Insider Tip – DIY Lentil Sprouts | The Food Party! | Laura Stec | Palo Alto Online |

Local Blogs

The Food Party!

By Laura Stec

E-mail Laura Stec

About this blog: I've been attracted to food for good and bad reasons for many years. From eating disorder to east coast culinary school, food has been my passion, profession & nemesis. I've been a sugar addict, a 17-year vegetarian, a food and en...  (More)

View all posts from Laura Stec

Insider Tip – DIY Lentil Sprouts

Uploaded: May 14, 2020

So I’ve been looking at all those jars of grains and beans sitting pretty on my shelf with new light during sequestration. How can I use these key foods in new ways? Also, with so much in the media about the effect of COVID on the meat industry, I definitely want to incorporate new proteins into my diet, especially beans and legumes, which I tend to overlook.



Enter sprouts. An easy way to use beans without having to cook, and today's Insider Tip for folks stuck in the kitchen in search of inspiration. A cup yields 7 grams of protein, and while that may not come close to competitors,



sprouts are an easy toss into salads and over many things, boosting protein intake in places you least expect. Sprouting may also enhance nutrients available to us, increasing amino acid profiles, protein concentration, and availability of vitamins and minerals. There's superpower energy in eating foods that are growing.

Sprouting lentils and beans is a fun, easy activity, and certainly kids enjoy watching the daily progression.

Fill a mason jar with a ½ cup of lentils, rinse well, drain, and cover with water. Cover with dampened cheese cloth, or a bendable screen mesh (if you have neither, try a paper towel or coffee filter). Anchor by screwing on the lid. Let rest overnight.



In the morning, drain and rinse the lentils well; then prop up and place out of direct sunlight. Rinse twice a day. Soon the sprouts will start growing. After 3-4 days, when small leaves appear, your sprouts are ready to eat.



Store in the refrigerator, covered. They will last for around a week in the fridge.

I put them on everything,





and especially like my new creation Sprout Popcorn. Try spouting with different types of beans: here I used the small French lentils, and next time I’ll try red lentils, and garbanzo beans.



Sprout Popcorn
Combine ½ cup of sprouted lentils with 1 teaspoon, or to taste, nutritional yeast. Munch while watching your favorite movie.




We need your support now more than ever. Can we count on you?

Comments

 +   4 people like this
Posted by I'm The Eggman...I'm The Walrus, a resident of College Terrace,
on May 15, 2020 at 3:01 pm

koo koo kachoo.

I love sprouts!

another EZ concept...egg foo young which is little more than bean sprouts (mung beans) folded into an egg omelet.

egg foo young + steamed brown rice = dinner OR slap the egg foo yung between two slices of whole wheat bread for a quick & EZ sandwich.

why become a slave to the meat-packing industry?





 +   1 person likes this
Posted by I'm The Eggman...revisited, a resident of College Terrace,
on May 15, 2020 at 3:08 pm

TYPO > young = yung

although I once knew a guy named neil yung...he did not know how to play guitar but was skilled in the making of dim sum.


 +   17 people like this
Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of Portola Valley,
on May 16, 2020 at 9:00 am

To show how easy this actually is, my boyfriend used to sprout on the back of his bike, during our cross country bicycle trips! Ahh the good ol' days.


 +   15 people like this
Posted by Elaine, a resident of Los Altos,
on May 17, 2020 at 1:27 pm

Hi Laura, I appreciate your protein measurements of different foods, but isn't it hard to measure protein when the amount that your body absorbs really depends on the other food that you eat in the same meal? Also, the amount of protein PER CALORIE is what I am most interested in.


 +   16 people like this
Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park,
on May 20, 2020 at 3:36 pm

Good post. Sprouts are good. Eating less meat is good. Thanks.


Follow this blogger.
Sign up to be notified of new posts by this blogger.

Email:

SUBMIT

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields


Get fact-based reporting on the COVID-19 crisis sent to your inbox daily.

The Nut House is back -- with a self-taught chef and Palo Alto native in the kitchen
By Elena Kadvany | 14 comments | 6,008 views

Some of your comments on nuclear energy
By Sherry Listgarten | 21 comments | 4,997 views

My bystander's experience with PAPD
By Jessica Zang | 29 comments | 3,041 views

Public statues: Up or down? But does the historical importance of the individuals represented matter?
By Diana Diamond | 31 comments | 2,904 views

Pride Month / "Trans New York"
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 2,449 views

 

Who is your local hero?

Whether they're grocery shopping for a neighbor or volunteering for a nonprofit, you can spread the joy and support our journalism efforts by giving them a shout-out.

Learn More