No need to waste food with these ingenious recipes, you can also reuse leftover pumpkin: don’t throw away the skin and seeds.
With the arrival of autumn also returns to our tables pumpkin – a versatile vegetable with which we can make countless as many sweet and savory recipes.
Colorful, crunchy but at the same time delicate, the pumpkin, with its typical taste good tasteit lends itself well both to the preparation of aperitifs, starters and second courses, but also to tasty desserts.
From risotto to meatballs, cakes and delicious side dishes, pumpkin is truly a treat in the kitchen, not to mention also that it contains many nutrients such as vitamins including A, C and E. But also fiber and mineral salts such as potassium and iron. Not just the pulp, let’s find out how reuse pumpkin skin and seeds in 3 delicious recipes.
Here’s how to turn pumpkin skin and seeds into tasty recipes
When we prepare fruits and vegetables and use them in our recipes, we are generally used to peel them and remove the seeds. From now on, all plant waste does not necessarily have to be thrown away in the wet.
Sometimes we peel certain types of nutrient-dense fruits. Fortunately, there are several in this regard anti-waste recipes thanks to which you can recover a loteven the parts considered less noble that we would normally throw away.
In this period, Italians are more attentive to saving and everyone tries not to waste the food they buy. When we clean a pumpkinunless it is one of the decorative ones, and in this case they are not consumed, we create a lot of waste.
Between the seeds and the skins, it seems to us that very little pulp may remain. However, there are a few anti-waste recipes that allow us to also use pumpkin seeds and skin. Let’s find out how to use them.
1) Crispy pumpkin skin. A delicious snack to nibble in front of our favorite television series. Simple to make, here’s how. Just take the pumpkin skins, after cleaning it with this trick, wash them well, to avoid cooking even parts of earth or earth. In this regard, we can also use baking soda if we want to carry out a deep cleaning, although cooking them may not be so necessary. Once we have cleaned them, cut the skin into strips. Now take a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, then sprinkle the skins with extra virgin olive oil, salt and, if desired, flavorings to taste. We cook at 200°C for about 15-20 minutes, otherwise we cook in the air fryer at 200°C for 12 minutes. Shake halfway through cooking. We check before removing them that they are well cooked, otherwise we let them cook for another 3-4 minutes.
2) Crunchy pumpkin seeds. They too can become a tasty snack to munch on the sofa in front of the TV. But also excellent as an appetite suppressant snack. Pumpkin seeds are light, low in calories and an excellent source of magnesium, selenium and zinc. Before cooking them, just wash them well and remove the filaments. Once they are well cleaned, dry them and place them in a pan in the oven at 160°C for 40-50 minutes. Alternatively, you can grill them in a skillet over low heat for about an hour.
3) Pumpkin peel pesto. And now, let’s try this recipe to season pasta or croutons. After having washed the zest well, put it in the oven for about 30 minutes, with a drizzle of oil on it. Then, in the bowl of the mixer, we put the skin with parmesan and almonds. We also add a pinch of salt and garlic if desired. We combine a little extra virgin olive oil and mix everything together. And here is a perfect pesto to season croutons or a pasta dish.