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Halloween Treats!

 

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Halloween is around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. According to lore, Halloween (or formerly Hallows’ Eve) represented a time when the ghosts of the dead would come back to earth. People feared that if you left your house, you might come across one of these ghosts; so to avoid being recognized, people would wear masks to blend in with the disembodied spirits.

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These days, Halloween is a much more family-friendly event, filled with creative and playful costumes, pumpkins on doorsteps, haunted houses, and plenty of festive treats. And I don’t know about you, but I usually associate this holiday with heaps of sugar. Chocolate bars, toffees, candies, you name it. It’s enough sugar to make my teeth hurt just thinking about it — and to get the kids really bouncing off the walls! Thank goodness it only comes around once a year…

Jack-o'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Recipe

What I love about this jack-o’-lantern stuffed peppers recipe is that it’s a festive twist on a savory dish that lets my family enjoy the holiday with a little less sugar. They’re a fun Halloween treat to prepare for your kids and something you can feel great about them digging into! The fun part is in carving the bell peppers, which act as edible jack-o’-lanterns. You’ll want a sharp knife for this, and ideally one that’s small enough to make tiny cuts (a paring knife works well). Then you’ll simply carve out little eyes, a nose, and a smile. And ta-da, the hard part is over!

Jack-o'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Recipe

These cute little jack-o’-lantern “pumpkins” are filled with a fiesta-inspired mix of spices, ground turkey, and black beans. The filling comes together in a pinch, and the flavors are reminiscent of a much more wholesome taco filling. You can keep these vegan by swapping the filling with this Quinoa Stuffing recipe. Once your filling is prepared, simply stuff it inside your carved peppers and pop them in the oven. A sprinkling of cheese brings this dish together. Serve warm and dig in. Happy Halloween!

Jack-o'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Recipe

 

Stuffed PeppersJack-o’-Lantern Stuffed PeppersThese festive Stuffed Peppers are perfect for Halloween!Course: Main CoursePrep Time: 25mCook Time: 35mTotal Time: 60mServings: 4 servings, 1 bell pepper eachIngredients:– 4 medium orange bell peppers– 2 tsp. olive oil– 1 lb. raw 93% lean ground turkey– ½ medium onion chopped– 1 clove garlic finely chopped– 1 Tbsp. chili powder– ½ tsp. ground cumin– Ground black pepper to taste; optional– 1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce, no sugar added– 1 cup black beans drained, rinsed– 1 cup cooked brown rice– ¼ cup water– ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheeseInstructions:1) Slice stem end off peppers. (Reserve for later use.) Remove seeds and veins from peppers. Cut a jack-o-lantern face out of one side of each pepper. Stand peppers upright in baking dish. Set aside.2) Preheat oven to 400º F.3) Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.4) Add turkey; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until almost browned.5) Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.6) Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.7) Add chili powder, cumin, pepper (if desired), tomato sauce, and beans; cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.8) Add rice; mix well.9) Fill peppers with turkey mixture. Top with reserved stem end of peppers Add water to the baking dish. Cover with foil.10) Bake peppers for 12 to 15 minutes, or until tender-crisp.11) Remove stem top of peppers, sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.12) Replace tops and serve.

 

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 426
Total Fat: 18 g
Saturated Fat: 6 g
Cholesterol: 99 mg
Sodium: 622 mg
Carbohydrates: 35 g
Fiber: 7 g
Sugar: 8 g
Protein: 31 g

P90X/P90X2 Portions
1½ Protein
½ Dairy
1 Grain/Tuber/Legume Carb
½ Vegetable

P90X3 Portions
2½ Carb
2 Protein
½ Fat

Body Beast Portions
1½ Starch
½ Legume
2 Vegetable
4 Protein
½ Fat

Portion Fix Containers
2 Green
1 Yellow
1 Red
½ Blue
½ tsp.

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Photographs by Anguel Dimov

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Resist the Halloween Candy

 

How does one resist Halloween candy? Well…I’m not sure.  I’ve found that if I eat just one, my body usually goes crazy for 100 more. This is my first Halloween while taking Plexus, so I’m hopeful that I won’t go nuts over Snickers and any chocolate / peanut butter combination this year.

What about calories in the candy?

Halloween candies are tricky, because they are often so small!  I think: I’ll eat just one.  But it’s easy to do that 10 times a day…or more.  How many calories do the little candies have? How much extra work is it to get rid of those extra calories? Is it worth it?

I say yes, once a year I’m going to eat sweets.  I don’t let my kids eat the crappy candy and generic stuff that just tastes bad anyway.  Some candy is gross, but the kids eat it because its sweet and free.  So, we usually pick out the good ones, pay the tax-man (me)… And give the rest to the Halloween Witch.  She comes out after bed time and takes all the left-over candy to build her candy house. By this, I mean, we give all the candy to the teen-agers that come out late at night.

Here’s a list of calories and work required to negate those calories…  It is amazing how much work it takes to get rid of something that only lasts for a short while.  That’s the thing about candy…it fires up the taste buds, but then disappears…leaving your tongue and brain wanting more.  Why do we only do that with high-calorie foods? It’s the sugar, fat, and salt.  We don’t usually over-indulge with celery or broccoli…but high fat, loads of sugar, tons of salt? Give. Me.  More.

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So…there it is.  The Halloween candy calorie chart. This is telling.  And, I also know that with trick or treating, costume preparation, and my kids running amuck, I won’t be eating a healthy dinner.  Probably some fast food or pizza delivery at a neighbor’s house.

 

So, maybe I will forgo the candy this year.  Oh dear, this doesn’t even count all of the drinks I’ll have.

 

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