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

#111164 - 11/14/05 01:09 PM Re: mmmm recipe - Pepitas: Heart-Healthy Snack!  
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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.

#111165 - 11/14/05 01:20 PM Re: mmmm recipe - Pepitas: Heart-Healthy Snack!  
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MAny health/organic food stores carry them too!

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#111166 - 11/14/05 02:09 PM Re: mmmm recipe - Pepitas: Heart-Healthy Snack!  
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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.

#111167 - 11/14/05 02:28 PM Re: mmmm recipe - Pepitas: Heart-Healthy Snack!  
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I coat them in melted butter baby! Mmmmmmmm. Still have the fiber and vits with just a weeee bit o fat in there laugh

#111168 - 11/14/05 09:15 PM Re: mmmm recipe - Pepitas: Heart-Healthy Snack!  
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GailM Offline
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Belize lore...pepitas are also called Macobi seeds. When someone sees you eating them, they say you are lovesick.

#111169 - 11/15/05 04:04 AM Re: mmmm recipe - Pepitas: Heart-Healthy Snack!  
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Lovesick??? Nice word for horny. :rolleyes:

Gone fishing!!
#111170 - 11/17/05 07:11 PM Re: mmmm recipe - Pepitas: Heart-Healthy Snack!  
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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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