C2 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1996 V SUPERMARKET SAMPLER FOOD THE SALINA JOURNAL What's new in Halloween treats CAROLYN WYMAN • BONNIE TANDY LEBLANG Universal Press Have you ever noticed how the people with the most imaginative costumes always hand out the most boring candy? We're guessing they use up all their creative cauldron steam before they get to the candy aisle. But before boring treats result in your pumpkin being smashed or your windows being waxed, follow our crotchety, green witches' fingers to some of the newest treats to appease visiting * ghosts and goblins — and put some fresh blood Into your Halloween treat-giving traditions. • Starburst fruit twists. Orange, Strawberry, Lemon, and Cherry. 29 cents ber 1-ounce, 50 cents per 2-ounce and $1.59 per 13- ounce bag. Chewy fruit "licorice" with brighter colors and flavors than the competition from Twiz- zler. Could the stronger flavor be because these actually contain a tiny bit of real fruit juice? • Scribbles crayons with Wflly Wonka jelly beans, fruit runts or gum balls. 99 cents for one, $1.99 per two-pack and $5.99 per 10-pack. Everyone's heard of kids eating crayons. Well, these giant crayons are more than simply nontoxic. Their bodies are filled with Willy Wonka candy. • M&M's minis milk chocolate candies. 50 cents per 1.24- ounce tube. First introduced in multidollar, multibox toy vehicle form, these Minis have been repackaged in 115-piece plastic tubes that kids themselves can afford. The new hot pink-colored Mini could rival traditional orange and black in popularity this T VEGETARIAN ENTREES Universal Press Battery-powered Pez ejects candy whenever the wheel stops. But at $3.99 each, they're expensive to give out to doorbell ringers. Halloween. • Slim Jim snaps spicy smoked snacks. $1.99 to $2.49 per 4-ounce bag of 29 to 32 bite-sized Slim Jims. Jim is slim and short in this new bite-size version designed for distribution to pint- sized ghosts and goblins. Unfortunately, ounce for ounce this meat snack still has more calories, fat and so'dium than even the fattiest candy bar — not to mention preservatives that candy bars lack. • Dream Bar peanut butter crisp. 79 cents per 1-ounce bar. Reduced-fat candy bar pioneer comes out with a peanut butter flavor bar with only 3.5 grams of fat and 100 calories, or about a third less fat than in a regular peanut butter candy bar. That fat and calorie reduction is a "trick" caused by a sugar substitute that also gives the bar body. Too bad it doesn't taste like more of a peanuty treat. • Yuckers lollipops. Lizard, Spider, Fish, Grasshopper, and Frog. 99 cents each. Lollipops with (reusable) animal handles so it looks like you're eating an animal. OK, so it's not humor on the level of sophistication of author Dorothy Parker, but then Dorothy Parker probably never bought a lollipop. • Nestle 101 Dalmatians candy bars. 89 cents per 2.5-ounce bar. This king-sized white chocolate bar has brown (semi-sweet chocolate candy) spots, just like the dogs in the new "101 Dalmatians" live-action movie it's tied to. If it's not in your store now, it will be within a week or two. • Veggibles. Chili and Lime, Teriyaki, and Barbecue. $1.99 per 1.5-ounce bag. Unhappy with the usual pre-packaged Halloween candies? Give your trick or treaters vegetables instead. These are not tamper-suspect fresh vegetables but single-.serve bags of all-natural, freeze-dried, flavored carrots, corn, peas and red bell peppers, supplying two of the five government-recommended daily servings of vegetables. They taste like a vegetable-flavored salty snack. • Cap Toys Power Pez or M&M candy dispensers. $3.99 each. Battery-powered, roulette- like Pez or M&M machines that eject candy whenever they stop. Both come with candy, and the M&M one comes with a belt loop so candy is always right at hand. At this price, these are probably only for very special doorbell ringers. • Albert's popcorn pops. 10 cents per 1-ounce lollipop. What's the difference between buttered popcorn and butterscotch? Not a lot when the buttered popcorn flavor comes in the form of this bumpy yellow lollipop. • Kellogg's Spooky Froot Loops Cereal. $2.49 per 11-ounce box. Also available in 19.7-ounce size. Froot Loops that go bump in the morning courtesy of limited- edition, ghost-shaped marshmallow bits. Leblang is a registered dietitian; Wyman is a junk food fanatic. Each week, they critique new food items. More Americans chop meat from meals At least 60 percent eat meals without meat twice or more a week By SKIPPY HARWOOD Cox News Service More people than ever are eating meat-free meals, according to HealthFocus Inc., a Chicago-based marketing consulting firm focusing on consumer trends. They report that at least 60 percent of Americans are eating meatless meals at least twice a week. "Skinny Vegetarian Entrees" by Phyllis Majida and Sue Spitler (Surrey Books, $12.95) emphasizes, in addition to vegetables, pasta, grains, low-fat cheeses, fat- free