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The devil is in the details. If you're throwing a last-minute party, you might as well go all out, right down to the cookware and serving dishes. Lifestyle Expert, Melanie Mendez-Gonzalez shares wickedly easy ways to get your home Halloween-ready.

Carrington Farms Roasted Butternut Squash Soup


  • 1 butternut squash Cut up in 1” squares (or buy the cut up already one like I do! – 2 packages)
  • 2 large carrots, cut in small pieces
  • 1 medium onion, cut in small pieces
  • 2T Carrington Farms Coconut Cooking Oil (regular or garlic)
  • 1 cup Coconut milk (or more to taste)
  • 3 cups Vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Toss vegetables in coconut cooking oil and roast on cookie sheet for about 45 minutes or until tender.
  • Put roasted vegetables into a soup pot and add coconut milk and vegetable broth, simmer until everything is warm.
  • Optional – while simmering take a potato masher and mash up the veggies.
  • Once everything is warm, transfer to a blender or vitamix and blend until smooth.
  • Transfer back to pot and simmer for 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Black Bean Spaghetti with AFRAID-O Sauce


  • 1 box Explore Cuisine black bean spaghetti - cooked, drained
  • 1 jar of alfredo sauce (can choose gluten-free)
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce (choose one that is more blood red in color, rather than orange)
  • fresh basil


  1. Heat the sauces in separate saucepans over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Place warm Explore Cuisine black bean spaghetti in the center of four serving plates.
  3. Ladle alfredo sauce over the center of the spaghetti.
  4. Splatter marinara sauce over the entire dish, in a gruesome manner.
  5. Garnish with basil.
  6. add plastic bones for show!

Sparkling Ice
Welch’s Fruit Snacks
Sour Jacks
Gaea USA
Carrington Farms
Explore Cuisine
Over EZ

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