Beyond Jack-O'-Lanterns: The Ultimate Guide to Pumpkin Seeds

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Beyond Jack-O'-Lanterns: The Ultimate Guide to Pumpkin Seeds

Beyond Jack-O-Lanterns: The Ultimate Guide to Pumpkin Seeds

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It’s that time of year where you head to the pumpkin patch and pick out the prime pumpkin to carve for Halloween. Jack-o’-lanterns are edible, but they don't taste very good (and the cut surfaces may harbor bacteria) — but you can pick out the pumpkin seeds and roast them for a snack or incorporate them into fall recipes.

Baked Apples with Pumpkin Seeds

Baked Apples with Pumpkin Seeds

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This incredible recipe combines two of fall's best ingredients: apples and pumpkin seeds. Serve it either as an appetizer or a side dish, perhaps with some juicy pan-roasted pork chops. — Maria Zoitas

For the Baked Apples with Pumpkin Seeds recipe, click here.

Cajun Barbecue Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Cajun Barbecue Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

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Special contributor Create Live Blog says, “This is a great healthy alternative to chips, popcorn, and cookies.” You can use the seeds of a fresh pumpkin for this recipe and add Cajun spice or other spices you may enjoy.

For the Cajun Barbecue Pumpkin Seeds recipe, click here.

Chinese Five Spice Pumpkin Seeds

Chinese Five Spice Pumpkin Seeds

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These Chinese five spice pumpkin seeds pack a punch with the spice's aromatic flavors. — Elyse Cromer  

For the Chinese Five Spice Pumpkin Seeds recipe, click here.

Coconut-Crusted Haddock with Curried Pumpkin Seeds

Coconut-Crusted Haddock with Curried Pumpkin Seeds

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This recipe calls for haddock, but you can also use sole or flounder fillets to make this main course, too. Serve with sautéed spinach or kale on the side. The pumpkin seeds can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use. — Whole Foods Market

For the Coconut-Crusted Haddock with Curried Pumpkin Seeds recipe, click here.

Jerk Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds

Jerk Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds

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Add a little kick to roasted pumpkin seeds with this authentic Jamaican spice rub. —Mr. Brown’s Lounge

For the Jerk Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds recipe, click here.

Main Lobster Bisque with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Main Lobster Bisque with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

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This delicious Maine lobster bisque is garnished with toasted pumpkin seeds for a nutty crunch. You can serve it as appetizer shooters or in small bowls.

For the Main Lobster Bisque with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds recipe, click here.

Mashed Pumpkin with Pumpkin Seeds

Mashed Pumpkin with Pumpkin Seeds

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Try this recipe for a different take on the traditional mashed potato. Boil one-inch pumpkin chunks, purée them, and top with roasted pumpkin seeds.

For the Mashed Pumpkin with Pumpkin Seeds recipe, click here.

Mustard-Baked Salmon with Pumpkin Seed Crust

Mustard-Baked Salmon with Pumpkin Seed Crust

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This is a quick and easy salmon recipe to prepare for a weeknight meal. The toasted pumpkin seeds give it a nutty flavor and good crunch, but any other nuts could be easily substituted for the pumpkin seeds. Serve with wild rice, greens, or a lovely salad. 

For the Mustard-Baked Salmon with Pumpkin Seed Crust recipe, click here.

PointsPlus Roasted Acorn Squash with Cumin and Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

PointsPlus Roasted Acorn Squash with Cumin and Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

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There’s nothing like the smell of caramelized sweet acorn squash to whet the appetite in the dead of winter. Smoky cumin and toasted pumpkin seeds bring some serious flavor to the table. — Weight Watchers

For the PointsPlus Roasted Acorn Squash with Cumin and Pumpkin Seeds recipe, click here.

Pumpkin Seeds, Feta, and Champagne Grape Salad Recipe

Pumpkin Seeds, Feta, and Champagne Grape Salad Recipe

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Pumpkin seeds add a nice crunch to this tangy salad, making this is a satisfying meal that would be great on any fall night.

For the Pumpkin Seeds, Feta, and Champagne Grape Salad recipe, click here.

Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Roasting beets accentuates their natural sweetness, while toasted pumpkin seeds and arugula bring forth contrasts in texture and flavor, respectively. Radishes are thrown in for good measure. This recipe uses candy-striped beets, but you can use any beet you’d like. — Will Budiaman

For the Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds recipe, click here.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Butternut Squash with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Here's a simple and flavorful side dish featuring butternut squash. Toasted pumpkin seeds lend a nutty, rich flavor and a distinct crunch to the squash, and dried cranberries add a little zing and sweetness. Serve this as an accompaniment to roasted meats, chicken, or fish. — Maria Zoitas

For the Roasted Butternut Squash with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds recipe, click here.

Sexy Swiss Chard with Golden Raisins and Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Sexy Swiss Chard with Golden Raisins and Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

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This is a delicious side dish made with Swiss chard, golden raisins, and pumpkin seeds. Special contributor Candice Kumai says, “Swiss chard is loaded with vitamin A for bright, gorgeous eyes, vitamin K for strong bones, and antioxidant vitamin C for glowing skin.”

For the Sexy Swiss Chard with Golden Raisins and Pumpkin Seeds recipe, click here.

Wasabi Soy Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Wasabi Soy Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

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Instead of reaching for the bag of potato chips, try making this healthy, delicious, and spicy snack instead. You can use the seeds of a fresh pumpkin for this recipe—it’s a super simple dish that tastes great.

For the Wasabi Soy Pumpkin Seeds recipe, click here.