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Low-Calorie Halloween Recipes: Jack-O'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers, Eyeball Cake Pops

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Are you ready to get seriously spooky? Scratch that -- our newest recipes are too cute to take seriously. P.S. Check back tomorrow for the nutritional info on all your favorite Halloween candy!

 
 
Hungry Girl's Taco Jack-O'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers
Taco Jack-O'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

1/4th of recipe (1 stuffed pepper): 268 calories, 7.5g total fat (3g sat fat), 365mg sodium, 21g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 9g sugars, 30g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7*

SmartPoints® value 5*

Carving pumpkins is fun, but it's a lot of work for something you’re probably not going to eat (aside from the pumpkin seeds). A batch of these is easier to make and so satisfying!

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes

Ingredients:
4 large orange bell peppers (look for peppers that sit flat when the stem ends are up)
1 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
1 tbsp. taco seasoning mix
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
Optional toppings: reduced-fat sour cream, salsa

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Carefully slice off the top (stem end) of each bell pepper; do not discard. Remove and discard seeds. Using a small, sharp knife, cut jack-o'-lantern faces into the peppers, making triangles for eyes and noses, as well as pointy-toothed smiles.

Place peppers in a deep 8" X 8" baking pan, open halves up. If peppers do not sit flat, gently lean them against the pan sides for support. Place stem ends back on top of peppers. Bake until tender, about 25 minutes. Blot away excess moisture.

Meanwhile, bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add beef and sprinkle with taco seasoning. Add onion and mushrooms. Cook, stir, and crumble until beef is fully cooked and veggies have softened, 8 - 10 minutes. Add beans, and cook and stir until hot, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, add cheese, and stir until cheese has melted and evenly distributed. Cover to keep warm.

Remove pepper tops, and evenly distribute beef mixture into peppers. Replace tops, serve, and enjoy!

MAKES 4 SERVINGS  

 
 
 
Hungry Girl's Eyeball Cake Pops
Eyeball Cake Pops

1/18th of recipe (1 cake pop): 107 calories, 3g total fat (2g sat fat), 120mg sodium, 19g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 12g sugars, 0.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

SmartPoints® value 4*

There is an inverse correlation between how creepy these treats look and how mind-blowingly delicious they are. You'll be wishing every day were Halloween….

Prep: 40 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Cool: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups moist-style yellow cake mix
1 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
18 Skittles
Red and black gel decorating tubes (like the kinds by Betty Crocker)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix with pumpkin. Mix until smooth and uniform. Spread batter into the baking pan.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 18 minutes.

Let cool completely, about 30 minutes in the pan and 30 minutes out of the pan on a cooling rack.

Line a baking sheet with wax/parchment paper.

Break cake into pieces, and place in a large bowl. Use your hands to crumble cake into very small pieces. Thoroughly knead into a ball. On a dry surface, form cake into a log of even thickness, about 9 inches long. Cut log into 18 evenly sized pieces, and form each piece into a ball.

Place white chocolate chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at 50 percent power for 1 minute. Vigorously stir, and microwave at 50 percent power for 30 seconds. Repeat, as needed, until completely melted.

Gently dunk and swirl a cake ball into the melted white chocolate, evenly coating the top half. Place back on wax/parchment paper, chocolate side up, and press a Skittle into the center of the chocolate. Repeat with remaining cake balls, reheating chocolate at 50 percent power and vigorously stirring, as needed.

Let cool until chocolate has completely hardened, about 10 minutes.

Once hardened, squirt with a dot of black icing in the center of each Skittle (to look like a pupil). Use the red icing to create wiggly lines that look like blood vessels.

Insert a lollipop stick through the lower half of each ball, stopping at the center, so the eye is facing you when you hold it up. Repeat with remaining balls. Serve 'em up!

MAKES 18 SERVINGS

 
 
 
 

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Happy National Candy Corn Day to you all! (It's today, October 30th.) Those Candy Corn Popcorn Balls we mentioned? Amazeballs. Warning: If you make them for a Halloween party, your guests may never leave...

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