The Season of Rx

One of the beauteous things about eating fresh and healthy — in theory, anyway — is a preponderance of vibrant colors. That said, let’s see what kind of spread we can concoct using mostly heart-friendly recipes, and only All Hallow’s Hues:

Agent Orange

A Paleo-eater I am not, but I’m willing to try anything. These turmeric gummy pumpkins might be a good gateway drug. They’re made with pumpkin puree, coconut milk, gelatin, and a good dose of spices poured into gourd-shaped molds, and they’re adorable.

The runner-up: This banana ketchup originated in the Philippines and is reported to have been Googled 12,000 times a month last year as it gained more global popularity.

Spotted at: Unbound Wellness and HeatOnMinded

Soylent Green

There’s a lotta good green out there, but this matcha popcorn recipe looks as ghoulish as is does delish — though not without its hidden expenses. Matcha can run upward of $35 a bag, and the recipe-recommended Ghee (clarified butter) appears to go for about $1 an ounce these days. But matcha is also believed to have anticarcinogenic properties, among other benefits, perhaps justifying a little extra expense on a chilly October night ripe for noshing.

Spotted at: Oh How Civilized

Purple People Eaters

With just one severed-head of red cabbage, an entire table of purple plates can be made — including color-changing cocktails, a very unicorny looking soup, a goblinesque cabbage salad, or (my personal favorite) Nightmare Before Mashed Potatoes. Plus, according to the tried and true Farmer’s Almanac, cabbage lowers cholesterol, boosts the immune system, and is believed to help heal ulcers.

Spotted at: Tastemade;  Low Carb, So Simple; Food Corner, and

Red Rum

So many crudité dips are green and chill, it’s nice (?) to see a warm red contender. A red-wine Bagna Cauda (Italian for hot bath), doubles as a meat dressing and features not one, but two varieties of anchovy in its recipe. It’s a great choice for anyone who’s dairy-free, and contains high levels of fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and K.

Spotted at: Food and Wine

Turmeric Photo by Marta Branco on
Matcha Photo by Polina Tankilevitch on Red Soup Photo by Darina Belonogova on

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