Trick or Treat: Halloween Dinner Recipes

Halloween decorating, costume making and festive parties can be exhausting for any parent. It's so easy to rip open a candy that's meant for the trick-or-treaters.

Whether you plan on walking the streets with your kids or staying in to pass out candy, try one of these comfort foods that will fill you up without leaving you binging on the pile of candy by the door. Soup, baked chicken, cauliflower-parsnip puree and a zesty lemon pudding cake will leave you full and satisfied.

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Pumpkin Soup

Get into the spirit of the evening by creating a batch of this savory, pumpkin-tinged soup. Save some time by doing the prep work in advance and reheating on Halloween. This recipe is vegan and get its richness with coconut milk.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small pumpkin, at least 5 pounds, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, diced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • Salt, to taste

In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the pumpkin and garlic and cook for a few minutes.

Next, add the rosemary and broth, and then bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer until the pumpkin is soft.

Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. Or use a blender and puree the soup in batches. Return the soup to the pot and add the coconut milk and simmer. Add salt to taste.

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Baked Chicken in Milk

Fill your house with the smell of roasted chicken with this one-pot recipe that creates a savory gravy from the milk.

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • Handful fresh sage
  • Handful garlic cloves, skin left on
  • 1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375-degrees Fahrenheit.

Season the chicken with salt and butter. In a Dutch oven, melt the butter and brown the chicken turning it on all sides. Add lemon zest, cinnamon stick, sage, garlic and milk to the pot. Cover the pot with the lid and transfer it to the oven to bake for an hour and half. Remove the lid the last half hour.

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Darlene Horn

Darlene Horn is a San Diego-based writer, journalist and food blogger. When she's not rambling about food on her blog, MyBurningKitchen.com, you can find her taking her dog on daily long walks, or sweating it out in a boxing class or boot camp.

Darlene Horn is a San Diego-based writer, journalist and food blogger. When she's not rambling about food on her blog, MyBurningKitchen.com, you can find her taking her dog on daily long walks, or sweating it out in a boxing class or boot camp.

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