Here we are in half term and Halloween is just a few days away, so try these tricks-and-treats to keep you satisfied!
Healthy Halloween Lunches
These healthy lunch ideas are perfect for a whole week of healthy Halloween lunches – and are all part of your Lifestyle Plan. Choose any of the healthy eating fillings and pop them in a toastie, baguette, wrap or panini or use as a topping for a jacket potato.
Add the calories for one of these fabulous fillings or tasty toppings to your selection above.
Cheese Ploughman’s Sandwich – approx. 100 cals
Grate one 28g/1oz Light mature Cheddar and mix with vine-ripened tomatoes, pickle and salad leaves – delicious as a filling for sandwich or wrap.
Chicken and Bacon Sandwich – approx. 100 cals
Slice 56g/2oz chicken and serve with a smoked bacon rasher and a green salad.
Chicken & Mango Wrap – approx 120 cals
Mix a tablespoon of low fat mayo with 1 teaspoon mango chutney. Slice 56g/2oz cooked chicken and toss in the dressing. This becomes extra special when you add some sliced fresh mango and a dash of curry powder.
Corned Beef & Onion Baguette – approx 120 cals
Mix 56g/2oz corned beef mixed with grated onion. Don’t forget, for convenience, frozen onions are great. This is one of the most favourite recipes in the Slimtone classes.
Savoury Sausage & Beans – approx 130 cals
Heat together one grilled low fat sausage cut into chunks with 112g/4oz baked beans, stir in brown sauce and top a jacket potato. Hot dog sausages are ideal for this lovely lunch!
Slimtone Curry in a Hurry/Chilli etc – approx 200 cals
Make up the Curry in a Hurry, Chilli or Bolognese from your Lifestyle Plan and serve it over a jacket potato or potato wedges. The frozen sweet potato wedges are ideal for this recipe.
Cheese, Ham & Pineapple Panini – approx 120 cals
Spread a Panini with low fat Philly cheese, top with wafer thin ham and a slice of pineapple, then pop onto the health grill and enjoy.
Baked Beans & Cheese Jacket – approx 130 cals
Heat 2 tablespoons of baked beans and serve over a jacket potato with 28g/1oz grated half fat cheese.
Here are even more ideas to make your celebrations special!
Hot Dog Fingers – total calories approx 300 cals
Slice a finger roll and spread with tomato ketchup. Pop in a low fat sausage and crispy cooked onions and enjoy.
For that proper spooooky look, cut a fingernail shape at the top of the hot dog and little slits for knuckles!
Pumpkin Soup – serves 4 : approx 100 cals per serving
This is ideal for a Halloween or Bonfire Night party!
375g/13oz pumpkin, roughly chopped
150g/5oz carrot, roughly chopped
300g/11oz onion, roughly chopped
100g/3½oz red lentils
1.3 litres/2¼pt vegetable or chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Put all the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer gently for 20-25mins or until all the vegetables are tender. Leave the soup to cool slightly before blending in your food processor or hand held blender. Adjust seasoning to taste.
Marie’s Top Tips:
*** Try adding curry powder or chili flakes for a spicy flavour. Butternut squash is also ideal for this recipe.
***Why not enjoy a mug of our Slimtone Butternut and Red Pepper Soup as good Winter Warmer while enjoying the bonfire.
***Another tasty idea for Halloween treat is to make up the Cream of Broccoli soup on page 27 of your Lifestyle Plan. Serve in a large cauldron and you will have a hot and filling “Witches Brew”…………
Chocolate & Beetroot Witches Fingers
Make up 40 slices at approx 100 cals per portion
250g/10oz good, dark chocolate
250g/10oz low fat spread
3 free range eggs
150g/5oz whole meal self-rising flour
250g/10oz beetroot, boiled until tender, peeled & grated
Preheat oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Spray a baking tin of approximately 20 x 30 x 3cm and line the bottom with baking parchment. Break up the chocolate into pieces, cut the spread into cubes and mix in a heatproof bowl. Pop the bowl into a warm oven (or microwave) until the chocolate and spread starts to melt. Stir and return to oven/microwave until completely melted. Whisk the eggs and sugar together into a bowl until combined, then beat in the melted chocolate and spread until smooth. Gently fold in the flour then the beetroot – be careful not to over mix or it will make the brownies hard. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth over the top with a spatula. Bake for about 20 mins – they are cooked when a knife or a skewer pushed into the middle comes out with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Don’t be tempted to overcook them. Remove the tin from the oven and leave on a wire rack to cool before cutting into squares….. or fingers!
Now make them into Witches’ Fingers by adding a sliced cherry as a finger nail!
Or if you prefer, make Spider Web Specials by drizzling some white icing on top in the shape of a spider’s web!
I hope you enjoy these spooooky specials – why not bewitch our Facebook page with your photos!