Sprouting Success!

Can you believe it has been 10 days since the beginning of the BioSnacky Sprouting Challenge? Remember those seeds I so dutifully placed in my brand new sprouter? Well, I managed to treat them right, give them enough water and sunshine, and I was rewarded with a bounty crop of lovely homegrown sprouts! 


Mung bean sprouts

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Alfalfa sprouts

It was really fun to check in on my sprouts every day to see just how they were progressing. It helped that after 1 day, I was already seeing results.


In fact, if you have been following me on Twitter (@fache79), and on Instagram, you would have seen almost daily updates on my sprouting progress with picutres, comments, and how I was using up all of those little nutritional gems. In fact, I recommend going back and checking out not only my updates, but those of my fellow #bioSnackySprouts Challenge bloggers (use that hashtag to search for all of our posts).


One thing I learned is that radish sprouts are hairy. In fact, I thought mine had gone moldy, and I threw them out and started again. Turns out I should have done a quick Google search, as it would have saved me wasting what were perfectly good sprouts. But hey, you live and learn right? The great thing was I still had time to sprout another batch and try them out before the challenge was over.


As you can see, I had a lot of sprouts on my hands, so I had to get creative in the kitchen. The boyfriend isn’t really into sprouts, so it was all on me to make sure I didn’t waste them. I definitely had my fair share of sandwiches and wraps stuffed with alfalfa sprouts.



But one can only eat so many sprouty sammies before they get bored (or maybe that’s just me). I found that alfalfa sprouts work really well in green smoothies!

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You can definitely smell the sprouts in there, but it’s not unpleasant. And its a great way to consume a whole whack of sprouts in one sitting.


My mung bean sprouts found themselves in the hot seat when I added them a quick week night stir fry. They added so much more texture and personality than those white sprouts you find in the grocery store.


And because my radish sprouts were a little late to the party, their fate was as a simple salad topper on a hot summer afternoon. They added a nice peppery kick – a little goes a long way!


It was really fun to have the chance to experiment with sprouting in my own kitchen, and I was impressed with just how damn easy the whole process was. I don’t know that I would ever sprout 3 full trays of seeds at the same time again though – that’s a lot of sprouts for one gal to consume, and they are something I enjoy on occasion, not with every meal. But I think I will keep on sprouting from time to time, and seeing what other seeds I can try out in there.

Now…I don’t want to have all the sprouting fun around here. And as luck would have it – I received one A.Vogel Canada BioSnacky Glass Jar Sprouters to giveaway to one of my wonderful readers (yes, this could be you!). It also comes with a sample pack of seeds to get you started.


You can enter one of 3 ways:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what you would do with your homegrown sprouts – share a recipe if you have one!
  2. Like the French Fries to Flax Seeds Facebook page. Please post a comment here to say that you did.
  3. Tweet about the contest (and be sure to include my twitter handle @fache79). Please post a comment here to say that you did.

The contest will run until 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, July 7th, and the winner will be announced the next day. I will use Random.org to select the winner. And as I may have to ship the winner their prize, I am limiting the contest to readers in Canada only (sorry to all of my other readers!)

Also, if you want to talk all things sprouts, and have more chances at winning your very own A. Vogel BioSnacky sprouting system, join us on Tuesday, July 2 at 6pm PST for a Twitter party – you can find all the details here.


Disclaimer – I received all of the bioSnacky spouting supplies free of charge from A.Vogel Canada as part of a promotion for Canadian food bloggers. All opinions are, of course, my own.

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34 Comments on “Sprouting Success!”

  1. Wanda Bergman
    July 1, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    I would use them in sandwiches! And in salads, too!

  2. Wanda Bergman
    July 1, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    I liked the French Fries to Flax Seeds Facebook page (Wanda Bergman)

  3. Wanda Bergman
    July 1, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/WandaBergman/status/351732142096658432

  4. l p
    July 1, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    I’d add them to salads, sandwiches, just about anything that takes greens. love them! thahks.

  5. Sarah Robertson
    July 1, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    I’ve always wanted to try growing my own sprouts. I have no set recipes right now, but would set my search engine on fire looking for some if I won

  6. Jennifer L.
    July 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    I’m new to growing sprouts but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for so long. I’d add them to salads and soups.

  7. Leigh Wood
    July 1, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    I have recently joined a “move to healthy choices” committee in my city; I am a concession operator in a sports facility and it’s my goal to provide more healthy choices to my customers because after all..”you are what you eat” and since it’s a sports facility, I believe it’s important for the athletes in the facility to eat healthy. The sprouts would be a wonderful addition to my healthy sandwich choices!

  8. July 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    I would enjoy them in salads and at them at the end of stir fries, I actually like the taste of them. It’s better then the taste of wheatgrass. I also liked you on Facebook. 🙂

  9. mongupp
    July 2, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    They look Yummy in wraps! Would love to try sprouting!

  10. Kris Kipp
    July 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    I would love to try sprouting with my children. I would throw them in sandwiches, wraps, spring rolls and salads. I also like you on facebook.

  11. Susan T.
    July 2, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    They would be great in salads and stir fries, but I would love to try them in a smoothie!

  12. Nicole
    July 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    I love the idea of adding sprouts to my morning smoothie!

  13. Nicole
    July 2, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    I liked your FB page (under Nicole JubleeW)

  14. Neils Thor
    July 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    I would use them in sandwiches!

  15. Jen Sheremeta
    July 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    It all looks delicious!! Be sure to wash your sprouts well before consumption. Working in a micro lab, we see some dirty sprouts (microbes can be present in the seeds too).

    • July 4, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

      It does actually say to do so in the growing instructions. Gotta love food safe!

  16. July 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    Oooh sprouts! I love sprouts in wraps and sandwiches. No creative recipes, just good and simple sandwiches.

  17. July 5, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    I’d add them to a salmon/edamame/arugula/avocado salad

  18. July 5, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    I FB like French Fries to Flax Seeds.

  19. July 5, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I tweeted

  20. Nicole
    July 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/JubleeW/status/353258144723513345

  21. Janice
    July 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    I liked the French Fries to Flax Seeds Facebook page!

  22. Toby
    July 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm #


  23. Toby
    July 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    I’ve liked you on Facebook!

  24. July 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    Love sprouts of all kinds in any salad! – lettuce, cabbage, hot , and cold, they all taste great!

  25. jeffrey n
    July 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    ill place these sprouts on my sandwiches

  26. July 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    I love the taste of sprouts in salads and sandwiches and sprinkle them over cheese and crackers.

  27. Katy Emanuel
    July 5, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    I would use them on sandwiches and in salads

  28. Katy Emanuel
    July 5, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    I like French Fries to Flax Seeds on facebook

  29. Diana Plavins
    July 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    When I grow sprouts they usually don’t make it into a recipe, I just grab a fist full when I wander past. Radish sprouts are awesome!

  30. Janice Lynds
    July 7, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    I would use them in salads and I liked French Fries to Flax Seeds on facebook

  31. July 11, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    These tasty sprouts would be added to each sandwich and top ever rice/pasta meal in this household.


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