There are two schools of thought on the bulk food stores. There are those who think of them as germ infested cesspools of public filth and stale food and those of us who see them as heaven on earth. I am firmly in the second camp (but maintain that people must use the tongs or scoops… there are rules for a reason).
There are sections of the supermarkets and natural food stores with advanced bulk sections and then there are entire stores that sell everything from bins and tubes and baskets. I don’t have one of these wonderlands in my city and so whenever I am out three hours or so into the interior of British Columbia, I stop by and load up. I am not there for candy or nuts (although they tend to make it into the basket), I am there for pulses! Lentils to be precise.
It is no surprise that I love lentils. I love them cooked, sprouted and just about any way that you can get them. For my meat loving friends, they seem to be the definition of what a vegetarian eats and I take pride in keeping the stereotype alive and well.
After a rather lucrative day wandering the pulse isle of the bulk store on the way back from holidays I ended up with a treasure trove of goodies. Aside from very well priced wild rice, I picked up beluga lentils, french green at an excellent price and a couple of other things. What does one do when faced with a plethora of lentils? You sprout them!
I like to line them all up and admire them first. (Like I said, I love lentils). They then get a soak for 6 hours or so, a drain and are off to be sprouted. First time sprouting? Click here to get yourself going.
REMEMBER- Always wash your lentils before sprouting or cooking! They can have all kinds of nasty things on them and these ones came out of a communal bin with no protection again sticky hands other than a 17 year old employee who was more busy ready US Weekly than guarding the bins from snackers and grabbers.
The only thing better than lentil sprouts are multi coloured lentil sprouts!