[Originally featured on TheHealthyHappyGirl.com]

Hey guys!

Rikki Cortese here – I have a GREAT recipe to share with you today to try out after you’re done carving your pumpkins for Halloween! Be sure to save those pumpkin seeds!

Enjoy 🙂

Garlic Paprika Pumpkin Seeds

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Yields: 1 serving Pumpkin-seeds

Prep Time: 10 min

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds (rinse and dried – I did this the night before)
  • 1/2 tbsp EVOO
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • A few grinds of pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Line pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  3. In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix until well coated.
  4. Spread onto pan evenly and roast for about 30-40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. I pulled this batch out at around 35 minutes. Seeds are done when they are crispy (you can taste test to check) and golden brown.

I LOVE pumpkin seeds, especially when they are nice and crisp. This is the first time I’ve baked them at this temperature (last time I tried 350) and these are so much better!

Pumpkin seeds are an incredibly healthy snack, rich in omega-3s (healthy fats), fiber and protein. Also helps alkalize the body’s pH levels.

This could be a fun family activity! Everyone can prepare their own seeds with different ingredients (secretly) and have a competition of which seasoning tastes the best. Here are a few other combinations to try:

  • sugar + nutmeg + cinnamon
  • ginger + orange zest
  • salt + Jalapeño powder
  • red pepper flakes + paprika + cayenne pepper
  • BBQ seasoning + salt
  • Parmesan + black pepper + basil

Have fun and enjoy!!

– Rikki Cortese

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