GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Halloween parties don’t just involve choosing a costume, they also involve taking a dish to pass.
Health Reporter Valerie Lego visits Robinette’s in Grand Rapids Township and gets a few tips form Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan registered dietician Grace DeRocha.
Here are a few healthy treats sure to be a spooky hit at any party.
Antipasto Spaghetti Jack O’Lanterns
1 box of thin whole wheat spaghetti noodles
About 6 cups total of vegetables of your choice, cleaned and chopped into bite size pieces
- Bell peppers
- Olives of your choice, pitted
- Banana peppers
- Sun-dried tomatoes
1-2 pounds total of your favorite lunch meats, cubed into bite sized pieces
About 1 pound (3-4 cups) total of your favorite cheeses cubed into bite sized pieces
Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing
2 cups olive oil
1 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 cup lemon juice, about 2 -3 lemons if using fresh squeezed
1/3 cup of honey
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 teaspoons dried oregano
4 teaspoons kosher salt
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Make red wine vinaigrette first. Just whisk together all ingredients and place in an air-tight sealed container in the refrigerator.
2. Cook spaghetti noodles in water seasoned with some salt and a splash of oil. Cook until al dente, then drain and rinse with cold water.
3. Place noodles in a bowl and dress with vinaigrette right away.
4. While the noodles are cooking, clean orange bell peppers. Cut off the top and keep as top of “jack o’lantern.” Clean out all the seeds and membranes of orange bell pepper carefully.
5. Next carefully, cut out a jack o’lantern face from each orange bell pepper. Set aside.
6. Chop all vegetables, meat and cheese, then add to noodles. Toss thoroughly so all the salad items are covered in dressing.
Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits
Pineapple tidbits canned, drained or fresh chopped pineapples
Fresh chopped jackfruit or jarred or canned jackfruit, drained and chopped
Starfruit, de-seeded and chopped
Mandarin oranges, drained or orange segments chopped
Low-fat cottage cheese
Vanilla or honey Greek yogurt
Low-fat whipped cream or low-fat whipped topping
Candy corn for garnish
1. Use a clear cup and layer with fruit. Recommend using one fruit of each color and one white topper for most effective display that mimics the colors of a candy corn.
2. Start with one of the yellow fruits to layer on the bottom.
3. On top of that choose an orange fruit to make the second layer.
4. Now choose cottage cheese, yogurt or whipped cream topping as the top layer.
5. Garnish with a couple of candy corns and enjoy!
Note: This can be set up as a parfait bar for kids to make themselves.
Spooky Cinnamon Apple Cider or The Cider with No Name
Gallon of apple cider
Apples of choice, peeled, cored and cut in half
Ice cubes, optional
1. Take peeled and cored apple halves and on the rounded side, cut faces into them.
2. Place blueberries into lychee fruit and freeze to look like eyeballs.
3. Pour chilled apple cider into punch bowl, add 2-4 cinnamon sticks, apple faces, blueberry-lychee eyeballs and optional ice cubes. Serve into cups. Enjoy!
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