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Pumpkins are nutrition rich and very versatile. They can be used for their nutrients in various ways. One of the proof of the versatility of pumpkin is that even the seeds of this fruit are a nutrient- rich and tasty treat to the tongue and the body. While seeds of most fruits and vegetables are discarded, such is not the case with pumpkins. This is due to the various vitamins and minerals, as well as, fiber that these seeds are laden with. Here’s taking a glance in the ways you can eat pumpkin seeds in your meals, but before we do that, let’s first find out how to prepare the seeds for use.
How To Prepare Pumpkin Seeds:
In order that you use these seeds, you need to first prepare them to be used. Here are the steps to prepare the seeds to be incorporated in various dishes:
1. Extract the Pumpkin Seeds:
You need to first remove the seeds from the pumpkin. You could carefully remove the seeds using a knife or a spoon.
2. Clean the Seeds:
You need to clean the excessive pulp off the seeds. Just toss them in a sieve and let the watery pulp drain off. Place the seeds in the sieve under running water and rub them with your hands to ensure proper cleansing.
3. Boil the Pumpkin Seeds:
Next in line is to boil the seeds. This will remove the leftover pumpkin pulp from the seeds. After it has been boiled for say about 10 minutes, remove it from hot water and let it to dry.
4. Baking The Seeds:
Spread the seeds across a baking sheet evenly and bake them. Before you bake them, toss it with a little oil. Use olive oil for best flavor. You can bake the seeds at a temperature of 180 degree Celsius for 10-12 minutes. This will help the water from within to dry up and the seeds will become crunchy and ready to use.
Storage of Pumpkin Seeds:
You could store these well-prepared seeds in an airtight container for 3-4 days. After 4 days the seeds will begin to lose their crunch and the fun of eating them will be lost.
How To Eat Pumpkin Seeds?
1. Use it as a Crunch Coating:
You can grind these seeds into a fine paste. They are very crunchy to taste. They can be used instead of breadcrumbs to coat your piece of deliciously marinated fish. Besides, pumpkin seeds are also a healthier option to use.
2. Garnish your Soups:
Soups can often be a very boring meal to consume. Garnish your delicious bowl of soup with these crunchy seeds to add an extra crunch to your soup.
3. Add Pumpkin Seeds to Cookies:
Use pumpkin seeds with your nuts to enhance the flavor of your cookies. They offer a great variety to the usual nutty flavor.
4. Making Pumpkin Seed Sauce:
Just add a few tangy tomatoes, jalapenos, herbs and broth. grind them into a fine paste. Here you go with a delicious dip to sauce up your chips.
5. Add to Granola:
6. Make Pesto Sauce:
In order to make a lip smacking pesto sauce one needs to add basil leaves, olive oil, garlic, cloves, cheese, walnuts and salt together in a food processor and grind it into a paste. You could replace walnuts with pumpkin seeds for a variety in taste in your pesto.
7. Add to Guacamole:
Guacamole is a salad that has various ingredients mixed together like avocado, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, red onions, jalapenos, cayenne pepper and salt. You could supplement this salt with a few pumpkin seeds to make them taste nutty and crunchy.
8. Add to Bread:
Various seeds are sprinkled over breads. You could use pumpkin seeds to sprinkle them over your dough and make pumpkin seed bread instead.
9. Simply Roast the Pumpkin Seeds:
You could use roasted pumpkin seeds just as a snack in itself. Add the taste of your choice and munch on!
10. Make a Crunchy Chocolate:
Add these seeds to liquid chocolate and sprinkle pumpkin seeds on them. You could finely mix these seeds within melted chocolate too. Now freeze this chocolate and use it as a crunchy chocolate bar to binge on.
11. Bake a Pumpkin Seed Cake:
If chocolates and breads, why not cake? Add the seeds to your cake of walnut brownie for extra flavor while baking.
12. Incorporate them in Tacos:
Give your tacos a new twist with a few pumpkin seeds. You will surely have lots of admirers for your dish.
13. Make Salsa:
Salsa is a Mexican, extra spicy dip to go with cheese. Cut these pumpkin seeds and add them to your salsa for excellently enhanced taste.
14. Sprinkle on Oatmeal:
Oats are rich in fiber, add a few more with pumpkin seeds on it. They are a perfect start to your busy day to keep you active throughout.
15. Add to hummus:
Why spare the Arabian delicacy off the nutrition rich seeds? Add these seeds to hummus either while grinding them into a fine paste or just as a topping. Relish the taste with a bread to go along with.
16. Make Dressings:
Just add these with lemon, fresh herbs and spices and cheese or cream to make delicious and creamy textured dressings.
17. Make Pumpkin Seed Butter:
18. Season your Yogurt:
You could also season your yogurt either flavored or plain for a great taste with pumpkin seeds.
19. Add them to Pancakes:
Everyone loves to eat pancakes of different flavors. You could just sprinkle a few seeds of pumpkin to the pancake mix over the top before baking. These will give your pancakes a fresh twist of taste.
20. Mix with a bowl of Fruits:
Fruits are usually soft to eat. To add a bit of crunchy binge, mix these seeds to your fruit bowl. They will supplement the nutrients you get from fruits.
Why would you use these seeds until you knew the nutritional content that it contains? You must not too. Never consume a thing without knowing how advantageous it can be for your body. Here’s a brief fact file to the nutritional content of pumpkin seeds.
Nutritional Value Of Pumpkin Seeds:
Pumpkin Seeds contain proteins, fiber, magnesium, zinc, copper, potassium and iron. One ounce of whole roasted pumpkin seeds (about 85 pieces) has 126 calories, 5 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein. They are also a good source of magnesium and Zinc, providing 19% of your daily dose of both these minerals. Copper, Potassium and Iron are also found in some quantities.
The next time you get yourself a pumpkin, remember to use the seeds in one way or the other stated above. We believe in making optimal use of each and every part of a food item to the benefit of one’s own body, why spare the nutritious seeds too? Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!