Halloween is not always a fun and exciting time for all. For some, it's a stressful time filled with scary happenings (costumes, ringing doorbells) and loads of sugar that tiny bodies aren't use to.
Add into the mix of a child feeling under the weather and a parent could only hope to scare Trick or Treat away! Or hope for the Switch Witch quick visit! ;)
However, for some Halloween is a fun time filled with dress up, pretend and adventure. All feelings are valid and should be respected.
One tradition of Trick or Treat that both of my kids look forward to are Mummy Pizzas! It's my one guarantee that they will have a healthy base in their bellies before the on slot of sugar!
This year I'm excited to make Weelicious Lunches Veggie-Heavy pizza sauce. Loaded with veggies and absolutely delicious, I only use this pizza sauce for all our pizza making. The recipe makes 4 cups and freezes great; just defrost when you need it.
Veggie Heavy pizza sauce by Weelicious Lunches
Makes 4 cups
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 red, orange or yellow bell pepper, diced
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp. tomato paste
Two 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes, drained.
1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the pepper, carrot, celery, onion and garlic and sauté until the veggies are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
2. Add the tomatoes, turn the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Remove the pan from the heat and puree the mixture with an immersion hand blender (or in a regular blender) until almost smooth.
4. Return the sauce to the heat and simmer 10 to 20 minutes until thick. The longer you simmer this sauce, the thicker and more flavorful it will become. You can simmer it up to 2 hours - just be careful to stir it often to make sure it doesn't scorch.
Whatever your family may be doing on this Halloween may you be safe!