Halloween Treats for ADULTS

Halloween Treats for ADULTS

 

Who says Halloween is just for kids?  After the kids have returned from Trick-or-Treating and they’ve wound down for the night put them to bed it’s time for some adult fun.

Whip up some adult treats ahead of time, hide them from the kids, and take them out for a bit of spooky fun with your friends, or snuggle up with your significant other for drinks and nibbles as you watch a scary movie.

Here are a few recipes for Halloween treats and drinks for adults.

Black CocktailThe Blackbeard cocktail from Honestly YUM is made with chocolate stout.  It looks lethally YUMMY!

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Pumpkin cheese ballWhip up this Nacho Pumpkin Cheese Ball from Cincy Shopper, it’s creamy, crunchy, with a bit of spicy!

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Spiderweb DipDip the nigh away with this zesty south-of-the-border dip from Mr. Food.com

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Mummy BrieAdd a bit of sophistication to your Halloween with this Mummy Baked Brie found on Babble.com.

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Smoking MartiniHere’s a lovey Smoking Martini created by Thomas Johnson from Cocktailatlas.com

Perfect for Halloween!
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CocktailThe Grave Digger Cocktail is a concoction of hard cider, whiskey, and ginger ale designed by Boulder Locavore.

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Homemade Meatballs

Homemade Meatballs

Homemade Meatballs

Now that Halloween is behind us it’s time to think about the holidays ahead.  I always feel that Halloween kicks off the holiday season, it does it my house.  Once trick or treating is done and the Halloween decor has been put away I turn my attention to planning our Thanksgiving dinner and getting ready for Christmas.  It’s a very busy time for me!

I think the weeks leading up to the holidays are busy for everyone, we need to shop, cook, bake, clean, decorate, and more along with all the daily work that we do.  One this is certain holiday planning or not we still have to eat.  Cooking and planning daily meals can be challenging during this season.  I know many times we end up grabbing fast food on the way home or ordering in pizza just to have something to eat for dinner, but I really hate doing this.  I get tired of eating out and I really do like my home cooking!  So to make my life a bit easier I like to stock my freezer with pre-made dishes that we can pop in the oven on the days I don’t have time to cook.

One of the easiest things to work with are meatballs.  I know, you can buy pre-made frozen meatballs at the grocery store, but my family hates them!  I don’t like the spongy consistency, I find them very unappetizing.  They don’t taste too good either.  So I spend about 30 minutes one day and make my own meatballs which I freeze in ziplock freezer bags.   They just need re-heating when I need them.  Meatballs are great because they are very versatile; you can turn them into different dishes by adding just a few ingredients.  I like to make meatball subs, Swedish meatballs, teriyaki meatballs, meatball soup, and of course spaghetti and meatballs.  My grandkids love them with mac n’ cheese!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pound ground beef – don’t use the one that’s too lean, you need a bit of fat to hold it together and also give it a good flavor.  I use ground sirloin or sometimes ground chuck which is a bit fattier.

1 egg

1 tbls. minced garlic

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tbls. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. fine sea salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

1 cup Italian style breadcrumbs

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese – use the fresh cheese not the one in the green cardboard shaker

Directions:

1.  Place meat and spices in a mixing bowl.

2.  Mix it all together using your hands.  Make sure the spices are distributed through out the meat, but don’t over mix as it will get spongy.

3.  Mix in cheese and bread crumbs.

4.  Shape into ball.  You can make any size ball you want, but don’t make them too big, they won’t cook in the middle.  Try to make balls the same size so they cook evenly.

5.  Place balls on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Homemade Meatballs

6.  Remove from from oven and cool before place in ziplock freezer bags to freeze.

Makes 3 dozen 2″ meatballs

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Homemade Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
2 Dozeen 10 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 Dozeen 10 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Dozeen
Instructions
  1. Place meat and spices in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix it all together using your hands. Make sure the spices are distributed through out the meat, but don't over mix as it will get spongy.
  3. Mix in cheese and bread crumbs.
  4. Shape into ball. You can make any size ball you want, but don't make them too big, they won't cook in the middle. Try to make balls the same size so they cook evenly.
  5. Place balls on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from from oven and cool before place in ziplock freezer bags to freeze.
  7. Makes 3 dozen 2" meatballs
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Brown Butter Butternut Squash Pasta

Brown Butter Butternut Squash Pasta

Whether you’re looking for a perfect dinner for your cozy night in or looking to impress that hot date, this is THE pasta. It’s warm and cozy and filling, but not heavy. If you want to make it vegetarian you can totally skip the sausage. There’s plenty of squash in there to fill you up!

