We wanted to create an adorable Halloween dinner to surprise and delight your kids. This jack-o’-lantern face does the trick to treat your kids, no carving necessary! The bright orange butternut squash noodles and sauce, black bean eyes and nose, and cherry tomato mouth makes for a deliciously fun holiday, or anytime, meal. We top off the pumpkin with an asparagus tips stem.
Preheat oven to 400℉, rack placed in the upper third of the oven
Place spiralized squash on a large parchment lined sheet pan. Sprinkle some vegetable stock and black pepper over the squash. Roast for about 5 minutes, stir and roast another 2 minutes or until squash is tender. This happens quickly, depending on your oven, so check often so as not to burn the noodles. Remove noodles from the oven and reserve.
Prepare an ice water bath. Break off tough ends of asparagus. Slice off the tips to 1-inch long pieces. Reserve the stalks for another time, or cook separately. Place the asparagus tips in a steamer basket and steam until just tender, yet still have a bit of a bite. Once cooked, Immediately place the asparagus in an ice water bath to stop the cooking, until completely cool. Drain and dry the asparagus.
This is an excellent time to let the kids play with their food. I’d love to see what shape their face, eyes, nose and mouth they’ll create. Please send pictures! Happy Halloween!!!