Toasted Winter Squash Seeds

In this month’s Health Bites column, we learned the nutrition benefits of winter squash.  The seeds in squash not only are a good source of magnesium, zinc and protein, but they also make a tasty little snack.  You can season the seeds to your liking, which makes them a great option for picky eaters.  Check out the options below — we personally love using cajun spices.

Ingredients
Squash seeds, rinsed with pulp removed
Butter or high-heat oil such as avocado or grapeseed (see an excellent chart here: http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/guides/tips_cooking_oils.html).
Your favorite seasonings, such as (measurements are for each 2 tablespoons oil/butter used):

  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt, 2 tsp. Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasonings
  • 1 tsp. Cajun seasonings
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. ground allspice.
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp. thyme, 1/2 tsp. salt. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

Method
Dry seeds by placing them in an oven set to 200-degrees (toss every 30 minutes), or by using a hairdryer. You can also dry them out overnight.

Once dry, place oven rack on highest possible position and then  heat oven to 325-degrees. Toss seeds with your oil/butter and seasoning mix, and then spread onto a cookie sheet.  Toast seeds until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes, tossing every five minutes.

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