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Spooky Green Eyeball Soup



Am I the only one excited for Halloween? I know we're more than a month away, but I've already started our hunt for our Halloween costumes and our candy shopping for the neighborhood kids. While I'm not big on my own kids having lots of candy around Halloween, I won't force my ideals on others. My kids know that the day after Halloween, the candy disappears. I'm big on eating healthy and I try to buy organic as much as I can. I started Madison out on veggies before she got her first bite of something sweet, like her first piece of fruit. She is still a big fan of broccoli and I try to incorporate it in her meal as much as I can. Today I want to share with you our Spooky Green Eyeball Soup. Not only is it a healthy and delicious meal for your little ones, it's sure to put the scream in your Halloween.

Spooky Green Eyeball Soup
(makes 5 cups)
2 two-cup servings

Ingredients

1 16-ounce bag frozen broccoli, cooked
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and packed
4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup onion, diced
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup Italian parsley leaves
32 ounces vegetable broth
1 cup of Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
Mozzarella pearls
Black olives
Salt and pepper to taste


Instructions

Add the olive oil to a medium-size pot over medium-high heat.

When the oil is hot, add the green onion, and sauté for 2 minutes.

Add the garlic, and sauté for about 60 seconds or until fragrant.

Add the spinach, and cook until all the water has evaporated, approximately 2 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat, and transfer to a blender along with the cooked broccoli, green onion, parsley, Parmesan cheese, and vegetable broth. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.

Return the soup back to the pot, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn the heat down to medium-low, and gently simmer for 20 - 30 minutes to blend the flavors and thicken the soup.

Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking. We added a teaspoon of salt and a half teaspoon of pepper.

While the soup is cooking, you can make your edible eyeballs.


Using a plastic straw, gently poke a hole in the middle of each mozzarella pearl. To get the cheese out of the straw, just blow it out after each cut.

To make the black pupils, cut an olive in half, and use the straw to cut out two pupils from each half. So each olive will yield four pupils.

Gently press each olive pupil into the hole you made in the mozzarella.

This may sound complicated, but it is actually very easy and a perfect project for the kids!

To serve the soup, ladle it into a serving bowl, and top with as many eyeballs as you want!


Notes:

If you're looking for something a little different to serve on Halloween, the soup is perfect! Not only is it fun and creepy, but it's delicious and healthy!

The broccoli and spinach are fresh and healthy, while the cheese, onions, garlic, and broth add tons of savory flavor. The soup is finished with a pat of butter for richness and creaminess, but you can omit it if you prefer.

To make this even healthier, you could add whatever green vegetables you like. Kale, peas, and edamame would all be good. Just keep in mind, that you may have to blend it a little longer to get it to smooth out.

You'll need to use a powerful blender for this. If you don't have one, a stick blender would work too. You can make it as smooth or chunky as you want. As you can see, we have little texture in ours, which gave it more of a "creepy" look. Also, we wanted a very green soup, so we didn't add any cream. If you want a creamier texture, feel free to add a little heavy whipping cream towards the end of the cooking.

There are no amounts given for the mozzarella pearls and black olives because that will be determined by how many eyeballs you want to make. One package of mozzarella pearls will yield far more than what you need for this recipe, and the same goes for the black olives. Just keep in mind that four mozzarella pearls and one black olive make four complete "eyeballs". If you can't find mozzarella pearls, the mini balls of mozzarella cheese will work too. Just cut them in half.

Annmarie John
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  1. That Spooky Green Eyeball Soup looks so yummy! I also can't wait until Halloween, it's one of my favorite holidays.

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    1. We love it here as well. The kids really love it because it's one of the few times that they get to eat candy. :)

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  2. Once fall arrives, I'm in soup heaven! This is the perfect soup for Halloween. Those eyeballs are amazing and the soup looks delicious. My family would be super shocked to see this for dinner. I love it!!

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    1. I'm sure they would. When my son first saw it he said "ewwww" lol

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  3. This is so cute and a nice way to get the kiddos to eat their veggies. We always have soup on Halloween which my daughter makes. It's a nice family tradition.

