A simple pumpkin seed recipe.
Carving the pumpkin is only half the fun. You must also roast the seeds! I remember doing this as a kid every Halloween. Somehow the seeds always seemed to burn. Here is a pretty straightforward fool proof recipe. Pumpkin seeds carry a heavy health punch showing potential as a functional food ingredient!
First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Then, rinse and then boil your seeds in salted water for about 10 minutes. Boiling helps get all the stringy fibers off of the seeds and helps to make the seeds salty and crisp when you roast them.
Strain the boiled seeds and remove any remaining pumpin pieces from the seeds. Next, season the seeds. Spray with olive oil and get creative with your favorite spice mixes; garlic powder, smoked paprika, cajun spice, tamari, salt, pepper. I might try nutritional yeast this year!
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake in a single layer usually for 10-15 minutes or until desired crispness. Cool the seeds and enjoy as a snack, on salads, soup, in granola, or baked goods.