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Are You Too Lazy To Properly Prepare Grains?

Nothing has had me more flabbergasted in my Real Food journey than my relationship with grains. Nothing.

I’ve tried sourdough. And it flopped. Big time. I had a season of sprouting and grinding my own flour to make homemade bread, but within a few months I was over all the kneading and mixing and waiting. I called it laziness, but really it was just me having to decide just how much energy and time I could invest into feeding my family well. I had a season of being completely grain-free, then a season of re-introducing non-gluten containing grains like rice back into our meal rotation.

When it boils right down to it, I love grains. My kids love grains. But I don’t want to invest all that time, money, and energy into experimenting with creating fluffy sourdough pancakes, perfect artisanal bread, and spongy English muffins. (Yes, I love me some Eggs Benedict. Right now that means I buy sprouted-grain English muffins at the grocery store when I can find them. But they hurt my wallet. OUCH!)

Personally, I think getting my hands on 50 video tutorials and more than 100 tried and true recipes using sourdough and sprouted or soaked grains is worth it.

So, I’m looking forward to Ann Marie’s latest class in how to prepare Healthy, Whole Grains. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on recipes I know will work — easy recipes perfect for busy moms like me.

Finally I can be done with all the experimenting and move on to using my kitchen time to do stuff that actually WORKS!

One of you lucky readers will get to join me in class FOR FREE. The winner of last week’s giveaway is Katherine Burley!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for a free enrollment in Ann Marie’s upcoming e-course on how to prepare nutrient-dense, healthy whole grains!

If you didn’t win, I want to remind you that TOMORROW is the last day to use the coupon SPROUT20 to save $70 off the regular enrollment price.

Even if you can’t take the e-course right away, don’t let that stop you.

You can enroll now for the savings and complete the course at your own pace, anytime you like. You are buying a lifetime enrollment, after all!

Also, if you can’t afford the full enrollment price right now, don’t sweat that either. Ann Marie has a payment plan option set up so that you can space your enrollment fee out over 3 months! How’s that for generous?

Worried about whether or not you and your family should be eating grains at all?

Keep your eyes peeled! I interviewed Ann Marie this weekend and asked her about just this, and boy did she have some eye-opening things to say. I’ll be posting that interview later today.

Until then!

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2 Responses to Are You Too Lazy To Properly Prepare Grains?
  1. Stealthy Mom
    February 6, 2012 | 4:47 pm

    Don’t beat yourself up for using grains. You are a great parent for cooking for your kids in the first place. That is so much more than many do…

    I think every family has a balance of energy and resources, whether tangible or abstract. Is wheat flour really that bad? It might not be as good as sprouting grains and milling them yourself, but making your own bread with flour has got to be better than buying Wonder Bread. (We had homemade pizza lunch today that enticed a toddler and a preschooler to eat spinach until they were full.)

    I am looking forward to learning more about sprouting grains. It seems really interesting and might be a great addition to the things we do around here to eat healthy.

  2. Kathy (aka Mrs Dull)
    February 12, 2012 | 6:30 pm

    I’m still in the experimental stage with breads too. I’ve made the standard issue whole wheat bread for many years. After learning more about phytates though I want to change over to sourdough and haven’t had much luck so far working it into my schedule. I’ll keep experimenting for a bit though I agree it’s worth a lot just to be able to stop experimenting and start doing :-)

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