Raw Foodies Favor Pumpkin Seeds for Thanksgiving
Posted on November 02 2012 | (2) Comments
Category:Raw Entertaining and Holidays
I’m frugal by nature and always look for ways to get the most out of my ingredients. At this time of year, when traditional cooks are making pumpkin pies, raw food lovers like me are having a ball with pumpkin seeds. Let’s talk about how to add this taste of the season to your salad with a crunchy, nutritious raw Ground Seed Mix.
Except for carving jack o’lanterns at Halloween, I don’t actually use pumpkin very often. Despite being natural, it is quite starchy and is difficult to digest raw. As a matter of fact, the raw pumpkin pie recipe I included in my book Raw For Dessert is actually made with carrots. They’re orange just like pumpkin, but significantly sweeter when eaten raw.
So I don’t use much pumpkin, but I do use a lot of pumpkin seeds. Let me explain how and why...
Say Hola to Pepitas
Pumpkin seeds are frequently referred to as pepitas. This comes from the Spanish phrase “pepitas de calabaza” which means, "little seeds of squash”...appropriate since pumpkin is, after all, a variety of squash. Pepitas are subtly sweet and nutty, with a nice chewy texture that adds a lot to salads.
These seeds may be little in size, but they’re big on flavor and nutrition. Pepitas are a good source of vitamin K, and contain smaller amounts of the three important B- vitamins.
My Ground Seed Mix recipe shows you how to use a variety of your favorite seeds including hemp, flax, sunflower, sesame, and chia to create a salad topper that is rich in fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids.
All it takes is a quick whir in a coffee grinder to turn raw seeds into salad magic. Ground Seed Mix is also a great way to add nutrition and texture to a smoothie. It can even be combined with hemp milk and be transformed into a Multiseed Porridge.
Click here for the Ground Seed Mix Recipe.
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