Have You Ever Tried Sprouting?
Written by Gayle
When I was in I college had a wonderful roommate from Southern California. We liked to make meals that were quick and healthy, and she introduced me to sprouts (OK, it was a long time ago, people, and I was pretty unsophisticated then!) We used to melt cheese on a tortilla, then top it with chopped green onions, tomatoes, and alfalfa sprouts for a simple wrap. If we wanted to splurge, we'd even add sliced avocado! This was our go-to meal.
Since then I have enjoyed all kinds of sprouts. They are so easy to grow yourself, and a seed or a bean will change to a vegetable in just a few days!
You'll need a glass jar with a wide, mesh-topped lid. I didn't have one, but what I did have was a set of three grease splash-guards. (You can buy these in lots of kitchen sections.) I don't need three of them, so I just marked around a wide-mouthed lid on the mesh.
I then cut out the mesh circles and then pressed the mesh into the ring of the jar lid.
I decided to sprout Mung Beans. I got some from the bulk bins at Lassen's.
Put about 3-4 TBSP in the quart jar, and then rinse and strain.
Add more water and then soak the beans overnight or 4-8 hours.
Then strain the beans and place in sunny spot--windowsill.
It's hard to believe that it happens this fast, but these are the sprouts after one day! Continue to rinse and strain two times per day.
These are the sprouts after just four days! You can let them sprout further, or you can add them to salads or stir-frys at this stage.
This is a great--and easy--way to bring something amazing and fresh and whole and raw into your healthy diet! If you haven't ever tried sprouting, maybe this "green" month would be a good time to give it a try!