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Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

So you go to carve a pumpkin and you first cut out all the guts and throw it all away. Wait… we can use some of the guts. The seeds, once separated from the rest of the guts, are quite tasty when roasted in an oven.



  • 1 ½ cups whole, raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of butter
  • Pinch of salt



Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Then, in a large bowl, mix seeds with butter and salt until all seeds are covered. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and (after the oven is preheated) place in the oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Stir the seeds occasionally while baking.

Recipe: Pumpkin Puree

Making pumpkin bread (or other pumpkin flavored goods) with fresh pumpkin is just as easy as using canned pumpkin, just with a little extra step of making the pumpkin into pumpkin puree.



Cut pumpkin in half and discard guts (but save seeds for roasting!). Place the pumpkin, 1 half at a time, in the microwave and turn microwave on high for 7 minutes, turning occasionally to cook evenly. Then, scoop out the insides of the pumpkin and mash it until it have an even, puree-like texture. Now, this puree can be used in all sorts of baking dishes such as in pumpkin bread. You can store it in the fridge for 3 days or up to 6 months in the freezer.

For a Well Rounded Diet Eat CPB*

*CPB: Corn, Pumpkins, Beans

Once upon a time people scavenged for food instead of going to the store and buying it. Then, instead of wandering around all day until finding something to eat, people started growing their own food. At Ryves Up!, kids are learning this important skill. Theoretically you can grow whatever you want, but apparently if you are from the Midwest you only know how to grow corn. Not to worry! Corn is actually better for you than what you are eating nowadays.


The kids at Ryves Up! grow corn, pumpkin, and beans together since this combo can create a thriving garden. These three foods just happen to create a thriving diet too (as much as a diet can be “thriving”). Researchers believe that changing your diet from the current standard American diet to include mainly pumpkin, corn, and beans can help reduce diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Basically, if you want to live forever eat some corn, pumpkin, and beans.

With the sheer amount of corn grown today providing carbohydrates, it is almost the perfect food to feed humankind. Unfortunately, like everything, it falls short in a couple categories. Corn lacks lysine and tryptophane (to save you the trip to Google these are essential amino acids) and riboflavin and niacin. These nutrients are provided by beans (thanks beans). Pumpkins provide Vitamin A and their seeds provide fats to round out the diet. Ryves Up! exposes the kids to the tactics of growing the parts of the power trio diet, which you can learn more about yourself at Mother Earth News.