This week on Pimp My Health, we’re going to help you pimp all those pumpkin seeds. You’ve scooped them out of your jack-o-lantern, but now what do you do with them? Sure, roasting the seeds with some olive oil and salt is great, but after a day or two, that can get pretty boring. But, did you know there are a whole host of other uses for pumpkin seeds, including in casseroles, on tofu and on salads? They are also a good source of iron, protein and carbs, so take a look at some new and different uses for your pumpkin seeds this Halloween:
1. Add some to a casserole. For added texture, crunch and flavor, mix in 1/2 cup of seeds with your tuna casserole, vegetable casserole, turkey or chicken casserole. Here is an awesome looking recipe for a pumpkin and cauliflower casserole that uses pumpkin seeds inside and on top of the dish. Yum.
2. Add some sweetness to your salad. Toss the seeds with some olive oil, a teaspoon of melted butter, sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. Roast in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes, sprinkle with salt if desired and then toss them in a big spinach salad.
3. Make a simple pesto. Combine 1/3 cup of lightly toasted pumpkin seeds, 2 jalapeno peppers, 1 cup fresh cilantro, 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream, 1 teaspoon of lime juice and a sprinkle of salt. Blend in a food processor until soft and creamy. Serve with enchiladas or homemade pita chips.
4. Add some on top of your cereal or oatmeal. Mix in a handful of pumpkin seeds that have been lightly toasted with a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon with your morning meal for a boost of protein and iron throughout the day.
5. Encrust your fish or tofu. Ground pumpkin seeds can add a delicious crunch and flavor to fish, tofu or even chicken. Here is a great new recipe to try for Pumpkin Seed Crusted Tofu (what’s shown in the photo here). Don’t worry, you can emit the egg if it seems to sinful.