Thank you to my good friend Natalia for sharing this picture. Hope everyone had a fantastic spooky night!
Here is the recipe from today's CTV segment.
Jack O Lantern Soup
2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 sweet onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 sprig of rosemary
1 tbsp of cumin
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 cups low sodium chicken stock
1/3 cup of evaporated 1% milk
parmesan cheese (optional)
1) Chop leek, garlic and onion into a medium dice
2) Sauté leek, garlic and onion on medium heat with oil until soft (about 5 minutes)
3) Add in spices and cook for another minute
4) Add in pumpkin, lemon juice and chicken stock, increase heat to a slight boil, then bring to a simmer and cover for 10 minutes
5) After 10 minutes, remove lid and add in evaporated milk slowly while stirring.
6) Keep on medium low heat from 5 more minutes
7) Remove from heat, add to serving bowls and sprinkle on a small amount of parmesan cheese (optional)
Makes 4 servings
It's only a few days away! Soon your little monsters will be out on the town collecting treats from house to house. This is a fun tradition for all but to the health aware parent is there anything that can be done to prevent the late night candy binge for your little kiddies?
Here are a couple of tips that will help you a long:
1) Don't let them skip meals: If your little tyke skips meals during the day of Halloween, they will be more likely to over eat snacks in the evening. Make sure they have their regular breakfast, lunch, dinner and healthy snacks.
2) Be the candy checker: With younger ones, it is important to make sure there are no dangerous treats in their bags anyways. Go through and remove any inappropriate candies (such as heavy chews they may choke on if they are really little). Next have your child help you divide the candy into small bags with the candies of their choosing so they can take one each day to school. Now you have helped portion things out but they still get the treats they want.
There are other little tricks you can try with your treat loving kiddies but these are a good start. Remember that it is a holiday and there will be a bit more indulging; just try to keep it reasonable.
Another holiday is upon us. One of my favourites actually. I think it's the combination of getting to dress up in silly costumes and bite sized candy bars. Be sure to bundle up, those of you planning on going out trick or treating.
For those who are staying in, here's a little recipe to use with all those left over pumpkin seeds from your jack o' lanterns. Makes for a tasty snack while watching scary movies.
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
1.5 cups pumpkin seeds (cleaned)
spices (see below)
Spray cooking oil
1) Preheat oven to 300* C and spray cookie sheet with oil
2) Toss pumpkin seeds with spices and 1 tbsp oil until coated
3) Place on cookie sheet and roast for 45 minutes
There are lots of spice combinations that work on these. Here are a few I suggest:
1) Tarragon and Apple Cider Vinegar (you can omit the oil for mixing with this one)
2) Garlic Salt
3) Salt and Pepper
4) Pumpkin Pie Spice/Cinnamon and a little Brown Sugar (for those you prefer sweet)
Be creative! That's half the fun :-)
Also, here is a great little video on the history of Halloween for those of you that are interested in it's origins.
Happy Halloween Everyone! Stay warm and keep spooky!