Saturday, November 17, 2018

Roasted Acorn Squash Seeds Are Delicious and Nutritious

acorn squash roasted seeds

Do you throw away the seeds from the acorn squash! - Don't-
The seeds from any kind of winter squash can be roasted and are delicious and nutritious. 

You may be most familiar with roasting pumpkin seeds, but it's just as easy and tasty to roast and enjoy the seeds from winter squashes like acorn squash, butternut squash, carnival squash, spaghetti squash, buttercup squash, and delicata squash. 

winter squashes

I made roasted acorn squash to use in my Thanksgiving salad. When I scooped out the seeds, I decided to roast them. It required 3 easy steps to make 3/4 cup of tasty seeds from 2 acorn squashes. 
Enjoy the seeds instead of pretzels or chips which have practically no nutritional value.

acorn squash with seeds

My husband grew up in the Middle East where roasted seeds were popular and plentiful. When my husband was young, he remembers going to the outdoor movie theater where everyone bought a bag of roasted seeds to enjoy while watching the movie. 

A far cry from the sugary candies that I consumed at the movies. That may be one of the reasons he has so few cavities. 

Seeds can be roasted with a little oil and sea salt or flavored with warm spices like cinnamon and cardamom or savory spices like rosemary and cumin. Any spice combination that you like will work. Personally, we are happy to just eat them salted. 

Seeds offer substantial nutrients including magnesium, essential fatty acids, protein, calcium, potassium, and fiber. 

If you are discarding the seeds when you open an acorn squash or butternut squash, you are missing out on some substantial nutrition. The pulp and strings is much worse from a pumpkin. The acorn squash in minimal.

seeds and pulp
soak seeds and debris in a bowl of water and use your fingers to separate the pulp. When soaking in water, it comes right off!

pumpkin seeds
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How to roast seeds of winter squashes: 
Preheat oven to 300 degrees
1. Cut squash in half and scoop seeds from squash
2. Rinse seeds in a colander and then place in a bowl full of water. 
3. Using your clean hands, swoosh through the water to  remove strings and pulp that stick to the seeds ( will come off easily in the water)
4. Drain well, pat dry, and place on parchment covered cookie sheet.
5. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with Himalayan salt
6. Roast for 15-20 minutes until seeds brown and start to pop!

Remove from oven and place on a plate! Enjoy-
Some people eat the entire seed; some people only eat the inside of the seed . 

pumpkin seeds
Why not serve the squash and the seeds for Thanksgiving. Seeds make a healthy appetizer or snack that are naturally gluten free, vegan, and soy free. Perfect for all kinds of guests!

seeds from an acorn squash

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Roasted Garlic Bulbs For Taste and Health

roasted garlic

Have you ever had roasted garlic in an Italian restaurant? Amazing Right?

Unlike raw garlic, roasted garlic is soft, mild tasting, and creamy. It is delicious eaten alone, spread on bread ( gluten free of course), added to pasta ( gluten free) or vegetable dishes.

It's really easy to make and makes a beautiful interesting presentation when served as a bulb!

roasted garlic bulbs

Each little pocket if filled with a soft wonderful roasted treat.
I like the idea of serving it as a vegetable- one bulb for each person as a side vegetable. I ate two of them.

Antibiotic Properties- Can it beat a cold? 
Now here is the best part. Not only does roasted garlic taste amazing, it is really good for you. It actually has antiviral and antibiotic properties. Perfect for flu season!

The other day I was starting to come down with a cold. I started my routine of hot herbal tea, Manuka honey, and extra vitamin C and zinc.

I came across an article that said to eat 2 roasted bulbs of garlic for its antibiotic properties at the start of a cold. I figured I had nothing to lose so I tried it. I have to say by the morning my cold was gone. Now I did this before my cold became full blown. I find you have to catch it right away at the first onset.

Thanksgiving Side Vegetable? 

It taste so good, that I am thinking of serving it as a side for Thanksgiving! Or maybe as an appetizer to spread on gluten free bread!

Yes, garlic is full of antioxidants and has antibiotic and antiviral properties.

Roasted garlic

So if you are looking for something a little different to add to your Thanksgiving table, try roasted garlic . 

I drizzled the garlic bulbs with olive oil, cracked pepper, and Himalayan pink salt. What a flavor!!
It doesn't have the sharp bitey taste of raw garlic. The roasted garlic is mellow and mild tasting.

1 bulb of garlic per person
olive oil or olive oil spray
Cracked pepper
Himalayan pink salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Remove paper from each garlic bulb as much as possible.
Slice across the top of the garlic to get a flat surface
Place garlic in a greased baking dish
Drizzle with olive oil ( or spray with olive oil spray)
Dress with cracked pepper and salt
Cover dish with foil and bake for about 30 minutes until garlic is soft.
Remove and serve warm or at room temperature.

Use a small cocktail fork and remove garlic from inside of each pocket

roasted garlic bulbs

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Wordless Wednesday- Professionally Carved Pumpkins

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday!

My neighbor is a professional pumpkin carver- 
His work is amazing! He does them all by hand!

   He has a showing Halloween week in his garage from 
    7:00-8:00 each night!