I love lentils. I’ve told people time and time again that lentils are nearly the perfect food and I love them. Lentils are packed with protein, fiber, and iron. You can make soups, salads, and sides with them. They are a vegan’s dream come true.
Recently I learned how to sprout them.
Apparently you can get even more nutritional value from a lentil if it is sprouted. For once in my life, instead of being lazy and saying I’d eventually try it, I ate tons of pasta to empty a jar and bought cheese cloth so I could sprout some lentils. All it takes is soaking your lentils overnight, draining them, putting them in a jar covered in cheesecloth, and rinsing them twice a day. A windowsill for sunlight helps.
After a week of watching the magic of nature and growth, I had sprouts. They looked just like bean sprouts with lentils hanging off the ends. And they taste fantastic, lentily with a touch of sproutiness. You can eat them raw or cook with them. The sprouts are about as versatile as the lentil itself.
Sprouting lentils would be a great learning project for elementary aged kids. And if you’re like me and little parts of nature like plant growth never cease to amaze you, it would be a great project for you, too.
I love lentils.