Trick-or-Treat? Give me something healthy to eat…

Hi everyone,

downloadGot all your spooky decorations and costumes ready? Carved your pumpkins and organised trick or treating with friends? All you need are some mindful Halloween food ideas? You’ll find a few of my last year’s recipes in the Halloween section of “Parties and Celebrations”. Some of the pictures could be better but most of them were not intended to ever end on a website.

As every year, I am somewhat late with getting everything ready… don’t you too feel that the weeks leading up to Halloween and Thanksgiving are always flying by? As soon as you got the first event covered, you on to the next and as soon as the last guest has left on Thanksgiving, you get the boxed from the garage or the attic and pull out the Christmas decoration. Phew!!

At least we started carving and paining our pumpkins last weekend… and boy, these pumpkins are expensive around here!

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But one thing at a time- firstly, we’ll be invited to a Halloween party on Saturday and were asked to bring something sweet or fresh and something savory. The kids begged me to
take one of our favorite Halloween foods, the watermelon brain, along. For the savory dish I settled on a green (guacamole) and black (bean) Halloween dip- something that everyone likes (I am pretty sure, we’ll be the only plant-based people at the party) served with Tortilla bats. These look super cool but are very easy to make.

Click here for the recipe http://plantbasedhappy.com/?page_id=5680

I also have to get ready for yet another event on Saturday- the Halloween fundraiser at our daughter’s ballet studio. Of course, I agreed to bring in some Halloween muffins. Halloween and Thanksgiving still feels like fall to me, even though we are currently living on the southern hemisphere where everything is the opposite and we’re experiencing spring right now… with temperatures on the rise!

Click here for the recipe http://plantbasedhappy.com/?page_id=5684

Anyway, fall inspired recipes have to include either sweet potatoes or pumpkin. That’s why I have settled on sweet potato maple muffins. For now, please be happy with just the recipe, I will upload the pictures by the end of the week as soon I have baked and decorated the muffins.

IMG_9054A note on the side: when you clean out a pumpkin before carving it, DO NOT throw away the precious pumpkin seeds. rather, wash them, boil them for 10 minutes and drain them. Mix them with cinnamon, allspice, maple syrup, a pinch of salt and a bit of extra virgin olive oil (or coconut oil) and bake for about 50 minutes at 300F (150C), turning them every 10 minutes. Sprinkle them on salads, cereal etc. These seeds are super healthy, especially when not hulled. They contain large amounts of zinc and vitamin E (read more on http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=82)

Enjoy browsing through the recipes!

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