Trick your kids into eating vegetables for dinner with this easy and healthy vegetable marinara.
Halloween is Friday!!! Are you ready? I’m just about there. The outdoor decorations are ready to be put out, and the menu is planned, all I have to do is buy the candy. This year we’re giving full size packages of Skittles. Yep, I’m one of those. Don’t hate me because I’m generous.
If you have young children, I know that you’re probably trying to figure out how to get them to eat dinner before they get their candy on. I feel you, because it wasn’t that long ago that I had the same issues. Trying to get a bite of anything nourishing down my kids’ throats on Halloween night was an exercise in creativity and pure genius. Since I’m not the latter, I had to go with the creative aspect of cooking. How could I turn something normal into something fun, exciting, and appetizing for two kids who only had visions of running through the neighborhood with their friends, filling pillow cases with candy, and then rushing home to count their loot? Trust me, it took a lot of right brain thinking to compete with Halloween night. But, I did it, and you can too.
My Halloween marina is orange on purpose. Red is good for every other day of the year, but not October 31st. Nope, this day requires everything to be orange or black. Which is a good thing, because to get this sauce looking all jack-o-lanternish, you have to add vegetables. This recipe has carrots and spinach, along with tomatoes, onion, basil, and garlic, and that means that your little darlings will be consuming a whole bunch of lycopenes, beta carotene, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Bwaaaaa haaaa haaaa haaaa! What little devils us grownups can be.
I know what you’re thinking. How in the world do you get kids to eat those ingredients, especially when they’re all together in one pot? Blend, blend, blend. Once this saucy sauce has been ground up in a blender, it will look creamy and orange. You won’t see a single vegetable, or a bit of green (why do kids hate green food?). All they have to know is that you made them a spaghetti sauce that tastes good and looks festive.
If you’re going to be struggling for time on Friday, then go ahead and make this sauce earlier in the week and freeze it. It’s good for a month in the freezer.
My new favorite pasta is made from Quinoa. It’s filled with protein and it’s gluten free, but it tastes just like conventional wheat pasta. It’s better for you, and it tastes good. YES!!! I prefer Ancient Harvest brand, it’s just my favorite. If that’s not available in a store near you, then buy whatever you like. It’s really all about the sauce anyway.
Ok, so you have a nest of orange pasta sitting on the plate, and you’re not impressed. I don’t blame you. It’s pretty boring. That’s why you’re going to make crostini in the shapes of bats and cats. This is super easy. Buy a loaf of whole grain bread and press out the shapes with cookie cutters. Brush the bread cats and bats with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper and toast in the oven until they’re golden brown. Now, add them to the pasta. CUTE, right?!
Turn on some spooky music, dim the lights, light some candles, and tell scary stories while you eat dinner. Your kids will love it, and so will you, because they ate some seriously healthy food, and you all got some precious quality family time.
Order Ancient Harvest Quinoa Spaghetti at Amazon.com. Just click on this.
Need Halloween cookie cutters? Click on this.
Veganosity is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.
Check out our other Halloween recipes!