Happy Day After Halloween

halloween lunch with mini mummy pizzas

My favorite Halloween treats to make for the kiddos are these adorable mini mummy pizzas. They take a few more minutes to make than the standard sandwich, but they’re well worth the effort. I typically use sweet, soft King’s Hawaiian rolls, which are sliced in half and layered with marinara sauce, string cheese and sliced black olives for the eyes. Aren’t they adorable?

mini mummy pizza

Sweet Bread for Day of the Dead

pan de muerto with a sweet orange glaze

As requested by the kids, our Halloween/All Saints’/All Souls’ Day celebration continues with this lunch of pan de muerto marmalade ghost sandwiches.

lunch on 2 Nov 2016: pan de muerto with orange marmalade, Babybel Gouda, sweet pepper, baby carrots, and kiwi
lunch on 2 Nov 2016: pan de muerto with orange marmalade, Babybel Gouda, sweet pepper, baby carrots, and kiwi

Yesterday, I made a made two gorgeous loaves of pan de muerto for Dia de los Muertos. The kids go crazy for this soft, golden bread. It’s basically brioche with a sweet orange glaze. I’ve tried various recipes, but I really like this one from King Arthur flour. I used the pizza setting on my bread machine to mix the dough and it worked like a charm: no kneading, no fuss, no mess. I also didn’t bother with the King Arthur egg wash and topping. Instead, I made a quick glaze with 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice (let it boil for only two minutes or you might end up with hard candy) which I spread on the warm bread and sprinkled with sugar. Crazy yummy and a beautiful offering for the dear departed—especially the bread loving dear departed.

pan de muerto with a sweet orange glaze
pan de muerto with a sweet orange glaze

Fun Halloween Food

lunch on Halloween 2016: little mummy pizzas on King's Hawaiian sweet rolls, persimmon slices and veggies

The only problem with Halloween: the kids never want it to end. They have requested Halloween-themed lunches for the rest of the week. Yesterday it was mini mummy pizza breads made with marinara, mozzarella and black olives on King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls.

lunch on Halloween 2016: little mummy pizzas on King's Hawaiian sweet rolls, persimmon slices and veggies
lunch on Halloween 2016: little mummy pizzas on King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls, persimmon slices and veggies

Today, I really should have made some skeletons, but these little pumpkin bagel ghouls and banana goblins were the best I could do after a wild night of trick or treating and candy consumption.

lunch on 1 Nov 2016: pumpkin bagel ghoul and banana goblin, Halloween Apple Jacks (with skeleton marshmallows!) and veggies
lunch on 1 Nov 2016: pumpkin bagel ghoul and banana goblin, Halloween Apple Jacks (with skeleton marshmallows!) and veggies

We also made assorted Halloween-themed treats for a little party we had last weekend. I did a woefully poor job of documenting the food, because I was too busy making and arranging it. Here are a few highlights:

hot dog spiders
hot dog spiders
owl hummus and veggie platter
owl hummus and veggie platter
revolting hot dog finger
revolting hot dog finger
individual mini mummy piñatas
individual mini mummy piñatas

The Love in Love and Lunch: Halloween Style

Here at Love and Lunch we are crazy about Halloween. Some of our favorite moments from last weekend:

A Spooktacular Lunch

lunch on 30 Oct 2015: ghostadilla with persimmons, carrots, red pepper slices and crispy pea snacks
lunch on 30 Oct 2015: ghostadilla with persimmons, carrots, red pepper slices and crispy pea snacks
lunch on 30 Oct 2015: ghostadilla with persimmons, carrots, red pepper slices and crispy pea snacks

Last night I was in my typical Thursday—What am I gonna make for dinner? I’m really tired. What’s in the fridge? What am I gonna make for lunch—frame of mind. I was THIS close to slacking off and not preparing a Halloween-themed lunch. But, then I rallied and mustered the energy to make really dead ghost-shaped quesadillas—ghostadillas if you will. Aren’t they cute?

Happy Trick or Treating. Happy Halloween. Happy Fun Weekend!

