Monday, October 29, 2007

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Carving a jack-o-lantern this year? Turn the seeds into a tasty & healthy snack!

Use an ice-cream scoop to remove the seeds from the pumpkin and transfer them to a large bowl. Now for the tough part: Separate the seeds from the pumpkin fiber (this is a messy job that you should do outside). To make the process a little easier, fill the bowl with water and let the pumpkin seeds soak. Have a bowl of clean water nearby and a colander, too.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Toss the rinsed pumpkin seeds into a smaller bowl, drizzle with olive oil (2-4 tbs per pumpkin, depending on size), and sprinkle with salt. Spread the seeds on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until slightly brown.

Tips & Tricks
Try seasoning seeds with Mrs. Dash instead of table salt for a lower sodium snack.

How kids can Help:
Kids can help pick seeds from pulp.

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