Spotlight Recipes: Homemade Treats

Sweet treats abound throughout Halloween season. Our handmade goodies may not be sugar-free, but they sure will stand out – they are made with real ingredients and have that homemade touch.

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Spotlight Recipes: Halloween Party Treats

Halloween is all about sweets and treats, but the candy aisle isn’t your only option. Whip up some of these delicious homemade goodies for the kids (or the kids at heart) in your house.

Spotlight Recipe: Crispy Rice Treats

This delicious recipe makes a great bedtime snack alongside a glass of warm milk or herbal tea.

Spotlight Recipes: Chutney

Chutney is a simmered-down or pureed combo of fruit (or veggies), spices and herbs. Instead of deep frying or drowning your fish, pork or meat in heavy sauces, opt for a tangy bite of chutney instead.

Spotlight Recipe: Michelada

Want something more exciting than bottled beer for your game-day bash? If your friends are Bloody Mary fans, this Mexican cocktail might be a winner. Lime and hot sauce liven up the flavor without adding calories.

Spotlight Recipes: Gazpacho

Enjoy a refreshingly cool (and super healthy) soup this summer. Traditional gazpacho is a pureed mixture of fresh tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, onions, celery and cucumbers but don’t be afraid to get creative. Shake things up—blend a batch of watermelon, red pepper or white grape gazpacho instead.

Spotlight Recipes: Granita

Dig in to these delicious frozen treats that are reminiscent of Italian ices. Granita’s are harder in texture than sorbets and contain less sugar. To make a granita, cook up a simple sugar (combo of sugar and water) and add flavors such as coffee, mint, juice and wine along with fruit. Once the mixture has begun to freeze (it takes about 3 hours), scrape the ice crystals every so often as they start to form. Once frozen, scoop and serve.

Spotlight Recipes: Faux Treats for April Fools' Day

April first is just around the corner. Why not have fun with your food and fool even the oldest kid at heart. Remember that some of these have a little more sugar than usual, so stick to smaller portions. Give one of these pranks a try and tell us about it!

Spotlight Recipe: Breakfast Cookies

Ellie Krieger dubs these her "breakfast cookies" -- thanks to the added rolled oats and bran flakes. They work well as a mid-morning snack, paired up with herbal tea, or a breakfast on the go.

Spotlight Recipe: Sloppy Joes

This family-friendly comfort food goes lighter with extra-lean ground beef.

Spotlight Recipes: Cucumber Madness

Did you realize these crunchy veggies contribute to your fluid needs? One medium cucumber is 96% water -- that's great for battling August's dehydrating temps. Cucumbers are pretty low in calories, too, with only 24 each and a good source of both vitamins C and K.