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Healthy Halloween Recipe | Spooky Stuffed Peppers

Image credit:  Super Sister Fitness

Image credit: Super Sister Fitness

When you think about Halloween, do all the sweet treats come to mind? As nice as it is to have a selection of candies or baked goods around it’s sometimes way too much of a temptation – especially as we get closer to our health and fitness goals.

Balance out the sweet desserts with some healthy meals that help you fill up on nutritious vegetables and lean protein – while still staying in a festive mood! This fun stuffed bell pepper recipe from Super Sister Fitness is especially spooky and tasty.

Super Sister Fitness | Spooky Stuffed Peppers

Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins | Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 4 bell peppers

  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey (optional)

  • 1/3 cup chopped zucchini

  • 1/4 cup chopped broccoli

  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes

  • 2 cups tomato sauce (sugar free)

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1/2 diced onion

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp oregano

  • 1/2 tsp basil

Instructions

Saute garlic and onion in coconut oil on the stove top over medium high heat. Add in ground turkey and veggies, then stir in sauce and other herbs. Cook until turkey is medium done, meanwhile carving out 4 orange bell peppers.

Carve jack-o-lantern faces into your bell peppers and save the tops for decoration (optional). Scoop the pepper filling into each carved out pepper. Spoon a tsp Parmesan cheese on top of each pepper (optional), then top with its “lid.” Bake at 425-430 degrees for 35 mins.

Let cool 5-10 mins, then enjoy!

Servings: 4
Calories (per serving): 189
Fat: 7 g
Carbs: 18 g
Protein: 14 g

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Dark Chocolate Beetroot Coconut Brownies

 
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Ingredients: 

- 2 medium beets, peeled and roasted (Trader Joe's) 

- 1 1/4 c. unsweetened baking chocolate

- 1/2 c. coconut oil 

- 1/2 c. sugar 

- 1/2 c. flour 

- 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips 

- 3 eggs

- 2 tbsp. cacao or cocoa powder 

- 1 tsp. unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions: 

1. Chop the beets roughly, combine with the desiccated coconut and puree until smooth. Set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 8x8 square baking dish, line with parchment paper and set aside. 

3. Break up the chocolate, place, along with the coconut oil, in a bowl over a pot of simmering water (water shouldn't touch bowl) and melt, stirring often. Remove from the heat and take the bowl off the pot. Set aside.

4. Combine the flour with the cacao powder, stir with a whisk and set aside. 

5. Beat the eggs and sugar for 2 minutes. Stir in the beet mixture, then gradually pour in the melted chocolate (it will have cooled by then), stirring constantly with a spoon. Fold in the flour mixture (add in chocolate chips when almost all the flour has been mixed in). Stir only until the flour is no longer visible. 

6. Pour the batter into the baking dish, smooth out the top and bake for 25-28minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool in the dish for 5 minutes, then lift out of the dish with paper and place on a cooling rack. 

Makes 9 brownies. 

Recipe by Dayna G.