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INGREDIENTS:
1 large butternut squash, peeled, halved and seeds removed
1/2 medium red onion
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. bucatini
1 lb. sausage, casings removed
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. freshly chopped sage
2 tsp. freshly chopped thyme
1/4 c. shaved Parmesan

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Cut squash into 1/2 “ cubes. In a large bowl toss squash, red onion, and 2 tablespoons oil together. Divide between two large baking sheets and season with salt and pepper. Roast until fork tender and golden, 30 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water, then drain.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add sausage and cook, breaking meat up finely with a  wooden spoon, until golden and crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove from skillet and place on a plate to keep warm.
  4. Return skillet to heat and add butter. Cook butter until foamy, then reduce heat to medium-low and continue to stir until butter starts to smell nutty and turns a deep golden, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, sage, and thyme and cook until fragrant, 1 minute, then remove pan from heat.
  5. Add bucatini, sausage, squash, and ¼ cup reserved pasta water to skillet and toss to combine. Add more pasta water to help sauce come together as necessary.
  6. Top with shaved Parmesan before serving.

 

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Southwestern Veggie Wraps

Southwestern Veggie Wraps

You want to know what I really love? Practically effortless meals. At least once a week, I make a big batch of my smoky black beans and cumin roasted sweet potatoes. We have a tendency to eat them along in tacos one night so I save the remainder for quick lunches for successive few days. Some weeks past I discovered a direction from Everyday Food for Southwestern Chicken Wraps and that I directly thought that I ought to place this week’s leftovers to figure and create my family Southwestern green goods Wraps.

I substituted the chopped chicken within the original direction for cooked sweet potato rounds and that I swapped out the cream unfold for dip, creating these wraps vegetarian too. The most effective issue concerning this direction is that it’s versatile! Baked curd, grilled portabella strips, or fajita veggies would additionally create delicious additions to those wraps.

The batch of cooked sweet potatoes and black beans makes merely enough for this wrap direction, however if you double them, you’ll be able to get another meal or 2 out of them. Leftover hot cakes are often baked into tortilla bowls–fill them with a taco dish made up of the leftover spinach, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and black beans. You’ll be able to additionally toss the sweet potatoes and black beans with quinoa, millet, or rice and a spicy French dressing for a protein-packed work lunch Veggie Wraps.

 

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Ingredients
Smoky Black Beans
1 (15-ounce) can black beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Cumin Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds
1 large sweet potato (about 1 pound), peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
Wraps
1 cup prepared guacamole (homemade or store-bought)
4 large tortillas
3 cups baby spinach
Cumin Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds
Smoky Black Beans
1 large tomato, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
Instructions
1. Place all of the ingredients, including the liquid from the beans, into a medium saucepan and simmer on low heat for 5-8 minutes, until warmed through. Drain the beans (don’t rinse them though!) and set aside.
To prepare the sweet potatoes:
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, toss the sweet potato rounds with the olive oil, cumin, salt, and pepper. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
3. Roast the potatoes for 10 minutes, flip them and roast 10-15 minutes more until they are crispy and golden brown on the outside.
To assemble the wraps:
1. Spread the tortillas with guacamole, leaving a 2-inch border. Divide the spinach, sweet potatoes, black beans, tomato, and onion evenly among all 4 tortillas, piling the toppings in the center of each. To form the wraps, fold two sides of the tortilla over the filling, then roll tightly, ending seam side down. Cut in half down the center to serve.
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Broccoli Cranberry  Salad Recipes with Bacon and Walnuts

Broccoli Cranberry Salad Recipes with Bacon and Walnuts

I’ve been creating low carb broccoli dish for years, however typically not with cranberries, since the shop bought ones are filled with sugar. Since I started creating sugar-free dried cranberries recently, it had been time to alter up my broccoli dish instruction and add those in. when one or two experiments, this straightforward broccoli cranberry dish with bacon and walnuts has become a daily at our house.

