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No doubt about it -- this Halloween is, um, different. We're all trying to navigate the rules of celebrating the holiday mid-pandemic, whilst also making it special and fun and wicked exciting for our normalcy-deprived children. 

Regardless of whether you'll be doing the traditional trick or treating route, boo-ing friends at their doorstep, or staying home and watching scary movies as a family, you can mark the creepy occasion with a meal that's satisfying and spooky (and hopefully loaded with protein, so you can feel a little less guilty about letting your kids gorge on candy.) Here is a fun and delicious idea for a devilishly good Halloween dinner.

Leaking Jack-o-Lantern Spaghetti Brains

Leaking Jack-o-Lantern Brains

Ingredients You'll need:

  • Orange bell peppers (but you can use any color; my kids prefer red peppers!)
  • Spaghetti (pick your favorite brand)
  • Sauce (can be jarred; I like to whip up a quick bolognese for protein factor, but no judgements from us if you work from a jar)
Leaking Jack-o-Lantern Spaghetti Brains
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Leaking Jack-o-Lantern Spaghetti Brains Directions

  • Carve your bell peppers just like you would a Jack-o-Lantern. Using a knife, carve out eyes and a wicked smile
  • Then cut a circle around the stem (don't throw it out though!)
  • Gently scoop out the pepper's insides/ seeds
  • Meanwhile, boil spaghetti. Once it's al dente, toss in your sauce
  • Finally, fill the jack-o-lanterns with spaghetti -- the messier the better! It's supposed to look like leaking brains, after all!
  • Top the jack-o-lantern with the stem and serve!
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This colorful meal is a great balance to all the candy the kiddos consume. It's all about balance! What's your favorite Halloween meal tradition? 

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