Grains and Grainbowls
Sometimes you just need to make yourself a pretty little grain bowl on a Monday, am I right? There is no one way to make a grain bowl. You can get your creativity on and go to town. I used a bunch of colorful veggies and made my carrot ginger dressing, which you can put on my shoe and I’d probably eat it (okay, that’s a bit of a stretch, but you get the point. It’s good shit!) Do you soak or sprout your grains? Soaking and sprouting grains allows the release of phytic acid. Phytic acid is only found in plant foods and it inhibits absorption of calcium, iron and zinc. Sprouting will allow you to consume them raw. They become a living food.
To soak, place grains in a bowl and cover with water. Soak for 6-8 hours (Or overnight). Drain and rinse them. Cook as directed. You may also want to get the water out. Heat a pan over medium heat, add soaked grains to pot, let them toast lightly until they start to smell nutty. Soaked grains will take less time to cook than non soaked.
To sprout, it will take about 3-4 days:
Rinse your raw/uncooked grains, place grains in a mason jar with a few inches of water on top and cover with a cheesecloth. Secure cheesecloth with a rubber band and soak in a dark place for 24 hours. Drain, rinse and put them back into the jar making sure they are wet, not drenched or submerged in water. Cover with cheesecloth and rubber band. Lay jar on it’s side in a dark spot. Do this 2x/day for the next couple of days until the grains begin to sprout. You’ll see a little white tail begin to emerge!
What are your thoughts on soaking and sprouting?