Seed sprouts can be an economical way to supplement your menu and boost the nutritional value of your daily diet. This is especially helpful during the winter months when fresh veggies are limited in availability or very costly. The only thing you need to sprout seeds for food is a jar and some cheesecloth over the top. There are other options, like sprouting trays too, but they are not necessary. This link offers plenty of tips and advise for sprouting. On page 9 you will find a chart that tells how many seeds to germinate for the desired quantity of finished sprouts.
Alfalfa, bean, cabbage, lentils, radish, wheat berries are just a few examples of seeds that work well for consumption as a raw food. Sprouts can offer a taste treat and special crunchy dimension to salads and pasta dishes. They can be used as a garnish for sandwiches, soups and other prepared foods as well.
It is important to point out that, certain seeds like potato, tomato and eggplant and rhubarb may not be sprouted and used for food either raw or cooked as they are poisonous.
Here are some excellent ways to use fresh sprouts and add excitement to your culinary repertoire.
Clover sprouts make a great lettuce substitute on any sandwich.
Radish sprouts on top of a salad add a bit of spice.
Sprouted mung beans are often used in Asian style stir-fry dishes.
Add any kind of sprouts added to omelets or on top of scrambled eggs creates a pleasant enhancement to an otherwise mundane breakfast.
Blend together sprouted garbanzo beans, minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice to make a thick paste and season with salt and pepper. Chill this for 30 minutes and use it as a spread on top of whole grain crackers for a special snack.
Make a tasty energy drink by blending wheat sprouts, banana, honey and wheat germ with milk.
Buckwheat sprouts mixed into pancake or waffle batter are really delicious.
And my all time favorite; Chunky peanut-butter and jelly on wheat toast with alfalfa sprouts. It is nutty-crunchy-chewy-tasty-delicious goodness!
Use a little creativity and the possibilities are almost endless!