Sprouting: Bringing the Wonders of New Life to your Kitchen!

Though it may not yet feel like it wherever you are, today is officially the First Day of Spring! Before long you’ll start noticing trees budding & early flowers poking their colorful heads above the ground – the earth coming alive again. But things aren’t just “springing” up outside your window. Sprouting brings the myriad wonders of new life right to your kitchen table all year long!

At Shiloh Farms & PureLiving, sprouting is an essential part of our heritage & we are always on the lookout for new ways to highlight sprouted grains, legumes, & seeds in our products. But you may still wonder what exactly sprouting is & why it is so important. Well, consider this your primer on all things sprouted:


What is Sprouting?

Sprouting is a natural process for preserving the many wonders of new life. Dried grains (& legumes, nuts, etc.) are essentially seeds, & as such they contain all of the nutrients necessary for creating & supporting new, living plants. However, many of these nutrients are “locked away,” remaining dormant until they are needed. Sprouting is simply the process of allowing these grains to begin germination, transforming them from hibernating seeds to living plants.


Why is Sprouting Important?

As whole grains (or legumes, seeds, etc.) begin to sprout, naturally occurring beneficial enzymes are activated, while vitamins, & minerals that normally lay dormant are released. At the same time, starches & proteins are converted into more easily digested simple sugars. These processes result in the increased bioavailability of nutrients, making them more easily absorbed by the body to provide you energy & nourishment.


How can I try it?

Shiloh Farms signature Sprouted Breads (15% off through March!) are each made from a blend of organic, sprouted whole grains. Or, try our line of PureLiving Organic Sprouted Flours & easily infuse your favorite recipes with sprouting’s many benefits. Imagine cookies, muffins, & other baked goods that are as good-for-you as they are delicious! (Need some ideas? Check out our “Recipes” page.)

If you would like to try sprouting at home, check out this step-by-step guide for sprouting beans (a similar technique can be used to sprout grains & seeds).

Beth’s Hearty Whole Grain Cereal Bake with Almonds

SHILOH FARMS Hearty Whole Grain Baked Cereal with Almonds

Today Shiloh Farms customer service rep Beth is sharing one of her favorite cold weather recipes:

“There are few things better than having a hot, hearty breakfast to look forward to on a chilly morning and during these blustery, cold winter months, one my favorite recipes to make is this Whole Grain Cereal Bake!

I’ve never been a fan of instant oatmeal – sure it’s convenient, but the result is usually bland, soupy, and unsatisfying. However, after coming across a recipe in an old cookbook, I tried my hand at making baked oatmeal and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. With a thick, almost chewy texture and all-around better flavor, this is a meal that sticks with you. Even better – I can make a batch ahead of time, then enjoy a hot, filling breakfast each morning!

This recipe takes things to the next level by using a combination of Shiloh Farms Whole Grain Cereals (currently 25% off at ShilohFarms.com!). I always keep a container in my freezer filled with a variety of Shiloh Farms cereal flakes. Whatever I happen to have on hand – remnants from other bags, samples from work – gets mixed in, so the combination is always changing. Each variety adds a slightly different flavor and texture.

When finished and ready for eating, I will warm up a bowl of cereal and top with my favorite locally made yogurt. It always hits the spot and is so wholesome and delicious, I don’t just eat it for breakfast – I’ve also been known to have it for lunch or even as a late night snack!”


Hearty Whole Grain Cereal Bake with Almonds

Ingredients:

3 cups SHILOH FARMS Whole Grain Cereal (I used a mix of wheat, spelt, & barley here)
1 cup SHILOH FARMS Maple Sugar
½ cup SHILOH FARMS Sliced Almonds
½ cup SHILOH FARMS Wild Blueberries (or dried fruit of choice)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
½ cup butter, melted
½ cup unsweetened applesauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (through salt) and stir to incorporate
  3. In separate bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, butter, and applesauce; add to dry ingredients and mix well
  4. Spoon mixture into greased 9×9 baking dish; bake in preheated oven for 40-50 minutes
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly; serve warm, topped with milk or yogurt

Variations:
1. Substitute blueberries with golden raisins, cranberries, or chopped bing cherries.
2. Add coconut and chocolate chips in place of the fruit for something a little different.

SHILOH FARMS Organic Whole Grains Cereals

Keep your Finger on the Pulse of 2016!

Shiloh Farms Organic Split Peas + Red Split Lentils

Did you hear? 2016 has been declared the International Year of Pulses, and we here at Shiloh Farms couldn’t be more excited!


What are pulses?

So you might be wondering, what exactly are pulses? Well, believe it or not, you are probably already a fan and have likely been keeping your pantry stocked with them for years! Pulses are a class of legumes primarily grown for their dried seed. They count among their ranks such favorites as lentils, dried peas, and many varieties of dried beans.


Why are they important?

Rich in nutrients (including fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates, and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals), pulses have a multitude of culinary uses. A staple this time of year in soups and stews, pulses are also a welcome addition to salads, spreadscasseroles, veggie burgers, and so much more. Mashed or ground into a flour, they can even be added to breads, crackers, and other baked goods (even brownies!).

Pulses are also very important from an agricultural standpoint. They are vital to effective crop rotation, as they act as natural fertilizers by helping to fix nitrogen (an essential element for life) in the soil. Even better, pulses are a hearty and highly sustainable crop, typically requiring far less water to grow than other agricultural products.


Try them!

Shiloh Farms and PureLiving are proud to offer over 20 pulse varieties, all Certified Organic, Kosher, and Non-GMO! Among those available:

Adzuki Beans: These small, red beans have a nutty, sweet flavor, making them a versatile addition to both sweet and savory dishes. A rich source of protein, fiber, and minerals, adzuki beans are particulary high in iron, magnesium, and folic acid.

Black Eyed Peas:  A staple in the Southern diet for over 300 years, black-eyed peas have long been associated with good luck. What is definitely lucky is their abundance of nutrients, including protein, fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium, and B Vitamins.

Garbanzo Beans: High in protein, fiber, and a variety of vitamins and minerals (including potassium, magnesium, zinc, and folate), garbanzo beans (or chickpeas) have been a staple of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and African cuisines for centuries.

Green Lentils: Generally no more than ¼” in diameter, green lentils pack a nutritional wallop despite their small size. High in dietary fiber, B Vitamins, and a variety of minerals, lentils are behind only soybeans among legumes in their protein content by mass!

Looking for something a bit different? Why not try our PureLiving Sprouted Garbanzo or Lentil Flours? Already sprouted and milled for your convenience, they are a wonderfully unique way to incorporate pulses into your diet!