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Simple and Tasty Recipes You Can Make Using Your Homegrown Sprouts
Posted By jmccharen On December 14, 2012 @ 9:00 am In Food & Health, Garden & Agriculture | Comments Disabled
The winter solstice is just one week away, making this the darkest time of the year.
Gardens have long gone dormant as the days have grown shorter, but you don’t have to stop eating fresh food just because the ground outside is frozen and sunset now happens around three in the afternoon.
Sprouts are a quick, simple, and ridiculously healthy way to keep your locavore appetite satisfied during the winter. We’ve got some simple tips for how to grow them  here. And below, some easy ways to use your sprouts in recipes beyond just tossing them into salads or topping sandwiches with them.
The following is an excerpt from  Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting by  R. J. Ruppenthal. It has been adapted for the Web.
This is a great appetizer. You can customize the ingredients depending on availability and preference. Dip the rolls in your favorite sauce, such as Thai hot sauce, hoisin sauce, sweet-and-sour sauce, or salad dressing. For a simple Asian-inspired dipping sauce, combine 1 T cider vinegar or lime juice, 1 T sesame oil, 1 tsp soy sauce, and a few freshly chopped chives. For a peanutty version, substitute salad oil for the sesame oil and then stir in 1 T peanut butter.
To make the rolls, take out the first egg roll wrapper and dip it in warm water for 30 seconds or until softened. Then lay it out flat on a plate or cookie sheet. Fill it as you would a burrito, leaving a little wrapper space on each end. Place cooked noodles into the wrapper lengthwise from end to end. Then add an equal part of each of the other ingredients, saving a few leaves of mint for a garnish. When it looks full, fold over the two ends of the wrapper. Then fold up the bottom, which should stick to each end, and roll it up to the top of the wrapper. Make sure that it all sticks well. Eat raw with dipping sauce (see instructions above). May also be pan-fried or deep-fried like an egg roll. Garnish with remaining mint leaves or extra cilantro.
Serves 2–3 as an appetizer course.
Makes 12 burgers.
This is a hybrid version of two traditional Korean soup recipes, using miso and soybean sprouts for the soup base. It goes very well with steamed brown rice. You could also add meat or seafood to the broth if you wish. Miso is a very salty fermented soybean paste that makes a terrific soup base; it is available in Asian grocery stores, health food stores, and many supermarkets. For a thin, mild soup start with 1 T of miso and add more as needed; 3T makes a thicker, saltier stew.
Wash and cut the vegetables, mushrooms, and tofu.
Put 5 cups water in a soup pot on high heat. Add the bean sprouts, cover, and bring to a boil. Turn it down and let this simmer for about 15–20 minutes to create a bean sprout broth.
Stir in the miso.
Add the onion, potato, and mushrooms. Turn the heat up to high again. Let the soup boil for a few minutes.
Add the chopped zucchini, greens, and optional chili pepper. Let it boil a few minutes more, then turn down the heat to a simmer.
Stir the soup and taste it. If it is too thin and bland, add more miso. If it is too strong and salty, add more water.
Add in the chopped scallions and tofu. Cook about three more minutes.
Add the crushed garlic. Stir well, cover, turn off the heat, and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.
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