This healthy Halloween snack is actually a lot of fun to create! Use up the veggies in your kitchen to create as silly or scary of a skeleton that you wish. Using your favorite dip as the face will be an extra incentive for people to eat this veggie tray up (and a good idea, since Vitamins A,D,K and E, found in veggies, are absorbed best with the addition of a healthy fat), but brace yourself, you may have a hard time seeing your skeleton vanish before your very own eyes…
VEGGIE SKELETON WITH ROASTED RED PEPPER DIP:
For the Skeleton Body & Face
2 purple curly kale leaves, veins removed and saved
Handful of spiralized zucchini
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
1 radish, thinly slices
1 carrot, thinly sliced like coins
4 baby carrots
1/2 red bell pepper, seeds removed and julienned
1/2 orange bell pepper, seeds removed and julienned
Handful of sunflower sprouts
2 cherry tomatoes
1 celery stalk, sliced in 4 pieces
1 sprig of fresh rosemary, cut in 4 pieces
2 cilantro leaves
2 thin slices of scallion
Roasted Pepper Cilantro Sauce
1/2 red bell pepper, seeds removed and thinly sliced
1/2 orange bell pepper, seeds removed and thinly sliced
1 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup avocado oil
1/2 tsp. of sea salt
PREHEAT your oven’s broiler.
PLACE bell pepper slices on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and roast under the broiler for 10 minutes, or until charred.
TRANSFER bell pepper slices to a high speed blender with cilantro, garlic, avocado oil and sea salt and blend on high until pureed. Store sauce in a small ramekin.
ARRANGE your veggie skeleton on a serving tray by placing your ramekin with sauce near the top of the tray to use as a face.
START to build your skeleton’s body and design its face.
Skeleton body ideas:
- Curly kale leaves and spiralized zucchini as hair
- Cucumber and radish slices as ears
- Bell pepper slices as ribs (create a nesting spot for ribs with sunflower sprouts)
- Carrot and radish slices as a spine
- Celery and kale veins as arms
- Cucumber slices as a pelvic region
- Celery and baby carrots as legs
- Radishes as joint connectors
- Cherry tomatoes as feet
- Rosemary sprigs as toes and fingers
Skeleton face ideas:
- Eyes: Cilantro leaves and minced scallion
- Nose: Carrot
- Mouth: Radish
BE creative with your skeleton and use any veggies you have on hand. This is a great snack to set out for loved ones and any parts that are not eaten right away can be chopped and added to a salad (using leftover sauce as a vinaigrette).