Last week, I did something that's almost unheard of with my current schedule -- I turned on the oven.
Setting aside homework and wedding preparations I actually did something in the kitchen!
These toasted pumpkin seeds turned out amazing. I wasn't planning on them, specifically, but when I carved a pumpkin the other day and the seeds basically just slid right out of the pulp I couldn't resist. I brined them on the counter in salt water for almost two days, tossed them in melted butter and onion powder, and then baked them for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, at 300 degrees. They turned out so crispy and delicious! Much less chewy than what you usually find at the store, and almost effort-free! I mean, if you're carving the pumpkin anyway.....
But November's going to be a rough month. I probably won't be able to do anything fun again until after I graduate. Lame! (If you've been missing this blog, I've been updating fairly regularly at Instagram lately. I hope to officially re-launch this blog post marriage and graduation.)
Serendipitously, I was inspired that day by Nuts.com. You might want to watch their Twitter, because they're going to be tweeting tons of healthy snacking ideas that are perfect for a busy holiday season.
I had never heard of them before, but browsing their website I was super impressed! They seem to sell pretty much everything you could ever want. Have you been looking for organic dried dragon fruit? Search no more!
But in all seriousness, they have SO many options that are perfect for gifting or quick snacking, ranging from conventional dried fruit and nut mixes to a truly vast variety of kosher, gluten-free, organic, and non-GMO offerings as well.
The price point seems appropriate and comparable to what you would find in the grocery store -- with the difference that Nuts.com is committed to quality in their sourcing and transparency in their labeling, and you can find exactly what you want all in one place. It really looks like a one-stop-shop to me!
Check out their Healthy Snacks page for some inspiration!
P.S. If you already threw out your pumpkin seeds this year and are feeling sad now that you can't roast them.....Guess what? Nuts.com sells raw pumpkin seeds, too. ;)
Disclaimer: No product or direct monetary compensation was received for this post. They MAY include it in their holiday Twitter party, but mainly I just shared this review because they look like a great family-owned company to support and their website made me really hungry. ;)