Getting ready to plan your Halloween festivities?
At Tommy’s we love Halloween. It’s such a fun and creative time of year!
Figuring out costumes, organizing parties, and making delicious Halloween treats is a great way to bring everyone together – plus, making holiday-inspired meals is a great excuse to play with your food!
Are you thinking that veggies and Halloween don’t mix? All too often the Halloween spirit casts an “evil eye” to a mountain of highly processed sugary sweets filled with ingredients that would frighten even the scariest of ghouls away. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
This Halloween, celebrate by trying some of these spooky vegetable creations – not only will they look great at a Halloween party, but they’ll taste frightfully delicious while providing an all natural energy-boost.
Halloween Stuffed Peppers
Carving a pepper is easier than carving a big pumpkin! Simply cut off the top, scoop out the seeds, and then use a small knife to create the faces. You can stuff the peppers using our stuffed peppers recipe, your favorite veggie-quinoa blend, the recipe above, or make it even easier with Tommy’s Fiesta Quinoa straight out of the bag. Just carve, stuff, heat and eat!
Scary Scales Smoothie
Skip the soda and sugary beverages and make fruit and vegetable smoothies using frozen strawberries, bananas, orange juice, vanilla yogurt, honey and “dragon scales” (baby spinach). Make a blender-full in advance and serve when thirst strikes!
A Halloween party wouldn’t be complete without some “pumpkin puke”! Carefully carve your pumpkin making sure the mouth is wide enough to incorporate your favorite dip or dips. Looking for some healthy suggestions for dips and spreads that use Tommy’s frozen vegetables? Visit our Recipes page (we highly recommend the Super Greens Guacamole and Spinach Dip with Carrots)!
Black Bean Pumpkin Soup
This black bean pumpkin soup can easily be created using ingredients you may already have in your pantry: black beans, canned pumpkin, tomatoes, onions, and vegetable broth. Be sure to make extra as it freezes well, and makes for a delicious, healthy lunch or dinner when you’re short on time.
Using a cookie cutter or an upside-down water glass, cut out circles from your favorite bread, layer with your favorite sandwich fixings (don’t forget the veggies!) Cut and arrange the cheese slices and lettuce to look like monster teeth and garnish with “monster eyes” made from green or black pitted olives held in place with toothpicks. This creative idea will be the perfect lunch box surprise on Halloween.
Graveyard Taco Dip
Looking for a spooky and fun Halloween recipe that can serve as your table’s centerpiece? Give this graveyard taco dip with gravestone tortilla chips a try! You can easily substitute the sour cream and mayonnaise for a dairy-free or vegan alternative.
Halloweeny Purple Sweet Potato Chipotle Mash and Boo Bisque
The vibrant purple soup will look downright wicked on your party table! If purple sweet potatoes aren’t available in your area, mix in one or two purple beets. The hearty, warming mash is satisfying and flavorful, and a dairy-free or vegan substitute is easy to create with a few simple swaps. Tommy’s Root Fusion or Roasted Sweet Potatoes can also be added in!
Whether you’re out shopping for a Halloween party or just planning a quick meal before you take the kids trick-or-treating, don’t forget to pick up a few bags of Tommy’s Superfoods. Our flash frozen vegetables are super tasty, healthy, and easy – they’ll help you get an amazing dinner on the table in a flash!