In the Kitchen: Spicy Tuna Salad

Ever a classic, Tuna Salad has been a favorite for many years. This week, we tried something to spice it up a bit – literally! And so, Spicy Tuna Salad was created!

First – let’s talk about sprouts. In order to make an ordinary Tuna Salad become our new favorite, Spicy Tuna Salad, we needed a sprout with a lot of flavor. China Rose Radish Sprouts were the perfect choice! These spicy sprouts have a strong bite that complements the mild flavor of the salad. As their name suggests, China Rose sprouts are a light pink, giving a beautiful color to this Tuna Salad.

In addition to their amazing taste and color, China Rose Radish sprouts are full of vitamins and nutrients for your body. Each 1 ounce serving contains 2% of your daily value of iron and calcium, 3% of your daily value of vitamin A and 18% of your daily value of vitamin C! These little sprouts pack a lot of vitamins into a small bite!

**Nutritional Facts from http://www.nutritiondata.self.com**

Are you drooling over this amazing picture? Well, I guess that means it’s time to dive into the recipe!

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 (5 ounce) cans of white water-packed tuna, drained, and flaked
1 package of LifeForce Foods® China Rose Radish Sprouts
1 medium tomato, chopped
4 scallions, chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Stir together tuna, LifeForce Foods® China Rose Radish Sprouts, tomato, scallions, celery, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, seafood seasoning, and black pepper.
Serving Suggestion: Serve on its own or with toasted bread, lettuce and cheese.

What do you think of the recipe? Leave us a comment to let us know!

BroccoSprouts

It seems today that everyone is talking about superfoods, big nutrients and healthy eats. There’s about a million ways to fill your body with healthy food, but there’s one in particular that we think is unique: Broccoli Sprouts – or as we like to call them, BroccoSprouts.

The best thing about BroccoSprouts is the simple fact that they are overflowing with vitamins. BroccoSprouts have 15% of your daily value of Vitamin C and 4 % of your daily value of dietary fiber in 1 ounce.

Fiber is an important part to your diet in many ways. According to Livestrong.com, fiber helps lower the cholesterol in the body which decreases your risk for heart disease. Fiber can also help control blood sugar for those with diabetes. Fiber is also key to maintaining a healthy digestive track.

BroccoSprouts also have a high concentration of antioxidant power. Researchers at John’s Hopkins found that 3-day-old broccoli sprouts contained a significant amount of Sulforaphane Glucosinolate, or SGS. Basically, that’s a big word for a very strong antioxidant. Usually, antioxidants cycle through the body in less than 24 hours. BroccoSprouts’ antioxidant power lasts for up to 72 hours.

And last, but certainly not least, BroccoSprouts taste delicious! They have a light, peppery flavor that complements any sandwich, salad, and entree. Check out some recipes here on our blog as well as on our website, www.broccosprouts.com.

Here’s a delicious recipe we love making with BroccoSprouts!

Paisano Rigatoni
Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
½ cup vegetable or chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ cups BroccoSprouts®
1 cup zucchini, sliced
1 15-ounce can chick peas, rinsed and drained
1 cup roasted red bell peppers, drained and chopped
8 ounces cooked rigatoni, rinsed and drained
Freshly grated Asiago cheese for topping

Directions
In a large Dutch oven or non-stick skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté onion for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients except cheese and cook, tossing occasionally until warm. Sprinkle with Asiago as desired.

BroccoSprouts make this dish extra tasty!

Alfalfa Sprouts

Though small, alfalfa sprouts contain an abundance of things your body needs to stay healthy.

Delicious and Nutritious Alfalfa Sprouts

Protein is an essential for your body. In every serving of alfalfa sprouts, you’ll get 3 grams of protein. This is a great way to enjoy a different protein source.

A popular topic of many health articles these days is fiber. Getting enough fiber ensures that everything in your digestive system continues to run smoothly each day. For each serving of alfalfa sprouts, there is 1 gram of fiber. Adding sprouts to a sandwich or salad will not only be delicious, but will help fill your fiber requirement quickly too.

Did you also know that alfalfa sprouts are a 0 point food for Weight Watchers? That’s because there is no fat or sugar in these tasty greens. So, don’t skimp on the pile of sprouts you add to any dish – this is a guilt-free addition to your meal. Consider trying different types of sprouts to add new flavors to your favorite dishes. One of our new favorites is China Rose Radish sprouts, with a crisp, tangy flavor or the Spicy Sprouts to add a bit of kick to your lunch sandwich and leave off some condiments.

How do you like to eat Alfalfa Sprouts?

In the Kitchen: Clover Sprout Salad

A crisp salad is a great addition to any meal during the summer. We tried this Clover Sprout Salad yesterday as a side dish with dinner and loved the crunch.

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 small pita breads (cut into 1-inch squares)
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt, to taste
3 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 package LifeForce Foods® Clover Sprouts
6 oz. light feta cheese, crumbled
Pepper, to taste

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Spread pita squares on a baking sheet and bake until they are nice and crisp, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together vinegar and olive
oil, and season with salt. In a medium salad bowl, combine toasted pita bread (croutons), celery and cucumber. Add vinegar mixture, and toss well to combine. Just before serving, add LifeForce Foods® Clover Sprouts and gently toss again. Sprinkle feta cheese over the top and season with pepper.

Enjoy this light, tangy salad by itself or as a side dish. We also think it might be great in a falafal sandwich. Perhaps that will be our next kitchen creation! Let us know how it turns out for you!

In the beginning…

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