Healthy Halloween Inspired Meal Prep
Just because it’s fall and the biggest food holidays are upon us doesn’t mean that you have to give up on eating healthy and give in to the temptations this season brings with it. Keeping up with your weekly meal prep is one of the easiest ways to make sure that your dietary intake stays on track this fall. Of course, we understand that you want to be festive and have fun with the upcoming holidays so we’ve compiled a few healthy Halloween inspired meal prep ideas to help you out.
To make these jack-o-lantern salads you’ll need a jack-o-lantern, but rather than using a pumpkin we suggest trying out an orange peel. You’ll get the same look and effect with a much more pleasant taste. Your salads will also be a much more manageable size for a meal starter. To make the orange peel jack-o-lantern you’ll want to cut the top off of an orange and scoop all of the innards out until only the peel is left. Next use a small precision knife to cut out a face for your jack-o-lantern in the peel. Once you’ve finished that set them aside until your salad is complete.
The type of salad you fill your orange peel jack-o-lantern with is completely up to you, so feel free to get creative here, after all isn’t that the whole point of halloween inspired meal prep? Make your salad by combining your favorite salad fixins in a large bowl. Mix them together and then toss your salad with a light vinaigrette dressing or a bit of oil and vinegar. If you want to skip this step and add your dressing later, that’s okay too.
An orange vinaigrette works well with this festive meal prep idea.
Once you have your salad and your jack-o-lanterns ready to go, the only thing left to do is fill them up and pack them away in tightly sealed meal prep containers for the coming week. To make sure that these festive treats don’t go bad before you get the chance to eat them, you should consider only making enough for two or three days rather than the entire week.
Cut up small pieces of fruits and add them to your orange peel jack-o-lantern instead of the mixed greens for a nice healthy halloween inspired meal prep dessert.
There are a few different ways to make your salad meal prep into a halloween delight. You could make eyeball caprese salad, or cut jack-o-lantern faces into your cucumbers. You could make ghosts out of your cheese or croutons. You could even position your ingredients to look like a graveyard, although this option may not look much like a halloween meal prep by the time you’re ready to actually consume it.
The best way to make your salad meal preps spooky is to get creative with your ideas and designs. Salads are a great light fare option for meal preppers, so adding a bit of flare for the holidays with them should be pretty simple.
Eyeball caprese salad is as easy to make as a traditional caprese salad and simply has a different take on the organization of the ingredients. To make this spooky salad lay your spinach down and top it with a slice of tomato. Put a smaller piece of mozzarella cheese on top of the tomato to make the whites of the eyeball and finish it off with an olive slice as the iris. Now you’ve got a spooky eyeball caprese salad.
Make some spooky and festive designs out of the most common ingredients in your salad. Make your own croutons in the shape of bats, tomb stones, witch hats or skulls, cut ghosts out of your cheese slices and create jack-o-lantern faces out of your cucumber slices or cherry tomatoes. With these suggestions you can make any salad into a spooky salad.
Graveyard salads need crackers or long cut cucumbers to make tomb stones and mixed greens for the grass. Use baby carrots and cheese sticks to create a fence around your graveyard salad within your meal prep container. Cherry tomatoes can be carved to make mini jack-o-lanterns for your tasty graveyard.
Deviled Egg Eyeballs
With a bit of food coloring and an avocado or two you can turn deliciously boring deviled eggs into creepy eyeball snacks for your Halloween delight. To make these tasty treats start by prepping your eyes as if you were making traditional deviled eggs. When it comes time to add the mayonnaise into your yolks use an avocado instead. This will give your yolks the creamy texture you desire while also changing their coloring to a creepy and spirited green.
Mix about 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise in with red food coloring and paprika together so that you can make your deviled egg eyeballs bloodshot. Put your green yolks into the hard boiled eggs and pipe the red mayo mixture in ragged lines over top to create a bloodshot look. Top your deviled egg eyes with slices of olives to make the iris and create a more realistic look. Pack these away in your 12 oz. meal prep containers and enjoy this healthy snack throughout the day.
You can get the same green tinge in your deviled eggs by using mayonnaise and green food coloring, but using avocado is a healthier alternative. You can also use shredded carrots or Sriracha to complete the bloodshot illusion.
Stuffed Pepper Jack-O-Lanterns
This is the easiest healthy Halloween inspired meal prep choice on the list. All you have to do to turn your traditional stuffed pepper into a stuffed pepper jack-o-lantern is cut a face into your stuffed peppers after you’re done cooking everything. Just make sure to cut out your jack-o-lantern once the food has been cooked because if you cut it out before hand, the stuffing may all fall out during the cooking process, leaving you with a scary mess rather than a scary healthy meal.
The best part about this meal prep option is that stuffed peppers tend to last a few days, so you can make enough of these to last you through the week, in the beginning of the week and not worry about them spoiling. You can also freeze and reheat these easily using 38 oz. meal prep containers from Isolator Fitness.
Serve these stuffed pepper jack-o-lanterns on a bed of rice or with a side of veggies to enjoy a complete healthy meal prep option that screams Halloween.
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