At this time of the year your family's gorging on treats. If you can't keep the sugary indulgences down to a reasonable level, we suggest you at least dish out a few savory snacks to offset the sugar rush. (Think tapas for the toddler set!) To wit, five recipes we love for filling little bellies with something other than candy. The best part: you probably have most of the ingredients at home already!
1. Make dinner utensil-free—leaving you with no dishes! Yummy Mummy Dogs fit the bill: twist rolled up bread ropes around hot dogs for a delicious finger food all wrapped up in a relatively mess-less package. Fake blood ketchup is a must-serve dip.
2. Sneak in some veggies with Graveyard Spinach Dip. Arranging toasty bread "tombstones" decorated with the requisite Halloween words like "RIP" and "Boo" make this semblance-of-a-salad dish both topical and filling.
3. No time to dine at the dinner table? Snack al fresco with easy to take along pumpkin seeds. Lightly salted is less messy to be sure, but dressing them up Italian style with olive oil, Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese takes the seeds into the realm of holiday indulgence.
4. Why fight the witch’s hat? It’s a theme that’s worked for eons—even Carrie and Miranda couldn’t overcome the costume choice in "SATC: The Movie." If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, deliciously of course, by adding triangular shapes to your table as Abracadabra Hats. It just might prove magical to watch the pointy salami-and-crescent-roll bites dipped in warm marinara disappear.
5. Use your dozen eggs to think outside the breakfast box. Eggs masked as creepy eyeballs are a great way to tuck some energy-providing protein inside your little ones.
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