What to Do with Pumpkin Seeds Slideshow
October 10, 2012
1. Sex Up Your Vegetable Sides
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.
2. Make a Healthy Snack
4. Take Puréed Soup to a Higher Level
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.
5. Give Trail Mix a Protein Boost
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.
7. Turn Them Into a Crust
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.