Recipes with Pumpkin Seeds

It's all about what's on the inside, even when it comes to pumpkins! Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are popular in Mexican cuisine and can be used roasted or raw. Save your seeds from pumpkin carving or check supermarket shelves for pumpkin seeds to use in any of these tasty recipes.

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    Pumpkin Tortilla Casserole with Chicken

    Pumpkin and chicken make a killer combo in this mouthwatering Mexican-inspired recipe. Golden layers of pumpkin, tortillas, and melted cheese are topped with pepitas in this casserole.

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    Tomatillo Papadzules

    Pepitas and tomatillos combine to create a savory sauce for this dish. Tortillas filled with red onion, egg, and your choice of habanero chile peppers or jalapenos are sure to spice up your dinnertime!


    Kitchen Secret: Skip the Cebollas Encurtidas sauce and simply garnish with sliced egg or crumbled queso fresco to speed up the process.

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    Rosemary Roasted Nuts

    A buttery glaze is all it takes to make this nutty mix dangerously delicious. Set it out to snack on, or store it in an airtight container for up to three days -- if it lasts that long!

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    Roasted Pumpkin, Arugula, and Dried Cherry Salad

    The name says it all! There are no secrets in this bright and bountiful dish peppered with pumpkin seeds and tossed in a delightful balsamic vinegar and maple syrup dressing.

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    Get Fresh Pumpkin Seeds with Less Mess

    Retrieving pumpkin seeds can be an ooey-gooey process! This video will help minimize the mess and maximize your pumpkin seed count.

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    Pueblan Chicken with Pepita Mole

    Pumpkin seeds play a part in the mole sauce drizzled over chicken breast in this recipe. Sprinkle extra seeds on top for an earthy addition to a spicy dish. The whole thing takes only 30 minutes from start to finish!

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    Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake with Sugared Pepitas

    The sugar-coated pumpkin seeds on top are what set this pumpkin cheesecake apart. Whatever doesn't go on the cake can go into candy dishes for those who just can't wait until dessert is served.

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    Sikil Pak

    A mix of ground pumpkin seeds and roasted vegetables makes up this scrumptious Mexican dip. Dig in using store-bought tortilla chips, or up the dinner ante and make your own!

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    Roasted Pork Tacos with Pumpkin Seed Sauce

    These pork tacos are the perfect way to ease into using pumpkin seeds with a spicy pumpkin seed sauce over familiar tortillas and pick-your-own toppings.

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    Creamy Pumpkin Strudels

    Flaky phyllo dough coated in sugary cinnamon surround a warm cream cheese-and-pumpkin-filled center. A sprinkle of pumpkin seeds adds to this recipe's aesthetic appeal.

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    Quinoa-Pumpkin Seed Granola

    It takes mere minutes to get this superfood-packed snack in the oven. Low in sodium and high in nutrients, this granola recipe is delicious served over baked apple slices, with milk, or simply plain.

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    Roasted Pumpkin Guacamole

    Give guacamole an infusion of fall flavor with yummy chunks of pumpkin as well as pumpkin seeds that add a delightful crunch to this side dish.

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    Cranberry-Pumpkin Scones with Sugared Pepitas

    Sprinkle the tops of these buttery scones with pumpkin seeds to add texture and taste. Their earthy tones and light nutty flavor complement the citrus in the orange icing.

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    Pumpkin Pancakes

    Start your day off with a few servings of pumpkin spice and everything nice! We couldn't think of a sweeter start than these fall-flavor pancakes topped with pumpkin seeds.

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    Pumpkin-Shrimp Bruschetta

    Toast pumpkin seeds in a skillet before adding them to the tops of these delightful pumpkin appetizers. Underneath you'll find an exotic mix of arugula, shrimp, pumpkin, goat cheese, and honey.

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    Baked Pumpkin Pudding

    A warm and crumbly mix of brown sugar, butter, oats, and pumpkin seeds sits atop this creamy pudding. Use any remaining pumpkin seeds on top to make sure you get your fall-flavor fix.

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    Shrimp Ceviche Tostada with Fennel and Grapefruit

    Crisp tostada shells spread with avocado and piled high with juicy shrimp, sweet fennel, crisp red onion, and tangy grapefruit make for a meal low in fat and high in protein.

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    Vegetable Smoothie Recipes

    Looking for a healthy snack or easy breakfast? Break out your blender and enjoy a nutrition-packed vegetable smoothie (including plenty of green smoothie options). Each of these smoothie recipes includes a delicious mix of vegetables and fruit to add sweetness, so even the vegetable-averse will have no problem eating their veggies. Spinach smoothies, kale smoothies, smoothies with avocado, they're all here!
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