I usually call it in for Halloween (literally). With everyone in and out trick-or-treating, pizza has always been the easiest way to feed everyone while getting everyone dressed and out the door for the festivities. This year, however, I’m challenging myself to kick things up a notch or two! I always have a crowd for Halloween so this year, I’ve been scouring Pinterest, Instagram and Google for some simple and fun dinner ideas that are easy to eat on the go as we stroll for treats. I know you’ll be inspired by these plant-based Halloween meal ideas!
But first, a few tips:
- For instant spooky, use cookie cutters in Halloween shapes. Bats, ghosts and pumpkins in different sizes are all handy to have on hand.
- Bell peppers and mini pumpkins make great serving “bowls” for your favorite taco fillings, stews, pasta and more.
- Use strips of dairy-free cheese or pre-made dough to slice strips for mummy wrappings (an easy way to spook-ify a dish.
There is no shortage of Halloween inspiration when it comes to food. A quick Web search will reveal a bounty of creative appetizers, snacks and dessert recipes, but I’m focusing on the main affair: dinner! Since Halloween falls in the middle of the week, I want to be able to prep something ahead of time or be able to assemble it easily while the kids are getting into their costumes. Also, because our festivities always include grandparents, my sis and her hubby and sometimes cousins, I need meals that can feed a crowd. Below are a few plant-based Halloween meal ideas that are up for the challenge.
How cute is this mummy meatloaf by Annabel Karmel? I’d create a simple vegan version with a plant-powered “meatloaf” using Beyond Meat. Try this one. While the meatloaf bakes, cook the pappardelle. When meatloaf has only 10 minutes of cook time remaining, layer the pasta over the loaf like a mummy. Slice Miyoko’s VeganMozz for eyes and arrange olives inside the slices for pupils. Bake for the last 10 minutes.
You can get super creative with pizza! Use cookie cutters to cut out veggies and cheese in Halloween shapes or try these mummy pizzas from Veggies Save the Day or these deliciously creepy skull pizzas from Fork and Beans.
These mummies are almost too cute to eat. I suggest using Beyond Meat brats as the mummy stand in and instead of pizza dough, try packaged crescent roll dough (the ones at Trader Joe’s are vegan).
Stuffed Pumpkins or Peppers
I love the idea of stuffing one of the cute mini pumpkins you see all over the stores this time of year…or an orange bell pepper that’s carved as a jack-o-lantern. There are many ways you could stuff these…The pumpkins are the perfect vessel for a hearty stew with quinoa, rice, beans or lentils, like this one from Simple Seasonal. I think this chili would also be tasty inside. For the peppers, make your favorite taco filling or spaghetti.
A salad isn’t just a salad with this cute graveyard presentation from Fork and Beans.
What are some of your favorite Halloween meal ideas?