Halloween is a time for costumes, decorations, and delicious treats. However, you don’t have to sacrifice your commitment to healthy eating in order to enjoy the festivities. Whether you’re hosting a ghostly office gathering, looking to enchant your children at dinnertime, or just want to mark the season of monsters and spirits with some healthy Halloween meals, Ripe has conjured up four recipes for Halloween that are sure to be a hauntingly tasty treat this spooky season.
You can make horrifyingly tasty treats from the healthiest of ingredients. Ripe has all of the ingredients you need to make the trick-or-treat tastes below in our shop. We deliver (sadly not on broomsticks) across London, and in plenty of time for the spooky season.
The 4 Spookiest Recipes for Halloween
These spooky Halloween recipes are so easy and fun to make. If you're having an office Halloween party, these will be fantastic to make on the day with all of your colleagues. Or If you're having a Halloween gathering at home, these Halloween recipes are fun and tasty ways of getting the kids involved. Right, let's dive into the dark, scary world of amazing Halloween recipes, shall we?
Monster Apple Bites
These cute monsters are the perfect Halloween party snack that combines taste and fun. Not only are they extremely easy to make, but these apple bites are a healthier alternative to the sugar and salt-heavy foods associated with the season.
- Peanut or almond butter
- Nuts, such as almonds
- Chocolate chips, dried fruits, or sweets (for the googly eyes)
- Cut apples into thin wedges, removing the core.
- Spread a thin layer of peanut or almond butter on one side of each apple slice.
- Slice the nuts and press the apple slices into the nut butter to create teeth.
- Place chocolate chips, raisins, sweets, or whatever you’ve chosen for eyes upside down in the nut butter.
- Pop the eyes on the apple slices, and you have a spooky, healthy monster
These apple monsters are quick to make, great fun to decorate with the kids or others at the office and ensure that you have a healthy and tasty treat for any Halloween event. After all, Halloween can be delicious, nutritious and spookalicious!
Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Bell Peppers
These whimsical stuffed peppers take the essence of the traditional jack-o'-lantern and bring it to your dinner table. Using bright orange peppers can serve as edible pumpkins, carved to resemble the iconic grinning faces of Halloween.
- Bell peppers (We'd recommend orange for ultimate spookiness and flavour, but yellow or green work great too)
- Lean ground turkey or meatless ground alternative
- Quinoa or brown rice
- Tomatoes, diced
- Onion, diced
- Black beans, drained and rinsed
- Spices (such as chilli powder, cumin, paprika)
- Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove seeds and membranes.
- Carve jack-o'-lantern faces into the peppers using a small knife.
- In a skillet, cook ground turkey or meatless alternative with diced onion until browned.
- Add cooked quinoa or brown rice, diced tomatoes, black beans, and your choice of spices. Mix well.
- Stuff the bell peppers with the mixture.
- Place the stuffed peppers on a baking sheet and bake at 175°C/350°F for 20-25 minutes or until the peppers are tender.
Whether you serve them at a Halloween party or as a fun family dinner before trick-or-treating, these stuffed bell peppers are sure to bring a ghoulishly good time to your table.
Witch’s Brew Green Smoothie
Halloween isn't just about indulging in sweet treats; it's also an opportunity to get creative with nutritious, themed recipes. Enter the Witch's Brew green smoothie, a magical concoction to add to your Halloween festivities.
- 1 cup spinach leaves
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup green grapes
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yoghurt (or dairy-free yoghurts for a vegan option)
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder (for the eerie green colour)
- Honey or maple syrup for sweetness (optional)
- Add all the ingredients to a blender.
- Blend until smooth and the mixture turns a spooky green colour.
- Taste and adjust the sweetness, if necessary, with honey or maple syrup.
What gives this smoothie its witchy flair is the presentation. Serve it in a cauldron-shaped glass or mug, garnish with a black straw, or top with some "eyeball" blueberries or "spider" chia seeds. The Witch's Brew green smoothie is an enticing, healthy treat that captures the spirit of Halloween while nourishing your body.
Halloween Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin soup is a seasonal and comforting dish, perfect for warming up on chilly autumn evenings. But for Halloween, it needs a horrifying twist. So, here's how to make a delicious pumpkin soup with some equally enjoyable edible blood to mix in or splatter on top.
- 1 medium-sized pumpkin (or canned pumpkin puree)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup heavy cream (or a dairy-free alternative)
- 2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil for a vegan option)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley or chives for garnish (optional)
- Sriracha/hot sauce
- Sour cream/yoghurt (optional)
- Start by preparing the vegetables. If you're using fresh pumpkin, cut it into chunks, remove the seeds and peel the skin. Chop the pumpkin into smaller pieces. Also, chop the onion, garlic, carrots, and potatoes.
- In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat (or heat olive oil). Add the chopped onion and garlic. Sauté until they become soft and fragrant, usually around 3-5 minutes.
- Add the chopped pumpkin, carrots, and potatoes to the pot. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Sprinkle in the ground cinnamon and nutmeg. These spices will infuse the soup with warm, autumnal flavours. Stir well to coat the vegetables evenly.
- Pour in the vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until all the vegetables are tender and easy to mash with a fork.
- Using an immersion blender or by transferring the mixture to a blender in batches, puree the soup until it's smooth and creamy.
- Return the blended soup to the pot and stir in the heavy cream (or dairy-free alternative). Let the soup simmer for an additional 5 minutes, allowing all the flavours to meld together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Lightly stir in the hot sauce (with the sour cream or yoghurt), or serve the soup with the "blood" splattered on top.
This Halloween pumpkin soup is not only delicious but also visually appealing with its vibrant oranges and viscous reds. It's a fun and filling addition to any autumn or Halloween gathering, and its creamy texture and rich, spiced flavour will leave your guests spookily satisfied.
Get Fresh Ingredients For Your Halloween recipes from Ripe
Whether you're crafting monstrous apple bites, carving jack-o'-lantern stuffed bell peppers, or summoning pumpkin soup, these dishes prove that you can indulge in the Halloween spirit while still nourishing your body. This Halloween, treat yourself to more than just sugar.
Now, not everything about Halloween has to be scary and spooky. Grab all of the ingredients you need for your Halloween recipes from Ripe. We deliver fruit, vegetables and pantry items across London. Visit our shop page to get your ingredients delivered easily, although you may see a few ghosts and ghouls along the way!