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5 Scrumptious Thanksgiving Appetizers

Roasted or Toasted

Thanks in large part to the classic holiday song "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire," roasted and toasted items are considered a holiday staple. For Thanksgiving, in particular, roasted or baked pumpkin seeds are a delicious and simple pre-dinner snack. If you saved the seeds you scooped out of your Halloween jack-o'-lantern, you've probably got all the ingredients you need to make this appetizer on hand already. Besides being convenient, a handful of pumpkin seeds yields more than just flavor -- they're packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, skin afflictions and even Alzheimer's disease.

Roasting chestnuts can be a somewhat arduous task. And it's pretty tedious peeling each chestnut post-roasting before you eat it! Despite the effort, the process often proves to be well worth it, and you'll fill your kitchen with a delicious aroma. If you pass on chestnuts, other tree nuts, such as walnuts and pecans, can also be roasted or toasted into tasty snack full of vitamins and nutrients.