Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pumpkins and what I learned today!

While researching the health benefits of pumpkins today, I learned a fun little tidbit.  I already knew that they were a really great source of beta-carotene.  I also knew that they were great for an anti-inflammatory diet.  What I did not know was that pumpkin seeds are packed with the mineral zinc!  They are awesome for fighting cold and flu viruses.  I think that is wonderful news.  A delicious and nutritious way to stay healthy is always a plus.

I love to make Spicy Pumpkin Seeds in the fall.  The spices I use add to the anti-inflammatory benefit so all the way around, they are plain ole good for ya :)  Enjoy!

Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

2 cups pumpkin seeds, rinsed and patted dry
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon sea salt (or salt to taste)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until evenly coated.  Spread single layer on the cookie sheet.  Bake for 25-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Cool and store in an airtight container. 


  1. yum! I can't wait to carve into one of my pumpkins to get at the seeds. I just came across a yummy pumpkin/orange jam. Will make some soon and post about it.

  2. My dissecting and cooking will have to wait just a bit. We have our decorating and sitting on the mantel but since I love to recycle...what a yummy way to do it! Thank for sharing. I love roasted pumpkin seeds!

  3. Hmmm pumpkin/orange jam. I bet that is delicious Cathy!

    Deb I haven't bought my pumpkins yet. I need to get with it so I can make my pumpkin seeds.