Food and Recipe of the Month: Microgreens

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February 18, 2021

Care of Andrea Howe, of Glowing On Greens

Microgreens are an exciting, fairly new ingredient to add to our meals. Due to their small size, they are more concentrated, meaning they have higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants when compared to their mature, full grown counterpart.

Microgreens come in different varieties, including alfalfa sprouts, broccoli shoots, amaranth, and watercress. They are a crunchy and delicious ingredient to add as a garnish, or to include in salads and sandwiches.

Microgreens have become popular due to their beautiful addition to meals, and their nutrient profile. Studies of microgreen have found they have up to 40 times higher the antioxidant level compared to their more mature versions. Higher levels of antioxidants in the diet can lower the risk of many chronic diseases and cancers, including heart disease, diabetes, and
Alzheimer’s disease.

These crunchy greens also contain fibre, which can help to lower the risk of various diseases and cancer.

Along with benefits to your health, microgreens are a fun way to add an extra element to your dish, along with added benefits to your health. Try using them as a garnish to your soup, stew, or in this Warm Sweet Potato Couscous Tabbouleh recipe.

Warm Sweet Potato Couscous Tabbouleh

1 cup cooked couscous
1 sweet potato, cubed and baked
1/2 yellow onion, chopped and baked
1 yellow pepper, diced
1/2 cup green peas, cooked
1/2 English cucumber, diced
1/4 cauliflower head, shredded
1/2 cup chopped parsley
3 tbsp Greek salad dressing
¼ cup microgreens

Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss together.


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