Pizza Monster and Banana Ghost: Happy Halloween!

lunch on 31 Oct 2014: cheese pizza monster with black olive eyes, banana peanut butter chip muffins, banana ghost and purple carrots
lunch on 31 Oct 2014: cheese pizza monster with black olive eyes, banana peanut butter chip muffins, banana ghost and purple carrots
lunch on 31 Oct 2014: cheese pizza monster with black olive eyes, banana peanut butter chip muffins, banana ghost and purple carrots

This year’s Halloween lunch features a cheese pizza monster, a banana ghost, banana muffins (with peanut butter chips!), purple carrot sticks and a few Halloween candy treats. Wishing you a safe and reasonably healthy Halloween weekend. Let the trick or treating begin!

What to Do When You Get BOOed

Candy Corn Crispie Treats
A BOO Treat Bag with Candy Corn Crispie Treats
A BOO Treat Bag with Candy Corn Crispie Treats

I don’t know when the whole Halloween tradition of BOOing your neighbors began, but I love it. You wrap up a surprise treat, leave it at a couple of neighbors’ houses and include instructions on passing on the BOO to two more neighbors. Two nights ago we were BOOed with a little bag of cake pops (!). Cake pops?! Super elaborate for a BOO bag. I have no idea who BOOed us—that’s part of the fun. I felt the pressure was on after the cake pops, so I wanted to make something particularly awesome for our BOO bags. Behold, Candy Corn Crispie Treats:

Candy Corn Crispie Treats
Candy Corn Crispie Treats

Good thing the recipe made a double batch.

Liliana gives a thumbs up to Candy Corn Crispie Treats
Liliana gives a thumbs up to Candy Corn Crispie Treats

Spooktacular Halloween Lunch

spooky apple mouths filled with cookie butter and roasted pumpkin seed teeth
Liliana and her Halloween lunch, 31 Oct 2013
Liliana and her Halloween lunch, 31 Oct 2013

Today I got to hang out with my little bun bun at lunch. This was my first time staying for lunch at kindergarten and it was actually less chaotic than I expected. I just loved being able to see Lily enjoy her Halloween lunch, which included a whole wheat English muffin mummy pizza.

mummy pizza with olive eyes
mummy pizza with olive eyes

She also got to eat some spooky, carnivorous apple slices.

spooky apple mouths filled with cookie butter and roasted pumpkin seed teeth
spooky apple mouths filled with cookie butter and roasted pumpkin seed teeth

She even used her Trader Joe’s Fruity O’s (an allegedly “healthy” alternative to Froot Loops) to make a cute little fruit monster.

cute fruit monster made with fruit cereal, persimmon slices and grapes
cute fruit monster made with fruit cereal, persimmon slices and grapes

Lunch with Lily was so festive and fun. Hope you can make some fruit monsters to celebrate a healthy and Spooktacular Halloween!

Spooktacular Halloween Lunch

Spooktacular Halloween Lunch
Spooktacular Halloween Lunch
Spooktacular Halloween Lunch

Today’s lunch flies in the face of my healthy, not cutesy lunch philosophy. But, I couldn’t help myself. I am a complete Halloween junkie. Maybe it’s the dress up, the macabre, the pagan undertones, the candles, the spooks, the pumpkins, the candy, a Catholic preoccupation with the dead—who knows? As a kid I was obsessed with Halloween. As a 20-something designer in Chicago, I spend months fabricating elaborate costumes, because there was always something fabulous to do on Halloween. If not, I brought my own fabulous. Now, with kids, Halloween is beyond awesome, because—guess what?—my kids are crazed for Halloween. I had to honor their love of All Hallow’s Eve with a Spooktacular Halloween Lunch. The inside-out mummy sandwich is smoked turkey and mayo on whole wheat with a fresh mozzarella wrapping. I used a small biscuit cutter to make the circular head. The arms are pieces of fresh mozzarella cheese sticks. Mr. Mummy is lying on a bed of nori seaweed snacks (nori is also the dark stuff behind his eyes). The jack o’lantern is sliced persimmon with chocolate chips glued on with a little cream cheese. When I got to the celery, I ran out of steam. I was intending to make little snake eyes with freeze dried strawberries, but it was time for bedtime stories, so the cucumber is just cucumber. I have no idea if this lunch will survive the trip to school intact, so I let the kids take a sneak peek. Happy Halloween.