Going Gluten-Free: Fad or Necessity?

Going Gluten-Free: Fad or Necessity? | I went gluten-free a little over a year ago. Since then I've heard gluten-free eating called a "craze" that lacks common sense, hurts the wheat industry, and randomly condemns an entire food group. Is gluten-free eating a fad -- or is it a necessity? After intense soul-searching and research, here is my answer to this question. | GNOWFGLINS.com

I went gluten-free a little over a year ago. Since then I’ve heard gluten-free eating called a “craze” that lacks common sense, hurts the wheat industry, and randomly condemns an entire food group. Is gluten-free eating a fad — or is it a necessity? After intense soul-searching and research, here is my answer to this question. [by Lee Burdett]

3 Dishes From Sprouted Lentils

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Today Erin shares three amazing dishes created around sprouted lentils. MMM… my favorite sprout all dressed up. She’s really a genius in the kitchen, and I’m so thankful for her generosity to share her artistry with us!

Basic Sprouted Bean Chili

Because the pinto beans in this chili are sprouted prior to cooking, they digest as vegetables. That’s a good thing for people who are watching their carbs. Rest assured, those who normally shun sprouts won’t know the difference. ;) The beans become part of the soup when barely sprouted and they don’t taste any different. This is my general recipe for making sprouted bean chili. This isn’t a spicy chili, so if you use my suggestions, you’ll end up with a mild chili that everyone will like.

Now 5! – Four (4) Yummy Ways to Use Sprouted Beans

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Come winter time, we do quite a bit of bean sprouting. This is due in part to less availability of local produce. Sprouting gives us fresh vegetables during those darker, leaner months. Also, beans and winter go together – but I like to sprout them not only because of the nutritious burst that sprouting gives (increase in enzymes and vitamins) but because sprouted beans digest as vegetables. In this post, I’ll share four five yummy uses for sprouted beans.

Probiotic Chocolate Ice Cream – Fig Water Kefir – Vital Choice Salmon – Sprouted Flour

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My Tuesday Twister posts are my weekly round-up of what’s going on in my kitchen and our lives, as it pertains to real food. So here we go – this week in my kitchen, I made a probiotic and creamy chocolate ice cream, we tried out a new flavor for water kefir, we tried Vital Choice canned sockeye salmon for the first time, and I pitted my Vita-Mix against my friend’s countertop appliance claiming to grind sprouted flour.

Sprouting Beans: Lentils, Mung Beans, and Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)

Sprouting Beans | Beans are among the easiest of foods to sprout, and doing so helps to pre-digest them. Some (like lentils) can be eaten raw, though most people will digest beans best they're lightly steamed or cooked. Here are very easy directions for sprouting, and you'll find more inside our unlimited online classes. | GNOWFGLINS.com

Beans are among the easiest of foods to sprout, and doing so helps to pre-digest them. Some (like lentils) can be eaten raw, though most people will digest beans best they’re lightly steamed or cooked. Here are very easy directions for sprouting, and you’ll find more inside our unlimited classes. [by Wardee Harmon]

How to Sprout Grains

How to Sprout Grains | Sprouting grains is very easy. In fact, so easy, that I myself am surprised. I have resisted trying to sprout grains for flour because I thought it would be just too much. It really isn't -- and it's worth doing because the sprouting process prepares the grains for better digestion and nutrition. | GNOWFGLINS.com

Sprouting grains is very easy. In fact, so easy, that I myself am surprised. I have resisted trying to sprout grains for flour because I thought it would be just too much. It really isn’t — and it’s worth doing because the sprouting process prepares the grains for better digestion and nutrition. [by Wardee Harmon]