The day after Halloween usually comes with a pretty brutal hangover, whether it's from doing too many keg stands in your Zombie Donald Trump costume or eating too much candy during a "bobbing for Butterfingers" contest. It can be a dark day — one so dark that you might consider swapping out your typical breakfast burrito for some chia-and-kale compost bar situation. (Warning: given your current physical state, consider holding off in attempting this until tomorrow.) But before you take such drastic measures, know that there's a way to get your greens and protein without going through deliciousness-withdrawal.
If you wake up on Nov. 1 with a bag full of candy and an urge to change your lifestyle, here are six recipes to help you get a head start — or at least a sugar high that might motivate you to exercise, for a change.
1. Green Salad with Blackberry and Orange
This delicious salad has all the elegance of an expensive restaurant dish, with tart berries, fresh greens, tangy orange, and colorful sprinkles, but it literally takes 1.5 minutes to make. It's a perfect lunch for the on-the-go woman.
2. Cream of Candy Corn Soup
Corn soups typically appear on summer menus, when the vegetable is in season. But as we move into fall and fresh corn becomes scarcer, candy corn becomes more abundant. This simple recipe allows you to create a delicious, hearty soup out of only three ingredients. Simply pop the candy corn, cream, and cream soda in a blender, heat to room temperature, and voila! The perfect autumn appetizer.
3. Swedish Fish en Papillote
This classic French technique will impress even your fanciest of friends. But don't be intimidated — this dish is really quite simple. Just pop one fresh Swedish Fish in a parchment paper parcel, add peaches and greens, then place it in the oven at zero degrees for roughly 25 minutes, allowing the flavors to mingle.
4. Gluten-free Pasta with Pumpkin
An unexpected sprinkle of grated white chocolate mingles with sweet pumpkin to create a flavorful topping for this delicious pasta alternative. You could easily modify this recipe to use any vegetables that you find on the candy aisle, and it's great for a dinner party. Catering to most dietary restrictions, it will leave your vegetarian, gluten-free, pescatarian, free-range friends begging for more.
5. Peanut Butter Protein Bar
Start your day off right with this breakfast bar, packed full of peanuts and protein. Simply unwrap the Butterfinger, put it in your mouth, and chew for maximum enjoyment.
6. Sushi Platter with Nigiri, Maki, and Sashimi
Swap out your usual salmon, yellowtail, or eel in favor of Swedish Fish, and give new meaning to the term "rainbow roll." Coconut adds a surprising sweetness, and this seaweed salad substitute will appeal to those who don't love veggies.
For more leftover Halloween candy recipes, check this out.
In collaboration with Julie Alvin