Sugar, sugar and more sugar at Halloween can produce a candy coma.
I like to make holiday treats that are savory to balance out all the sweetness.
Every Halloween for the last 30 years, we at the Kelly compound have been making Spider Deviled Eggs by topping our favorite deviled eggs with black olive “spiders.” To have giggling kids around the table licking ooey-gooey egg yolk filling from their fingers was well worth all the time and mess. My kids love this recipe/tradition. If I ever think about NOT making these, my kids whine like crazy, “But Mooooooom, please please PLEASE can we make spider eggs???”
You won’t believe how easy these are to make! Just make up a batch of your favorite deviled eggs. I like them pretty plain — just smash the yolks with mustard and mayo. For about eight eggs (16 halves), I use two cans of olives — one jumbo-sized and one large-sized. Cut each large olive in half and place on top in the middle of each deviled egg to form the spider’s “body.” Then, cut a jumbo olive lengthwise to form six long skinny triangle shapes for spider “legs” and stick them on next to the body. That’s it!
Almost-instant, frugal low-sugar Halloween treats that look fabulous and get you rave reviews from every party!
Get the recipe at apronstringsblog.com/halloween-recipe-deviled-eggs.
We call these “Yam O’Lanterns,” a fun name for Spooky and Silly Sweet Potato Faces.
My granddaughter insists on just calling them “sweet potato faces”, and will gobble down three or four in a sitting, easily. By any name, this is a fabulously fun, simple and satisfying healthy Halloween idea, perfect for parties in particular — school events, and other festive gatherings (maybe not so much for handing out to trick-or-treaters). The photo itself pretty much tells you the recipe (cut slabs of sweet potato into pumpkin-like spooky/silly faces), but I’ll still share the details, of course!
One helpful hint, if you have an apple corer, use it to cut and punch out perfectly round eyes or mouths.
Get the recipe and directions at apronstringsblog.com/yam-olanterns-spooky-sweet-potato-slices.
Vegan Rice Balls
Healthy and Halloween at the same time is a win-win if you need a respite from the onslaught of sugariness of the Halloween season.
These little vegan rice balls are made with carrot juice — NOT orange food coloring — to make them orange. These are just darling on a platter — and so easy to make!
I have been making these for the last few years and they have become a tradition. I always have so much fun making their cute faces — just cut up black olives and make each one with its own personality.
It just wouldn’t be Halloween without them now.
Get the recipe at apronstringsblog.com/healthy-halloween-carrot-rice-balls-easy-recipe.