Using Microgreens: Homegrown & Homemade Creations
There are literally endless ways to integrate microgreens into your daily life. And although our Grow.Bar mission is geared towards healthy and organic eating, we love that these adorable plants have such a variety of uses. Their powers reach far outside the kitchen.
So we've narrowed the enormous list down into 3 basic areas. And within each category we've specified and reviewed some of the most common (and accessible) ways we've discovered to use our homegrown microgreens.
1. Food & Drink
- PIZZA & PASTA
Microgreens make the perfect garnish to any pizza or pasta. Basil, being the most obvious choice. However at Grow.Bar we offer a basil blend or single varieties. And arugula is also an excellent choice, best served raw on top of hot pizza. The same goes for pastas. Adding a pinch to the top of your dish will add aroma and flavor, however using our Grow.Bar basil blend pesto in homemade creations recipes is an awesome idea.
Grow.Bar Basil Blend Pesto
- 2 cups Grow.Bar basil blend microgreens
- 1/8cup raw almonds
- 1/8cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
- 1/8 cup vegetable broth
- 1/8 cup olive oil
- 1/8 cup lemon juice (about half of a small lemon)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 Tbsp olive tapenade
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Grind the garlic clove and almonds in a food processor until fine.
- Scrape the sides of the processor down and add the greens, cheese, olive tapenade and lemon juice to the garlic and almond mixture. Blend until a paste.
- Add the olive oil, lemon and vegetable broth. You may want to add more, or use less than specified, depending on your desired consistency.
- Sample and flavor with salt & pepper to taste.
There are endless versions of cocktails, smoothies and infused waters you can create with microgreens. Check out our carrot, orange & ginger recipe or our cilantro smoothie recipe for ideas. You can even throw some micro cilantro into your next margarita concoction. View the Grow.Blog for recipes ideas and enjoy a healthy adult beverage during your next taco Tuesday.
- SOUP, SALAD & SANDWICHES
You can garnish any soup, salad or sandwich with microgreens. Try topping your next bath of potato leek soup with a pinch of Grow.Bar radish greens, or maybe try our micro cilantro on your next chicken sandwich. Salad is the quickest and easiest way to get you daily dose of microgreens. Check out our kale & roasted yam or raw squash & spinach recipes for more salad ideas and sign-up to share your favorite creations with us and the Grow.Bar community.
2. Medicinal & Therapeutic
Candles have been around just about as long as essential oils. They were our original source of light and heat and have been made in homes for centuries. Not only do they provide a peaceful, relaxing and enjoyable ambiance, they also make excellent gifts. Beginners should try the following crock pot recipe. It's easy, fun and offers a safer option to other various techniques.
Grow.Bar Vanilla Basil Crock Pot Candle
- Grow.Bar basil blend or lime basil microgreens
- Vanilla essential oil
- 4 Pounds Soy wax chips (soy candles last longer and are healthier options)
- Clean and dry Mason jars (or similar medium sized jars of your choosing)
- Separate and tear herbs. Place basil into clean jars (enough to cover the surface bottom).
- Fill jars with wax chips and place in crock pot.
- Add boiling water to the crock pot. Up to about a 1/2 inch from the lip of the jars
- Set crock pot on high for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours add more wax. Then stir in a few more herbs with the chopstick.
- Stir in a few drops of essential oils with the new wax chips as the wax melts.
- Leave jars in crock pot for 2 more hours
- Once wax has fully melted, remove the jars and set the wicks. Keep them steady during the cooling process by using a chopstick or dry herb stem placed across the top of the jars.
- Continue to let cool for a few hours and voila! Light 'em up.
There is such a wide variety of tea from around the world. And with microgreens growing in your kitchen year round, it's easy to dry and infuse the healing and beneficial herbs at home. You can create an array of healing teas for various reasons. One of our favorites herbs to use in tea is basil. Try The Nutrition Twins lemon basil detox recipe for a delicious dose of cleansing microgreens.
Essential oils have been used for medicinal and aromatherapy reasons long before microgreens started to trend. The earliest recorded mention of the techniques used to produce essential oils is believed to be that of Ibn al-Baitar (1188–1248). He was an Andalusian physician and chemist. The oil itself is from the plant and contains the plant's "essence", thus retaining some of its benefits. Check out Savvy Homemade for infusion information and directions.
3. Beauty & Skincare
Body scrubs are one of the best ways to nourish your skin, and incorporating microgreens is simple. Try the following cilantro lime body scrub and enjoy the multiple benefits. Cilantro contains astringent properties that will tighten and smooth skin. And the lime's acidity aids in exfoliation of dead skin cells, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Grow.Bar Cilantro Lime Body Scrub
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (preferably virgin)
- 1/4 cup fresh Grow.Bar cilantro microgreens
- 1/2 cup fine sea salt (course sea salt will scrape and damage skin)
- Add the cilantro, coconut oil and lime juice to a blender or food processor. Pulse the mixture with short spurts until smooth. Do not over mix.
- Once smooth, pour mixture into a small bowl and mix in (with a spoon) the sea salt.
- Apply scrub anywhere except the face. Use on arms, legs and torso areas. Massage gently into skin with circular motions. Rinse with warm water.
*save leftover scrub for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
- FACIAL MASKS
Herbs provide the same properties for your skin as they do for the inside of your body. The same vitamins and nutrients that you eat or drink will add beneficial and healing elements to homemade facial masks. And they are often a more natural and safer option than store bought brands. Check out our Grow.Bar cucumber radish face mask recipe for a super-hydrating and refreshing option.
Lotions are a bit more complicated than facial masks to whip up at home. However, it's not impossible and the process is worth it. You may find your skin sensitive to certain products and we believe the more organic, the better (not just in regards to food). Check out Mommypotamus and their 3 ingredient herbal lotion recipe. The process requires use of essential oils and teas as well, just one more way to include your homemade creations!