Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them."
-Franz Kafka, Writer

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This is a variation on my Candied Pecans recipe. These make great garnish for salads and soups. You can use almost any nut or seed that you wish. The calories will be nearly the same.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is a great choice for all types of cooking. It adds a rich, sweet, caramelized flavor to recipes like my Maple Herb Ribeye Steak recipe.

Used carefully it can help reduce the amount of fat and calories in a recipe while enhancing other flavors of the dish. It also helps In sauces, as it helps distribute ingredients throughout the mouth similar to the way fat does.

1 tablespoon maple syrup = 52 calories, <1g fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, 0g protein, 13g carbohydrates, 2mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol


Candied Pumpkin Seeds

Servings = 4 | Serving size =2 tablespoons

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

This recipe keeps well for a few weeks in a tightly sealed container.

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/16 tsp salt
1 Tbsp maple syrup

Place a sheet of wax paper on the kitchen counter. Place the pumpkin seeds in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Watch the seeds closely and as they begin to brown reduce the heat to medium.

Add the salt. Cook for about one minute more until the seeds are browned.

Add the maple syrup and let it bubble for about ten seconds shaking the pan vigorously to coat the pumpkin seeds well.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir the pumpkin seeds. Turn them out of the pan onto the wax paper to cool. Separate them into small clumps just after placing on the wax paper so that they won't stick together.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 2 tablespoons

Servings = 4


Amount Per Serving

Calories 106 Calories from Fat 66
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 8g 12%
    Saturated Fat 1g 7%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
    Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 1% Iron 15%
Vitamin K 9 mcg Potassium 149 mg
Magnesium 93 mg