Happy second day of the week SPFers! Tuesday is my least favorite day, to be sure. 1. It’s right after Monday. 2. After the whirlwind that Monday is, this is the day you realize that the weekend is four more days away. 3. Your Tuesday work outfit never fails to be totally awkward. But, this is an exciting week! Why you ask? Because it’s Halloween week! Those who know me well know that Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love the fantastical stories, super cute decorations, tasty and fun food…and who doesn’t love dressing up in an awesome costume? We have two simple recipes for you that will put you in the “festive” mood. (One is low-cal and one is not, so beware!)
Spiced Cider (find the recipe here.)
Red wine (of the table variety. Cheap is best.)
Start with equal parts wine and cider. If you like your drink drier, add more red wine.
Caramel Apple Dip
1/3 cup 2% fat milk
25 small caramel squares (About 7 ounces. We used Kraft Caramels)
1/8 teaspoon baking soda.
(Note: for a party, double the recipe.)
In a nonstick sauce pan (we do not recommend using stainless steel unless you know what you’re doing), heat the milk and caramels slowly, until they are completely melted. Stir constantly. (This takes about 10-15 minutes.) Adjust the heat marginally, making sure not get the heat too hot. Otherwise, the sugar will scorch, and the consistency will be too hard.
Once the caramel is melted, add half the baking soda and stir. If the dip needs to be “fluffier”, add the rest of the baking soda, and thoroughly stir.
Serve warm with apples, or other fruits of your choice.
10 servings, 80 cal., 1.8g fat, 15.7g carbohydrates, 1.2g protein.
(I already had baking soda in my kitchen, so if you need to pick some up, factor an extra expense.)
Bwahahaha ha ha! Happy Halloween all! Until next week. Stay healthy, and safe.
Crystal is the founder of Simply Playful Fare. She has been in the kitchen for as long as she can remember. She has a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing.