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Nov 19

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Sprouts for health

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.

On the left, Alfalfa seeds with a fine mesh lid to prevent the tiny seeds from falling out when rinsing. On the right are mung bean seeds and a wider mesh lid.

On the left, Alfalfa seeds with a fine mesh lid to prevent the tiny seeds from falling out when rinsing. On the right are mung bean seeds and a wider mesh lid.

The seeds are rinsed and set to soak in cold water.  This time of year, the window sill in the kitchen is quite cool.

The seeds are rinsed and set to soak in cold water for about 6 hours then, drained. This time of year, the window sill in the kitchen is quite cool.

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.

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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.

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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.

 

After a few days these mung beans begin to crack open and germinate -- or sprout.

After a few days of rinsing several times a day with fresh cold water, these mung beans begin to crack open and germinate — or sprout.

fresh alfalfa sprouts

fresh alfalfa sprouts

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!

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  1. Adela

    the mung or bean sprouts are very popular in China, we usually stir-fry it or make soup.Do you like it ? But I never had alfalfa sprouts before , I guess it tastes different from the mung or bean sprouts.:)

    1. Teacher Kevin

      Yes, the mung bean (soy) is used extensively in Chinese cooking. The mung bean sprouts add a delicious crunchy texture to stir-fry dishes. Alfalfa sprouts are very small and delicate. They a sort of grassy flavor and they make good supplement to the Winter diet.
      Thanks for reading and commenting.
      I hope to see you in class soon!

      1. Adela

        I will be back next week. hope to see you in the class soon too.

        1. Teacher Kevin

          I am glad to learn that you will be returning soon!

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