s egg?) that’s perfect for spicing things up in crisp weather.

Ingredients (serves 6-12)

  • 6 boiled eggs, cooled and peeled
  • 2 beets (for color)
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • A few black peppercorns
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced

Filling and toppings

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise (or mustard, if you want lower fat)
  • ½ tsp toasted sesame oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce of your choice

Directions

  1. Add kosher salt, shallots, turmeric, garlic cloves, and pepper corns to a bowl and mix together thoroughly.
  2. Cut beets into small chunks.
  3. Using a pot set to medium heat, add water, vinegar and beets and simmer until liquid turns dark red. Let cool.
  4. Pour vinegar mixture over the bowl of ingredients.
  5. Sterilize a 750 ml jar, then add eggs and brine mixture. Place in fridge for 2 hours to 3 days
  6. Remove eggs from brine and split in half.
  7. Remove egg yolks and place in a bowl. Add mayonnaise (or mustard), sesame oil (or olive oil) and seasonings to yolks and mix well to incorporate.
  8. Spoon or pipe filling in to the hollowed eggs. Use a tooth pick to create lines on the egg resembling veins in a bloodshot eye.

This recipe takes our pickled eggs a step further, giving them a spooky appearance that’s perfect for that Halloween party you’ve been planning!

Pumpkin Seed Crusted Squash Wedges

Okay, this final dish isn’t terrifying like the rest, but still celebrates the seasonal flavors. This easy side dish is a perfect accompaniment to any meal, but also serves as a healthy snack on its own.

Ingredients

  • 60g shelled pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp sage, chopped finely
  • 1 butter nut squash, sliced into wedges (or chayote squash)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Peel butternut squash (or chayote squash), remove seeds, and slice into wedges.
  2. Place the pumpkin seeds and blend until coarse
  3. Toss the wedges with oil in a Ziploc bad. Add the coarse seeds and herbs into the bag along with sage. Shake the bag till wedges are evenly coated
  4. Spread the wedges onto a baking tray and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Flip the wedges at the halfway point and finish until tender.

Finding savory and healthy Halloween recipes can be difficult, but with these easy dinner ideas you’ll be able to show off your spooky spirit with more than just sugary sweets. It’s important to enjoy the holidays, and you don’t have to break your diet with these recipes! Enjoy amazing flavor and awesome presentation, and get into the Halloween spirit!