Sprouted lentils have become a winter staple for me; they are so delicious and very versatile. Sometimes I cheat a little and forgo sprouting them myself.
I love these pre-sprouted organic lentils, they are the ultimate “fast food”. All you need to do it soak them for a few hours and then you are ready to create a wonderful raw meal so quickly and easily. I use them when I’m busy and don’t have much time to fuss over dinner. I just soak them in the morning and then by the time I come home they are ready to use. Here are two easy ways to enjoy sprouted lentils.
Raw sprouted lentil salad
1/3 Cup sprouted lentils, soaked for at least 3 hours
1 Cup alfalfa sprouts
1 Grated carrot
1 Tablespoon of miso
Pulse in food processor until well combined but still chunky and serve over a bed of greens.
I served the raw sprouted lentil salad over a bed of mache, a delicate green that is high in omega 3’s. It as a great lunch served along with a bowl of soup and a few flax crackers.
The next recipe is one that I created when I was really hungry but I didn’t want to stop and eat. We’ve all been there, luckily I had my sprouted lentils soaking so I created a quick tabbouleh to serve over my salad. I love tabbouleh, but I’m doing my best to avoid gluten. This recipe satisfies my craving for it without using the cracked wheat tabbouleh is usually made with.
Raw sprouted lentil tabbouleh
1/2 Cup sprouted lentils soaked for at least 3 hours
1 Grated carrot
1/2 Cup cilantro or parsley
1/2 Red pepper
1/2 cup grape tomatoes
3/4 Teaspoon curry
1/8 Teaspoon chili powder
1/8 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
Pulse in a food processor until well combined but still chunky.
We have been experiencing some very warm temperatures here in San Antonio so this salad is leaning toward the summertime a bit. If you are in a cold climate add more root vegetables and omit the tomatoes and peppers. Either way it’s sure to be a hit. Sprouted lentils are a great food to add to your repertoire. Buying the pre-sprouted ones are more expensive than sprouting your own, but if it means eating more living foods it’s worth the price.