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Garden In a Jar Part II: Bean Sprouts

May 6, 2012

Sprouts are by far the easiest things I’ve tried growing. I have already raved about the wonders of alfalfa sprouts, but bean sprouts are equally as easy and make for a more substantial meal component. Just like the alfalfa sprouts, you soak the beans overnight and then rinse them twice a day until they are done (about 3 days). I grew a batch of this bean mix last week. It includes garbanzo beans, peas, and lentils.

Finished Bean Sprouts Laying Out to Dry

While I didn’t order from them, I use the Sprout People website to learn about sprouting and find good recipes for sprouts. I made a variation of this herb sprout snack recipe with half the sprouts. I didn’t have all the herbs, but I threw together what I had and it was delicious. It was a nice crisp side dish for lunch.

Bean Sprouts with Herbs, Almonds, and Parmesan

With the other half I made this sprout fried rice recipe for dinner. It is a good, simple but hearty meal.

Sprout Fried Rice

I just started another batch of alfalfa that should be ready in a couple days. If you don’t think you have space for a garden, think again. This garden takes up as much space as a jar of spaghetti sauce.

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