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#111163 - 11/14/05 05:45 PM mmmm recipe - Pepitas: Heart-Healthy Snack!
Marty Offline
Pepitas: Heart-Healthy Snack!

Pepitas, or roasted pumpkin seeds, are an inexpensive and healthy snack, readily available in Belize and Mexico.

They are high in fiber and vitamins B and E; and are a good source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a healthy fat that reduces inflammation,
improves blood vessel health, and has beneficial effects on blood fats.

Even better, pepitas are quick & easy to make at home!

Do-It-Yourself Pepitas

1. Remove the seeds from a pumpkin or squash and clean most of the pulp from them. (It's okay to leave some of the strings, which add flavor!)

2. Toss the cleaned seeds with a little olive oil and seasoning of your choice (salt is traditional but also try garlic powder, lemon pepper, or cayenne for variety).

3. Spread the seeds on a baking sheet and roast in the oven at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes, stirring every 5 or 10 minutes so they don't stick or burn.

Shortcut: if you're in a hurry, you can also roast seeds in the microwave! Combine 1 cup seeds with 1 tablespoon oil in a microwave safe bowl and cook on high 2 minutes. Remove from microwave, stir, and cook in additional 1-minute increments until as crisp as you like. Salt to taste.

TIP: Store any leftover pepitas in the refrigerator to keep their fresh-roasted flavor longer, up to 2 months.

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#111164 - 11/14/05 07:09 PM Re: mmmm recipe - Pepitas: Heart-Healthy Snack!
LaurieMar Offline
If you do not happen to be in Belize or Mexico and like pepitas (I do!) and live near a Trader Joe's (I do), they have them there. Very tasty.

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#111165 - 11/14/05 07:20 PM Re: mmmm recipe - Pepitas: Heart-Healthy Snack!
klcman Offline
MAny health/organic food stores carry them too!
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#111166 - 11/14/05 08:09 PM Re: mmmm recipe - Pepitas: Heart-Healthy Snack!
Corona Steve Offline
Trader Joe's, in Calif, long time, as I used to live in Pasadena, and shop at the Arroyo Parkway store.
Those Pumpkin seeds, they are the best, but have to buy them from 7-11 here in Florida. The new ones are shelled, and have a great taste. Next trip to AC, will try and bring home from their.
Love them.
Will try recipe, when I buy pumpkin, or find one, other than Halloween.

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#111167 - 11/14/05 08:28 PM Re: mmmm recipe - Pepitas: Heart-Healthy Snack!
MALIBU Offline
I coat them in melted butter baby! Mmmmmmmm. Still have the fiber and vits with just a weeee bit o fat in there laugh

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#111168 - 11/15/05 03:15 AM Re: mmmm recipe - Pepitas: Heart-Healthy Snack!
GailM Offline
Belize lore...pepitas are also called Macobi seeds. When someone sees you eating them, they say you are lovesick.

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#111169 - 11/15/05 10:04 AM Re: mmmm recipe - Pepitas: Heart-Healthy Snack!
Laguna Punta Offline
Lovesick??? Nice word for horny. :rolleyes:
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#111170 - 11/18/05 01:11 AM Re: mmmm recipe - Pepitas: Heart-Healthy Snack!
margarita Offline
Guess the Belize lore of pepitas differs between males & females!! I heard when you eat pepitas you are longing for your loved one who is far away!

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