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Try this recipe for lunch

In my quest for more imaginative meals, I tried this little gem over the weekend: Chickpea ‘chicken’ salad. It was a hit with the whole family, kiddies and all!

It’s packed with protein, fiber, and a whole lot of flavor.

– canned chickpeas, rinsed

– 1/2 red pepper, diced

– 1-2 stalks celery, diced

– 1/4 or 1/2 red onion, diced (to your taste), or a green onion cut into small pieces

– mayonnaise or tahini (a couple of TBSP, but again to the consistency you prefer)

salt & pepper to taste

– a couple of shakes of garlic powder (to your taste)

If you have a food processor, you will find it faster and more convenient to coarsely mash/dice the chickpeas. I would pulse it till its consistency is chunky, but mashed. You can also do this with a fork, but depending on the chickpeas, it can be labor intensive.

Mix all the ingredients together and spread the salad on top of your favorite bread. I used a coarse rye from the Artisan Bakeshoppe. Bon appetite!

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A heart-felt thank you!

Thank you very much for voting us Best Produce in the Readers Choice Awards in the North Shore News.

We are very proud to be a finalist in the best produce category. We try very hard to offer the very best in organic on the North Shore. Your votes are a welcome reminder of why we do what we do…. It’s for you!

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A better dishwasher power

Load your dishwasher with a healthier, natural and non-toxic cleaning product that truly performs! Just less than one full scoop Live for Tomorrow’s Unscented plant and mineral based powder will leave your dishes clear of debris and free of residue.

Hypoallergenic

Biodegradable

Phosphate Free

Safe for septic systems

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A delicious treat

I really never made artichokes till a couple of years ago. How easy they are!

Trim the bottom so it can sit flat in a steamer, remove the first 1 or two rows of leaves and trim the tops of all the leaves. 

I steam them for around 20 minutes and dip them in a butter/garlic dip. It is our daughters favorite treat (and we love them too).

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Only the freshest eggs for you

What is it with us and our ‘Dirty Egg’ thing? A couple of years ago, while doing some research, I discovered to my horror that commercially graded eggs (organic or otherwise) were given a 6 month shelf life. 6 months from the time they were laid. I also discovered that all the eggs go through a chemical wash or bleaching. Remember, an egg is a permeable surface (for a chick to grow oxygen must pass through).

Now, I’m of the belief that most things given a ‘best before,’ expiration or ‘use by’ date tend to be fine well after the guidelines given. These things tend to add to the enormous global issue of food waste. But eggs? An animal product? This truly disturbed me.

So began the quest for the fresh egg. Many of you have friends with chickens or visit farmers markets to get the freshest eggs. This is great, but sometimes not convenient when you are in the middle of a recipe and you ran out of eggs.

All the eggs carried at Sprout are now farm fresh. We have two wonderful farms we deal with: Goat’s Pride in Abbotsford (we’ve been dealing with them for years) and our newest and larger producer of our eggs, Little Mountain Farm in Aldergrove. All the chickens of both farms are outside eating bugs and scratching around. All the feed that supplements the chickens are certified organic grains – no weird animal by-products at all.

The eggs are washed by hand and packaged up and delivered weekly. That’s about as fresh as we can get!

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Add Maca to your smoothie

Maca root powder is often touted by nutritional ‘experts’ as a superfood.

 It consists of: 

  • more than 20 amino acids including 8 essential amino acids (meaning they are essential from diet as our bodies cannot make them)
  • Vitamins B1,B2,C & E
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium 
  • Potassium
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Selenium
  • Sulphur
  • Sodium
  • Iron

It is also contains loads of phytonutrients.

Maca helps endurance &stamina, energy, boosts the immune system, memory & focus. Maca is also known to assist in hormone balancing in both men and women- aids in fertility. The benefits go on.

This is the brand we like here at Sprout.


Try it out and let us know how it works for you.