Today was an impulse purchase kinda day. I’m trying to keep within a budget (now that I’ve moved out on my lonesome my rent has gone up!) so I came to the market tonight armed with only 15$ burning a hole in my pocket.
I was pretty stocked up with fruit and vegetables at home so I thought I would try something new. Introducing…. sprouted beans!
Yes I’m aware that these look like some weird experiment gone wrong. But hear me out, they are tasty! The beans I bought are sprouted chickpeas, peas and lentils. Basically you start off with dried peas/legumes, and they are soaked, rinsed and re-soaked until germination happens (aka the beans start to sprout).
These sprouts can be added to salads, sandwiches or tossed into a stir-fry. I topped a lentil curry (that I purchased at the Farmer’s Market) with some sprouts and it gave the curry a nice crunchy texture. And like their cooked counterparts, these lentil/pea/chickpea sprouts are a great source of protein and fibre.
If you are pregnant, have a weakened immune system or are part of a vulnerable population group (e.g. elderly and young children), I would not recommend eating these sprouts, or other sprouts (e.g. Alfalfa, Mung bean) raw. Commercially produced sprouts have been linked to outbreaks of salmonella and E.Coli. I take the risk by eating them as they are, but I strongly recommend reading this safety page from Health Canada. Safety is always number 1!
Happy Market Monday! xo