Meatball Mummy Crescent Bites

trick or treat ghostCelebrate Halloween with this festive appetizer recipe from the Pediatric Diabetes Clinic

Kitchen Tools:

Knife or Pizza Cutter
Parchment paper
Large cookie sheet

1 can (8 oz) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
20 frozen cooked turkey meatballs, thawed
Ketchup or mustard
Marinara sauce (1 oz or 2 tablespoons = 4 gm Carb)

Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Put piece of parchment paper on work surface (counter).  Unroll dough onto parchment paper, press out perforations to make one sealed large rectangle.  Cut into 4 small rectangles with knife or pizza cutter

Using knife or pizza cutter, cut each rectangle into 10 strips. You will have 40 strips of dough after all 4 small rectangles cut.

Wrap 2 strips of dough around each meatball to look like “bandages”.

Separate “bandages” near one end to show meatball “face”. Place wrapped meatballs on ungreased large cookie sheet.

Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until dough is light golden brown and meatballs are hot. With ketchup or mustard, draw “eyes” on mummy bites.

Serve warm with marinara sauce if desired.

Prep time: 15 min lTotal time: 30 minutes l Makes: 20 servings l Serving Size: 1 meatball l Carbs per serving: 7 grams

Recipe amended from
Health, Nutrition

Candy- the Do’s and Don’ts

By Suzanne Russell-Curtis, RD, CDE
Bulfinch Medical Group 

It’s the time of year to add on extra layers—however for many of us that extra layer is excess weight.  Many people gain “those extra pounds” from October through December, and it all starts with that first “mini” candy bar…and then another because the first was only a bite. We say to ourselves, it couldn’t be too many calories, it was so tiny. We give ourselves permission to have another (and another).  Before you know it, you’ve eaten 4 pieces and consumed about 200 calories and 100g of carbs!  If you do that everyday for the month of October that’s almost a 3 lb gain (and don’t be fooled by sugar free candy, it also contains extra calories and carbs).  Once the Halloween candy is all gone we move onto stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and holiday cookies:  more calories and carbs. 

So how do you stop yourself from the downward spiral?  Don’t buy candy for the trick-or-treaters until the day of Halloween; and don’t take the first bite until there’s only one piece of Halloween candy left!  Instead, grab a piece of fruit.  Apples, pears, and many citrus fruits are in season now. 

What’s my favorite fruit?  The apple!  One apple is only 80 calories and 15g of carbs.  Think about it, would you really sit down and eat 4 apples?  No.  So you will most likely stop at 80 calories instead of 200 calories. 

Here are a couple of tricks to make a sweet treat without adding too many calories:

  • Toss a cut apple in cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Bake an apple and add cinnamon
  • Cut an apple into wedges and use 2 Tbsp of peanut butter for dip. 

Happy Halloween!

(Photo credit: Greg Jordan)