How to Sprout Most Beans

Sprouts are fun and easy to grow and are delicious, alkaline and packed full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. These fun little projects are also a great source of vitamins E, C, B and A as well as potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and protein. Sprouting unlocks the nutrients & protein inside the plant cells more readily and makes the protein found beans as well as nuts & seeds more bioavailable and more digestible. Sprouting as well as soaking, or fermenting foods also significantly reduces enzyme inhibitors, greatly increasing the digestibility and absorption of all nutrients in food, including amino acids.

For a more in-depth look at why sprouting is so awesome, check out my guy Dr. Josef Marcela’s article. 

FullSizeRenderStep #1 Select Your Bean & Quantity:
Use organic beans such as adzuki, lentils, mung beans or chickpeas. The beans beans will at least double in size during sprouting, so only prepare as many sprouts as you can eat in about 4 weeks. The fastest to sprout are mung beans and lentils, especially if you live in a humid climate. My favorite beans are adzuki beans (shown here) for their nutty texture, high protein and iron and anti-oxidant content. Most dry beans are good for sprouting but you want to avoid black beans as they can be toxic. Note that “split” beans or peas will not sprout.

Step #2- Soak Your Beans:
Place your beans in a wide-mouthed glass jar and fill with filtered water until the beans are covered by about 4 inches of water (use this rule for any amount for beans). Allow them to soak in the water overnight, or for about 8 to 12 hours and then rinse and drain them very well as they can go off if they are too moist. I do this several times inside the jar. Cover with a piece screen from the hardware store (shown here) or a piece of cheesecloth. Leave the jar in a semi-lit place while the beans sprout (I like my kitchen near the window).

Step #3- Rinse Your Beans:
Rinse and drain the beans well 2-3 times per day. The easiest way is to add water through the screen over the top as you can fill it and drain it without having to remove it. Watch your sprouts grow over the next few days. You can stop sprouting after 2-3 days or when the tails are about 1/4 to 1/2 inch long or as long as the body of the bean. You can also keep them growing up to 4 days for large, plump sprouts. Note: chickpeas or garbanzo beans get bitter if you sprout too long so you just want the very tip to be sprouted.

Step #4- Rinse and Store:
Finish sprouting by giving your beans a final rinse and then placing them in the covered jar in the refrigerator. Sprouts should last about 2-4 weeks; however, it will depend on the length of sprouting and amount of moisture on the beans when you placed them in the refrigerator. Make sure that you smell the sprouts for spoilage after 2 weeks and toss them if you are in doubt or you can gently cook them in a soup which is what I do if they are not super fresh as they still have plenty of nutritional value!

Uses~
I toss them in to salads, in a stir fry (at the end so they stay raw), right before I serve a soup or into a pasta. I also put them in to smoothies to add some living food and some extra protein! (more…)

How I Changed My Diet and Why

Many of you might have the notion that I am uber healthy, a model for wellness, that I have “it down” and rarely stray from the perfect eating and exercise routine. Not so. Read on to see How I Changed My Diet & Why…

While I do eat “well” compared to much of America- I do not necessarily always walk the talk.hacienda-photo14

“Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. YES! But what does this mean?

I am healthy. I almost never get sick, I don’t go to the doctor, I eat my veggies, practice yoga, go to the gym, spend time outdoors. Then why do I feel like crap a lot of the time? Low energy, constant body aches, mood swings, a back that hurts almost constantly, weight fluctuations.

It’s in the food. Well and the in the wine perhaps.

How do I know this you ask? Because promptly returning from a three week holiday trip filled with essentially whatever I felt like I wanted to consume- my husband Anthony and I went vegan, kicked the gluten, sugar, dairy and booze (don’t worry, I still have my coffee!). (more…)

Herbed Farinata with Roasted Garlic & Tomatoes- Easy Gluten-Free “Pizza”

I went to Italy a few years ago with a group from Slow Food Miami to the Terra Madre global food gathering…to say it was breathtaking, fantastic and delicious would be a huge understatement. If you are interested in food, sustainability and a global community that impact change through food- I highly recommend it!

also recommend trying this Herbed Farinata with Roasted Garlic & Tomatoes- my adaptation to an incredible dish that I discovered while on this trip. Farinata is a Tuscan street food made with garbanzo or chickpea flour and topped with pizza-like toppings. You make a thin crepe type batter and pour into a hot pan and then add your favorite toppings. It makes a quick, protein rich meal that is dee-list and super fast. You can keep it simple or add any toppings you want, and of course it is gluten-free and vegan if you choose.

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Cinnamon Tahini Oatmeal Cookies

This outstanding Cinnamon Tahini Oatmeal Cookie recipe is an adaptation of my dear dear friend, fellow chef and devout foodie Robbin Russell. I have always been a sucker for oatmeal raisin cookies and these are a unique and easy twist to the classic cookie and of course gluten-free, refined sugar free and can be made vegan. This recipe literally takes 5 minutes to prep and only 10 minutes to bake so no excuses! There are tons of fun things that you can add to change them up to your tastes.

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Cinnamon Tahini Oatmeal Cookies

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
1 pastured egg or 1 flax egg*
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup quick cooking oats (or 2/3 cup rolled oats)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
pinch of sea salt

Makes 1 dozen 2 inch cookies

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Gooey Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

This fabulous, decadent and somewhat “naughty” recipe for Gooey Double Chocolate Chip Cookies was the brainchild of our Chef Heather Valdes. She created it for one of our clients who is not super concerned with healthier alternatives, he just wants clean and thoughtful food made in a classic style. You may know by now that at The Naked Bite we rarely use conventional baking recipes so of course we needed to experiment on our own and try a “nicer” version. Both are here for you to choose which option you want to make, whether your feeling naughty OR nice. Thank you Heather, my husband just LOVES himself some double chocolate chip cookies!

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Gooey Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

The NAUGHTY Version

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup grass-fed butter, softened
2/3 cup organic cane sugar
1 pastured egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup high quality raw cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips

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20 Flavor-Packed Thanksgiving & Holiday Recipes for Your Contemporary Table

Cooking, eating with friends and family and being grateful for the abundance in our lives is what The Holidays are all about. Enter my 20 Thanksgiving & holiday recipes to excite your tastebuds and help make the experience fun! As you well know, there is quite a bit of planning and preparation that goes into making this all happen, and this can be a source of stress and anxiety for some.

Whether you are the host or joining a gathering- chances are that you might be cookin’, and you should be! Preparing food for yourself and loved ones is one of the most gratifying experiences (once we get rid of any energetic or logistical roadblocks we might have) and The Naked Bite is here to help.

As a professional chef you can imagine how often I have prepared holiday meals, for loved ones and for work purposes. I have also taught several holiday cooking classes that are always packed with peeps wanting some fresh and inspired material. Since I cannot be there in person to teach you all- I wanted to virtually share with you my classic go-to recipes for your contemporary holiday feast as well as some organization and time-saving tips to help you enjoy the process and reduce some stress.

These recipes are plant-centric, gluten-free, and can even be made vegan. We have kept the classic flavors and added a unique approach. You can use them all on their own, as a group or in addition to some of your family favorites and even alongside some turkey. We have included some suggestions for your customize for your palate or dietary needs and several make-ahead tips to ensure success, yay!

Check out which recipes are offered in our first eCookbook, and purchase here!

20 Vegan, gluten-free & paleo friendly tastebud watering, clean & easy recipes to get you through the holidays!

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