Take Five Halloween Recipes - 10/31/2013

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Pumpkin Hummus:


1 (15oz) can garbanzo beans
¾ cup pumpkin puree
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. cumin
¼ tsp. ancho chili powder
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
½ cup water

1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth and combined.
2. Remove from food processor, place into a serving bowl, cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour to let flavors combine


Dark Chocolate Pudding:


2 cups reduced fat milk
3 Tbsp. Stevia
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. unsweetened Dutch processed cocoa
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup crushed chocolate wafer cookies

1. Heat 1 ¾ cup milk in a small saucepan over medium heat.
2. In a small bowl combine remaining milk with stevia, brown sugar, cornstarch and cocoa powder.
3. Place cocoa milk mixture into sauce pan with hot milk and stir until combined and mixture is thickened but do not boil
4. Off the heat add chocolate and vanilla, stir until chocolate is melted. Divide mixture between 5 ramekins.
5. Top with crushed cookie crumbs

Monster Munch


6 cups popcorn
½ cup Reese's pieces
½ cup m&m's
¼ cup candy corn

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl

Ghost Pretzels
20 pretzel rods
5oz. melted white chocolate
10 semi sweet chips, melted

1. Dip pretzels into white chocolate and place on a parchment line baking tray. Allow chocolate to harden.
2. Dip a tooth pick into semi sweet chocolate to form eyes and mouth

Blood Punch

64oz. cranberry juice
46oz. apple juice
1 liter ginger ale
1 orange sliced

Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl, refrigerate until ready to use.

Graveyard Taco Dip

First Layer
1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
1 Tbsp. taco seasoning

Second layer
1 (15oz) can reduce fat vegetarian style refried beans

Third layer
8oz. non-fat sour cream or non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp. taco seasoning

2 avocadoes mashed
1 garlic clove minced

5th Layer
1 cup salsa

6th Layer
Shredded lettuce

1. In a small bowl mix together the avocadoes and garlic.
2. In a small baking dish, layer the beans, sour cream, quinoa, avocado, salsa, and shredded lettuce
3. Covered and refrigerate for 1 hour
4. To make tombstones, cut shapes out of corn tortillas, and bake in 350 degree oven until tortillas are golden brown


Apple Teeth

Ingredients :
2 red apples, sliced
Mini marshmallows
3 Tbsp. peanut butter

1. Sliced Apples, spread a thin layer of peanut butter one side of each apple, place 4-6 marshmallows in between 2 apple slices, place slices together.

Pumpkin Quesadilla


2 flour tortillas
2 slices cheddar cheese

1. Cut out a jack-o-lantern face on one of the tortillas. Place the other tortilla in a skillet over medium low heat, top with cheese and allow cheese to slightly melt. Top with second tortilla and toast on the 2nd side for about 30 seconds



Adding pumpkin to the hummus helps to provide some sweetness, beta carotene and fiber. It creates a unique flavor profile and helps to remove fat by decreasing the amount of olive oil needed.

Making dark chocolate pudding adds extra antioxidants along with a deeper flavor. Using skim milk and stevia help to cut down the fat and sugar content making a healthier alternative to traditional pudding.

The graveyard taco dip uses quinoa in place on traditional rice adding some protein and a fun flavor, taking out the fat with the sour cream or using Greek yogurt will increase some protein without adding fat.

The apple teeth provide a great fun snack for kids taking away sugar from traditional Halloween candy and substituting it with fresh fruit.


Courtesy: Bryan Nader
Sous Chef Nutrition & Wellness
Mercy Health Saint Mary's Campus
200 Jefferson NE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503


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