I am sprouting Alfalfa seeds for salads and sandwiches and I put them to soak tonight after work. I've had my sprouting jar for some time and just never seemed to get around to using it.
Since I am in need of interesting recipes and additions to my vegan menu I thought now was the time to dive in!
So, I will add to this post with some pictures of the little buggers as they start to sprout, the process, etc.
For right now they are soaking. I am thinking five hours should do it because they are tiny little seeds. Then I will need to rinse them at least twice a day, baby them and hope they grow. Then I get to eat them. LOL.
UPDATE - these were amazing! And lasted much, much longer than the store bought variety. Super easy and if you love sprouts I would definitely just grow them yourself.
I was going to post some pictures of the process but when I decided to grow them I looked up Devin Hunter's DIY video and he explains it so much better with loads of instruction and a really nice daily illustration of how they are grown and harvested so I am posting the link here:
Two successful recipes for the Outlaw Vegan! The first one, roasted chickpeas, was given to me by a workmate and is so super simple, meets my five ingredient rule and everything!
Take a can or two of chickpeas, drain liquid and put in a bowl with enough room to stir in:
a Tablespoon of olive oil and whatever spices you want to put on them. I put hot pepper flakes, curry and garlic. You can totally change up the flavor to whatever you want. Look on line and you'll find a ton of different variations and flavor combos to try. I mixed all my spices in the olive oil first and then drizzled it over the chickpeas, stirred everything together really well and...
Placed on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, take them out, swirl them around and try your best to turn most of them. Put them back in the oven for another 15 minutes and they are done!
I served these over rice. IT.WAS.AWESOME.
Next up, I had some mushrooms that needed consumed with love because I hate wasting stuff. I have committed to doing some cooking because Sam is really, really busy with his hobby job and because since I have chosen to return to a vegan lifestyle I feel like it is fair that I contribute.
So, the mushrooms.... I found this wonderful recipe for a mushroom and black bean "chilli" - see link below:
VEGAN CHILLI WITH MUSHROOMS AND BLACKBEANS
This stuff turned out SO good that my regret was I didn't think to make cornbread with it! LOL. A great meal for a cold winter weekend.
My next task is to find something to do with carrots because Sam and I went to the store separately this week and BOTH bought carrots. LOL. Communication is key people.... ;)
It wasn't her fault. The pic to the left pretty much sums up my
childhood thoughts about cooking. Mom tried to get me interested in the kitchen. Cooking, baking and a love of creating a meal that was fit for a holiday, a Sunday morning for family, a Saturday afternoon with friends...
I just would have none of it. Women's Work. Blllacccchhhh!!!! And I would run outside and into the woods with my dog and be gone from such tedious things. Now, usually it was with a lunch full of good stuff that came from those tedious things but...meeehhhhhhh....I didn't make that connection.
So, let us get this out of the way right now. I hate to cook. I mean I HATE to cook. It isn't that I don't like good food. Or good for you food. It is just that I despise fixing it. I have better things to do. And I can live off of cereal. Or even fruit and veggies. I don't need to cook to eat.
So, why would I take a cooking class? Well, because it was for Sam. It was a gift and part of the gift was that we would cook together. And so, last week we went to our first cooking class and got all down into the art
of making pita bread, gyros, risotto, hummus…all from scratch. And it was fun! And yummy. And we left talking about cooking together (but only because Sam now owes me Sushi Class).
What I learned? Cooking is about following instruction and practice. Cooking can be a love affair of sorts – the kind of thing you spend an afternoon with and when you are done you have created something. It can be fun. You can drink wine while you are doing it. Always a plus that.
On the other hand you are also left with a huge mess of dirty dishes and could have been doing other things like, I dunno, riding a horse or going to the movies or reading or sleeping or….
So, I am still not sold on cooking. But, I doubt I will ever buy pre-made hummus again.