Sunday, May 27, 2012

Roasted Chili Lime Sunflower Seeds

These are SO good you guys!

My intention originally was to roast and flavor raw sunflower seeds IN the shell, however when I went to pick them up they didn't have them so I nabbed some of these instead!  The story is actually that my husband quit chewing tobacco almost 2 years ago.  He still has a terrible craving for it when he is in the car.  A few months ago we started with sunflower seeds in the car, which is his worst time.  I am currently addicted to dill pickle sunflower seeds, but even with a good handful of options, I decided I wanted to try and make my own.  

Sunflower seeds have great nutritional properties including amino acids, vitamin b1, and cholesterol lowering phytosterols.  They are rich in minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium and zinc!  What a great snack or great addition to your diet!  Like I said I would have preferred the shells on, but the shells off are great too!

These will make a great snack, or a great salad topper!  I would even consider crusting some fish or chicken with them!  

I know this is a little short blog, but, I want to get down to it!  I was able to get these at Whole Foods by the way.  I am sure you can get them at health food stores as well!

3 cups RAW sunflower seeds (no shell) 
1 tbsp cumin (I used my Penzey's cumin, or chili powder)
2 tsp salt (reduce if you like)
2 limes

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.  Cut your lime in half, and squeeze them over the bowl of sunflower seeds.  Add in cumin, and salt and mix completely.  

Lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Get them spread out into as thin of a layer as possible.

Put them in the oven for 7 minutes, remove and mix, toss them around and get them spread back out.  Bake for 7 more minutes.  Take them out and let them cool completely.  Let the munching begin!!

Use these in a trail mix or just to snack on, top salads, or crust chicken or fish.  I love when tasty is still healthy!

I am going to use my ranch dressing dry mix to do some too!  How about some other ideas?

Your  "doesn't miss spittin' shells" chefwannabe

1 comment:

  1. I love roasted sun flower seeds. I roast them on the stove with garlic, dill and sea fave by far! I will try your recipe, sounds delicious! : )