Sprouted Lentil Sundried Tomato Flatbread (raw)

This kind of bread is one that makes my insides dance. It is so flavorful, delicious, nutritious and filling, while remaining light and wholesome for the body. I make so much almond milk, I am often finding new ways to use the left over pulp. Making flatbreads has been my favorite way to use it lately. These breads are such a great alternative to conventional bread in my opinion, because they retain all the nutritional value of the ingredients without compromising my digestion, while still feeling like I am eating a slice of soft bread. I get to choose exactly what flavor it’s going to be while using left over ingredients from previous recipes in order to minimize waste. All around win if you ask me! IMG_2296

I have been eating this bread mostly as is because it is that flavorful and there is no need to spruce it up with anything other than the occasional avocado. But we went on a hike last weekend, and I made a sandwich with it, and it was one of the best sandwiches I’ve had a VERY long time. This sandwich had hummus, avocado, lettuce, tomato and sauerkraut. I am drooling just typing about it. I might have to revisit my no sandwich at home policy (that’s not a real policy, I just made that up, but I never eat sandwiches at home, feeling like they are a portable food made to be had when eating with utensils is not so convenient).

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups packed almond pulp (left over from a making almond milk)
  • 1/3 cup psyllium husk
  • 1 tsp real salt
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds (I bring them in my coffee grinder), soaked in 1/2 water for 10 minutes
  • 3/4 cups sun dried tomatoes (I used those soaked in olive oil, but any will do)
  • 1 TBS fresh oregano,chopped
  • 2TBS fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup pitted green olives, sliced
  • 1 cup sprouted lentils 

Steps:

  • put everything but olives and lentils in a food processor and blend together until week combined (I had to do this in batches because my processor is small)
  • add olives and lentils and blend some more or fold them in by hand
  • spread on a dehydrator sheet about 1/4 inch thick and score into desired pieces
  • dry for about 3-4 hours at 115*F
  • flip on to the mesh screen and dry another 3-4 hours or until desired consistency
  • I like mine still somewhat soft to resemble the texture of sliced bread
  • this will keep for about a week in the fridge
  • makes about 16-20 slices

Sprouting

Sprouts are one of the greatest sources of high quality nutrients in the world of raw foods because by definition, sprouts are still in the process of growing and therefor at the peak of their life force. They are not done growing, nor have they been “picked” and are slowly dying and loosing nutritional value. They contain enormous levels of proteins, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, chlorophyll pigments and enzymes. The nutrient content in sprouts can rise from 50-2000 per cent!!

Whats more is that the body more easily absorbs nutrients from sprouts and are easily digested.

Sprouts are simply amazing and highly nutritious.

I started sprouting when I was pregnant with my first child, over 7 years ago. I started doing it because I wanted to feed my body the highest quality nutrients, and also because being a vegetarian, I have to be smart about my food choices in order to make sure I do not lack of vitamins and minerals, which can easel happen during pregnancy. Sprouts ensured that I was getting sufficient and high quality life force enzymes.

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                                                                     Radish seed sprouts, mung bean sprouts, chickpea sprouts

Sprouting at home is so easy and cheap. I sprout various ways, with a sprouting tray, with a nut milt bag, in a colander. One of the easiest ways though, using what you have at home, is to use an empty jar, a piece of cheesecloth and a rubber band.

For this last method, just put your seeds in your jar, rinse then soak in enough water to cover the seeds. Put the cheesecloth on the top of the jar, secure with a rubber band, and let sit for at least 8 hours.

Empty the water, rinse and empty again. And let it sit in a dark, warm place with the jar upside down or tilted to the side to allow for excess water to slowly drip out. After the first soaking process, you should never leave water in the jar other than the natural moisture from the seeds being rinsed.

Repeat the rinsing process twice a day until your seeds start sprouting. Depending on what you are sprouting it can take anywhere from 2 to 5 days.

If you have sunlight and remember to do it, place your sprouts for 2 hours in the sun to give them a nice energy boost.

Once they are sprouted, place them in a jar in the fridge and eat within 3 days to receive maximum life force and vitality from them.

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                                                                                          Brocoli, mung bean, and green lentil sprouts 

You can add sprouts to anything. I love to eat them as is, or on salads. Sometimes I make a little sprout bowl with varying sweet and savory flavors. For the kids, I throw them in their smoothie before blending. You can top a bowl of cooked food with them too. Really the possibilities are endless.

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                                                                                        Kiwi, persimmon, shredded coconut, sprouts

I cannot encourage you enough to start sprouting if you haven’t been doing it. It makes my body so happy to be eating such live foods.