Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pumpkin Seeds


Halloween is almost here. Your little ones have gotten their costumes and are ready to trick or treat. Pretty soon you will be carving your pumpkins with your little ones. What do you do with all those pumpkin seeds? Well, you roast them. That's exactly what you do. Roasted pumpkin seeds are a great snack for your little ones before or after Halloween. Here is a simple recipe that your children will love to help you cook.

1. Instead of throwing the seeds in the trash as you remove them from the pumpkin, put them into a big bowl filled with cold water. Soaking them allows the pumpkin membranes to separate from the seeds.
2. Thoroughly drain and dry the seeds. Pour a tablespoon or two of olive oil onto the cookie sheet. Spread the pumpkin seeds on the sheet in an even layer.
3. If desired, toss with the spices of your choice. Salt, black pepper, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, and cayenne make nice additions.
4. Bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes. Enjoy now or later! Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Your kids and their friends will love this healthy treat when they get home from a long evening of trick or treating.

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