happy halloween!

I bet if you had seen me on Saturday night, you wouldn't have recognized me. I looked a little something like this:


I was the littler one. ;-)

This was quite possibly one of my favorite costumes ever. It was comfy and cute, and everyone loves to talk about Calvin and Hobbes. Someone took pictures. Don't worry. I'll get my hands on them eventually and add them here. But let me just tell you, everyone thought I cut my own hair for this costume. Don't worry. I didn't.

There's something about parading around as something you're not that can be really fun...

Like these peppers trying to convince you they're pumpkins...

The cute idea and original recipe can be found at Go Dairy Free. I'm sure the recipe is delicious, but I had to adapt it majorly, since I was missing a few key things. So I'm sharing my version with you, which is packed with protein and definitely delicious.

Stuffed Jack O'Peppers

4 orange bell peppers
4.5 oz. firm tofu
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1 tbsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp paprika
3/4 cup frozen chopped spinach
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 cup full sodium vegetable broth

Press tofu to remove as much liquid as possible. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, and crumble the tofu into it. Add the garlic, and sauté until garlic softens. Stir in the parsley, paprika, and spinach, and continue cooking until spinach is heated through. Add the quinoa, yeast, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then cover the pan and reduce the heat to a simmer. Stir every few minutes and remove from heat when liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.

In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut the tops off of the peppers and remove the seeds from the inside. If you'd like, carve a jack o'lantern face into the fronts. When stuffing is ready, fill the peppers with it and then replace the tops. Put the peppers in a baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes.

P.S. Coat your pumpkins and gourds in polyurethane or varnish to make them last longer (and look prettier!). I did the pumpkins myself, and then found pre-coated gourds at Trader Joe's!

Update: Ok...here it is...


  1. This is such a cute idea!! Love this, and the filling sounds great too. Very festive! Hope you had a nice Halloween!

  2. What a cute idea! Those peppers are just adorable, almost too cute to eat. The recipe sounds fantastic, although I might use chicken instead of tofu :)

    We carved a pumpkin this year, but when we read directions on how to make it last and not turn brown, the directions said to cover with saran wrap. Well...our pumpkin was SUPER moldy by last night. Ewww, it was gross. I wonder if polyurethane would work on carved pumpkin too?

  3. Love the idea of cutting faces into peppers. I can see kids really getting into this. Thanks for the super idea! :)

  4. oh my god. CUTE FOOD IS MY FAVORITE! this is being put on the to do list! oh, and i wish i could see your calvin and hobbes costume, sounds genius! :)

  5. they look like real pumpkins! super cute!

  6. Ha Ha - I love these guys ;)
    Peppers in costume! lol
    I also like your addition of tofu - my kind of recipe ;)

  7. How unfortunate about your pumpkin, Gina! I guess the polyurethane would be worth a shot. The ones from this post are still sitting in my kitchen...already about two weeks old and going strong!

    Thanks for all the other nice compliments, dudettes!


Thanks for making me smile. =)