Recipes for an Organic Halloween!

Halloween is a fun time of year for kids of all ages! Little ones dress up and parade around the neighborhood in home-made costumes of princesses and scary monsters, and ring doorbells in anticipation of receiving a tasty treat!

If your celebration plans include throwing a Halloween bash, why not add an Organic twist to the menu!

Organic White Bean Pizza

  • 1 can of drained, white beans, 12oz
  • 1 organic pizza crust (make ahead of time – 1 1/2 cups warm water, 2 packages dry yeast (or 1 1/2 teaspoons), 1 1/2 tablespoons honey, 4 tablespoons olive oil, 4 cups organic flour, 2 teaspoons kosher salt  – mix water, honey, and yeast in a bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and mix until yeast has disolved. Add 3 cups of flour and salt. Mix with hands or in mixer on low-speed. Dough should be soft so add more flour if needed (up to a total of 4 cups). Knead the dough for approximately 8 minutes in the mixer or longer if by hand until the mixture is smooth (add a few sprinkles of flour as needed).  When smooth – using your hands- shape the dough into a round ball. Coat with olive oil and place in bowl covered by a towel for approximately 30 minutes at room temperature. Place dough on a cutting board and slice into six equal pieces, and place on parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Cover with a damp towel and allow dough to sit for 10 minutes. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 5 hours OR freeze for 6 weeks in a freezer safe zip-lock bag. If frozen, allow to thaw in the refrigerator, and then on your counter until dough reaches room temperature.
  • Shredded cheese (mozzarella)
  • Organic tomato sauce
  • Organic basil (to taste)
  • Sliced black olives

Preheat oven to 350º 

Cut dough into small, palm sized balls and spread onto a paper plate. Puree the white beans and spread atop the pizza dough. Add a light layer of sauce and then add basil. Lay strips of shredded cheese as mummy wrap and add two olive “eyes”.  Or, lay strips of shredded cheese on the dough and then place a sliced olive in the middle of the pizza. Add four “spider legs” of cut olive strips on each side to make a spider!

Bake at 425º until cheese is bubbly or approximately 10 minutes.

Pumpkin Cookies

We found this great recipe on Organic.org!

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 can solid-packed pumpkin (29 oz.)
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips  (for decoration)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (if desired)

Preheat oven to 350º

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and salt in a medium bowl. In a mixer, or by hand, mix sugar and butter until well-blended. Combine the pumpkin, eggs, oil, and vanilla in medium bowl until smooth. Mix in chocolate chips and/or nuts. Drop a spoonful of cookie dough on a parchment paper covered baking sheet.

If you prefer, roll out the cookie dough and press pumpkin shaped cookie cutters into the dough. Place dough pumpkins onto the baking sheet and add chocolate chip “eyes” and a row of chocolate chips for a pumpkin  “smile.”  

Bake at 350º for approximately 15 minutes or until browned around the edges.

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