Perhaps I should have waited to write this post until I have fully-grown broccoli sprouts, but I couldn’t wait to show you the status of this project! It all started with this 2-minute video from Dr. Greger (or see below) entitled “Biggest Nutrition Bang for Your Buck” where he says that “Growing your own broccoli sprouts is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve one’s diet.” Wowsa! How could this admitted health-food junkie pass on a statement like that?
Dr. Greger advises to use a Mason jar with a strainer lid to grow the sprouts, but I was sent this awesome sprouter by Victorio Kitchen Products to test. (Note: my sprouter has 3 trays which has been replaced by an updated model using BPA-free plastic with 4 trays, you can find it here).
The sprouter kit came with alfalfa seeds, but I passed on those and bought my own broccoli seeds at the health food store (they would be cheaper if purchased online, I am going to buy them from this site next time that I have heard good things about):
I am so mechanically un-inclined that I was a little nervous about screwing up the sprouter, but it really wasn’t that hard to figure out and the guide from Victorio was very helpful and easy to follow. I soaked my seeds overnight in a bowl of water and strained them before placing a tablespoon of the seeds on each tray:
The directions have you “washing” the seeds twice a day. Using the sprouter, that simply means to pour more fresh water into the top tray and let it siphon down to the bottom reservoir (you will see how this works if you have your own. It’s easy: I promise!). I was like a kid doing my first science experiment when I discovered the seeds actually sprouted the next day!
I think it might take up to 5 days to get fully-grown sprouts, but here’s how they looked this morning after 48 hours:
All up close and personal:
I moved them to a slightly lighter part of the kitchen to see if that helps along the process, although the directions say they shouldn’t be in direct sunlight. Apparently, I like to grow things because I also have hydroponic lettuce and watercress as well as fresh basil sharing space with the spatulas now:
I have never considered myself to have a green thumb and I am way too lazy/impatient to have a real garden, but my little sprouter makes me feel very gardener-esque. Before I go, I wanted to share a picture of this kale salad I made yesterday by simply pouring some of my Tangy Green Hemp Sauce over kale leaves and letting it marinate for a few hours. I served it with some roasted sweet potato, pinto beans and chopped green onions on top and called it lunch:
Have a great Thursday! Remember my new pressure cooker that I haven’t even used yet?
Well, I’m completely out of leftovers at my house so the only option I’m left with is to try and make dinner tonight using the pressure cooker. Wish me luck and I’ll report back tomorrow!