Suzanne Hollander, MS, RD

As a dietitian, home cook, and enthusiast of all-things-delicious, I'm often asked, "so what do YOU eat?" Here's a blog to answer that very question! My hope is that you'll find (even just a little) inspiration from some of my favorite recipes, restaurants, party-ideas and food musings for your own happy, healthy, food-loving lifestyle.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fresh Pick of the Week: Sprouted Beans

Image from Health on a Budget
Last week, I picked up some sprouted mixed beans at the farmers market. When soaked in water, fresh seeds/beans sprout little plants. The bean and its sprouts can be eaten raw, which makes sprouted beans a faster and easier fix than dried beans. The protein and fiber content also increases as the beans germinate (or sprout), making sprouted beans a particularly nutrient-dense choice (all beans are, but these are even more powerful!). 

Marinate fresh, sprouted beans in a home-made vinaigrette (like the one below) for a delicious, fast-fix bean salad. 

Homemade Vinaigrette: Whisk together 1 part dijon mustard, 1 part lemon juice, 1 part red wine or balsamic vinegar, 2 parts extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper. Optional: chopped fresh herbs or minced garlic. 

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