Roast seeds in a frying pan. Pumpkin seeds rinse with running cold water and place on a heated pan with a thick bottom.
Fry the seeds stirring constantly on low heat for 15-20 minutes. After the seeds are thoroughly dry, stirring occasionally try them on, so they don't burn.
Toasted sunflower seeds and leave in the pan to cool them down.
During preparation you can make sunflower seeds lightly salt when they are still wet. You can also add a little vegetable oil.
When roasting in the oven, put the seeds in a pan with a thin layer.
Preheat the oven to 140-150 degrees and place the baking sheet in the oven.
Fry for 20-30 minutes, periodically taking out and stirring the seeds.
Cool seeds leave it in the oven, opening it slightly.
The use of pumpkin seeds must be moderate, no more than 150-200 grams. a day. The product contains salicylic acid, which can adversely affect the gastric mucosa.
Advice 2: How to roast a pumpkin
Despite the fact that the usual interpretation of the word "frying" is the process of cooking the product in the pan, in the broader sense of the word "fry" is to cook food in the oven. Determining factor here is the presence of heat and lack of fluids – water, broth, etc. In the pan of uncooked pumpkin is fried, cut into very thin slices, which is difficult, considering the thickness of the pumpkin peel, and zapanirovat. But to roast the pumpkin in the oven much easier.
You will need
- the pan;
- baking paper;
- spices and herbs;
- olive oil/maple syrup/liquid honey.
Choose not too large a pumpkin – they are much sweeter and their flesh is not so fibrous. Too small pumpkin also not worth taking – there is not enough pulp. Exception – pumpkin-varieties of squash, they are edible, even the peel, but inedible seeds. On a good pumpkin no stains, marks, mold. She has the dry stem and solid wax shell, when you knock on a ripe pumpkin – it produces a hollow sound. The season for pumpkins begins in late summer and lasts until early autumn, you can also keep intact the vegetable before winter.
Wash and dry your vegetable. Cut the top of the pumpkin, the one with the "tail", having around it, closer to the stem, with a sharp knife. Pull the stem and remove the top. With a spoon remove the fiber and seeds. Cut the pumpkin in half and again go over it with a spoon. Put seeds to the side, they still will be necessary.
Cut the pumpkin into several large pieces-slices. Prepare dishes with vegetable oil, line a baking sheet with baking paper, remove the spices. You can season the pumpkin with chopped garlic, fresh or dried leaves of thyme, rosemary, sage, sprinkle it with sea salt, pepper, cinnamon or brown sugar and dip is not vegetable oil, and honey or maple syrup.
Dip the slices of pumpkin into butter or syrup/honey, spoon on a baking sheet in a single layer and sprinkle on herbs and spices to taste. Place baking sheet in a preheated 200oC oven for 20 - 30 minutes, depending on thickness and length of the slices.
Roasted pumpkin can be served as a side dish, it can be put in salads, used in purees and soups, baking with it a variety of pies, cookies, muffins and so on. In the pumpkin of medium size only edible pulp, small pumpkins, as a rule, can be eaten and baked the peel.
Pumpkin seeds it is possible to fry in the pan. To do this, they should be released from the fibers, rinse well and leave overnight, spread a thin layer on a disposable paper towel for drying.
A large, preferably cast-iron skillet or other heavy-bottomed, warm up and put on her pumpkin seeds. Fry them stirring constantly. When the seeds become Golden, will begin to burst and emit a pleasant aroma, turn off the fire. Pumpkin seeds can be seasoned with salt, garlic or onion powder, Cayenne pepper. If you like very salty sunflower seeds, don't hope on the salt, which you sprinkled on them, and it is better to soak seeds in a solution of 4 tablespoons of salt to 1 Cup of water. Keep them in brine at least 12 hours, then dry and fry.
Advice 3: Useful than roasted sunflower seeds
A large part of useful substances, which are rich in plants is their seeds. Unsurprisingly, delicious and healthy sunflower seeds and pumpkin became a favorite delicacy in many countries.
The benefits of sunflower seeds
Sunflowers come from North and South America. The Aztecs and Incas, this large bright flower was a symbol of the sun. In Europe the plant was brought by the conquistadors.
Sunflower seeds contain a rich set of trace elements: phosphorus, selenium, copper, zinc, magnesium, potassium, iron, fatty acids, vegetable protein, b vitamins, C and E. 100 g of seeds with more than covers the requirement of vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant, participates in the regeneration of body cells and in the interaction of oxygen molecules with cells.
The minerals contained in sunflower seeds is necessary for proper functioning of the most important systems of the body: musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal. The seeds stimulate the activity of the intestines, acting as a mild laxative. In addition, they regulate the acidity of the stomach. Due to this, a handful of sunflower seeds will help to cope with heartburn. However, roasted seeds lose much of useful properties.
Useful only unroasted unshelled sunflower seeds. During heat treatment destroyed many of the nutrients contained in them.
Damage of sunflower seeds
You must keep in mind the high calorie content of sunflower seeds: 580 kcal per 100 g of product. Accordingly, excessive consumption of sunflower seeds can distressing impact on the figure. Breaking the shell with your teeth causes damage to tooth enamel, so it is best to clean the seeds with your fingers.
Great importance is place where grew the sunflower. This flower absorbs from the soil all contained harmful substances, including salts of heavy metals. So the sunflower seeds that grew by the side of the road or railway, will be simply harmful.
The benefits of pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds are not less useful than the sunflower, and are almost as popular. Pumpkin seeds contain polyunsaturated fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins A, C, B1, essential oil, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron. Pumpkin seeds can be considered a champion of the plant world in zinc content. This trace mineral is especially important for men for the prevention and treatment of diseases of the prostate. In addition, zinc participates in the regulation of blood sugar levels and very useful for diabetics.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids and amino acids contained in pumpkin seeds, necessary for the cardiovascular and immune systems. Pumpkin seeds can help relieve early morning sickness during pregnancy. Pounded seeds, mixed with honey, are an excellent vermifuge. As sunflower, pumpkin seeds it is better not to fry and dry in the sun or cool in the oven, not to destroy the contained nutrients. Pumpkin seeds during long storage, not only lose their useful properties, but acquire an unpleasant flavor.
Chewed seeds are used as successfully burns and healing wounds, if they apply on the affected area of the body.
Damage pumpkin seeds
Quite hard rind of the seeds can damage the enamel of the teeth, so it is better to clean the seeds with your fingers. Pumpkin seeds are very high in calories, so their excessive consumption can lead to unwanted weight gain.