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    1. I love that tradition. Soups are a great get together family bonding meal. :)

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    2. That is a really cool tradition! We have had soup for the past two Christmas Eve dinners and it's nice to have a tradition.

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    3. It is really nice to have a tradition. We don't really have one for Halloween but maybe it's time we do.

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  4. This is fantastic. I would try this for Halloween this year. Being able to freak out my son would be well worth it!

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    1. I can just imagine your son, if he's like mine, he might not want to touch it, but it's really good.

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  5. Oh my gosh I cannot wait to do this for my son. It will totally gross I am out and I will get a good laugh. What a fun imagination.

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    1. You'll surely get a good laugh. My son said "ewwww" when he first saw it too. I have to say though that it's really pretty good.

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  6. Oh I am so going to make this for Halloween. This is definitely creepy but I also love how healthy it is. Those eyes sure does give it that extra touch.

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    1. The eyes are absolutely delicious and it is very healthy for you. :)

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  7. Omg, never would have thought to make this, but so spooky and so Halloween perfect that I can't thank you enough for sharing here!! :)

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    1. Oh you're very welcome Janine and I can see your kids running away from it too. :)

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  8. I can't wait for it to cool down a little bit more so I can start making soups. This is such a cool looking soup, but I think my kids might pass out if I tried to serve it to them.

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    1. Or they'll get a kick out of it, you just never know.

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  9. This looks very very spooky! Perfect for Halloween. I know my nieces would get freaked out, or maybe they'll dig it lol. They love the weird Snapchat filters lol

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    1. They do love those weird filters don't they? Maybe this might be snapchat worthy.

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  10. I bet the soup tastes great but it sure is creepy! Great idea!

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    1. Oh it's wonderful and just look at all the healthy ingredients.

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  11. This soup looks yummy and spooky. I will have to make it for our Halloween party.

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    1. Your partygoers would get a kick out of it for sure.

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  12. This is a super cute idea! I love making everything in Halloween special and memorable for the kids.

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    1. That's wonderful. After all it's all about and for the kids isn't it? Although there are quite a few adults who enjoy Halloween more than the kids do.

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  13. That is totally adorable! You can have everything all tricked out for Halloween, but if you don't have eyeballs, you're not complete!

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  14. I love finding fun Halloween recipes! It's always fun for the kids to have themed meals and treats.

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  15. This would be a great recipe for a Halloween party! Great post!

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  16. I'm pretty sure my 13 yr old will LOVE this my 17 & 9 yr olds will say what is that Ha... I love to make meals that makes them 2nd look I might make it w/eyeballs on the side Ha.. Oh this is too much fun!

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    1. My 15 year old actually said ewww, but my youngest loved it. :)

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  17. I adore this idea for halloween, can't wait to show the kids they're gonna wanna try this recipe which is great because it's healthy for all of us. I like all the ingredients and it's super creative. I think this is going to be a huge hit for families getting in the halloween spirit, which I'm super excited about!

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    1. It is really healthy for everyone and I'm just as excited as you for Halloween. Went to Home Goods to get my decor on already.

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  18. This is such a cute recipe! This is definitely something my kids would love!

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  19. This is such a fun recipe. I love soup during fall and winter. My kids love festive recipes like this one. I can't wait to try it.

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    1. I love my soups during the fall as well. I've already had soup twice this week already.

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  20. This is such a fun Halloween idea to make with my sons, I am on it! I know they will be totally grossed out (in a good way) with this recipe!

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    1. Oh yes I'm pretty sure they will but they'll also love it.

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  21. That looks like such a fun soup for Halloween! I'll bet it is really tasty too with all of those ingredients. At first I thought it was gonna be split pea soup lol!

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    1. Oh no, split pea here but broccoli which my little one just loves along with spinach but you can add whatever you like to it.

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  22. You are getting me so excited for Halloween! This is the cutest, creative little dish! Such great imagination!

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    1. I was ready since I saw the decorations at the stores. We only have a month left.

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  23. Oh this is just awesome! I love this. I am definitely going to make this for the family. Fun and yummy!

