Anyone who has ever carved a Jack-0-Lantern knows that there is a lot of “stuff” inside a pumpkin. If you just toss that all in the trash when you do your Halloween carving, you're missing out on those little nuggets of nutrition and yumminess – PUMPKIN SEEDS! They are a great source of dietary fiber, unsaturated fat and protein. They're also a good source of potassium and magnesium. So, what are you going to do with those seeds? These easy pumpkin seed recipe variations should help you out!
10 Delicious Pumpkin Seed Recipe Variations
To start, you will need to rinse your seeds. You can put them in a big bowl of water and swish – the seeds should float to the top and the other gunk sink to the bottom. Or you can just put them in a colander and rub them with your hands to remove the pumpkin innards from the seeds.
They need to dry next. The easiest way to do this is to spread them out on a cookie sheet and let them sit overnight. If you don't want to wait, you can resort to using a hair dryer set on low (you don't want the seeds to fly around your kitchen!) or else put them in the oven at a very low setting, about 120 degrees, and stir occasionally until they are dry.
To prepare 2 cups of seeds, you'll want to toss them with about a tablespoon of olive oil or melted butter. Then season them with your choice of the following seasonings:
Plain ‘ol Plain ‘ol Pumpkin Seeds – Just sprinkle with sea salt
Chili Lime Pumpkin Seeds – Sprinkle with 2 tsp chili powder, a dash of cayenne pepper, salt and a few squirts of fresh lime juice
Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Seeds – Toss with 2 Tbsp sugar, and 1 tsp. cinnamon
Italian Pumpkin Seeds – Mix with 3 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese, 1 tsp oregano, and 1/2 tsp salt
Fall Spice Pumpkin Seeds – Toss with 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp all spice, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp salt
Super Savory Pumpkin Seeds – Mix seeds with 1 1/2 tsp worstechire sauce and 1 1/4 tsp season salt
Garlic Pumpkin Seeds – Just sprinkle with 2 – 3 tsp garlic salt
Chocolate Pumpkin Seeds – 1 Tbsp cocoa powder, 2 Tbsp sugar, sprinkle of salt
Ranch Pumpkin Seeds – Mix with one packet of ranch salad dressing mix powder
Greek Pumpkin Seeds – Toss with 1 Tbsp oregano, 1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp dried parsley, and a few squirts of lemon juice
To cook: Roast in a 300 degree oven for approximately 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, or until seeds are golden brown.