The Complete Guide to Growing and Using Sprouts: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply


Sprouts have been a happy addition to many sandwiches, noodle dishes, and side plates at restaurants for decades, and when they are properly grown at home, they can add a much needed boost of both plant protein and fiber to your diet. However, knowing how to properly grow sprouts so that they both thrive and successfully produce year after year can seem like a complex process in many cases if you don’t have the necessary resources to successfully grow them at your disposal. Knowing where they grow, the proper ...

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Sprouts have been a happy addition to many sandwiches, noodle dishes, and side plates at restaurants for decades, and when they are properly grown at home, they can add a much needed boost of both plant protein and fiber to your diet. However, knowing how to properly grow sprouts so that they both thrive and successfully produce year after year can seem like a complex process in many cases if you don’t have the necessary resources to successfully grow them at your disposal. Knowing where they grow, the proper temperatures for cultivation, and the many uses they serve are all necessary steps to being successful in growing sprouts.

This book was written with all of these details and many more in mind, guiding you through the complex process of adding a new plant to your garden. You will learn how to take advantage of the core benefits of sprouts, starting with how to recognize the various types of sprouts and what they do for your body. You will learn how they com- pare to other top super foods and vegetables and how to effectively use them to fight cancer, boost your mineral and vitamin intake, increase your raw food intake, cleanse the blood, improve liver function, and generally feel better.

Learn how to start growing and juicing your own sprouts as well, using your home, greenhouse, or garden as a source of daily nutrition and a boost to your body. You will read interviews from top nutritional experts and sprout growers who share their experiences and insights into how sprouts can benefit nearly anyone. As an added bonus, you will benefit from dozens of top recipes that help you utilize your spouts in foods that best take advantage of their high nutritional content, while bolstering their taste and texture. For anyone who has ever considered growing and adding sprouts to their diet, this book will be a much needed resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601383402
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/30/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 846,497
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 The Story of a Sprout 17

