Carve out some time this fall for this fun and healthy dinner idea. The whole family can enjoy creating their personal Jack-o-Lantern, before stuffing him full of their favourite flavours. Orange peppers are the perfect starting point for your Jack-OLantern. Mild in taste, they’ll bring a spooooky look to your dinner table.
Here’s how to do it…
A little bit of planning brings this mealtime event to life—set up stations with carving tools (Halloween safety tools are perfect for little hands), mini cookie cutters and various fillings, and let their imagination run wild! Start with your favourite grains, then add in diced onion, tomato and eggplant, or shredded carrot, zucchini and beets to sneak in even more healthy goodness. Some families even like to include ground beef or turkey and top with melty cheese for an all-out flavour bonanza!
Tip: look for tall peppers so you have a bigger “canvas” to work on and can really get creative!
Not sure what to use for a grain filling? Here are our top picks, all available at Michael-Angelo’s…
Hodgson Mill Quinoa & Brown Rice
Perfect for vegetarians, this whole grain and superfood side packs your pepper full of protein, fibre and flavour. We suggest trying the Garlic & Herb flavour.
Tilda Legendary Rice
In a time crunch? This gourmet steamed basmati rice is ready to serve in 2 minutes, freeing you up to focus on what matters – quality time with your family. We suggest Mushroom Steamed Basmati Rice.
Casbah Couscous, Nutted with Currants & Spices
Almonds, pistachios and pine nuts complement chewy currants and couscous. This fluffy pasta dish is ready for stuffing and pairs perfectly with a variety of veggies.
Lundberg Creamy Parmesan Risotto
Real Parmesan and Arborio rice combine in this rich, creamy risotto made simple. Lundberg’s side dish is as close to restaurant quality as you can get without a chef at your stove!