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  24. That Halloween Spooky Eyeball Soup is a really great idea to get kids (and adults) to eat healthy while having some holiday fun.

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    1. It sure is, especially if they're not too grossed out.

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  25. Oh my goodness how fun is this?! I have to be totally honest, I wasn't sold when I read your blog post title, but seeing the photos and more importantly -- the ingredients -- this sounds amazing! I can't wait to try it this season :)

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    1. The name is rather creepy but it's rather a healthy and delicious meal. As they say, don't judge a book by its cover.

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  26. I totally love this soup idea! Halloween is on of my favorite holidays and this would be so fun to serve at our party this year!

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    1. Oh I can see this being the hit of the party.

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  27. My son has been asking for broccoli soup for the last few months and we keep promising him we'll make it once the weather cools down. This version seems far too fun to pass up!

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    1. He'll probably enjoy this one a little bit more than the regular old boring broccoli soup.

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  28. I have to hand it to you - it looks delicious. Some of my favorite foods in there - YUM. And the eyeballs seem to hold their shape, which is nice. I LOVE mozzarella and I love olives.
    Also.. this is healthy!

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    1. It is very healthy and the eyeballs hold their shape because of the mozzarella pearls. The olives sure does make it look a lot more real.

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  29. These are so fun! I'll definitely try this for Halloween!

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    1. If you do, let me know how your kids like it.

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  30. This looks like so much fun. I have a nine year old granddaughter that would love to try this out for Halloween.

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    1. Have fun making it with her. Let her help make the eyeballs.

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  31. Glad to hear I'm not the only parent who tossed all the halloween candy in the trash bin! My kids are so used to by now, they just pass it over the same night after counting out their loot.

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    1. Oh yes I do that every single year. I'm not big on candy or soda here in my house so the kids really look forward to Halloween but they don't get to indulge like other kids.

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  32. I am wondering how my family would react to this. Haha. The soup is definitely packed with all those healthy veggies and I am sure it would taste yummy. I'm not just sure about those "eyes." Maybe I can just make a few. If they like it, I can make more "eyes."

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    1. You can always do a few as you said but I think they'll like them.

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  33. What a great idea this is! So creative. I love it and it really does look scary and spooky. Party guests would love this.

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  34. I like that the eyes don't look runny! Those candy eyes at the store don't work in liquid at all!

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    1. That's because its not candy eyes but actual mozzarella pearls so they're delicious as well. .

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  35. What a wonderful way to get kiddos to eat healthy without realizing it! Making food Fun is a great solution! I am definitely going to try this as we move on towards October!

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    1. That's the thing about kids, unless it's fun they don't really want to eat it but they'll love this one.

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  36. oh-my-gosh what kid wouldnt LOVE this so much for Halloween?! What a clever way to amp up the spooky factor and be healthy too!

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    1. It sure is a great way to amp up the spooky factor as you said and yes it's very healthy.

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  37. Wow, this looks hilarious and incredible! I'd love to have this in the house.

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    1. And you should. The instructions are pretty easy to follow.

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  38. How awesome is this? Ha, I love it! My kids love when I get creative so something like this would totally blow their minds! I am going to see about trying this! So fun. - jeanine

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    1. Have fun trying it and don't forget to include your kids as well.

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  39. The soup looks delicious and spooky. I love the way that the eyeballs are made. This would be perfect for Halloween or any other time you wanted to add fun to dinner.

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    1. It would be. You should give it a try for your own Halloween.

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  40. My son is sitting next to me BEGGING me to make this! I've been looking for tasty halloween recipes, but they all have SO MUCH sugar. This looks perfect.

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    1. Most of the recipes we see are usually of treats and I try to stay away from the sugar myself.

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  41. That really is spooky soup. My kids would love eating that for sure! Great idea!

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    1. Thank you Amber and I hope you enjoy if you do make it.

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  42. I love the idea of making food fun for kids, especially picky eaters. My child has sworn off green veggies recently, so I will be sure to try this one out as she loves Halloween!!

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    1. What a great compromise, green veggies for Halloween but fun veggies.

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  43. What a fun soup to make!! My kids would flip out if I served them this fish, so much fun for Halloween Dinner!

