sprout.whore

I don’t know what it is about sprouts that make me all giddy and weak in the  knees, but I love them. I can’t get enough. You think I like pho for the just carbs and broth? The Mongolian BBQ bowls where you ‘make your own’ consists of sprouts with a hint of noodle and chicken for color. One of my favorite lunch time eats is a turkey sandwich. Boring, right? Not when you throw a handful of sprouts and chopped red onion on there. [insert drool here]

One of the coolest thing about these little guys is that you can grow them yourself for a fraction of the cost and you know exactly how fresh they are. I picked up a sprouting jar – which is pretty low tech on the scale of what you can get if you’re uber serious about this (think buckets) – for around $7 at the local crunchy health food store. If that’s too much for your pocket book, they also sell mesh screw on tops for Mason jars you might already have for about a buck. Choose your weapon (read:  seed of choice), soak a teaspoon or so in water for 12 hours or overnight, drain, and rinse twice daily in cold water until your little sprouts are ready to eat. I sprout alfalfa seeds the most often and are what is pictured. I’ve also done mung beans for homemade pho and broccoli and lentils. All are great even just to snack on.

So now you can sprout your own eats right on your counter-top year round. It’s always perfect weather and you don’t have to play in the dirt. Go do it. You know you want to.

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