1. On a Sandwich
We all get in sandwich ruts from time to time. Break out of the ordinary by swapping your usual mayo or mustard with a layer of Lime Cayenne or Salt & Pepper. The Smoky Maple BBQ is our staff favorite’s compliment to roasted turkey or shredded chicken.
Store-bought marinades can be made with a variety of filler ingredients and are of questionable nutritional quality. Making a marinade at home is simple and has more flavor when you have the right formula: Fat + Acid + Salty/Sweet + Herbs/Spices
Try these to start:
- Lime Cayenne Pumpkin Seed Butter + Shandy Style Beer + Chili Pepper + Onion
- Smoky Maple BBQ Pumpkin Seed Butter + Apple Cider Vinegar + Garlic + Cumin
Salt & Pepper Pumpkin Seed Butter + Red Wine + Shallots + Honey
3. Salad DressingSummer produce is a big reason why we love this season, but covering freshly harvested veggies in a store bought dressing is kind of like storing your best pair of leather shoes in the shower. Instead, mix a few fresh flavors into a spoonful of Salt & Pepper Pumpkin Seed Butter to compliment the season’s bounty, not cover it up.
Try these to start:
- Salt & Pepper Pumpkin Seed Butter + Lemon Juice + Fresh Basil
- Salt & Pepper Pumpkin Seed Butter + Red wine vinegar + Raspberry preserves
Salt & Pepper Pumpkin Seed Butter + Fresh Dill + Garlic Powder
4. Grilling Sauce
Barbecue sauce is delicious, but the traditional sauce comes with a laundry list of ingredients, most of which are some form of sugar. When you’re looking for something to add your favorite smoky barbecue flavor to grilled meat, meat alternatives or vegetables, skip the sugary sauce and use our Smoky Maple BBQ Pumpkin Seed Butter instead. Create a sauce by thinning the seed butter with a few tablespoons of warm water or olive oil, then drizzle or brush it on as you grill. The butter creates a delicious charred crust and the pumpkin seeds add additional nutrient-dense protein. Win-win!
5. Thicken Soups or ChiliA big spoonful of Smoky Maple BBQ Pumpkin Seed Butter in your mom’s homemade chili recipe (just don’t tell mom you’re messing with it) will take it to the next level, in both texture and flavor. Do the same with Salt & Pepper in pureed veggie soups to cut down or completely replace the heavy cream or cheese.
Have you ever dipped fresh bell pepper slices into Lime Cayenne Pumpkin Seed Butter? Just thin the seed butter with a bit of warm water and mix until you achieve your desired consistency. Slice up a bell pepper on the side and voila, your usual crudite platter has been elevated to punchy new heights. Snacking on fresh veggies in the hot summer months is a great way to avoid dehydration. Pairing watery veggies like carrots, cucumbers and peppers with savory seed butter keeps everyone interested!
6. Dip for veggies
7. Pasta Salad
This cookout classic can take on many forms, but we’re obsessed with Nicole’s Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad. It’s zesty from the fresh lime and has a kick of cayenne, but the best part is the absence of mayo, which makes eating pasta salad on a hot summer day infinitely more enjoyable (and safe!).
If you eat as much hummus as we do, your life will change when you start making it yourself instead of buying it for $5.99 at the store. Traditional hummus uses sesame-based tahini to bring the chickpeas together into a creamy dip, but to add additional flavor and protein without this common allergen, try swapping in Salt & Pepper Pumpkin Seed Butter.
8. Sesame-Free Hummus
9. ColeslawSlaw gets a bad rep in the health food world because of the heavy dressing, but cabbage itself is a nutrient-dense and affordable veggie that stays fresh in the fridge for much longer than other leafy greens. For a lighter version of slaw, mix up this dressing and drizzle it on shredded cabbage. (You can buy it pre-shredded to save even more time.)
