It’s about that time of year where I need to eat a little crow.
Not the actual bird of course; that’d be gross. Besides my furry friends, also known as felines, handle that aspect of life for me. They hunt, they kill, they behead some things, and then the Hubby cleans it all up. They may as well be Paleo, except for Max of course, who always had a thing for grains. No surprise really; he took after his human mama. We love those things.
So I’m not sure how I got onto diets, cats or crows, but that certainly wasn’t my intent. My bad.
Instead, I’m here today with my tail tucked between my legs (proverbial of course), my head bowed low and my pride stuck somewhere deep in my throat.
I come today bearing a pumpkin recipe.
Oh, the horror.
The anti-squash Queen has jumped ship, spiraled down into the abyss, through Alice’s looking glass without the benefit of magic mushrooms, and entered the dark side; the pumpkin side.
To be clear, I still don’t think pumpkin is the cats pajamas, nor will I ever understand the fuss.
What I do know though is I have few stashed in cool dark corner of my basement, thanks to my beloved CSA through Geauga Family Farms. Eventually, I will get around to doing something with those same pumpkins, after of course I tackle the potatoes, the acorns, the spaghetti and the butternut. Now if that something pumpkin turns out to be any good, I’ll probably share it on the blog. In the meantime, I’m not holding my breath.
I also know while the pumpkin flesh is kind of meh, the seeds are fantastic. Those bad boys are nutritional powerhouses and should be given a medal or at least used in a recipe, so you can house all that goodness.
- While high in calories, pumpkin seeds are a great source of plant-based protein (pounds chest), fats (the healthy kind), and fiber, and we all know fiber is our friend. It’s what keeps us fuller longer, meaning a little goes a long way.
- Pumpkin seeds are a notable source of potassium, magnesium, iron, and zinc, which helps boost our immune system. Holler for good physical health.
- They also contain the amino acids tryptophan and glutamate, which assist in regulating depression, stress and anxiety. Bonus points for mental health.
- 1 cup raw Pumpkin Seeds
- 1 1/2 tsp. Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp. pure Maple Syrup
- 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- 1/8 tsp. Allspice
- 1 1/4 cups dried Cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
- In a small mixing bowl, mix 1 cup of raw pumpkin seeds with 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil. After mixing, spread them on a cookie sheet (no need to grease this one) and then bake them for 20 minutes until almost dry.
- Remove the seeds from the oven and put them back in the small mixing bowl. Add the following: 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/8 teaspoon of ground allspice. Mix it all together.
- After mixing, spread it back out on the baking sheet , where it goes back into the oven for another 15 minutes. Stir the pumpkin seeds at least once to prevent burning. After 15 minutes, or when completely dry, remove from the oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes before adding 1 and 1/4 cup of dried cranberries.