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03-24-2006, 09:34 PM
To eat or not to eat? I know some raw-foodists avoid them altogether but I have seen some recipes, using sprouted lentils, etc. or even soaked chickpeas for hummus. Well, I have tried a few things. Soaking and blending... Tonight I tried lentil tacos. They were HORRIBLE! And I was having such a great day. I was so high today! And then my dinner kind of bummed me out. That was my second try doing something with beans, and frankly, they were nasty. I wonder if it would have been good if it was warm? Or if I did the seasonings wrong, or if it's purely mental.
Do you eat raw legumes? Any tips?
I may just surrender. Why eat them if they're not yummy? I don't think I need any nutrients from them. But I will definitely keep refried beans as a staple in my 20% cooked meals =)
03-26-2006, 06:34 PM
I used to be a cooked legume fan, but I find there are only a few I like sprouted. I don't mind sprouted lentils in salads, and I like sprouted adzuki beans and ofcourse mung beans. But I sprout grains and seeds the most. (Especially quinoa) I find many legumes are too starchy and tasteless.
I use soaked nuts for most recipes that I used to use beans for. :D
03-26-2006, 09:35 PM
I'll have to try adzuki and mung beans. They're pretty rare around here...
Quinoa--No kidding! Today I had it for the first time. I was surprised at how quickly it sprouts. I was going to blend it into something, but then I tasted it, Holy Cow! It's awesome all by itself! I just ate the entire jar of sprouts! I love quinoa... now I wonder what it tastes like cooked?? Maybe I'll never know :)
03-27-2006, 07:28 AM
I have some quinoa in the fridge from my non raw, vegan days....I wonder if it's any good. I'll give it a soak, and probably know by dinner time. Thanks for the reminder!
03-27-2006, 12:19 PM
Quiona doesn't taste much different cooked than it does sprouted. The texture is a bit softer and the taste is slightly mellower but that is about it. Good stuff, try mixing it with berries, a touch of cinnamon, and honey or agave. YUM!
03-27-2006, 01:57 PM
Okay HELLO! So, The quinoa from yesterday .. apparently it didn't get digested! My stools this morning were FULL of quinoa sprouts! What happened???
03-27-2006, 02:09 PM
It's a grain and grains do that! :D While I wouldn't recomend looking closely if you did then you'd likely notice that what came out was the outer hull but you had digested the little tail that was attached to them. Quiona sprouts are so delicate that you cannot really seperate them from the hulls like you can with mung beans and such. Consider it some extra fiber!
03-27-2006, 02:13 PM
So, wait. You mean all I digest out of grains is the sprout? Or did I absorb the inside of the grain and just spit out the shells?
What does "hulled" mean? I keep meaning to ask, I see that word everywhere! LOL.
Thanks ... !
03-28-2006, 02:59 PM
Quinoa isn't a grain. It's a seed.
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