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Considered one of our favourite fall meals are pumpkin seeds. Since we’re carving pumpkins for jack-o’-lanterns this month, it’s a good time to save lots of the seeds for snacks. If you happen to don’t have any pumpkins available, you should purchase uncooked inexperienced pumpkin seeds with out their shells on the retailer.

Inexperienced pumpkin seeds are known as pepitas in Mexico, the place they’re a standard ingredient in lots of dishes. They’re hulled, which suggests they’ve had the shell eliminated to depart behind simply the inexperienced kernel. 

We love pepitas as a result of they’re crunchy and will be made each savory or candy…and even spicy should you like. They’re additionally an incredible various for anybody with nut allergy symptoms. You possibly can eat these pepitas alone by the handful (we do!) or add them into GORP (path combine), Roasted Coconut Granola, or Ensalada de Nochebuena. 

Listed here are two alternative ways to arrange pepitas: one begins with seeds with the shells on, proper out of a recent pumpkin; the opposite makes use of uncooked inexperienced pumpkin seeds with out their shells. One is somewhat spicy, and the opposite is nice. Choose your favourite or make each. 

SPICY JACK-O’-LANTERN SEEDS

HANDS-ON TIME: 15 MINUTES   

TOTAL TIME: 45 MINUTES 

MAKES 1 CUP (Four SERVINGS)

KITCHEN GEAR

Measuring spoons

Measuring cup

Baking sheet

Wood spoon or spatula

INGREDIENTS

1 cup uncooked, unshelled pumpkin seeds

3⁄Four teaspoon olive or canola oil

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

1⁄Four teaspoon chili powder

INSTRUCTIONS

Wash your fingers with cleaning soap and water, then collect all of your kitchen gear and components and put them on a clear counter.

1. Flip the oven on and set the warmth to 325 levels.

2. Put the pumpkin seeds on the baking sheet in a single layer and add the oil, salt and should you like spicy, the chili powder. Combine every part collectively.

3. As soon as the oven temperature has reached 325 levels, put the sheet within the oven and bake till golden brown, about 30-45 minutes; use the picket spoon or spatula to stir them each 10 minutes or so. Put aside to chill. Serve immediately or retailer in an hermetic container as much as 1 week.

CINNAMONY PEPITAS 

Make these candy seeds the identical approach, however use these components, and bake them for a shorter period of time — solely 15 minutes — since these seeds don’t have their shells on! 

HANDS-ON TIME: 15 MINUTES   

TOTAL TIME: 45 MINUTES 

MAKES 1 CUP (Four SERVINGS)

KITCHEN GEAR

Measuring spoons

Measuring cup

Baking sheet

Wood spoon or spatula

INGREDIENTS

1     cup uncooked, shelled  pumpkin seeds  

1     teaspoon canola oil  

1     teaspoon brown sugar

1/4  teaspoon salt

half of  teaspoon floor cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS

Wash your fingers with cleaning soap and water, then collect all of your kitchen gear and components and put them on a clear counter.

1. Flip the oven on and set the warmth to 325 levels.

2. Put the pumpkin seeds on the baking sheet in a single layer and add the oil, salt sugar, and cinnamon. Combine every part collectively.

3. As soon as the oven temperature has reached 325 levels, put the sheet within the oven and bake till golden brown, about 30-45 minutes; use the picket spoon or spatula to stir them each 10 minutes or so. Put aside to chill. Serve immediately or retailer in an hermetic container as much as 1 week.

 

We hope these recipes will get you and your loved ones cooking collectively this fall. These are just some of the nice snack concepts we have now. For extra recipes, check out our Recipes web page. It’s full of recipes from our ChopChop Journal that youngsters could make and revel in. If your loved ones makes these pepitas, we’d love to listen to about it! Share your ChopChop creations on social media and you’ll want to tag us within the posts or electronic mail us about it at [email protected]