How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds in the Oven
Pumpkins are part of fall decorating and Halloween fun, but many of us don't take the time or know how to utilize the many benefits of the pumpkin seeds or the meat. Save the seeds to make a healthy snack to eat while watching a movie or to keep in your vehicle. They are better for you if you make them yourself because you can control the amount and kinds of spices on the seeds.
The seeds are packed full of nutrition. They are high in manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, tryptophan, iron, copper, vitamin K, zinc and protein. For men, these are an excellent snack because their nutrients help prevent prostate problems. They also improve bladder infection, protect against osteoporosis and kidney stones. Eating pumpkin seeds will also curb cravings for sweets.
How to Roast the Seeds:
Cut the pumpkin open and scoop out the seeds. Place them in a colander and run under cool water to clean off the pulp. Pour about 2 tablespoons of sea salt (or your favorite seasoning) over the seeds and mix in thoroughly.
Pour the seeds onto a lightly greased cookie sheet or cake pan. Spread the seeds out so they aren't touching each other.
Place the pan in a preheated 300° oven. Stir the seeds often as they can burn quickly. After they start browning, taste a few. If they still taste green and tender, put them back in the oven. Taste frequently since they can start burning on the inside fast. Cooking takes about 30 minutes.
Sea salt Garlic salt Chipotle seasoning Worcestershire sauce Or your favorite kind
How to Use Pumpkin Seeds:
Pumpkin seeds can be added to sauces, dressings, salads, veggies, cereal, meats and baked goods. So don't throw them away. Take advantage of the additional health benefits they provide in your diet.
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