Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!!!

No Halloween is complete without a carved pumpkin and roasted pumpkin seeds!

This was really easy.  I always buy the pumpkin carving kits on clearance after Halloween for around a $1.  They have a ton of patterns in them.  Just photocopy the one you like, tape it to the pumpkin and start punching out the pattern.  You will use the dot matrix to carve out your pumpkin.

Now on to the roasted pumpkin seeds... Scoop them out, rinse them off, add a little seasoning salt and butter. 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven and you have delicious roasted pumpkin seeds!

Separate out as much of the pumpkin as you can stand. 

Add water and the pumpkin seeds float and the left over pumpkin bits sink.  Scoop out the seeds with a slotted spoon into a colander to drain the excess water.  Then spread them out on a baking sheet and add melted butter and seasoning salt.

15 minutes later at 350 degrees....

Pumpkin seeds are a great source of phytosterols which are found in all seeds and nuts are helpful in loawering cholesterol.  Pumpkin seeds in particular are an excelent source of the minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium and manganese, zinc, iron and copper. In addition, pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein and vitamins A and K.  To see a more indepth nutrional analysis, click here.