I’m Sprouting

Well, not me literally, this 5’3 frame of mine can only shrink from here on. LOL. I’ m actually sprouting mung beans. Yeah!WP_20170716_002I first became interested in sprouting beans a few years ago, but every source I turned to for advice seemed to have rather complicated methods. Well maybe just too complicated for me cuz I don’t do complicated, at all! Even though my palette longed for sprouts in my stir fries like the good ole NY days when I could go up to Chinatown and walk away with a grocery bag of the stuff for $1, I was not prepared to commit.

That was, until recently when I decided on my summer bean extravaganza, because sprouts are a great way to include beans in the diet. Also fast forward tens years and people are all over the Internet sprouting in such simple ways. So, for over a year now I have had a jar of mung beans sitting in the cupboard which had been a gift from my neighbour, and these as you may know are the original sprouting beans of Asia (India included, yes).WP_20170722_006Believe it or not, all I did was clean n rinse the beans, covered them with water overnight then put them in a colander and rinsed them a few times a day. From day one, I had sprouts! It was unbelievable.

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What is this I see first thing in the morning?

So I just rinsed, spread them out in the colander, covered them and left them alone. The more you rinse, the faster they sprout so ever so often while in the kitchen doing some other task, I would give them a rinse.

Day two and even more amazing sprouting. WP_20170722_003By day three, I had enough to fill a sugar bowl.WP_20170727_002Let me tell you, these were absolutely amazing stir-fried with mustard greens, veg and chicken. The son would is not a fan of alfalfa couldn’t get enough of them.WP_20170723_001 (2)Sprouting makes beans easier to digest, they are super tasty and flexible, and most importantly, are so very good for you as well.

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Another day I added them to a veg noodle stir-fry and will definitely be incorporating them into my weekly menu plans.IMG-20170727-WA0017.jpgSprouts are wonderful in sautees, salads, sandwiches, stir-fries, spreads, soups, shakes, wait, all things S….Smile. Check out the variety of ways in this super informative article http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2011/08/24/15-creative-ways-to-use-sprouts/

Also note that you can sprout just about any type of beans or peas. Next on my list are lentils. I don’t fancy them a whole lot, having only enjoyed them in soup, but they are cheap and being small they will sprout easily. Will let you know how that goes, but, are there any sprouters out there? If so drop me a line and let me know your best beans for sprouting, recipes, tips, you know, the low down on your experiences. Bye!

 

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