1.19.2013

in the kitchen

today we are once again in the kitchen! i've been trying out all sorts of new things. the most exciting to me is sprouting, which is something i've been wanting to do for several years. it is truly facsinating to watch dormant nuts, seeds, legumes... transform into a living food! did you know that-

...sprouting greatly increases the enzyme content of these foods and makes them far more digestable because their protein is broken down into amino acids, their starches are changed into simple sugars, and their fats are converted into soluble fatty acids.

sprouting increases the enzyme content of these foods. even though they are raw, their enzymes are lying dormant. sprouting activates them. if you do not sprout them, your body has to use it's own enzymes to break up these foods.

-Living On Live Food by Alissa Cohen

first i sprouted organic red lentils which i used to make a yummy salad. it's so interesting how different their flavor is compared to a cooked lentil. they have a bit of a crunch and a slightly spicy flavor. alfalfa seeds are next. they just started sprouting this morning, so i'll be eating them up in a day or two!
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i got a huge box of tomatoes when i visited my sister last weekend so the other night i made roasted tomato basil soup for the family and this raw tomato soup for myself. i also had a huge success on the raw cracker front! i tell ya i'm getting there! the goal is for them to be as delicious as these crackers. 
those incredible portabella mushrooms ended up in the trash :( i had used them for a nut meat which looked like canned cat food and tasted like i don't know what! big time bummer.

what exciting things have been going on in your kitchen? any new fun recipes to share?

♥anne

10 comments :

  1. Oooh, I want to start sprouting. I've started with good intentions and then just forgotten them. I'm emailing you a raw kale salad recipe right now.. It is by far the best thing in my kitchen life right now.

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    1. the salad rules! thank you SO much!

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  2. dang it dang it!!!! I didn't take the nun-maters again! That's two weeks in a row... and two MLKs later ;) I've got bebes shoes... meet up and trade shoes for tomatoes?

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  3. Oh I am inspired by this! I really want to get back to basics in the kitchen this year.... I have just started brewing my own kombucha tea.... baby steps :) xx

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    1. i have twice attempted kombucha. the first time it didn't ferment (not sure why) and the second time i felt like i got sick from it :/ maybe the third time is a charm?

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  4. Anne, this looks so great! All of your food photos are amazing. And it never even occurred to me to sprout lentils. I had no idea that it changed their nutritional content-- so interesting! I will be trying this for sure.

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  5. Oh, and I just saw Julie's comment above-- I've been eating her salad for the past 5 days. It is sooooo good!

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    1. i agree! it was delicious. the sprouting has continued, i just sprouted sunflower seeds and made crackers with them. super yum!

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  6. great shot of the portabellas!!!

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  7. I want to start doing that! I need to take more advantage of my kids love for veggies. Love your blog, beautiful pictures.

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anne