Friday Foodie Fix- Sunflower Seeds

This week’s Secret Ingredient for Friday Foodie Fix is Sunflower Seeds!

I found this great photo of a sunflower with this cool recipe for Sunflower Soup on the Care2 website.  It’s a variation on the West African Peanut Soup.  What a great idea.  I can’t wait to give it a try.

Friday Foodie Fix

If you are stumped on what to do with sunflower seeds you should visit the National Sunflower Association.  They have tons of ideas.  If you eat gluten and dairy free you’ll need to make the necessary adjustments.

Have you ever had sunflower seeds on a pizza?  They taste really good.  A nice little salty crunch.

This pizza was really good.  It had tomato sauce, spinach, shitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, Daiya cheeses and sunflower seeds with a sprinkle of granulated garlic.  I of course sprinkled Red Pepper Flakes on my slices.

Now it’s your turn to share.  Add in your recipes with Sunflower Seeds. Don’t forget to link back to this post.  For all past Secret Ingredients visit the Friday Foodie Fix page.

Next week’s Secret Ingredient will be Your School Breakfast or Lunch Recipes and/or Tips.

OK, so that’s not just an ingredient but I’ll be at the IFBC (International Food Blogging Conference) with a bunch of really cool bloggers and I know we’ll all be learning and eating.  I plan on sharing the events through my facebook page and twitter.  So if you are not following me, get to it now!

16 Responses to Friday Foodie Fix- Sunflower Seeds

  1. stephanie @ glutenfr August 20, 2010 at 5:46 am #

    I love sunflower seeds. They make such a great high protein alternative to nut butter: it acts as a great substitute for it as you see here in my recipe. Great for people on a rotation diet !

    Great idea, Diane


    • Diane August 20, 2010 at 5:50 am #

      Stephanie- Love the sunflower butter! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Shirley @ gfe August 20, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    It bums me to say that "I got nada" on this one. I was looking for my favorite sunflower seed recipe, but haven't found it yet. 🙁 Once I find it, I'll post it and add my link later. Love the sunflower photo and the pizza looks scrumptious!


  3. Anonymous August 20, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    I hope you find it! The pizza was great. So good I burnt myself eating a hot pizza!

    Diane Eblin

  4. Stephanie August 20, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    I love sunflower seeds. They make such a great high protein alternative to nut butter (as seen in my recipe)

    I've never seen them on a pizza – but that's a fantastic idea, Diane!
    So sorry I am to miss meeting you at the IFBC – have a wonderful time.


  5. Anonymous August 20, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    Stephanie- Hope to meet you at another conference soon!

    Diane Eblin

  6. Lexie August 20, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    Hi Diane! Can't WAIT to meet you this Friday. And what a venue, SEATTLE! So I read your Sunflower Seed post here and thought I would share a memory from my childhood sparked by the pizza you have pictured. Mom would sprinkle toasted and salted sunflower seeds atop a pile of whole wheat (Gf'ers use Tinkyada) spaghetti pasta and tofu marinara sauce. Real nice combination … a crunchy spaghetti. I think I used to call it hippie dinner. : )

  7. Anonymous August 20, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Lexie- Can't believe it's a week away. Thanks for sharing that memory. I love the hippie meal!

    Diane Eblin

  8. Admin August 20, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    I really like sunflower seeds but I don't use them nearly enough. Thanks for featuring them this week so we all get reacquainted with them in some new recipes. I am linking up a Rice Nut Loaf. Thanks for hosting.

  9. Anonymous August 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. I too am excited to have more options for sunflower seeds.

    Diane Eblin

  10. Liz August 20, 2010 at 9:42 pm #

    Sunflower seeds and mushrooms, sounds fantastic!

  11. Anonymous August 21, 2010 at 7:35 am #

    Liz- I had no idea those two foods would taste so good together. So glad you stopped by. Hope you'll share some recipes on one of your visits.

  12. Alisa August 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    I have a few! Love sunflower seeds, they are soooo inexpensive.

  13. Anonymous August 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    Alisa- Thank you for sharing. For some reason sunflower seeds just make me smile.

    Diane Eblin

  14. Alice August 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    I just stumbled across this =D I was enjoying a slice of spicy pizza with daiya and mushrooms and suddenly wondered what sunflower seeds would taste like on it. I'm pleased to see that not only has someone else done this, but that it was a success! I am definitely going to try it next time. Thank you for posting this!

  15. Karen February 22, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    I think that pizza would taste even better with some fig puree on it. It sounds strange, but I've put it on a pizza several times with chorizo, caramelised onions, mozzarella and red peppers. It tastes really good!