|Confession. I’m not a pumpkin lover. Yeah, I know that probably comes as a surprise as there are a lot of folks that are. But even though I don’t care for it as much as lets say my hubby who loves all things pumpkin, there are a few recipes that I really do like that are pumpkin inspired. I’m glad I decided to give these a try. I thought I might share two recipes that I enjoy.
My most favorite. Pumpkin Seeds. What’s great about these are that pumpkin seeds have a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc. They are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package. So eat up!
Pumpkin Seeds Recipe
1. Scoop seeds from squash or pumpkin. Remove as much of the flesh attached to the seeds as you can. If there’s a little left, that’s OK!
2. Spread seeds out on cookie sheet or in shallow metal baking pan in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil (amount will vary on how many seeds you are roasting) and sprinkle with chili powder and garlic salt. Or, you can pick any other spices from your cabinet that you want to try. You could even make a couple different kinds.
3. Roast in 400 degree oven for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and “stir the seeds around”, flipping, stirring, rotating. Just move them a bit and return them to “single layer status.” Roast for another 5-8 minutes, or until most are crispy and have browned a bit. Let cool a bit before eating!
Pumpkin Spiced Latte
This recipe has half the calories of your favorite fall treat.
Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: 5 min.
Yield: 1 serving
1 cup nonfat milk
1 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup brewed black coffee or 1 shot espresso
1 dash ground nutmeg (to taste; optional)
1. Heat milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and extract in medium saucepan over medium heat; cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until mixture is hot, but not boiling. It is ready when there are many small bubbles on the sides of the saucepan.
2. Remove from heat; mix vigorously with a whisk until frothy.
3. Pour coffee or espresso into serving mug; top with milk mixture.
4. Top with nutmeg if desired.
Trying new things can open ourselves up to some amazing possibilities. If you’re like me, I encourage you to try one new food this week. You might find that you might like it prepared one way over the other, just like I do.
In this together,
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Other recipes that you might enjoy…
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Healthy Cinco de Mayo Recipes
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