Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings. Not all things are blest, but the seeds of all things are blest. The blessing is in the seed.
I am enamored with seeds. They hold such awesome power within themselves to grow and flourish in the right conditions. Remember the parable of the mustard seed? That seed is about one millimeter in size and yet can grow to be about nine feet tall in one season. Seeds are powerhouses of nutrition too!
A couple of weeks ago, I posted on how to grow your own sprouts - you can see that post HERE. I hope you have started to grow some of your own.
As you know, my favorite seed supplier is Sproutpeople.org. They have many recipes available on their website and I'm going to share the ones that are my go-to recipes for sprouts.
Of course, sprouts are wonderful this time of year because you can have something green and fresh growing in your kitchen that is both delicious and nutritious. They are easily tucked into a sandwich or salad or even to replace the lettuce in your tacos. Let's branch out a little bit and use them even more. Next time your crop is ready to harvest, give a couple of these recipes from SproutPeople a try.
- Curried Lentil Sprout Salad : I love this salad. Sometimes I replace the mayo with plain yogurt (cultured in my Wonderbag) or I may replace the curry with Chipoltle.
- Sprout Cereal: Have you had sprouts for breakfast yet? If you are using heartier sprouts like wheat, you can steam for hot cereal for a really wonderful breakfast with some honey or real maple syrup. I love starting my day like this. My family isn't quite there yet and still like the boxed cereal from the store but I am hopeful they will at least try it one day. ;)
- Hunan Mung Beans in Outrageous Dressing: Oh my, this is one delicious way to have bean sprouts. I used to poach the sprouts to wilt them just a little but the last couple of times, I haven't. Either way, the salad is great. This is a really great recipe to put in a small canning jar, pour over the dressing and carry in your lunchbox to work.
- Chocolate Sprouted Almond Balls : What? Sprouts for dessert? Are you kidding? This is not a spur of the moment recipe since it takes a couple of days to do but it is worth it. Note: the recipe says sprouted almonds but you will not actually see the sprouts from the almonds. The almonds will, however, plump up and their nutrition will be increased. You will see two variations of this recipe - one a little cake and the other for the cake balls that are so popular now. I make cake pops with them.
- Perfect Soup : If you know me at all, you know that soup is my absolute favorite meal ever. Anytime, any kind will do for me (okay, maybe not ANY kind - I haven't tried really exotic ones like turtle or anything). So when I found a soup that uses my other favorite thing - sprouts - I was hooked. This really is the perfect soup. The recipe says the parsnip is optional but please include it - it makes the soup so wonderful.
- Gil's Sprout Fried Rice: Looking for something different for your #MeatlessMonday or Lenten Friday's? This is a delicious dish that with the beans and rice makes a complete protein. I always enjoy it.
- Sprout Hummus : Is there anyone who does not love hummus? Sprouting the chickpeas adds even more nutrition. Try it with a chopped jalapeno if you want a little extra spice.
- Spicy San Francisco Sprout Snack : This one is really a spice mix that you can do and have in your pantry. Next time you want a spicy snack, toss the sprouts with olive oil and your hot sauce and some of the spice mix.
- Sprouted Bean Rice Pot : for all old hippies like me or younger crunchy gals, this is a simple and delicious standby to have in your cooking toolkit. It will introduce you to a condiment you may have never tried: Gomashio. The recipe for the rice pot is very versatile and I don't think any time I have made it has been exactly like the time before. It is another complete protein dish for your vegetarian meals.
- Strawberry Smoothie: Here is a real treat for a quick breakfast or to have instead of a strawberry milkshake. Great nutrition, great taste and the children will drink it. Why wouldn't you want to try it?
Tomorrow is our day to #BeIntentional and Make Every Monday Matter (#EMM). The topic is thanking an active member of our military. I hope to see you then.
Peace be with you,
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