Happy Thursday … wait, it’s only Wednesday. Rats! At least it hasn’t been a bad week. And we’re getting absolutely perfect weather here, bright, sunny, in the 60s with a slight breeze and I can’t complain about that. Or the beefcake I was treated to when I checked the mail.
And for once he was kind of smiling! I swear all the feature runners on Runner’s World are never smiling and looking a little too serious and angry. I like this new trend. Something else new I like is sprouted lentils.
I decided to try sprouting about 1/4 cup of green lentils I got from the Whole Foods bulk foods section and four days later the jar was almost overflowing. It was simple, just soak the lentils for about four hours, drain and rinse the jar out 2-3 times a day. Four days later, they should be good to go.
I didn’t get too creative with them, I just threw a bunch into a large salad.
Then coated that salad with the orange cucumber dressing from Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen.
And stored the rest in a produce container in the fridge.
To go with my salad, I sliced an eggplant to pan fry.
Then coated the slices with a mixture of nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, salt and dried parsly.
Fried them in a little olive oil until nice and crispy on each side.
For a half raw dinner. The sprouted lentils were very tasty, like a “meatier” sprout with a slightly spicy flavor and a firm, but moist texture. Not at all crunchy like undercooked lentils, the texture was great. Ani’s orange cucumber dressing was also a hit with me and hubby, next time I might add more ginger. The pureed cucumber in the dressing give it crisp, summery flavor and blends well with the citrus.
My eggplant experiment actually came out pretty well, nutritional yeast makes a pretty good bread crumb alternative and they weren’t overly greasy or burnt. They were relatively fast and easy to throw together.
But back to sprouted lentils – try them if you have time to sprout them, they’re a great source of protein and fiber and a fun alternative to eating cooked lentils.