Written By:  Kaiti George @ Nebraska Beef Council

Candy corn, sugar pumpkins and bite sized candy bars. Is this all that Halloween is about? Not in my book! I love cooking meals with a theme, especially for holidays. I hope to share many of my favorite themed recipes with you in the coming months. If you’re looking for delicious meal ideas for Halloween, look no further!! This is a hauntingly healthy dinner idea, perfect for ghosts and goblins alike.

Yummy Mummy Pizzas is a great option for little ones not ready to be introduced to the creepier side of All Hallows’ Eve. The colorful mummy and pumpkins featured on their plates will only stir up smiles (not screams). If you are looking for a spookier recipe, check out Beef Bites with Vampire Blood Dipping Sauce! 

Yummy Mummy Pizza


Italian Style Beef Sausage (recipe follows)

1-1/2 cups pizza sauce

4 round thin sandwich breads, any variety, split

4 individually wrapped sticks reduced-fat mozzarella string cheese (1 ounce each)

8 black or green olives, sliced horizontally


  1. Prepare Italian-Style Beef Sausage. Stir in pizza sauce; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through, stirring frequently. Keep warm and set aside.
  2. Place sandwich thins, cut side up, on rack of broiler pan. Spoon equal amounts of beef mixture on each bread half. Pull cheese lengthwise into thin strips. Cut each strip into thirds. Create mummy faces using cheese strips in crisscross pattern to resemble mummy bandages and olives to resemble eyes. 
  3. Place pizzas on rack of broiler pan so surface of cheese is 3 to 4 inches from heat. Broil 4 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Italian-Style Beef Sausage: Combine 1 pound ground beef, 1 teaspoon fennel seed, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon coriander, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add beef mixture; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 1/2 inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. (Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.) Makes 2-1/2 cups crumbles


Kaiti George

Kaiti George is a Registered Dietitian and fitness enthusiast with over 10 years of experience in both fields. She is a Registered Dietitian at Hy-Vee in Kearney and also teaches a variety of group exercise classes at the Kearney YMCA. Kaiti is the proud mom of twins, Jenna and Collin. Kaiti is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a Licensed Medical Nutrition therapist through the State of Nebraska. She and her husband Tom live in Kearney with their two dogs, Joe and Murphy. Kaiti prides herself on living an active healthy lifestyle and hopes to give readers great tips and recipes to do the same!