When I was trying to find ways that to use my new sugar-free dried cranberries, i used to be torn regarding what quite cranberry dish recipes to form. Sweet or savory I’m therefore glad I settled on this broccoli dish with bacon. Give it a attempt. It simply may become a replacement favorite at your house, too. And, if you celebrate Christmas, you’ll love adding its red and inexperienced palette to your vacation table!

Making broccoli bacon dish could be a breeze. mix all the ingredients during a giant bowl, whisk the dressing during a tiny bowl, and blend ’em along. That’s it! This makes a good make-ahead or nightlong dish, and also the flavors get even higher if you refrigerate it for a moment. Healthy olivie dish could be a nice nightlong dish still. There are not any greens to wilt or get slimed, therefore it stores well and is totally fantastic consecutive day.

 

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INGREDIENTS

1 bunch Broccoli (chopped into small florets)
1/4 cup Red onion (sliced)
1/2 cup Sugar-free dried cranberries (or any dried cranberries)
1/2 cup Walnuts (chopped; or pumpkin seeds for nut-free)
1/2 cup Bacon bits (cooked)
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 tbsp Lemon juice
1 tsp Orange zest
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1 1/2 tbsp Sweetener of choice (optional, to taste – preferably powdered or liquid*)
1/2 tsp Poppy seeds (optional)
Sea salt (to taste)
Black pepper (to taste)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Combine the chopped broccoli, red onion, cranberries, walnuts, and bacon bits in a large bowl.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, orange zest, sweetener, and poppy seeds (if using). Adjust sweetener to taste. Season with sea salt and black peper to taste.
3. Stir the dressing into the vegetable mixture. Refrigerate for an hour for better flavor (optional).

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Shrimp with Black-Eyed Peas

Shrimp with Black-Eyed Peas

This is truly the primary instruction that I made of Shrimp with Black-Eyed Peas up and it created Pine Tree State pretty darn happy. I’m not curious about any diet that creates Pine Tree State eat things that don’t style smart. Thus i used to be alleviated after I Sat all the way down to eat and that I may honestly say that I actually enjoyed the meal. It created Pine Tree State feel optimistic concerning my ability to stay with this set up of ingestion whereas keeping Pine Tree State feeling healthy and happy.

What I really like concerning the style of this dish is that the juxtaposition of the flavoring and also the cinnamon, the sweet purple onion and also the hot pepper, and also the dry couscous and also the creamy black-eyed peas. Each flavor is in balance and if you’re careful to not cook the shrimp their soft sweetness compliments everything else.

I served Shrimp with Black-Eyed Peas it with couscous so as to spherical out the meal. I’m thinking of adding okra or inexperienced beans next time to feature in some additional veggies. However that will solely create it higher as a result of its superb to start with. I even created additional the last time I created it in order that I may have leftovers to eat. Dinner tomorrow is going to be nearly as good because it was last night!

 

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Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon
20 large shrimp
1 small red onion, peeled and diced (I used a regular yellow onion b/c it was all I had on hand)
1 long hot green pepper, seeded, ribs removed, and diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup broth
1 tbsp honey
5 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed

Instructions

1. In a bowl mix the oil, chili powder, and cinnamon. Add in the shrimp and toss to coat.
2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 1-4 hours.
3. When you are ready to cook place the oil, onion, and pepper In a large skillet over medium heat and cook until softened.
4. Whisk together the honey, broth, and lime juice in a small bowl.
5. Add the black-eyed peas into the pan and add in the whisked liquid.
6. When the liquid has boiled off and reduced spread the peas to the outside rim of the pan and add the shrimp to the center of the pan.
7. After 2-3 minutes (or when the bottoms of the shrimp have turned pink) flip the shrimp. It will cook faster on the second side so after 1-2 minutes stir everything together and it will be ready to serve.
8. Serve with couscous which, if made without oil, will add 88 calories and 1 gram of fat to the meal.

 

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