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    1. It sure would be fun for them, they might even ask you do to it when it isn't Halloween.

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  44. This looks like so much fun to watch people's reaction to! It's a great way to get healthy and fun nutrition!

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    1. It sure is and while it may look spooky, it sure is filled with good nutrition.

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  45. What a great idea. I make a pot of chili almost every year for halloween but a soup would be a welcomed change. We aren't big fans of olive but I bet I could replace that with red peppers for red eyes. yum!

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    1. Oh you can replace it with red peppers, that's a great idea as well too.

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  46. This is the first halloween post i've seen for 2016. I was so curious to find out how you made the eyes.

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    1. Oh the eyes are pretty easy and you'll love it.

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  47. Seriously, this is the most fun soup I have seen for Halloween! I'm sure that I will be sharing it with my neighbors. Love the cheese eyeballs!

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    1. Thank you Terri, I hope your neighbors love your cheese eyeballs.

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  48. What a fun idea! I'm pretty sure that my son would love it this coming Halloween!

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  49. This recipe looks so fun! I need to try it out for a Halloween party!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it if you do make it. It'll be a hit for your Halloween party.

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  50. Such a creative idea! My son would love it. I can make a batch without the topping for my anti-Halloween husband, lol!

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    1. All you need to do is remove the "eyeballs" and he'll love it.

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  51. this looks awesome. I like the spooky look of this and that it is a delcious meal. This would make a great Halloween dinner for kids.

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    1. Yes it would and if your family loves their veggies they'll love this more.

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  52. Oh I don't know if I could eat it! Of course once I read the ingredients, I definitely know I would like it. I think I might make it for my kids and see what they think!

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    1. Oh yes looking at it might scare you away but the ingredients are definitely good for you.

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  53. I can not wait to surprise my kids with this soup. It looks so creative. I will have to get the ingredients so I can make it this weekend.

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    1. I hope you are able to make it. You'll certainly enjoy it I'm sure.

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  54. It looks really scary and slimy but I bet it tastes really good. I always like these spooky Halloween recipes.

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    1. It actually wasn't slimy but yes it does taste pretty good.

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  55. This looks amazing! These are the things that get me excited for Halloween. I can't wait to try this.

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    1. Recipes sure make me excited for Halloween as well. Enjoy!

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  56. This spooky green eyeball soup would be a total hit at a Halloween party. The bigger kids would totally be impressed.

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    1. Oh they most certainly would be impressed while little ones might be scared. :)

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  57. Woah! That soup looks really spooky! I want to make one for the Halloween.

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    1. And you should make one. What's stopping you?

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  58. What a fun idea for Halloween! And it definitely sounds like a great way to get the kids eating some veggies ;)

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    1. It is an awesome way and one that they'll love for sure.

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  59. I love soup and this is such a cute idea! It's perfect for Halloween night and something I'd love to try.

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    1. And you should certainly give it a try and let me know if you like it.

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  60. Ok this is by far the coolest recipe ever. I am so making this for my kiddies!

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  61. This is such a fun soup. My kids would love to make something like this for Halloween!

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    1. And you should let them in on the fun of making their own soup.

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  62. OOoooo how fun is this soup?!?! An awesome way to sneak those veggies in when you have a picky eater like I do!

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    1. The funny thing is that my daughter is also picky but she just loves her veggies.

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  63. Wow! Now that is creative! My youngest son would definitely get a kick out of this.

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  64. Thanks for this fabulous recipe. Will try to do this too pretty soon. Hope kids will love it.

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    1. If your kids love veggies then they would but you could always start.

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  65. Oh wow! This is super fun! This looks like a perfect recipe for a Halloween party!

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    1. It is perfect but even perfect after Halloween as well.

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  66. yum that looks like so much fun!

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  67. It certainly looks healthy and delicious, though I wish this would pass off as a cool treat for my nephews! They've been evading vegetables a lot. But this might just work, they love eerie stuff!

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    1. If they love spooky looking things, you might be able to get them to eat this. I've noticed most kids love playing with their food and the spookier the better.

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