Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Preparing Your Own Pumpkin Seeds and Puree

Every year our kids get so excited when it is time to buy a pumpkin.  They love scooping out the seeds, then roasting them into a delicious snack treat!

Pumpkins are very healthy for you as they are high in fiber and beta-carotene.  Even with a little sugar thrown in they still make a pretty healthy dessert, and pumpkin pie just tastes amazing!

For those of you who would like to try roasting pumpkin seeds, don't worry it is very easy.

1. Take your pumpkin and cut the stem area off.  Scoop out all of the seeds and stringy insides.
2. Put the seeds into a colander and rinse them under cold water until all of the stringy stuff is gone.
3. Place them into a bowl and cover them completely with filtered water and about a tablespoon of salt, and leave them to soak over night..  This extra step allow blocked nutrients to be released from the seeds.
4. Drain the seeds, but don't rinse them.
5. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees, and bake them for 10-20 minutes or until light brown and slightly crispy.  Or you can put them in a dehydrator at 104 degrees until crispy.
6. Season with salt, garlic salt, or any seasoning of your choice.  Enjoy!

For more on how to cook up and puree your pumpkin check out this great article by Katie from Riddlelove.

For a great pumpkin puree smoothie check out this recipe, that my kids think tastes like pumpkin pie!

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