Starting With Seeds 17

Transforming From Seed to Sprout 19

Benefits of Sprouts 20

Anatomy of a Seed 23

Consuming Sprouts 28

Chapter 2 Sprouting Equipment 31

Jars 31

Other Types of Sprouting Containers 32

Strainers and Screens 33

Tubes 34

Sprout Bags 35

Sprout Trays 36

Commercial and/or Professionally Manufactured Sprouters 37

Soil 39

Greenhouses 40

Making an indoor greenhouse 40

Chapter 3 What to Sprout 43

Choosing Your Seeds 44

Toxic Sprouts? 48

Seed Costs 51

Growing Organic 53

Storing Seeds 54

Glass Jars 55

Deciding What Sprout to Grow 57

Chapter 4 How to Sprout 59

Exceptions 72

Chapter 5 How to Grow 81

Chapter 6 Getting Started with Recipes: Snacks and Dips 99

Snackin' Sprouts 102

Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter Apples 103

Sprouted Stuffed Dates 103

Sprouted Crackers 104

Cream Cheese and Sprout Spread 106

Creamy Cucumber Sprout Spread 106

Black Turtle Bean Dip 107

Sprouted Sunflower Seed and Cashew Dip 108

Sprouted Guacamole 109

Sprouted Chickpea and Parsley Dip 110

Spicey Sprouted Hummus 111

Baba Ghanouj 112

Nut Pâté 114

Nutloaf 115

Sun-dried Tomato Nut Pâté 116

Chapter 7 Salads and Dressings 119

Carrot and Sprout Salad 119

Garlic Ginger Salad Dressing 120

Mixed Green Salad with Sweet and Sour Dressing 121

Crazy for Radish Salad 122

Sprouted Arugula Salad 123

Fenugreek Sprout Salad 124

Mung Bean Sprout Salad 125

Red Cabbage and Adzuki Sprout Salad 126

Brassica Sprout Slaw 127

Mexican Sprout Slaw 128

Spinach, Pea, and Onion Sprout Salad 129

Farmer's Cheese and Fruit Salad 130

Wild Rice Salad 132

Chapter 8 Soups, Stews, and Chili 135

Vegetable Stew with Sprouted Quinoa 135

Black Turtle Bean Soup 137

Sprouted Black Bean Chili 138

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup 140

Pumpkin Black Bean Chili 143

Green Pea Soup with Pea Sprouts 144

Gazpacho 146

Southwest Style Sprouted Soup 147

Beef and Sprouted Barley Stew 148

Chicken and Sprouted Barley Soup 150

Sprouted Barley Vegetable Soup 151

Vegetable Bean Sprouted Soup 152

Sesame Noodle Soup 154

Sweet Potato Soup with Ginger Shrimp 155

Curried Mung Sprout Soup 157

Sprouted Soybean Soup 158

Sprouted Lentil Soup 159

Peanut Sprout Soup 160

Chapter 9 Sandwiches 165

Sprout and Salad Sandwiches 165

Healthy Grilled Cheese 166

Avocado Sprout Sandwich 168

Mock Chicken Salad Sandwich 169

Sprout and Soy Veggie Burgers 169

Veggie Nut Burgers 171

Falafel and Sprout Sandwich 173

Chapter 10 Stir-Fry 175

Soybean Sprouts in Ginger 175

Pad Thai 176

Egg Foo Yong 179

Chop Suey 180

Bustin' with Brassica 181

Broccoli Bok Choy Stir-Fry with Mung Bean Sprouts 182

Chapter 11 Main Dishes and Side Dishes 185

Sprouted Barley Meatloaf 185

Black Turtle Bean Sprouts with Chorizo and Rice 187

Sprouted Black Bean Burritos with Salsa 189

Feijoada 191

Sprouted Mung Bean Omelet 194

Breakfast Crepe with Sprouts 195

Lentil Sprout Lasagna with Marinara 198

Pork and Bean Sprout Pie 201

Shepherd's Pie with Meat 206

Sprouted Pesto Pizza 209

Samosa 214

Sweet and Nutty Sweet Potatoes 216

Sprout-stuffed Red Peppers 217

Stuffed Zucchini 220

Wild Rice Stuffing 221

Baked Beats with Chive Sprouts 222

Baked Vegetables with Bacon 223

Green Peas with Mustard Sprouts 224

Chapter 12 Breads, Baked Goods, and Cereal 227

Essene Bread 227

Basic Mixed Grain Essene Bread 228

Sourdough Essene Bread 229

Wheat Berry Sunflower Bread 231

Sprouted Oatmeal Bread 233

Just Barley Bread 235

Sprouted Grain Buttermilk Cakes 237

Thyme and Sprouted Sesame Bread 238

Sprouted Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls 240

Great Sesame Granola 244

Sprouted Power Bars 245

Sprouted Granola 247

Chapter 13 Beverages 249

Wheatgrass Juice 249

Veggie Green Wheat Juice 252

Veggie Delight 253

Fruitable-Grass 254

Wheatgrass Berry Blast 254

Hearty Sprouty Smoothie 255

Pineapple and Sprout Smoothie 256

Rejuvelac 257

Oat Sprout Almond Milk 258

Almond Chai 259

Almond Nog 259

Chapter 14 Desserts 261

Carrot Almond Cake 261

Carrot Sunflower Sprout Cake 263

Almond and Coconut Creme Fruit Parfait 264

Sprouted Granola and Zucchini Torte 265

Pumpkin Pudding with Pumpkin Seed Sprouts and Walnuts 266

Wheat Sprout Chocolate Cream Pie 267

Raw Pumpkin Pie Filling 269

Chapter 15 Sprouts for Your Pets 271

Grass 271

Sprouts 274

Conclusion 275

Appendix A 277

Seeds and Equipment 277

Glossary 279

Bibliography 283

Author Biography 285

Index 287

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

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    Easy as Promised, Great Recipes, no Mysteries!

    Sprouts may intimidate people who simply want to eat well and don't follow different health-food trends. In addition, with all the preachy materials that exist about sprouts other individuals just get tired of the rhetoric.

    Fortunately, this book makes it easy to understand the value of growing and eating sprouts. Best of all, the mystery is removed. You are presented with different methods for growing sprouts. In addition, you can use the handy chart to identify sprouts that balance nutritional needs. Some will, on the other hand, be attracted to individual sprouts based on the flavor profiles.

    One of my favorite points of the book is the different methods. I'm naturally attracted to baskets so finding out I could actually grow sprouts using a basket as a base was interesting. Using mason jars however takes up less space and gets you closely involved because you can watch the entire process.

    You'll also get many options for eating and preparing sprouts in dishes. At the very least this is a great reminder about how easy it is to incorporate them into your regular meals. I grew up in a climate where fresh greens in the winter were hard to find at affordable prices. For anyone facing this situation sprouts are a great solution.

    One of the recipes that really stood out for me used soaked wild rice. This was a completely new idea to me. I hope you'll find this interesting, tasty recipe.

    Wild Rice Salad (page 132)
    4 cups sprouted wild rice
    ½ cucumber
    1 cup sprouted adzuki beans
    1 cup chopped red bell pepper
    ½ cup shredded carrot
    1 chopped medium tomato
    1 cup celery stalk
    ½ cup chopped sweet red onion or scallions
    1 to 2 tsp. dried parsley or basil
    1 mashed large avocado
    ½ to 1 cup tomato juice
    1 to 3 crushed garlic cloves
    Cayenne pepper to taste
    1 cup alfafa sprouts

    Combine: wild rice, adzuki beans, red bell pepper, carrot, tomato, celery sweet, red onion and dried parsley. Toss and set aside.

    Fold tomato juice, crushed garlic, and cayenne into mashed avocado. Pour avocado mixture over wild rice mixture.
    Place in individual salad bows and top with alfalfa sprouts.

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