Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Carving pumpkins or using fresh pumpkin has a GREAT benefit you might not always make use of: the Pumpkin Seeds!  Pumpkin seeds are so healthy and tasty.  They provide about 50% of your daily value of iron, magnesium, and phosphorus, as well as give you healthy protein, healthy fats, zinc, and vitamin K.

The seeds in my photos are from the tiny pumpkins I used in the Sweet Potato Chutney Over Chops with Stuffed Pumpkin recipe.  I'll also be making the bigger seeds from our regular size pumpkins once we carve those.

Pumpkin seeds, cleaned of all pumpkin and dried.  Usually I use a strainer and a little manpower to get all the pumpkin off the seeds, then lay the seeds on paper towels to dry out overnight.

Seasoning(s) of your choice.  I prefer plain ol' Sea Salt, but you could use cinnamon/sugar, cajun spices, chilli powder, garlic powder, or whatever else you can come up with.

1. Preheat Oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Spray some cooking spray on a baking sheet.  Spread the seeds on top of the baking sheet.  Spray again with cooking spray.  Sprinkle your seasoning of choice on top of the seeds.
3. Bake for 15-25 minutes (or longer if you didn't dry them out) or until lightly browned.


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