Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Veggie Skeleton with Roasted Red Pepper Dip for Halloween!

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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:

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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).

Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Swamp Monsters over Braised Kale for Halloween!

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I’ve discovered that putting eyes on food immediately makes it festive…and a bit spooky!

Here is a recipe to make a batch of frittatas Halloween-ready.  Be creative and use what you have in your kitchen.  I used radish, scallion and sunflower sprouts, but you can use all kinds of veggie scraps to make your Monster faces.

SWAMP MONSTERS ON BRAISED KALE:

Ingredients

Braised Kale

2 bunches of dino or curly kale, chopped (veins removed and discarded)
2 Tbs. of ghee
1 tsp. of sea salt

Swamp Creature Bodies

1 dozen eggs
1 tsp. sea salt
2 Tbs. sun-dried tomatoes, minced (dehydrated or packed in oil is fine)
8 basil leaves, minced
2 scallions, minced
Dash of white pepper
2 Tbs. ghee or coconut oil to grease muffin tin

Swamp Creature Faces

2 radishes, thinly sliced and halved
1 scallion, bottom halves only, thinly sliced
Sunflower sprouts

Instructions

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin with coconut oil or ghee and set aside.

BRAISE your kale by adding ghee, chopped kale and sea salt to a medium sauté pan and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes or until wilted. Once done, remove the kale from the stove and arrange on a large serving platter. The kale serves as a swamp for your swamp creatures to rest on.

ADD eggs, sea salt, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, scallion and white pepper to a mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.

POUR 1/3 cup of egg batter into each greased muffin cup.  If you run out of batter, simply fill any empty muffin cups with a little water. Bake in the heated oven for 12-15 minutes.

REMOVE from the oven and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes (the egg muffins will deflate during this time). Once cool, remove from the muffin tin and place upside down at a 45 degree angle over the braised kale.

CREATE swamp creature faces by placing two halved radish slices on each egg and a piece of minced scallion in the center of each radish.  Cut tiny slits out of additional radish halves to use as mouths (you do not have to create slits for the mouths, but it does add a festive touch).  Add sunflower sprouts as hair above the eyes.

ENJOY as a spooky and fun breakfast, for for a nourishing meal any time of the day.

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AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Green Goblin Soup for Halloween!

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BOO!

Halloween is right around the corner and if you are looking for a healthy recipe to create, you’ve come to the right place!

Below is a recipe for Green Goblin Soup, and it’s a perfect appetizer or snack for loved ones at home, or to bring to a Halloween party.  Dress it up with scary (faux) spiders and colorful straws and serve in individual clear cups, or serve in a large witch pot, you decide!

GREEN GOBLIN SOUP:

Ingredients

2 Tbs. avocado oil (coconut oil or ghee works fine)
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 scallions, minced
1 lb. asparagus, chopped (tough ends discarded)
4 cups of spinach
1 avocado, peeled and diced
2 cups of bone broth (chicken, beef or veggies broth works fine)
1 tsp. sea salt

Garnishes

Blanched asparagus spears to use as goblin legs (see recipe note below)
Fresh herbs such as parsley, scallion or cilantro
Freshly ground pepper (omit to keep this recipe AIP friendly)
Plastic spiders and Beetlejuice straws optional

Instructions

ADD avocado oil to a stockpot and bring to medium heat on the stove. Add onion and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes.

ADD scallion and asparagus and reduce to a simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes.

REMOVE from heat and transfer to a high-speed blender along with spinach, avocado and bone broth. Alternately, place spinach, avocado and bone broth in pot and blend with an immersion blender. Once blended, taste and add salt to taste.

SERVE in clear plastic cups with raw asparagus spears sticking out of each cup.  Add a festive straw as well if you like.

GARNISH with any additional herbs or freshly cracked pepper, or dare to scare your guests with faux spiders crawling over each soup!

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Recipe note: Blanching your asparagus spears is not necessary, but you may find them easier to eat than raw spears. To blanch asparagus spears, bring a small pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare a bowl of cold ice water. Place asparagus spears in boiling water until they turn bright green, about 2-4 minutes depending on the size of your asparagus spears. When the spears are bright green and crisp-tender, use a slotted spoon to remove the asparagus from the boiling pot and place them in the ice water bath. After a few minutes, remove the spears from the ice water and allow them to drain on a few paper towels.