They might look inconspicuous, sprinkled over salads and used as a garnish for soups in restaurants, but pumpkin seeds are truly a wonder ingredient. These small seeds have long been associated with a reduced risk of many health conditions, but why is that?
Well, inside they contain exceptionally high levels of magnesium. The enzymes inside our bodies use this magnesium to speed up and facilitate chemical reactions which we need to digest food, transmit nerve impulses, relax muscles – all important stuff!
Here are five recipes to give you an idea about how you can include more pumpkin seeds in your diet. Don’t forget, they count as fat BLOCKs if you are calculating!
- Pumpkin Seed Pesto. Grabbing a jar from the supermarket might be your first thought but home made pesto is super simple – just blitz the ingredients together. This version involves toasting the pumpkin seeds in a pan first to enhance the flavor but it’s still great for a speedy midweek supper.
- Pumpkin Seed Encrusted Baked Tilapia. Topping fish with a pumpkin seed crust provides a crispy contrast in texture to the soft flesh underneath. This versatile topping works with most types of fish so why not try out your favorite? Enjoy with a fresh salad or oven roasted vegetables.
- Veggie Tacos with Butternut Squash, Kale & Pepitas. Known as pepitas in Spanish, pumpkin seeds are used often in Mexican cooking. These tacos with kale and butternut squash are a wintery version of the classic taco. The spiced pumpkin seeds on top are the final flourish. Invite your friends.
- Roasted Cauliflower With Pumpkin Seeds, Brown Butter And Lime. If anyone says they don’t like cauliflower, make them this recipe. Forget steaming or boiling cauliflower, roasting really brings out the flavor – no soggy mess here! Lime, red pepper flakes, cilantro and crunchy pumpkin seeds turn boring cauliflower into something really exotic.
- Pumpkin Soup With Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. Double down on the pumpkin by sprinkling spiced and roasted pumpkin seeds on a classic pumpkin soup. This recipe is a perfect warmer for a winter’s day and also keeps great in the freezer so make a big batch ahead of time!
What are your favorite ways to use pumpkin seeds? Tell us in the comments below!