Alright people. This is where it’s at during the holiday season. Toasted pumpkin seeds.
Toasting nuts and seeds is a very simple and quick cooking method. It brings out the flavors and turns your dish from plain jane to fancy pants. It only takes 2 steps.. well 1 really.
Heat a medium sauté pan to medium/ high heat. Place desired amount of raw pumpkin seeds into the pan for 3 minutes then move the seeds around the pan or flip them with a wooden spoon. Keep toasting and mixing the seeds around for another 2-3 minutes.
You will know that they are done when they start to smell fragrant. Taste a seed to see if it is toasted. (Be careful, it is HOT!) If they are not toasted, return to the heat for another minute. Be careful not to leave the stove or let them burn!
You can buy raw pumpkin seeds in the “bulk” section at your local health food store. If you have never bought from the “bulk” section, you will soon find out that it is a much more cost effective way to shop for dry goods. You don’t actually have to buy products in bulk amounts like at Costco, you simply pour as much or as little as you want out of the bin and put it into a bag.
Pumpkin seeds are a great source of healthy fat and protein.
I use toasted pumpkin seeds to dress up a salad or to create some crunch in my yogurt.
Turn up the flavor!