Halloween Recipe: Worms for brains!

(WXYZ) - Fuel Up Trick or Treating!

Cook up a simple-yet healthy-batch of "worms for brains" to enjoy before your kids head out the door to treat-or-treat this Halloween. The addition of vitamin A rich canned pumpkin to the sauce adds a seasonal flare and also pumps up the nutrients in this dish that is already healthy.


Worms for Brains

Serves 6-8


6 medium sweet orange peppers

1 box (16 oz.) Meijer Ultimate (or whole grain) spaghetti

1/2 cup diced sweet onion

1 lb. Certified Angus Beef sirloin lean ground beef

1 (26 oz.) jar Meijer pasta sauce

1 cup Meijer pure pumpkin



1. Cut tops off peppers, and set aside; remove seeds and membranes. Cut a jack-o-lantern face on one side of each pepper. Lightly season inside of bell peppers with salt and pepper and place in a microwave safe dish. Cook peppers in microwave on high 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

2. Cook the spaghetti according to package directions

3. Meanwhile, spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray and sauté onion 2-3 minutes, add beef and cook over medium heat until no longer pink; drain excess fat.

4. Add pumpkin to beef and mix well. Stir in spaghetti sauce; heat through. Add cooked spaghetti, mix well. Spoon into peppers, pulling a few strands of spaghetti through cuts in bell peppers; replace tops.

Recipe adapted from www.tasteofhome.com


Serve with: Dole bag salad and your favorite light Meijer dressing.

Print this article Back to Top