Vegetarian and Vegan Halloween Tricks and Treats

October 29, 2011 By: Megabeth Category: Article, Other

Trick or treat, indeed. Strange weather brewing in the DC area today. Folks are enjoying the Halloween weekend with some early snowfall. I guess I need to head down into the basement to dig out my snowboots. No time to be in the kitchen today, instead I bring to you this Halloween post from my archives with vegan and vegetarian spooky food ideas.


A Vegetarian Fall Potluck on Halloween Night

November 02, 2009 By: Megabeth Category: Article, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Snacks/Appetizers

On Halloween night, we held our first vegetarian potluck in Washington DC. The theme: Halloween/Fall Spooktacular.

For starters, I made some fig, pecan and goat cheese tapendade served with spooky halloween pita crisps as an appetizer. (This dish has now been deemed “Figgy Crack” because once you start eating it, it’s really really hard to stop.) I altered the recipe a bit and used crumbled goat cheese in the mix rather than spreading it on the pitas. For the pita crisps, I used whole wheat pita, used Halloween shaped cookie cutters, then pulled the layers apart. I brushed a little olive oil on each side, placed them smooth side down on a baking sheet and sprinkled them with some coarse salt. I put in a 300 degree oven for a few minutes until crisp. (Keep an eye on them, they quickly burn.)

fig tapenade

We had a side Autumn Millet Bake from Mark Bittman’s cookbook “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.”  This butternut squash, cranberry, pumpkin seed, and millet dish is both beautiful, sweet and savory. I would proudly add this unique side to any Thanksgiving table.

autumn millet bake

Our host then set the bar high by adapting this pumpkin stuffed with vegetable stew recipe from epicurious. She adapted some of the vegetables and saved some time by using some pre-made vegetable stock and added the mushrooms and wine to make it a bit heartier. I wish I had a picture of what the pumpkin looked like before it was baked because it was a pale in hue but blossomed into a gorgeous bronze color after baking. The pumpkin cooked perfectly and you could take hunks of the pumpkin from the insides which added a touch of roasted sweetness to the stew.

pumpkin with vegetable stew

Our desserts were cupcakes that were devoured so quickly….I didn’t get a picture!

We hope to hold our next potluck in December. I will be hosting and the theme will be Indian cuisine.

Vegetarian Halloween Treats for your Ghosts and Goblins

October 27, 2009 By: Megabeth Category: Article, Main Dishes, Misc., Other, Side Dishes, Snacks/Appetizers

Halloween brings out witches, ghosts and goblins and lots of creativity. As with any holiday, there are always plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes we can make. With a quick internet search, I found several great recipes that will satisfy the even most ghoulish of our carnivore friends.

  • Faux Stuffed Intestines – This dish isn’t for the faint of heart (especially one of a vegetarian). But, if you’re looking for a high gross out factor, these “stuffed intestines” fit the bill. Before you get too grossed out, relax. These intestines are made with a flaky outer pastry crust stuffed with a vegetable filling of yams, corn and olives with “green guts” made of peas. Dig in!



  • Spider Web Pizza –  Hardcore Herbivore uses her artistic eye to create a cool spiderweb pizza that’s completely vegan.


  • Eyeball Caprese – Evil Mad Scientist brings us an idea to serve basil, tomatoes, mozzarella and olives in a creepy, yet stylish, way.eyeball-food


  • Eyeball Martini –  Continuing on with the eyeball theme, carved radishes in ice cubes bring a new twist on James Bond’s favorite drink.  (Or, for a non-alcoholic beverage, check out how to make bloodshot eyeballs in tomato juice.)




  • Cheese Pumpkins – Betty Crocker gets her Halloween on by suggesting we take some cold pack cheese, roll it into pumpkin shapes and garnish with pretzel sticks, peanuts and a little parsley leaf. Not a lot of cooking required but they do make cute little finger foods.


  • spookspreadToasted Bats – Use these little bats as the delivery mechanism for pate, dip and other Halloween spreads.


  • Halloween Veggie Platters – Get out your anatomy book and your vegetable slicer and make an edible skeleton with your favorite dip. Check out 365 Halloween for other ideas of how to put these bony dudes together.


  • And, finally, it’s time for Tricks or Treats! Wondering if the candy you’re handing out is vegan? Check out this list and bring on the Twizzlers and Now and Laters!


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