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8/5/08 10:02 P

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This sounds like a great challenge for now again.

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8/28/07 10:29 A

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Thanks for the tips. I think I'll start over and try the paper towel method. I rinsed them this morning b/f leaving for work -- I'm not so sure I liked the smell (not real bad, but not real good either).

I keep it pretty warm in the house when we're at work, I hope that won't hurt.


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8/28/07 5:21 A

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Deanne - Yes ma'am - you use quinoa just like you would use rice. You have to be sure to rinse it very well before you cook it because it has a very bitter flavour otherwise.

As for the paper towels - let's use lentils as an example. I soak the lentils overnight in a jar. I always leave the jar on my kitchen windowsill. In the morning I rinse and drain them and leave them in the window for a few more hours. Then I line an oblong plastic container (mine is about 12 x 8) with damp paper towel. I spread the lentils out and move them to another spot where they rapidly start to grow. I spray them with water whenever I think of it, and once the sprouts are the size I like I put them into a veggie bag and into the fridge.

Same process for chickpeas, but I don't let them sprout quite as long. They're similar in texture to peanuts and you could fool yourself into thinking you're eating the real thing.

Wheat and grain I just soak overnight and drain and rinse until tiny shoots appear and then I put them into the fridge in a veggie back where they continue to sprout because most grains are cold weather crops.

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8/27/07 10:35 P

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when I sprout I just put what I am sprouting in a jar (I don't do much at a time) and then rinse one in the am and once in the pm and keep it toward the back of my kitchen (it is somewhat dark there). Make sure you rinse 2x a day or your sprouts will go bad.

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8/27/07 8:32 P

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Hi Dee,

Spike seasoning is a blend of 37 herbs, vegs and spices. I have the salt-free blend.

Defatted soy, onion, orange crystals, nutritional yeast, garlic, celery, dill, horseradish, lemon peel, mustard, orange peel, parsley, white pepper, turmeric, green and red bell peppers, rosehips, summer savory, mushrooom, safflower, coriander, fenugreek, basil, marjoram, oregano, thyme, tarragon, cumin, ginger, cayenne pepper, cloves, spinach, rosemary, cinnamon, paprika, tomato and stevia.

I use it for sauteeing vegs and a few tofu dishes like scrambled tofu. It took me a while to acquire the taste but it's one of my favorite seasonings now.

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8/27/07 1:24 P

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What is spike seasoning?

I THINK I may have made quinoa once (if I did the hubby wasn't too keen on it). Anyway... do you use it just like rice?

AND ... I put some beans to soak for sprouting last night. (I tried Googling it to re-inforce what you told me -- wasn't sure how to use the paper towels.) The sites I found said to rinse them 1-2 times a day and keep them in a dark place. Is that what you do?

Thanks and everyone have a great day!

Dee

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“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” --Will Rogers
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8/25/07 6:28 A

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I was put off by quinoa years ago when I ate some that hadn't been properly rinsed. I cooked some for dinner yesterday and it will become a staple in my diet from now on. It's very delish and a nice change from rice. Twice the protein of rice too. Note that any calorie counts I've ever found for quinoa are for DRY. 1/4 cup of dry makes about 3/4 cup of cooked - so it's in line with other grains.

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MS.SPWALKER Posts: 101
8/24/07 9:53 P

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For lunch I sauteed a bunch of asparagus and zuchinni in a little olive oil, with spike seasoning, black pepper and a couple dashes of braggs liquid aminos and had it with brown rice.



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8/21/07 9:01 P

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Thanks Nichole.

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8/21/07 4:33 P

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I got my alfalfa seeds at the health food store. I just followed the directions on the package and have never had a problem. I just use a jar and an old knee high to sprout them in.

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8/21/07 2:14 P

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Oh, Thanks. I guess I'll just stick to buying those. There just not always available at the store. The Krogers near us sometimes has alf-alfa srpouts, sometimes broccoli sprouts, and sometimes nothing at all.

Dee

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8/21/07 1:40 P

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I don't sprout small seeds so I'm not sure where you can get alfalfa seeds. Check with a health food store if you have one near you. They are probably the most difficult to sprout because of mould issues.

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8/21/07 12:22 P

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Thanks. I did check it out in the grocery last night. They had the dried chick peas as well as an assortment of other peas, beans, lentils, etc.

I think I'll try something I already have on hand first. If it works out -- I'd kind of like to try the alf-alfa (I love those sprouts). Where do I get what I need for that? Or can I?

I'm glad you're here Lybbe, I'm really learning a lot.
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8/21/07 7:26 A

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You should have the beginnings of sprouts in 24 hours. The longer you leave them the longer the sprouts.

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8/20/07 3:06 P

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Thanks. I'll have to try that -- how long does it take to sprout?

Dee

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8/20/07 11:54 A

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chick peas in a can won't sprout. You have to buy dried beans and lentils. You can get most dried beans at any grocery store - definitely at a health food store.