sour cream and herbs and spices. The cookbook consists of 12 chapters including bean dishes, dishes for entertaining, egg and dairy dishes, soups, stews, casseroles and loaves, sandwiches, ethnic specialties, salads, pasta dishes, roasted and grilled dishes, and rice and grain dishes. Recipes are excellent, but I know some readers will complain that too many ingredients are called for in many of the recipes. Selected examples follow, and I chose the shorter ones: Corn pudding 1 cup egg substitute or 4 eggs 2 cups evaporated skim milk 2 tablespoons reduced-calorie margarine, melted V. cup unbleached flour Salt and white pepper to taste V4 teaspoon sugar '/2 cup skinned, seeded chopped tomato, pressed in a colander to extract liquid 1 cup frozen corn, thawed % cup (2 ounces) grated, reduced- calorie Colby cheese 1 tablespoon minced red onion Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place large pan with raised sides in oven. Add boiling water to a depth of about 1 inch. In medium bowl, beat egg substitute with milk and margarine. Beat in flour, salt, pepper and sugar. Add tomato, corn, cheese and onion to egg mixture. * Spoon into shallow 6-cup casserole about 8-by-ll inches. Place casserole in pan in oven. Bake 50 minutes or until top is firm. Yields 4 servings at 262 calories per serving. Eggplant casserole 2 pounds baby eggplants, cut into Vi-inch slices Olive oil cooking spray '/« teaspoon salt (optional) 1 teaspoon dried thyme (divided) 1 teaspoon canola oil V4 teaspoon minced garlic '/a cup chopped red onion % cup chopped red bell pepper 6 tablespoons kalamata olives, coarsely chopped 1 can (16-oz.) low-sodium peeled tomatoes with liquid, coarsely chopped '/< cup water 2 tablespoons tomato paste, sodium-free '/a teaspoon dried oregano , or to taste Vs teaspoon pepper or to taste 1 cup fat-free cream cheese (not tub type) V4 cup evaporated skim milk Preheat broiler. Place oven rack near broiler. Line cookie sheet with baking parchment and lay eggplant slices on parchment. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Mix together salt and 1 A teaspoon thyme and sprinkle half this mixture onto eggplant. Broil eggplant 5 minutes on one side. Turn with spatula. Spray again and sprinkle with remaining salt and thyme mixture. Broil 4 to 5 minutes more (watch carefully) or until lightly browned and fork tender. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat canola oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat and saute garlic in it 1 minute. Add onion and bell pepper and saute 4 minutes more. Add olives and saute 1 minute. Arrange layer of eggplant, using half of the slices on the bottom of a 7'/2-by-ll-inch glass casserole. Overlap or cut eggplant slices to cover bottom of pan completely. Spoon olive mixture over eggplant. Top with remaining eggplant slices. Empty chopped tomatoes with liquid into saucepan. Add % cup water, tomato paste, oregano, pepper and remaining V4 teaspoon thyme. Heat to boil and pour over casserole. Bake 20 minutes. Mix together cream cheese and skim milk. Use spatula to spread cream cheese over top of casserole, working from edges inward. Return to oven for 10 minutes. Note: If necessary substitute another type of Middle Eastern olive for kalamata, but do not substitute regular, black or green olives. JEAN CURRY 2737 Belmont BLVD. 823-5129 We'll always be there for you. Shelter Insurance Cos., Home Office: Columbia, MO V MICROWAVE Zap bell peppers after stuffiri 'em By WOODENE MERRIMAN Pittsburgh Post-Gazette • Bright green bell peppers stay bright green when you zap your stuffed peppers. There's no need to precook the peppers, so they retain much of their color and crisp- tender texture. Many recipes, however, call for precooking any meat filling to make sure it's done all the way through, A round microwave-safe glass dish, such as a pie plate or casserole, is ideal for zapping peppers. Stand them up around the outside of the dish. Try this basic recipe. Southern peppers 4 firm green bell peppers '/a pound ground beef V4 pound Italian sausage meat 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped % teaspoon oregano 'A teaspoon basil '/«teaspoon marjoram '/ 2 teaspoon black pepper 4 tomatoes, peeled and seeded 1 generous teaspoon butter 2 cloves garlic, chopped Salt and pepper to taste Cut tops off peppers. Remove pith and seeds. Rinse with cold water and drain upside down. Put meats, onion, garlic, herbs and pepper in a large measuring cup. Microwave 4 minutes on 70 percent power. Stir well. Drain fat if necessary. Stuff peppers with meat mixture. Place in glass pie plate. Cover with plastic wrap; pierce with sharp knife in a couple of places to release steam. Zap 2 minutes at 60 percent power. Chop tomatoes and place in glass cup along with garlic and butter. Microwave 2 minutes on high. Stir well, cover, and microwave 2 more minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. 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