Healthy Halloween Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Halloween recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Caramel Apples

Rating: 4 stars
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These fall treats have just enough caramel to give a nice hit of salty-sweet flavor in each bite.

Candy Corn Granola Bars

Inspired by the classic fall candy but without all the sugar, these festive granola bars are a nutritious and adorable alternative.

Gingerbread Marshmallows

Rating: 4 stars
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This gingerbread-flavored homemade marshmallow recipe is a fun, naturally gluten-free alternative to holiday cookies--and you won't believe how much better homemade marshmallows are than traditional store-bought marshmallows until you taste one. Use a stand mixer to make them, though--hand mixers typically aren't powerful enough to get the job done.

Spiced Pumpkin Pie

This boldly spiced classic pumpkin pie recipe can be made with canned pumpkin puree, a roasted pie pumpkin or roasted squash. Make your own healthy pastry dough or look for a store-bought frozen pie crust without any partially hydrogenated oils.

Carrot Soup

Rating: 4.72 stars
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This easy carrot soup recipe is a great way to use up a bag of carrots that were forgotten in your produce drawer. The carrots cook together with aromatics like onions, garlic and fresh herbs before being puréed into a silky smooth soup that's delicious for dinner or packed up for lunch.

Black Bean Quesadillas

Rating: 4.64 stars
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In a hurry? These satisfying quesadillas take just 15 minutes to make. We like them with black beans, but pinto beans work well too. If you like a little heat, be sure to use pepper Jack cheese in the filling. Serve with: A little sour cream and a mixed green salad.

Hamburger Buddy

Rating: 3.61 stars
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Very finely chopping onion, mushrooms and carrots in the food processor is not only fast--it makes the vegetables hard to detect for picky eaters. They also form the base for the sauce of this ground beef skillet supper. Make it a meal: Serve with a green salad.

BBQ Chicken Tenders

Rating: 4.57 stars
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These crispy chicken “wings,” made with boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders, stay crispy with only a light coating of oil--no deep-frying needed. Serve as an appetizer or try them for dinner with crunchy vegetables and dip on the side.

Ravioli & Vegetable Soup

Rating: 4.81 stars
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Fresh or frozen ravioli cook in minutes and turn this light vegetable soup into a main course. Look for whole-wheat or whole-grain ravioli in the refrigerated or frozen section of the supermarket. Tortellini can be used instead of ravioli as well. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

Cheese-&-Spinach-Stuffed Portobellos

Rating: 4.62 stars
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Here we take the elements of a vegetarian lasagna filling--ricotta, spinach and Parmesan cheese--and nestle them into roasted portobello mushroom caps. The recipe works best with very large portobello caps; if you can only find smaller ones, buy one or two extra and divide the filling among all the caps. Serve with a tossed salad and a whole-wheat dinner roll or spaghetti tossed with marinara sauce.

Chile Con Queso

Rating: 4.58 stars
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Our healthier version of chile con queso will have ooey-gooey-cheese lovers celebrating. Now you can enjoy this Tex-Mex dip without all the fat and calories. We replaced some of the cheese with a low-fat white sauce and used sharp Cheddar plus a splash of beer to boost the flavor. Our version cuts the calories in half and reduces total fat and saturated fat by nearly 60 percent.

Carrot-Orange Juice

Rating: 3 stars
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In this vibrant, healthy carrot-orange juice recipe, we jazz up plain orange juice by adding a yellow tomato, apple and carrots to pack in immune-boosting vitamins A and C. No juicer? No problem. See the juicing variation below to make this carrot-orange juice recipe in a blender.
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Inspiration and Ideas

This Pineapple Jack-O'-Lantern Is GENIUS

See ya later, Pumpkin. Scary fruits are winning Halloween this year.

Jack-o'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

This adorable Halloween-themed dinner is perfect fuel for your trick-or-treating adventure.

Pumpkin Seeds with Everything Bagel Seasoning

Rating: 5 stars
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Everything bagel spices give these roasted pumpkin seeds an extra hit of flavor that's delicious any time of day.