From Seed to Skin: Waste Less Pumpkin!
Every year Halloween presents a moral (and delicious) dilemma: how to enjoy pumpkin carving without feeling wasteful? There's good news folks - you can carve your pumpkin, and eat it too! Here are several ways you can make the most of your festive orange squash this year.
An easy snack that will make scooping out your pumpkin this year well worth the effort. Toasted pumpkin seeds are delicious, and there are literally hundreds of ways you can make them! Raid your spice rack to come up with salty, sweet, and spicy combinations for all the different appetites in your household. To toast pumpkin seeds, first rinse and dry the seeds. Toss them with vegetable oil and your favourite spices/seasonings. Spread them evenly on a baking sheet and toast at 300F, stirring them occasionally, until they're golden brown. Once toasted you can eat them as a snack, toss them on top of yogurt or add them to your favourite granola! Looking for inspiration? Try these recipes for: Cinnamon Maple Pumpkin Seeds, Salted Caramel Pumpkin Seeds, Masala Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Pesto & Parmesan.
Don't toss those guts! Pumpkins are a rich source of fiber and Vitamin A, and a good source of Vitamin C. A 3/4-cup serving of pumpkin has no fat, cholesterol or sodium, and just 25 calories. So why buy canned pumpkin puree when you can easily make your very own from the innards of your jack-o-lantern? Here's a great pumpkin puree recipe from The Pioneer Woman. Once you've done that, your recipe options are endless! Why not try a Pumpkin Risotto, Pumpkin Butter, or even this "Pumpkin Guts" Bread?
Although you won't want to eat a carved pumpkin that's been sitting around a while (nor do we recommend it!), you can save the carvings - the little eyes, mouth, and other small bits - to make all sorts of things. Try this recipe for Spiced Pumpkin Bites or give yourself a Pumpkin Peel Facial!