Right behind Christmas, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I spend months deciding what pattern to use for my family’s annul pumpkin carving contest, I break out my “scary” movies like Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and of course I eat more candy than any person ever should.
Over the last twenty years I’ve pretty much learned to accept that I will consume an unreasonable amount of sugar on the 31st of October; however, to my horror those bad habits have started way earlier this year, and this has led me to the realization that if I don’t make some changes I’m going to be in some real trouble. At the beginning of the October, one of my roommates brought home the cutest pumpkin-shaped candy dish. Naturally we filled it with a bag of candy corn, and before we knew it we had gone through two bags of candy corn and a bag of candy pumpkins. As I sat and stared at the empty pumpkin-candy dish, I realized that there were still weeks until the actual Halloween holiday and if I wanted to avoid a battle to button my jeans, things needed to change. I could try to say that I would simply tell myself, “no” each time those little pieces of heaven looked me in the eye, but in that case my costume this year might as well be Pinocchio.
I could try to say that I’ll stop after eating just one…or maybe two…or maybe a handful. However, after thinking the situation through logically I realized that the only way I could beat those Halloween candy cravings is to already be full of an equally delicious but significantly healthier food.
Although it’s true that part of the appeal of candy − and unhealthy foods in general − is its ease of preparation, eFoodsDirect happens to offer a wonderful solution! To give a specific example, eFoodsDirect offers a mouthwatering Chicken Noodle Soup. This is a great fall meal option, and it only takes twenty minutes to prepare! Plus, candy corn seems far less tempting with a belly full of warm soup. And if you do have a few extra minutes or a friend or two you want to impress, you might try serving your Chicken Noodle Soup in a fun way. I found this quick bread bowl recipe on About.com, and after twenty short minutes I ended up with one delicious meal.
Toasted Bread Bowl
- Round loaf of French, sourdough or other crusty bread.
- 1/4 cup Butter.
- 1 clove garlic.
- 1 tsp fresh parsley minced.
- Slice the off top of the round French, or sourdough bread.
- Cut or pull the soft center of the loaf away from the shell, leaving a 1-inch thickness of soft bread dough around the inside of the crust.
- Melt 1/4 cup butter or olive oil with 1 clove of pressed garlic and 1 tsp minced fresh parsley.
- Brush inside of bread bowl and dough side of lid with butter mixture.
- Bake in conventional or toaster oven at 400 F. for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden.
- Let cool.
The best part is, after eating this meal I was full to the point that no kind of Halloween candy could tempt me. So, until October 31st I plan on battening down the hatches, making a pot of soup, and closing my eyes each time I walk by our candy dish.