What to Do with Pumpkin Seeds Slideshow

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1. Sex Up Your Vegetable Sides
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1. Sex Up Your Vegetable Sides
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Let's be honest — sometimes a side of vegetables might just seem like an afterthought. Vegetables are there to play their role as the healthy part of your meal, but it doesn't have to end there. Use pumpkin seeds to add a little crunch and extra nutty flavor to side dishes, just as former Top Chef contestant Candice Kumai has done with her Sexy Swiss Chard with Golden Raisins and Pumpkin Seeds Recipe.

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Quentin Bacon

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2. Make a Healthy Snack
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2. Make a Healthy Snack
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Carly Taylor, author of createliveblog, has come up with two fantastic alternatives to potato chips, cookies, and candy for midday snacking. If you find yourself in a pumpkin seed glut, try making some Wasabi Soy Pumpkin Seeds or Cajun Barbecue Pumpkin Seeds. Your taste buds will thank you.

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Carly Taylor

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3. Jazz Up Rice Pilaf
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3. Jazz Up Rice Pilaf
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Rice pilaf, too, is a familiar weeknight favorite that could use a little extra inspiration sometimes. Use pumpkin seeds to great effect, like with this Rice Pilaf with Apples and Pumpkin Seeds Recipe from Jothan Yeager, who is The Bald Gourmet.

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Jothan Yeager

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4. Take Puréed Soup to a Higher Level
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4. Take Puréed Soup to a Higher Level
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Puréed soups, no matter how complex or intense their flavor, sometimes miss a crucial element in making a dish go from good to great: texture. Pumpkin seeds are fantastic in puréed soups for this reason, like with Suzanne Goin's Kabocha Squash and Fennel Soup with Crème Fraîche and Candied Pumpkin Seeds Recipe.

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Tammar & Shimon Rothstein

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5. Give Trail Mix a Protein Boost
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5. Give Trail Mix a Protein Boost
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Dried or roasted pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of protein, vitamin K, iron, and copper, so they're a worthy addition to any trail mix, like with this Pumpkin Seed and Dried Cherry Trail Mix with Dark Chocolate Recipe from Claire Robinson.

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Claire Robinson

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6. Healthy Doesn't Have to Taste Healthy
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6. Healthy Doesn't Have to Taste Healthy
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Give healthy, nutritional powerhouses like this Potato, Spinach, and Pumpkin Seed Hash from Sodium Girl a flavor boost without tipping the calorie, fat, or sodium scales too much with some pumpkin seeds.

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Jessica Goldman Foung

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7. Turn Them Into a Crust
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7. Turn Them Into a Crust
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Pumpkin seeds make a wonderful crust when crunched up and used to coat fish like tilapia, trout, or salmon, like with this Mustard-Baked Salmon with Pumpkin Seed Crust Recipe.

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Yasmin Fahr