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Healthy Halloween: Veggie Martians & A Giveaway

Posted Oct 24 2012 10:01am

The season of sweets is officially in full swing. For the next 3 months store shelves, office kitchens, school parties and pretty much everything in between will provide the opportunity for us to indulge in a holiday themed treat.To keep the fun without all the junk, we’re getting busy in the kitchen trying new recipes that embrace the spirit of the season without all the sugar and processed stuff.

Thanks to Birds Eye , and their partnership with Nickelodeon, we had the opportunity to taste test these delicious, fun to make, veggie inspired Halloween biscuits.

My kids didn’t devour every veggie on their plate like I secretly hoped they might. But after initially refusing to be a part of this veggie project, my oldest did come around and decide to build a veggie martian when he saw how much fun his little brother and I were having.  To my surprise, both boys tasted a lot of what was on the table as they worked. It was the perfect opportunity to be creative and hopefully continue to change their perception of veggies to something positive.

Give this easy Halloween recipe a try with your kids and don’t forget to enter to win coupons, a reusable freezer bag and a $50 Amazon gift card all courtesy of Birds Eye. Check out their website for more veggie inspired fun !

Share your veggie inspired creations on our Facebook page to help us and Birds Eye in challenging kids to celebrate the awesomeness of vegetables by getting crazy in the kitchen and committing to eating more veggies every day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package refrigerated biscuits (we used the 8 pack by Immaculate)
  • 1 bag (12 oz) Steamfresh® Broccoli florets or Cuts, cooked to package directions and divided.
  • 1 bag (12 oz) Steamfresh® Mixed Vegetables, according to package directions and divided.
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese (or other white cheese – we used Applegate White American Cheese)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened (we didn’t have any cream cheese so I used the same amount of Laughing Cow cheese)
  • Green glitter icing gel (we omitted this ingredient b/c of the boys food dye allergies and didn’t miss it at all. I glazed our biscuits with egg whites instead.)
  • Thin pretzel sticks
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 F.

In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup broccoli floret and 2 cups mixed vegetables with Swiss cheese, yogurt and cream cheese and blend well.  I used my Vitamix to make sure it was really cream.

Separate biscuits in half into 16 pieces; roll or press each half into 4 inch rounds.  On ungreased baking sheet arrange 8 rounds.  Evently top with 1/4 cup of vegetable mixture (I used less), leaving a 1/2 inch border.  Top with remaining biscuit rounds.  Press edges to seal. Brush each with glitter gel (or use egg whites).

Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Decorate each “Martian” with reserved vegetables and pretzel rods. We also added some Wasabi peas and raisins to the decorating mix.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win coupons, a reusable freezer bag and a $50 Amazon gift card from Birds Eye .


Have a Happy, Healthy Halloween!

 

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