Five Uses for Pumpkin Seeds

Stop right there. Don't toss those pepitas!

Click through for a round-up of five recipes using pumpkin seeds, aka pepitas from the classic pocket snack to a savory soup topping and a sweet brittle candy.

Pumpkin seeds are flat, dark green seeds found in the cavity of pumpkins. Often covered in an off-white husk, they are some of the most nutritious edible seeds, packed with fiber, protein, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorous as well as vitamins B and E. With an average-sized porch pumpkin giving off a cup or more of seeds, this is the time to take advantage.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds is the classic Halloween snack. I always had a baggie in my lunchbox the week before Halloween. Desk-side snack? After school nibble? Or add them to a soup or salad, see below.

Sweet Potato and Tempeh Stew with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds is a healthy vegetarian one-dish dinner.

Warm Pumpkin Salad with Polenta is a nourishing and comforting salad for a brisk night.

Granola with Almonds, Apricots, Cranberries and Pineapple is a long name for a homemade granola that also has pumpkin seeds. For fall, try replacing the pineapple and apricots with more pumpkin seeds and cranberries, and call it Granola with Almonds, Cranberries and Pumpkin Seeds.

Pumpkin Seed Brittle is a sweet snack and a nice alternative to the candy-fest that's about to be unleashed on our streets. Of course, these days it's not kosher to doll out homemade sweets to trick-or-treaters, but it would make a nice treat for a classy Halloween party.

What are your favorite things to do with pumpkin seeds? Leave us your best tips and recipe links in the comments below.

Related: Good Tip: Brining Pumpkin Seeds

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