There have been quite a few books in my life lately, but this one is getting a lot of attention. We've been leaning on this book for sustenance over the past week. Since many of my husband's final classes involve tasting alcohol or visiting restaurants, when he is home he pretty much loads up on greens and more balanced, cleaner meals. Many of the ingredients and processes are reasonably simple, and a lot of the recipes share ingredients. It is approachable, and yet there are plenty of new recipes and techniques for those who already have the first book and want to take the next step.
So far, we've made the Asparagus & Veggie Tempeh Stirfry, Low Sugar Sprouted Buckwheat Granola, Spiced Quinoa, Sweet Potato Fries, and the Vegan Lasagna from the book. The highlight was of course the lasagna, which got us through a couple of meals and this comment - "Can we make this every week?" The lasagna calls for brown rice noodles and is loaded with tons of steamed spinach and broccoli, and we added the optional vegan cheese and it was perfect.
The sprouted granola was crunchy and nourishing as a breakfast served with bananas and almond butter, and I did notice how easily it digested/great I felt afterward. Today I tried a handful in my morning smoothie. Again inspired by Kimberly... At her smoothie shop Glow Bio in L.A., there are "Active Shakes" in vanilla or chocolate that are made with raw sprouted buckwheat.
The verdict? It's delectable and elevates your everyday protein shake. Here is my Kimberly-inspired recipe:
Sprouted Granola Shake
1.5 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup sprouted buckwheat (method/recipe in Beauty Detox Foods)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 date or couple drops of stevia to sweeten
1 scoop sprouted brown rice protein, optional
Blend on high. You may need to blend a bit longer than usual.
Makes 1 pint glass
I added cacao powder to Josh's shake for the chocolate version of this smoothie, but I really loved the vanilla. The Vitamix will pulverize the buckwheat and make the shake nice and thick.