Tag Archives: legumes

mung bean sprouts

1 May

photo-28Look at those tails!

These are homemade sprouts. It’s true, you can make them at home and forego all of those supermarket options.

Sprouts are pretty spectacular.

Not only do they add crunch to salads, trail mixes or noodle dishes, but they also provide us with a complete protein, and make it much easier for our bodies to digest, and absorb their various nutrients.

Mung beans are a great choice for sprouting since they are rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, B1, B2 B3 and K, helping to strengthen our immune system, vision, bone development all while protecting our cells from free radicals that we are exposed to daily.

Sprouting is a prefect activity to do with your kids. They will love watching their tails grow, and will be much more inclined to munch on them.

It’s easier than you think, here’s how:

1. Take a ball jar and some cheese cloth (or get a screen for your jar – here’s how to make your own).

2. Add a handful or two of mung beans (or lentils – good beginner legumes) to your  jar.

3. Pour in enough water to cover the beans.

4. Cover with cheese cloth or your screen then screw on the top.

5. Let your jar sit for the day/night on your counter, somewhere dark.

6. The next day, pour the water out through the cheese cloth/screen, add fresh water in – this rinses the beans. Remove the water one more time.

7. Let the freshly rinsed beans sit on your counter in the dark for another day. You will begin to see tails emerge at this point.

8. The next day, rinse again. Once their tails are showing, they should now be ready to eat.

For a more detailed look on how to make sprouts, check out this great link.

Happy sprouting to all!

Flora’s seasonal recipe: comforting lentils

9 Nov

One of my favorite foods growing up was lentils (yes, it’s true!).

My mom used to make lentils with olive oil, sprinkle of parmigiano regiano and a dash of salt. I always treasured the times that she made this dish, as it always made feel great.

Eating these lovely legumes on a cold fall or winter day, warmed me up, and lifted my spirits. It made me feel calm, centered and healthfully full.

Every time I ate a bowl of lentils, I could feel my iron levels increase dramatically, as my mom would always tell me how high in iron they were. Popeye and I had some things in common! Women need a good amount of iron, and I always turned to lentils instead of taking an iron supplement.

Little did I know that lentils not only contained high level of iron, they also contain protein, fiber, folate and magnesium which are great for building muscle, improving digestion, strengthening your nervous system, and improving blood circulation. Go lentils!

A bowl of lentils is one of the easiest recipes out there, so get excited for these very short directions! To make the meal more balanced you can always mix it up with some brown rice, quinoa or add it into tomato sauces, and pastas.

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

Directions:
Bring your water to a boil, add lentils. Lower to a simmer, and cook for 30-40 minutes (depending on the lentils you use). Once cooked, and water fully absorbed, add your lentils to your favorite bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, then mix. Top with fresh parmigiano reggiano cheese, a dash of salt. Sit and savor each bite.

“Let things taste of what they are.”
-Alice Waters

Can MyPyramid make room for The Power Plate?

9 Jan

Remember the days of the four food groups – before the Food Pyramid made its debut? The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) wants to bring some simplicity back. Many health professionals agree that eating a more plant-based diet would be helpful to balance the growing rates of obesity and diabetes in young people across the country, yet there are not examples of healthful vegetarian diets coming from the USDA’s food pyramid – MyPyramid. The PCRM says the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services violated federal law by failing to respond to a PCRM petition offering a simple, plant-based alternative to MyPyramid. It’s called the Power Plate – and it’s full of grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables.

“We are asking the government to protect the average American, not special agribusiness interests,” said registered dietitian Susan Levin, the organization’s nutrition education director. “MyPyramid is confusing, and it recommends meat and dairy products despite overwhelming evidence that these foods are unnecessary and unhealthy. Research shows the Power Plate is a better choice, and it’s simple enough that a child could follow it.”

At Butter Beans we offer food for all. We offer quality meat and dairy products everyday, alongside balanced plant-based alternatives. We believe in bio-individuality and that one person’s medicine, can be someone else’s poison. We take this quite literally in an age of more severe food allergies than most of us remember contending with as kids. MyPyramid has variety for us to connect with, depending on our age and activity levels. However, it would be refreshing for the USDA to offer nutrition advise that was based solely on knowledge of nutrition and not also on what is best for big business.