Saturday, August 27, 2011


While recently at Costco I came across a package along one of the aisles that caught my eye.  It is a sprouted bean trio consisting of green lentils, adzucki and mung beans.  These beans are essentially sprouted and dehydrated and when you go to cook them at home, the cooking time is about 15 minutes.  Being able to cook dried beans in 15 minutes was something that I wanted to try out.   There was a recipe on the back of the package for a bean salad which was fairly simple to make.  The recipe follows these pictures.  You can use these cooked beans in a variety of ways including salads, spreads, soups, mixing with rice or barley to create salads or just by themselves.  I liked the results from cooking these sprouted beans and one of the advantages of using these beans over canned beans is that there is no salt.

What the package looks like. 

The bean salad ready for sampling.


1 cup of dried beans
2/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup peeled and diced cucumber
1 green onion, diced
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste


Cook dried beans according to cooking instructions.  Drain the beans and let cool.  Combine the beans, parsley, cucumber and onion in a medium sized  bowl.  In a small bowl, mix the oil, lemon juice, cumin and salt and pepper.  Add to the bean salad.  Toss well.  Serves 4.

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