Friday, May 15, 2009

Make/Sprout Your Own Salad....

Living from the pantry? or from your food storage? or wanna eat more healthy foods? Do once a month shopping like I do and run out of fresh veggies by the end of the cycle? Then this Frugal Friday tip may be one that you can use! :-)
Yes, simply sprout!
Seriously! You can make your own 'salads' and even sandwich toppers by sprouting beans and grains!
Almost instant 'fresh' food!
Most are just soaked in water overnight, then drained, and rinsed two to three times during the next 24 to 36 hours (some shorter, some longer)while you wait for them to sprout! (You can even rinse them for another day (or night) and let them grow a little bit longer!) What was about a cup of beans or grains can almost become about 2 cups of 'fresh' food!
Here, you can see some wheat I sprouted. (I sprouted quite a bit for 3 reasons; Rejuvelac, Bulgar, and sprouts!)
On this site, you will see a neat little pictorial of sprouting, that I came across while searching for this post!
Here's a great link! -Towards the bottom, you will see all sorts of seeds, grains, and beans that can be sprouted and a time table of how long to soak, how long to sprout, etc.
It's also super easy to do! How long does it take to dump seeds in a jar and fill with water?
And, they are super good for you! Vitamins are increased during the sprouting and if you eat them in a salad or lightly steamed, all the enzymes are still there! Woo Hoo!
Here's another great article from the Dollar Stretcher called "Sprout Seeds for Cheap Nutrition"- a neat read!
-What could be more frugal than making/sprouting your own salad?-
***And sprouting also makes a great homeschool experiment!***
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Anonymous said...

It's true! Sprouts really are a frugal food, and a great way to get fresh veggies out of dried, pantry-safe goods.

Thanks for sharing this in today's Fight Back Fridays carnival.

(AKA FoodRenegade)

~Sara said...

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.