To Make the Dressing:
- 1 Part Fresh Lime Juice
- 2 Parts Lime Cayenne Pumpkin Seed Butter
- 3 Parts Apple Cider Vinegar
- A Drizzle of Honey (or Agave) or a Sprinkle of Organic Cane Sugar
- Salt and Pepper to taste
10. Toss with Shredded ChickenOn days when the summer heat is too unbearable to turn the oven on and ice cubes seem like an acceptable dinner, having a no-cook meal like this in your arsenal is essential. Start with a prepared chicken, (rotisserie chicken from the grocery store is fine whenever we run out of time to plan ahead) Add a heaping spoonful of Smoky Maple BBQ Pumpkin Seed Butter to a medium sized bowl and add a splash of chicken stock (veggie stock or water would also work), a sprinkle of garlic powder and onion powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Shred the chicken in a large bowl and toss with the seed butter sauce. Pile it on a salad, a sandwich or stuff into lettuce wraps.
11. Nut-Free Pesto
Basil plants love the sun! If your plant is booming this season, don’t let those tasty leaves go to waste. Harvest a handful or two and head to the food processor. Blend fresh basil leaves with lemon juice, olive oil, a spoonful of Salt & Pepper Pumpkin Seed Butter and parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast) until a sauce comes together. Add to everything.
Tip: Making a large batch of pesto and storing it in small portions in the freezer (try using an ice cube tray!) is an easy way to add instant flavor to meals.
12. Deviled EggsSwap the mayo in traditional deviled eggs for Salt & Pepper Pumpkin Seed Butter. The added protein in the seed butter make these a filling snack or appetizer, and the color of the seed butter makes these a fun take on the classic Green Eggs story for any kids (or kids at heart) in the house.
13. Stuff A Baked PotatoOne of our favorite 5-minute meals! Bake, grill, or microwave a potato until fork tender. Let cool slightly, then cut down the middle lengthwise about ¾ of the way through, leaving the bottom intact and gently opening to create a “potato bowl”. Fluff the potato flesh with a fork, then drizzle a spoonful of Savory Seed Butter in your favorite flavor and let it melt into the potato. Top with your favorite loaded potato toppings like veggies, spices, or fresh herbs.
14. 7-Layer DipThe variety of flavors in classic 7 layer dip is what makes it an irresistible snack at parties and picnics. We made our own version with our favorite summer ingredients, but feel free to customize this recipe to your family’s tastes.
How to Make It:
- Layer 1: Smashed Black Beans with Lime Juice
- Layer 2: Lime Cayenne Pumpkin Seed Butter
- Layer 3: Roasted or Grilled Bell Peppers
- Layer 4: Mashed Avocado with Salt and Lime Zest
- Layer 5: Pico de Gallo
- Layer 6: Crumbled Cotija Cheese (or Pickled Red Onions and Jalape to keep it dairy-free)
- Layer 7: Shredded Lettuce and Chopped Herbs like Cilantro and Green Onions
Guacamole is a fan favorite around here. It’s already a healthy and flavorful topping for sandwiches, tacos, tortilla chips and veggies but we take it one step further by adding a spoonful of Lime Cayenne Pumpkin Seed Butter for a boost of protein, spice and staying power. Simply mash in the seed butter while you’re mashing the avocado, no recipe needed.
15. Mash into Guacamole
16. Mix into Meatballs(Or meatloaf if that’s more your style). Mix in ¼ cup of Smoky Maple BBQ or Salt & Pepper Pumpkin Seed Butter to your ground beef to add moisture, flavor and protein. Seed Butter also acts as a binder to keep the meatballs together while they cook.
17. Spread on FishA piece of sustainably fished salmon or cod baked with Seed Butter is a great option for simply elegant weeknight dinners. To develop a flavorful crust in the oven, spread each individual piece of fish with an even layer of Savory Seed Butter, top with breadcrumbs if desired, then bake. Finish it off by cranking your oven up to broil for 1-2 minutes to crisp up the top.
18. Kale ChipsSeed butter covered kale chips are a one of our favorite snacks. We made them with Dark Chocolate Seed Butter and Pumpkin Seed Butter but they also taste amazing covered in any of the Savory Seed Butter flavors.
19. Make “Special Sauce”Savory seed butter tastes great on burgers and hot dogs as is, but if you’re looking for something a little bit more special for your cookout, mix together the following:
- ¼ Cup Salt & Pepper Pumpkin Seed Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Sweet Pickle Relish
- 1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
- 1 - 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 - 2 Tablespoons Warm Water
- A dash of Garlic Powder
- A dash of Paprika
- A dash of Onion Powder