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Squash, squash or pumpkin: cucurbit season is in full swing, so now is the time to take advantage of it. While many swear by the flesh of these vegetables to make gratins or soups, few use the seeds and yet… It is possible to make delicious recipes using them. So don’t throw them away: cook them!
It is possible to collect the seeds of pumpkin or even squash to cook them. To do this, nothing could be simpler, just detach the seeds from the seed, rinse them and let them dry.
Then, don’t forget to cook them for 20 minutes in boiling salted water. Once the time has elapsed, drain them and mix them with olive oil. You can also add any spices and aromatics you want such as cumin or herbs de provence. It’s up to your choice. Then, spread the seeds on a baking tray and brown everything for 25 minutes at 200°C. Remember to stir occasionally while cooking. It’s ready !
Once your seeds are ready, don’t forget to keep them cool in a glass jar. But be careful, don’t wait too long to consume them.
Once you have crunchy seeds, simply add them to your favorite recipes. Here are some ideas.
As a topping for soups or salads
While bread croutons are perfect for soups and salads, know that pumpkin or pumpkin seeds will also work very well. In fact, the seeds will be just as crispy and the idea is much more original.
Seeds are the key ally for preparing granola. While many use walnuts or almonds, pumpkin seeds will also be perfect. To do this, adapt the recipe by replacing the olive oil with melted butter for example and add a little sugar so that the seeds are caramelized.
No more peanuts and chips as an aperitif, pumpkin seeds will be much healthier and just as addictive! They will also make a great and perfectly healthy snack.
For breakfast in a bowl
If you prepare the seeds in a sweet way, you can eat them in the morning in your bowl. A little cottage cheese, fruit and a few seeds and that’s it!