Healthy Dinners To Treat Your Tricksters
For most families, dinnertime is a rush shoehorned in between homework, work, walking the dog, evening activities, etc. On Halloween, throw in kids who are chomping at the bit to get out and start trick or treating and getting everybody to settle down for a nutritious meal can be tough.
The key is to get something quick, filling, and hopefully warm (it's going to be mighty cold where I live on Halloween night) into their bellies. Choosing foods that have a lower glycemic index and are higher in protein will help offset the enormous sugar rush and give them the stamina to keep going for just one more candy-filled block.
Think whole grains, lots of veggies, and easy and quick to make. My kids love these chicken sausage and broccoli pockets, which you can make ahead and freeze and then just pop in the oven. I make mine with whole wheat pizza dough to add a little whole grain into the mix. Serve them with cut-up veggies and some low-fat dip, and they'll get a nice dose of vegetables, grains and protein to send them on their way.
Tacos are always a good bet; just skip sour cream and cheese and serve with guacamole, pico de gallo and pickled onions. Fun, veggie-packed, and delicious....even my picky guy likes tacos!
A frittata is a fast and easy choice as well. Give any leftover or soon-to-go-south veggies you have a quick saute until they soften, scatter over some meat or cheese or both, and pour over 4-5 eggs beaten with a little bit of milk. As the edges set, lift them with a spatula and let the raw eggs flow under so they can cook. When the top is still a little runny, toss it under the broiler until it puffs and gets a little browned.
Once dinner is eaten, trick-or-treating time is on! None of these dishes are horrible to clean up after, either, so you won't be staring down a stack of dirty bowls and dishes once you get your sugar-crazed kiddos off to bed.
What's your go-to Halloween meal?