Kitchen Counter Gardening: Try Sprouting Seeds

If you want tasty, nutritious fresh vegetables during winter, sprouting seeds is the way to go. Moisture, air, a suitable container, a handful of seeds, and a few days are all you need.



scallops
Scallops on Wilted Pea Shoots. In this dish, the delicate texture and flavor of sea scallops complement the mild-flavored and lightly wilted tender sprouted pea shoots.
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sprouting seeds
Hemp or flax bags are excellent containers for sprouting seeds. And spourts come in a wider variety than you may realize. Try multi-colored purple radish sprouts or crisp sprouted peas.
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mashed potatoes
Spiked Mashed Potatoes. Everybody loves mashed potatoes, but these get an extra-special kick from fresh sprouts — try onion sprouts especially — and roasted garlic. These are tastier and healthier than regular mashed potatoes.
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hummus
Sprout Hummus. Unlike some hummus recipes, you can really taste the yummy beans.
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tofu squash
Tofu-stuffed Acorn Squash with Sprouts. Any winter squash will work nicely in this preparation. In the summer, stuff a tomato or eggplant with the tofu salad instead, and substitute peak-season veggies in the stuffing. Both the squash and the stuffing can be prepared in advance, and can be enjoyed separately, too.
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sprout sandwich
Sprout Sandwich. A pita or sandwich can be made with whatever is on hand and in season. Roasted pumpkin and peppers with fresh sprouts make a great winter sandwich.
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sprout baked goods
Sprouted grains can be used in most kinds of dough for baked goods.
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sprouted grain bread
Sprouted grain bread  
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flax bags
You can sprout seeds inside cloth bags easily. Most sprouting supply companies sell hemp bags, and Sproutman also offers a nice flax bag.
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mung bean and fresh seaweed salad
Sautéed Mung Bean and Fresh Seaweed Salad
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simple sprout setup
The simple sprouting setup can probably be cobbled together from things you already have in your kitchen.
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SproutPeople sprouter
This product from SproutPeople resembles the DIY sprouter setup, but comes with an easy-to-use stainless steel mesh-screen screw cap.
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EasySprout1
The EasySprout is another simple method for sprouting seeds at home.
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SproutMaster trays
The SproutMaster features neatly stackable trays that are easy to use and clean, and come in small and large sizes.
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stackable sprouter
This stackable seed sprouter is one easy method for sprouting seeds at home.
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Sprout seeds
Many different kinds of seeds can be sprouted easily at home.
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