Thursday, July 3, 2008

Alfalfa Sprouts in Nori Sprout Rolls

I'm having fun in the kitchen again. I love to watch plants grow. Ok, not literally sitting there watching, of course, but sprouting specifically. My children love to see them day after day, growing and changing.

We grew some alfalfa sprouts starting late last week. I used my new Easy Sprout sprouter to grow them. We got a full liter (quart) from only 2 tablespoons of alfalfa seeds! Aren't they beautiful?

We ate them early this week.. very "health nut" style...yeah, hum-hum, they were delish!

Nori Sprout Rolls


nori sheets

miso, any kind you like

alfalfa sprouts, rinsed with pure water

nutritional yeast

cucumber, cut into long strips -I only had the cucumber centers left after making a salad

avocado, long pieces, optional -I would have used them, but we were out. =(

To assemble: Lay out a single nori sheet (rough side up) on a cutting board or plate. Put the longest side closest to you. Spread miso very very thinly (this is a very salty tasting condiment, so a little goes a long way) on only the half closest to you. Layer alfalfa sprouts from left to right onto nori sheet about 2 inches from the edge closest to you. The sprouts will pack quite a bit, so go heavy on these - you'll see what I mean in a minute. Sprinkle on the nutritional yeast. Add the avocado (if using) next, then cucumber strips last.

Rolling: With the nori positioned the same way throughout the assembly, you are ready to roll next. Place your palms out in front of you (as if you were going to play a piano), putting your thumbs at the edge closest to you and fingers on top of the cucumber. Carefully wrap the closest edge over the filling, then roll the nori snugly. The sprouts will condense quite a bit. Seal by moistening the edge of the nori with a wet finger across the top before rolling up all the way. Finish rolling.

Cut into bit size pieces (about 6 or so per roll) and stand on end for presentation.

Click here for the "Sprout People" ...a very fun website for all things sprout related. You will learn so much just from reading this very creatively written site. Here is their link for growing alfalfa sprouts a couple of different ways.

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