Now that the weather is finally warming up (woohoo!) my appetite is crying for something less hearty and gut-sticking (so long stew and chili). Salads are always my go-to option when I have to make a lunch choice. Yes, sometimes they can be boring with the typical mixed greens, sliced tomatoes (now is not tomato season too), cucumber, shredded carrots…so yes, not much crunch factor, which I like to emphasize in my meals. And what about my source of protein? Got to satiate my roaring tummy with something substantial as well. Luckily, my digestive system can tolerate beans, so they are my usual suspects in my salads.
Recently, I have learned of the nutrition benefits of sprouting your own beans and seeds and I am loving it! It is quite simple and low maintenance. I ordered the organic beans online, receive the package, follow the direction and just use a simple mason jar to grow my sprouts. Nothing fancy. Nothing elaborate.
You can also buy the edible sprouts in health stores, but they are quite expensive (around $2-$4 for 6 ounces), so I do save a lot by starting my own little ‘garden’. But if you really do not have the patience or time to go through the process, do try them out when you see them on the menu or at your local health stores.