Get out the melon baller (a perfect kid-safe tool) and start scooping gourd guts. The whole family will love these roasted pumpkin seeds.
Chickpeas are an addictive snack, they're super crunchy when warm, and chewy and nutty when leftover.
Parsnips are naturally sweet (and a great potato or carrot substitute), and Brussels sprouts go down surprisingly easy when coated with maple syrup.
Nothing says "I can cook" like a delicious oven-roasted chicken.
Sticky-sweet roasted pears make a great dessert or breakfast when laid atop oatmeal or Greek yogurt.