Healthy, Horror-filled Harvest

Harvest-time and Halloween have gone hand-in-hand since the earliest pagan celebrations of the holiday, and when you’re trying to make Halloween less about the candy factor, returning to a harvest celebration with a spooky twist can be a great approach. Here are a few amazing recipes that take advantage of the season’s bounty…with a few spooky ideas thrown in for good measure.
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Berry Scary Shake

2 Guiding StarsOkay, this purplish ghost of a shake is more adorable than scary, but we know your kids will love the flavor and the presentation, either way. (2 Guiding Stars)

Mulled Cider

2 Guiding StarsFresh cider is a delightful annual treat, cold or hot. We love it spiced and warmed…and maybe served out of a witch’s cauldron for good measure. (2 Guiding Stars)

Witchy Finger and Alien Smiles

Up the spook factor at your Halloween festivities with…vegetables. (Cue evil laughter.) Seriously, though, the kids will love these creepy treats. (Unrated)

Vegetarian Pot Pie

1 Guiding StarMake the filling for this pie and serve it up in muffin cups topped with a healthier pie crust for an easy-to-serve party meal. (1 Guiding Star)

Sweet Potato Ravioli

3 Guiding StarsHomemade pasta is a treat, but it doesn’t get any easier than this tasty dish that will impress your guests of all ages. (3 Guiding Stars)

Walnut Squash Crostini

2 Guiding StarsElegant doesn’t need to be time consuming. Start with canned pumpkin or squash for a quick appetizer that looks like it took hours. (2 Guiding Stars)

Barley, Mushroom and Winter Squash Risotto

1 Guiding StarFill your belly with this satisfying twist on risotto that uses hearty barley for a filling, whole grain base. Swap in your favorite squash from the farmer’s market. (1 Guiding Star)