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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!

on the joys of caramelizing brussels sprouts

7 Dec

4103982312_050c2881dcCaramelizing brussels sprouts is pretty fun! Have you ever tried it? If you haven’t ventured that way yet you should with a little inspiration from us, and our seasonal table top that our kids get to read while eating lunch at school.

What makes caramelizing so fun? Maybe it’s the concept of bringing out the flavors of the sprouts natural sugars, and the sweet smell that they emit as they brown. Or the anticipation of biting into one after all the work you have put into it? Either which way, we love caramelizing, and here is how you can learn to love it too:

Option 1 : Steaming + caramelizing

Ingredients: 

  • Brussels sprouts, rinsed
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt

Directions: 

Steam sprouts in boiling water for 4 minutes, or until bright green. Place steamed sprouts on cutting board, cut in 1/2. Over medium heat, heat up olive oil in a pan, then add your halved sprouts, flat sides facing down. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt. Let cook for 4 minutes. Check for doneness by flipping one or two over to see if they have browned. Once all browned, flip them on the other side for 4 minutes. Remove from the pan, and enjoy!

Option 2: Slicing + caramelizing

Ingredients:

  • Brussels sprouts, rinsed
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt

Directions:

Cut sprouts into thin slices. Over medium heat, heat up olive oil, then add your sprouts. Sprinkle with sea salt. Let cook for 4 minutes. Flip them over, cook for another 4 minutes and voila, perfectly caramelized brussels sprouts in no time!

Photo courtesy of Nick Saltmarsh