Now that you’ve carved those jack-o-lanterns to the delight of your little punkins’ be sure to hold on to the seeds! This easy recipe that you can adapt to your family’s tastes (spice lovers or not) is packed with nutrition too. Sprinkle a few on salads and pack them in lunches! Read on for the how-to.
pumpkin seeds photo: Sonya Bean via flickr 

Ingredients:

2 cups pumpkin seeds (fresh from a carving pumpkin)

tsp. chili powder (optional)

1 lime, cut in half and squeezed

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1 tablespoon olive oil

Pinch of Cayenne Powder (optional)

Directions:

1) Wash pumpkin seeds well in water. Dry them with a paper towel.

2) Put spices, oil, and lime juice on the seeds and mix well.

3) Spread the seeds on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F. for 10-14 minutes, or until crispy, dry, and fragrant.

Recipe adapted from pumpkinrecipes.org

—Erin Lem