Your Kitchen Garden

Adding sprouts to salads and meals is almost as healthy as growing plants in a garden, then eating the products while standing in that garden.  Sprouts continue to grow in your refrigerator, right up until you eat them.  The only thing they lack is the nutrients plants gain from soil.

Sprouting Breakfast 

Sprouting Breakfast Seeds

Purchase hulled oat groats. (They are low in carbohydrates and high in protein.) Soak 1/2 cup of groats for six hours in cool water. Rinse gently. I typically soak them in a cereal bowl six hours before bedtime and rinse into a small screen strainer, twice because oat groats tend to get a little slimy, like okra. On the second rinse I flip the bowl over the strainer, then, stick it on a dishwasher rack and close the dishwasher, so it can drain in the dark. You could also do it in your sink and cover with a towel.  In the morning rinse the seeds gently again, twice.


Easy Method for Sprouting Mung Beans 

After Soaking All Night

Why Sprout Beans?

Why sprout mung beans? There are several reasons.

1) Spouts are far more nutritious than fully grown food because, while they are in the growing stage, they are loaded with usable nutrients.

2) Mung beans are loaded with minerals and some B vitamins, Vitamin C, protein, antioxidants, and live enzymes.

3) Using my method, mung beans are easy to sprout.


Sprouting Mung Beans

You begin by putting some mung beans in about two inches of cold water in a two-quart, covered casserole dish, as shown. Put the bowl in a dark place for 8 hours to soak. (I generally do this before I go to bed.)

After 8 hours, drain the water using a strainer and rinse the beans and bowl. Be careful to rinse the beans very gently. They don't like to be disturbed, but they need to be so they'll stay fresh. Put a paper towel (not the super absorbent type) into the bottom of the bowl. Place the wet beans on top. Do the whole process fairly quickly so the bowl and beans remain wet. Cover, and put in a dark place for about 12 hours. Repeat every 12 hours until sprouted.


12 More Hours

36 Hours

Sprout 3-5 Days

It takes three days for the sprouts to be long enough for you to eat them. I like to eat mine in salads. Don't worry about eating the skins, they're harmless.

Do not expose mung beans to the sun, unlike other types of sprouts; these will decay rather than green. Place fully sprouted beans in the refrigerator on a low rack in a covered container. If they dry out, you can rinse and return to refrigerator. They should keep for about five days. This is my easy version of how to sprout mung beans.  Bon Appetit!


Sprouting Quinoa Seeds 

This is a very good video of how to sprout quinoa seeds--done by someone new to sprouting.  Instead of starting your sprouting process, try starting the soaking process before going to bed.  Keep in the dark after draining and rinse and drain three times during the day.  You only need to see the tails of the sprout to use in most recipes.

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