I love this time of year. The cool, comfortable days. The anticipation of upcoming holidays. Halloween and all the trick or treaters. I also love the foods that accompany this time of year. And I’m not talking about Halloween candy. Although I do like that too.
I love pumpkins!. I love making pumpkin pie, and pumpkin bread. My favorite thing I love about pumpkins are the seeds! I can’t believe that I used to throw those away. To me now, that’s the best part of the pumpkin!
This is one snack you can feel good about feeding to your family. When pumpkins are not in season, and I can’t roast the seeds myself, I buy the seeds from health food stores or Amazon.
First the bad news. The seeds do have a lot of fat.
Now the good news. The fat is the good kind that will help lower your LDL cholesterol (the bad kind of cholesterol).
It also is high in fiber, protein, Vitamin E, B-Complex, and A. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of L-tryptophan which helps with depression, and glutamate which helps with stress. These little miracles have been shown to help prevent some cancers, kidney problems, and bladder problems. Some cultures even use the seeds as a treatment for parasites like tapeworms.
There are lots of ways to use pumpkin seeds. My favorite way is to just roast them. The video below shows you in the simplest way possible how to do this:
I use olive oil to drizzle on my seeds and I use garlic salt and pepper. Sometimes I use Mrs Dash.
You can top ice cream sundaes with pumpkin seeds. Or put them on salads. Or add them to your favorite granola recipe. I have a friend that adds them to her oatmeal cookie recipe and they give the cookies a little extra crunch.
I bet they would be great in cold cereal, oatmeal and cream of wheat. I added some pumpkin seeds to yogurt and liked it.
I have a great salad dressing recipe that I found here: www.whfoods.com. I have only made this once, about a week ago but it is now my new favorite salad dressing recipe.
Just grind up some pumpkin seeds in a food processor, add some chopped garlic, and add some fresh parsley and cilantro leaves. Add a little olive oil and lemon juice. There are no real measurements for this. I just throw a little of each ingredient and then taste it and add more of an ingredient if needed.
If you use pumpkin seeds in your cooking, I’d love to know how you cook with them. Please leave a comment!