As Halloween rolls around, you may be thinking jack-o’-lanterns. As 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are sold every year, most for decorative use, teach the kids a delicious conservation lesson with these delightful pepitas. Don’t just carve it out and throw it out — eat it too. Get the kids involved in their own food production. Don’t overlook this salty snack.
Pumpkin seeds are a great snack, and you can fill your kids up a little before they devour all that candy. If you have any leftover seeds, they also make a protein-rich alternative to croutons for your salads. The flesh can be used for pie, pancakes, or as a sweet and savory side dish.
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- Spread the pumpkin seeds onto the nonstick pizza pan.
- Set the wire rack in the middle rack height position and turn the function dial until the indicator on the LCD screen points to the TOAST function. Select #2 darkness, and set to #1 slice.
- Press START/CANCEL button to activate. The pumpkin seeds will make popping sounds near the end of the toasting time.
- Allow pumpkin seeds to cool before serving.