Friday, October 28, 2016

Are you carving a pumpkin the weekend?

Its time to carve the pumpkin for Halloween, and I have always felt that we should do something with the seeds, but never taken the time.  Tonight I have been doing some research and learned that pumpkin seeds are very healthy.  They are packed full of antioxidants.

To start with remove the seeds from the pumpkin and try to get most of the stringy pulp off.  Some people recommend washing them.  Dry them on paper toweling, then spread in a single layer on an ungreased cookie sheet and roast for 15 to 20 minutes at 375 degrees F in a pre-heated oven.

At this point you may sprinkle with a variety of seasoning mixes and eat shell and all.  You may also eat them like pumpkin seeds, shelling them one at a time and eating just the inside nugget.

Pumpkin seeds may also be purchased at health food stores to use in a variety of recipes.  This is can be a great time saver.

You may easily shell a large bunch of pumpkin seeds by first rolling them with a rolling pin to break the shell, then boiling in water for 5 minutes.  When cool enough to handle, you can pull the shell off with your fingers.  Then roast them in the oven with your choice of seasoning.

Pumpkins seeds can be eaten as a snack, added to soups, breads and cookies.  Make your own granola or used to top a salad.

Here is a seasoning option that I am going to try.

Maple Chipotle:
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt

Instructions say to mix ingredients and then add two cups of seeds.  Spread on baking sheet and roast.

Happy snacking!

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