As you could probably tell from my Halloween outfit last year I love Halloween, but I am also a big believer in using all of the food that we can and not wasting it. But according to a report, Brits will bin eight million pumpkins this Halloween! And 60% of those who carve a pumpkin do not use the flesh.
But what do we do with the pumpkin after the 31st and when all the fun is over? One thing you can do is roast the seeds and you sprinkle them over the tops of salads for a bit of crunch. Pumpkin seeds are also high in antioxidants and very high in magnesium, so make a really good healthy snack.
- Scoop out all of the pumpkin seeds into a bowl, trying to remove as much of the flesh as you can.
- Put them in a colander and wash, this will remove more of the flesh, and again try and remove as much of them as you can
- Leave them to drain for a couple of minutes
- Pour them onto a baking tray and spread out evenly
- Add a slug of olive oil over the seeds
- Add salt, pepper, chilli flakes and whatever else you fancy adding to them
- Take a table spoon and mix them around the tray until evenly coated and spread them out again evenly
- Bake in the oven at 190ºC for around 10 minutes until they are golden brown.