By Rachel Paxton
Everyone knows you can toast and eat pumpkin seeds, but did you
know you can also sprout them? First soak them by placing them in a glass jar
with just enough tepid water to cover them. Cover the jar with cheesecloth,
holding the cheesecloth in place with a rubberband at the neck of the jar. Let
the seeds set in the water overnight to make sure they're nice and soft.
The next morning, drain the water from the jar by gently turning
the jar upside down until all of the moisture is gone. Place the jar out of the
light (in a closet or cabinet). The temperature should remain at about 70
degrees. Rinse the seeds in the jar 4 to 6 times a day. After 3 days you should
have approximately 1/4-inch sprouts. Rinse them once more and set the jar in a
sunny window for about a day until the sprouts grow tiny leaves.
Eat them in salads, sandwiches, or add them to soups and
casseroles. They're very healthy and easy to make!
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What's for
Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For
recipes, tips to organize your home, home decorating,