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Halloween treats for the kids

Rachael is the Food Network energetic and affable host of the top rated show "30 Minute Meals," "$40 A Day" as well as author of 30 Minute Meals cookbooks and host of "Inside Dish," premiering in November of 2004. These featured recipes are from her tricks and treats menu.
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Rachael is the Food Network energetic and affable host of the top rated show "30 Minute Meals," "$40 A Day" as well as author of 30 Minute Meals cookbooks and host of "Inside Dish," premiering in November of 2004. These featured recipes are from her tricks and treats menu.

Worms and eyeballsBucatini pasta is long, thick and hollow, they look like worms. The Chicken meatball are made to look like eyes. Bucatini pasta with soy sauce and Chinese-style chicken meatballs.

If a fussy eater in your family wants to know "What's in this?" just say "Worms and eyeballs! Hungry?" This tasty meal makes any day seem as spooky as Halloween night! Boo!

1 pound bucatini (fat, hollow spaghetti that looks just like worms) 1 small red bell pepper 1 & 1/2 pounds (1 package) ground chicken breast  2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tablespoons chopped ginger 2 scallions, cut up with kitchen scissors into small pieces 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce (Chinese-style barbecue sauce, available on Asian foods aisle) Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 cup pre-shredded carrots (available in the produce department) 1 cup bean sprouts 1 cup snow pea pods, cut up with kitchen scissors or knife 1/2 cup tamari (dark soy sauce)

A GH, (grown-up helper), preheats the oven to 400°F.  Puts a large pot of water on to boil for the pasta.  Cuts off about a quarter of the bell pepper, and the  GH chops it finely.  Slice the rest of the pepper yourself.

Combine the chicken, garlic, ginger, scallions, finely chopped red bell pepper, hoisin sauce, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Roll the mixture into meatballs the size of chicken eyeballs. Pour 1 to 1 & 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil onto a nonstick cookie sheet. Place balls on the cookie sheet and coat lightly with vegetable oil, rolling them around gently with your hands to gently coat them; then make sure the balls are all separate and not touching each other. Roast the chicken eyeballs 12 to 15 minutes.

When the pasta water comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook according to package directions, just until al dente, that is, with a bite left to it-just like Dracula would like, right?

When the pasta is almost cooked through and the meatballs are about 5 minutes from coming out of the oven, start stir-frying the veggies: The GH will heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat and add the remaining 1 & 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil and the sliced red bell pepper, the carrots, sprouts, and pea pods. Once the veggies are in, take over and move the GH out.

Stir-fry veggies 1 minute, while the GH drains the wormlike noodles. Let the GH add them to the veggies. Kids pour in the tamari while the GH tosses and turns the veggies and soy sauce all together to combine and evenly coat.

Transfer noodles to a serving platter. The GH gets the eyeballs from the oven and arranges them on the worms.

Yield: 4 servings

Candy "sushi"Rice Krispies with fruit roll up and licorice. The candy sushi looks like a big platter of California Sushi Rolls.

1 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces (tablespoons are marked on the wrapper) 12 marshmallows 2 cups puffed rice cereal, such as Kellogg's Rice Krispies 6 fruit roll-ups (pressed dried fruit rounds, 6 inches wide) any brand, any flavor-the ones with fruit-juice tattoos on them are cool, too!6 strips licorice, such as Twizzler's brand, cut in half

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir marshmallows until completely melted. Remove mixture from heat and add cereal. Stir to coat cereal evenly in melted marshmallows.

Roll out the fruit roll-ups. Place a few spoonfuls of the coated cereal onto each fruit roll-up and gather toward one side of roll-up. Press 2 licorice twists onto cereal mix. Wrap and roll the candy and fruit roll-up so that the finished product resembles a sushi roll. Shimmy the licorice twists around so that they are in the center of the roll.

Place a sharp knife into a bowl of very warm water.  Cut candy sushi with warm knife into 2-inch "sushi" rolls and arrange pieces on a plate.  The candy sushi looks like a big platter of California sushi rolls!  This is one trick that makes a tasty treat!

Yield: 4 servings