My friend and spin instructor, Tiffany, wrote this week's Meatless Monday post. She writes over at Adventures of a Superhero Mother when she isn't mothering her two adorable children. Please check out her site and share below any special Halloween foods you like to serve.
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Halloween week is upon us and my five-year-old son has really started to enjoy all things spooky and scary. It started by him noticing the decorations at our neighbor’s house and telling me ours (scarecrows and pumpkins) were just not scary enough! Since I was a fail with the decorations I decided to surprise him with an extra gory dinner the evening of Halloween. We live in a cold climate and I started the tradition of crockpot Chili a few years ago when he first started getting in to trick or treating.
My five-year-olds palate has become extra picky recently so I decided Veggie Chili is a healthier option. This year I am making it even easier on myself by serving this on Monday and eating the leftovers with the extra gory side’s on Wednesday, Halloween.
Veggie Crockpot Chili
1 (11 ounce) can black bean soup, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed (sometimes I use lentils)
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 cup of water
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
2 zucchini, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 (4 ounce) can diced chilies (Optional)
2 teaspoons cumin
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon cilantro (optional)
5 tablespoons Chili Powder (or more to taste)
2 tablespoons brown sugar (if you like it a little sweet like I do)
In a saucepan, saute the onion, bell peppers, zucchini, and celery for about 5 minutes.
In a slow cooker, combine black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, crushed tomatoes, corn, onion, bell peppers, zucchini, jalapeno, chilies, and celery and water.
Season with garlic, chili powder, cumin, parsley, oregano, basil (and cilantro if using).
Cook for about 6 hours on low.
I know this is a lot of chopping. I recently invested in a Progressive International Veggie Chopper that has made my life so much easier…and it’s fun for the kids to use as well!
To serve with your chili, here are some ultra gory sides for Halloween! These Witches Fingers, pictured above, are gruesome and fun and a great thing to dip in to the chili.
Spooky Witches Fingers
1 package of breadstick dough
½ cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon Salt
Combine Shredded Parmesan Cheese, Italian Seasoning and Salt in shallow dish. Open breadstick container and separate each breadstick. Roll together in hand and make a little lumpy (should resemble a finger), roll in Parmesan Mixture. Place one slivered almond firmly at the end of the breadstick to form the nail. Put on baking sheet covered in foil or sprayed with cooking spray and bake according to the directions on the dough package. (Usually 350-375 for 10-15 minutes). You can also use a fork to create divots in the dough around the “knuckle” to make it appear even creepier!
Tip: If the almond nail falls of, add a small dab of cream cheese to the end of the breadstick to re-adhere the nail
I am planning on serving my chili in a witch’s caldron with these breadsticks sticking out of it. Hope that is scary enough for him!
Gruesome Eyeball Bites
Vegetables of your choice (I like Cucumbers, Carrots and Cherry Tomatoes)
Chopped black olives
Slice veggie’s in round eyeball shapes (Slice Cherry Tomatoes in Half)
Add a dab of cream cheese in the center of each veggie and apply the round black olive slice in the center for the “eyeball”. If you want to make them a little creepier you can add a little paprika sprinkle!
I’ll be serving these on the side (definitely adding paprika) hoping it will inspire a few more veggies before all the candy takes over!
Hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween Week!
What kind of traditions do you have for Halloween? Do you serve anything gory?