It's in teens here, and while I may have been cooped up inside for the past few days, I'm growing things. Like real green things that I can eat. Sound too good to be true?
I'm talking about sprouts as in hippy-dippy alfalfa sprouts that crunchy, granola-loving peeps ate back in the sixties, then again in the nineties, and then again now. Except they're way cooler now, if only because I said so. I'm telling you—they're back.
Why am I telling you about sprouts in the middle of winter? For one, they are super-easy to grow inside, right on your counter top—trust me, I have a black thumb and I can grow oodles of them—and two, they are an amazing way to get that much closer to eating healthy. In my second post for Terrain, I discuss how growing your own food can actually help you check off that New Year's resolution to get healthier (here's the first post in case you missed it). I give simple growing instructions, and while all you need is a jar, a few days, and a few rinses under the sink, Terrain sells these cool sprout growing contraptions that enable you to always have sprouts on hand.
There are so many different types of sprouts if alfalfa isn't your thing, like mung bean, broccoli, radish, lentil. They add a pop of brightness to sandwiches, but I also love them tossed in salads. In this post, I share a recipe for a Winter and Quinoa Sprouts Salad with Tahini Dressing that features some of my favorite winter vegetables like radicchio, beets, and sweet potato alongside quinoa, creamy avocado, and a medley of sprouts. I hope you find it as addicting as I do!
You can find my tips and recipe on the Terrain blog.
Missed the previous Terrain post? Find it here.