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8/20/07 11:48 A

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Soo...??? You use lentils from the bag and chick pease from a can?? And what about the groats, broccoli, alf-alfa, etc.? I love the alf-alfa sprouts and broccoli sprouts, but can't always find them at the store.

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8/20/07 11:36 A

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I sprout everything myself. It's very easy to do - just put the stuff in a jar with some water and when the sprouts start lay them out on damp paper towel.

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8/20/07 9:08 A

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Thanks for the rice cooking tip -- I am a poor planner and that will help with those last minute dinner decisions.

Do you buy the oat groat sprouts and lentil sprouts already sprouted? Or do you have to sprout them yourself? I like broccoli sprouts and love the taste of alf-alfa sprouts.

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8/20/07 8:48 A

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oat groats look just like oats that you would feed a horse. If you let the sprouts grow long enough it will turn into a green plant. The idea behind sprouting them before eating them is that the enzymes are released and they are more easily digested. It's difficult to wrap your head around the idea of eating animal food...lol, but they really do taste good. You can sprout any whole grain or seed. Sprouted chick peas are delish - and sprouted lentils are too.

The idea on the rice is to have enough water to keep it rapidly boiling. You aren't waiting for the rice to absorb all the water - you just want it to cook quickly - then drain off the water.

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8/20/07 7:52 A

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Wow! You get rice to cook in about 15 minutes?!!! It usually takes close to an hour for me. That's why I wanted to use the slow cooker -- so it would be done when I get home from work. The last recipe I tried said to bring the seasoned water to a boil, then add the rice and cook for 40 minutes. I found that the rice was not done and was still very 'chewy' at about 50 minutes when the rest of the meal was done. The rice package said that if I soak the rice before cooking, it would cook faster. I have done that with success, but since the recipe didn't tell me to, I didn't

Sprouted oat groats? Is that like alf-alfa or broccoli sprouts? Or more like oats (oatmeal). I'm still pretty ignorant re: a lot of whole foods. emoticon

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8/20/07 7:26 A

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When I cook rice I just throw it into a pot of boiling water and start testing for doneness after about 15 minutes (some rice cooks faster than others.) Then I drain off the water, keep out what I'm using and store the rest in the fridge for another day.

My pressure cooker is my best friend. I'm not a good planner, so when I want beans for something I just put them in the pressure cooker and they're done in about half an hour. I've never suffered gas problems from cooking them that way although I have heard that others do.

If you really like steel cut oats, try some sprouted oat groats. You can usually find oat groats in the health food store - soak them overnight - drain, and once the little sprouts appear you can eat them with anything you like - i have about 1/2 cup per day with a bit of home-made applesauce and they're SO filling!

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8/19/07 10:51 P

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I just yesterday found a simple recipe for rice in a slow cooker. I may give it a try. I hate the thought of buying another appliance -- I have a small kitchen and not enough space for what I already have.
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8/19/07 7:05 P

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Rice in a slow cooker? I don't know that I'd try that. I *love* my rice cookers, though! I bought my smaller one for less than $10.

Now that I have a new, larger rice cooker I've been eating steel cut oats. Wow! I really like them.

Yesterday morning I bought (and started) a whole fruit smoothie. I just finished it on my steel cut oats. Good stuff!

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8/15/07 8:10 P

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The beans turned out well. Now I'd like to try cooking rice the same way -- I'm just not sure how much water to use.

I've eaten some foods this week that I have not eaten in a long time ... including Mango, apricots, cantelope, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, and kiwi.

I also tried hummus this week -- put it on cucumber.

And I still have a plum to eat and a green plum to try.



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8/14/07 9:01 A

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I'm still in the infant stages of cooking whole foods -- but I did try some herbed rice this past weekend. I thought the amounts for the herbs/spices sounded a little small, so I upped them a little. The flavor was a little strong -- so could have gone with the specified amounts. I also should have cooked the rice like I did before (soaking it and then cooking it) instead of following the recipe on that part -- it turned out a little chewy -- but good overall.

Today, I have beans cooking in the crock pot. (mostly navy or great northern w/some others mixed in -- the bag wasn't marked. ). I didn't put any seasonings in the pot. I didn't take the time to try to look up what I might put in it and I just wanted to see how well the beans would cook.

I did buy a green plum and a mango to try, but haven't eaten them yet.

Have a great day!

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8/14/07 2:49 A

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I made a barley pilaf in my new rice cooker. I didn't like it, but I finished what I served myself for supper.

(I like barley; the problem was the tomatoes. The recipe called for two diced fresh tomatoes; I used canned. It came out too much like "rice mess", an unpleasant memory from childhood.)

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8/14/07 2:47 A

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I'm repeating this challenge for at least one more week, since I didn't do too well.

Each day eat one more whole food than is usual for you.

If you want to, post in this thread what you ate, what you passed up, what worked, what didn't work...whatever helps you with this challenge.

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