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Festive & Tasty Pumpkin Treats

Welcome fall with these two recipes that utilize the whole pumpkin.

Crystal Apilado

Festive Fall Treats

Fall is here, and that means pumpkin season is here. Try something new this year! Offer your bird some great pumpkin recipes, and maybe have a taste yourself.

Pumpkin Pasta Mix
What You Need
• 1 medium pumpkin
• 1/2 cup whole-wheat pasta (cooked or uncooked)
• 1/2 cup water
• 1-teaspoon cinnamon
• Bird-safe baking dish with lid
• Large bowl for mixing

Get Cooking!
1) Start off by preheating the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2) Cut off the top of the pumpkin, and scoop out the seeds and insides. (Reserve the seeds for the "Roasted Spiced Pumpkin Seeds” recipe.)

3) Cut the pumpkin into 1-inch chunks (2-inch chunks for larger parrots).

4) Place the pumpkin chunks in the bird-safe baking dish.

5) Pour water into the dish and cover.

6) Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the pumpkin meat is tender.

7) Allow the pumpkin to cool, and then peel the skin off of the pumpkin meat.

8) In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin chunks with the pasta (pasta can be cooked or uncooked, depending on your bird’s preference).

9) Sprinkle cinnamon over the top of the mix, and serve to your bird.

Storage
Store any of the leftover pumpkin pasta mix in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Roasted Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
What You Need
• 1 cup pumpkin seeds, rinsed clean and air-dried
• 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• Bird-safe baking sheet
• Parchment paper
• Spatula or wood spoon for mixing

Get Cooking!
1) Rinse off the pumpkin seeds and allow to air dry.

2) Line a bird-safe baking sheet with parchment paper, and scatter the dried pumpkin seeds.

3) Combine the crushed red pepper and cinnamon. Sprinkle the dry mixture over pumpkin seeds and toss to lightly coat each side.

4) Bake for 15 minutes, or until the pumpkin seeds are a light golden color.

5) Remove the bird-safe baking sheet from the oven and stir the pumpkin seed mix to loosen any seeds that may have stuck to the bottom.

6) Allow the pumpkin seeds to cool completely before serving to your birds.

Storage
Store the roasted pumpkin seeds in an airtight container. The pumpkin seeds will keep for up to 1 week.

Both the pumpkin meat and the seeds have a great taste and nutritional value to you and your bird.

Nutritional Value
Pumpkin: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron
Pumpkin Seeds: vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium

 


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You can freeze any leftovers in ice cube trays to use at a later date. I use butter to keep them from sticking, I don't like using the chemical spray. My birds - all 5 of them love this recipes, but not if I use cinnamon so I use Allspice instead. They are 'tails' up for it then! Enjoy.
Ila, Portland, ME
Posted: 9/23/2014 11:22:05 AM
That's a vasa in the pic above, isn't it?
Arlene, Verona, PA
Posted: 9/23/2014 7:39:33 AM
Wow, Crystal, that sounds really good. I usually cook the pumpkin in the microwave for about 5 minutes, depending on the size, and the skin is very easy to remove then. The seeds sound tasty too! Thanks for the good ideas.
Arlene, Verona, PA
Posted: 9/23/2014 7:20:51 AM
good ideas. For small flocks, pumpkin flesh can be cooked and frozen for later use.
Carol, Silver Spring, MD
Posted: 9/21/2014 9:45:18 AM
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