There’s a wonderful old Chinese Proverb: “If you would be happy all your life, plant a garden.”
Which would explain why growing even small things on my windowsill so reliably lifts my spirits. I’ve added another mason jar to my windowsill this week along side the jar of green onions I told you about in Growing Green Onions in Water. Who knew? This week we sprouted alfalfa seeds purchased from a local health food store. They weren’t an easy find in my area but you can order sprout seeds at an online retailer such as Sprout People.
Start with 1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons of seeds of your choice, and there is quite a lot to choose from. You can sprout alfalfa sprouts, bean sprouts, lentil sprouts, delicious spicy radish, sunflower and many more! Broccoli sprouts are especially known for their healthful properties, containing 30 to 50 times of the concentration of isothiocyanate, one of the healthy compounds in broccoli, that exists in the mature plant! So nutrient-wise, you sure get a bang for your buck with sprouts.
First, soak your seeds in a 2% bleach solution, ( 1 teaspoon bleach to 1 cup water) for 15 minutes to kill any harmful bacteria. Rinse well and soak the seeds in plain water overnight. The next morning, drain the seeds and place them in a mason jar. There are mesh lids made just for sprouting, or you can just replace the center part of the mason jar lid with cheesecloth or loosely woven muslin to allow air to circulate and excess water to drain. Twice daily, rinse and drain the seeds, placing your jar upside down within a bowl or tray to catch drainage. Within about 5 days, you can expect plump and flavorful alfalfa sprouts. On the last day, place them in in a bright area, (not direct sun), being very careful not to let them dry out. This allows chlorophyll to form, which will cause them to become that healthful green color.
Favorite Veggie Sandwich
- 2 slices of 7 grain bread
- 3 thinly sliced avocado
- 2 slices of tomato
- 1 slice of purple onion
- sprouts of your choice alfalfa, broccoli, radish, etc
- kosher salt
- Spread mayonnaise onto your bread.
- Place avocado, tomato, onion and sprouts onto your mayonnaise.
- Sprinkle with a little bit of salt.