From protein-hearty hemp to omega-3-loaded flax, seeds are true nutritional powerhouses. Incorporating seeds into your daily diet is a great way to boost your health without giving up your favorite foods, and in Charlyne Mattox’s Cooking with Seeds (Lifelong Books, 2015), there’s something for every palate. These mouth-watering recipes for breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners and desserts use seven super seeds—chia, flax, hemp, poppy, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower—as key ingredients. Whether you have time for a full meal or just a snack, you can easily reap the benefits and the flavor of these little nutrient bombs. See below to learn how to make Chile-Roasted Squash Wedges with Sesame and Pumpkin Seeds.
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These cover-worthy roasted squash wedges are loaded with two different seeds, spiced up with ginger and Fresno chiles, and jazzed up with a quick drizzle of rice vinegar. For dipping, serve with the Miso Sesame Spread. Dividing the squash between two trays gives them enough room to cook and pick up a little color, rather than just steam.
• 1 2-pound Hubbard squash, seeds discarded and cut into 1-inch wedges
• 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
• 2 tablespoons canola oil
• Kosher salt and freshly ground
• black pepper
• 2 red Fresno chiles, sliced
• 1 small piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
• 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
• 2 tablespoons toasted pepitas
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Toss together the squash, sesame seeds, and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Divide between 2 rimmed baking sheets. Roast until the squash is starting to soften, 15 to 17 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Turn the squash and add the chiles and ginger to the baking sheets. Return the baking sheets to the oven. Rotate the sheets front to back and top to bottom, and continue to roast until the squash is golden-brown and tender, 15 to 17 minutes. Drizzle with the rice vinegar.
Serve sprinkled with the pepitas.
More from Cooking with Seeds:
• Cherry Almond Blondies Recipe
• Smoky White Bean Dip Recipe
Reprinted with permission from Cooking with Seeds written by Charlyne Mattox and published by Lifelong Books, 2015.