20 Uses for Sprouts and Stir Fry Recipe with Sprouts

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I’m sharing these uses for sprouts because sprouts are a great source of the enzymes we need to stay healthy. So, you may remember my seed sprouting experiment where I made a sprouting jar and sprouted alfalfa seeds. After four days of rinsing and watching the alfalfa seeds, I finally have a full crop of seed sprouts in the refrigerator to use.  This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

20 Uses for Sprouts and Stir Fry Recipe with Sprouts

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The next question is, what exactly am I going to do with a full container of alfalfa seed sprouts? There are a lot of different things you can do with sprouts including Egg Fu Yung, adding them to sandwiches and salads or even snacking on them fresh from the container. Here are a few alfalfa sprouts recipe ideas.

  1. Egg Fu Yung
  2. Top your salad
  3. Top your sandwich
  4. Add them to a stir-fry
  5. Eat them plain
  6. Top your pizza
  7. Add them to a tortilla
  8. Put them inside an omelet
  9. Use them in egg rolls or spring rolls
  10. Toss them in the pot when you are cooking rice (toward the end of the cook time)
  11. Add them to a tuna or seafood pasta salad
  12. Top your tacos with a handful
  13. Toss them in yeast bread when you are making it
  14. Top your hot dog instead of relish
  15. Sprinkle over the top of your soup
  16. Add to meatloaf. Great way to get the kids to eat healthily.
  17. Use them in juicing. Just toss in a handful in with the fruits and vegetables.
  18. Add them to smoothies. No one will notice!
  19. Add to dip for vegetables or chips
  20. Try this Stir Fry recipe with Alfalfa Sprouts.

If you haven’t tried sprouting your own seeds or beans yet, I encourage you to try doing it yourself. It really is quite simple and a great way to grow your own food inside. I find that using a sprouting container is easiest to get started.

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Stirfry Recipe with Sprouts

One of my favorite busy night recipes is this stir fry recipe with sprouts.  I can have it on the table in 15 minutes or less so it works for evenings where I’m pressed for time. It’s a very healthy meal and a great solution for nights where I might be tempted to order take-out or hit the drive through instead. It is both gluten free and paleo so it’s something that everyone in the family can enjoy.

Stirfry Recipe with Sprouts #15MinuteSuppers

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Stir Fry Recipe with Sprouts #15MinuteSupper
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  • 1 bag of frozen cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots (12 oz)
  • 2 cups chopped cooked ham (or chicken, turkey, beef, pork)
  • 1 cup of alfalfa sprouts (or other sprouts)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  1. Heat the pan with the extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Add garlic and saute until soft.
  3. Add the ham and the frozen vegetables and saute until cooked.
  4. Serve and top with the alfalfa sprouts.

What are your favorite recipes using sprouts?

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  1. great idea for stir fry! my hubby LOVES broccoli sprouts in sandwiches. i bet he'd like them in stir fry too
  2. This is awesome. I LOVE sprouts. Like eat them by themselves love. I need to try to do this!
  3. I love sprouts.  They add a nice little crunch.  This stir fry looks delicious!!
  4. Jennifer @TheRebelChick says
    I've never eaten a sprout before! I am going to have to give this a try, thanks!
  5. Wow, had no idea that sprouts grew so fast.  I know they are really good for us to eat. Your stir fry looks yummy. 
  6. That looks really good, Ellen! I can't believe it comes together in fifteen minutes. 
  7. tara pittman says
    I need to do this as the sprouts in the store are sad looking. I love egg foo young. http://momknowsbest15.blogspot.com/2014/01/ozeri-green-earth-smooth-ceramic.html-------recipe for it
  8. Lolli @ Better in Bulk says
    I love sprouts when I eat out - salads, sandwiches - but I never buy them to use at home. Must change this!
  9. Amber Edwards says
    Oh yum! I love fresh sprouts. I usually add them to my salads. 
  10. I love alfalfa!! I grew up eating it in sandwiches! My mom's favorite are bean sprouts which she adds to her salads and bean sprout stir fry.
  11. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
    I really ought to use them in more ways than just my stir fry. You gave great ideas here to start with.
  12. Jessica @EatSleepBe says
    I love sprouts but I don't eat them enough at home!. Thanks!
  13. Mel {MamaBuzz} says
    I've never eaten sprouts before, that I know of. This is really interesting, Ellen.
  14. Wendy | Around My Family Table says
    Sprouts are so tasty added to a salad or sandwich- I've never had them in stir-fry, but now I'll have to try!
  15. Using them in fresh spring rolls sounds like a great idea. So many possibilities here!
  16. My mom uses them in smoothies. I have to admit, I'm a bit of a wimp to try this.
  17. Beeb Ashcroft says
    My mom used to cook with these so this takes me back! I need to get some now. :)
  18. Mama to 5 BLessings says
    Looks great! I have never sprouted before, I bought some sunflower seeds at the nutrition store that I was going to sprout. That was awhile ago and they are still n my pantry! I am assuming sprouts are ok on Paleo? 
    • Ellen Christian says
      Sprouts are limited on Paleo because they are seeds.  Bean sprouts are not generally used because beans are not eaten.
  19. Nicole Brady says
    Saw your post about creating the sprouts... now a recipe. And one that sounds delicious. I seriously need to try growing these.
  20. Yum!! I never thought I would love these until my favorite place started adding them to Summer Rolls. Amazing combo!
  21. Tammilee Tillison says
    I have always wanted to grow our own sprouts. I always shake my head when I buy them knowing how easy it is to grow them. I need to make this happen this year. 
  22. I love sprouts.  I love them on sandwiches. 
  23. I love sprouts by the handful or on a sandwich. I've always thought of them as a cold food, and never tried alfalfa sprouts cooked. Hmmm...
    • Ellen Christian says
      I really like them both ways. If you cook with them, add them toward the end of the cooking time so they retain a bit of crunch.
  24. I love sprouts, I wish everyone else in my house did too. I like them on salads and sandwiches the best.
  25. Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom says
    Thanks for sharing ellen, I love sprouts and always tried to figure out the best way to grow them at home they are soo expensive in the store.. Love them on an open faced cucumber sandwich..YUMM..thanks for great recipe ideas.
  26. Onica {MommyFactor} says
    I see sprouts alot while at the vegetable stand but never really knew how to cook with them. But this Stir Fri recipe has give me an idea how. Thanks
  27. My grocery store recently stopped selling sprouts and it annoys me that I can't find them. I really should try making my own.
  28. cori @ corisbigmouth says
    Oooh great ideas for uses with sprouts! Thanks for sharing!
  29. Stir fry is my go to meal if I need something quick. Growing your own sprouts to add is a great idea!
  30. I love sprouts! Just make sure they're fresh cause I've heard of people getting really sick eating bad sprouts. Frank (bbqboy)
  31. I've been making mung bean sprouts - I can find them at a few places. I wonder where to buy alfalfa for sprouting - they look good. I love the mung bean sprouts esp in stir fry!


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