HotFit.TV Launch Party and Sprouted Bean recipe from Karyn Calabrese

Happy Friday everyone!! I have an awesome recipe and review to share with you today. I was invited to the launch party of HotFit.TV last night at the Kenmore Live Studios in River North. The premise behind the site is that it is a place to go to get premium workouts from some of the world’s best trainers. I was so motivated from watching them workout last night, kinda makes me want to go to the gym today….we’ll see. Either way, I think this is something anyone can do in the comfort of their own home, at your own pace. Here are some pics I took…

In between the workout segments, Karyn Calabrese, Vegan, health advocate and owner of three vegan restaurants in Chicago, showed us how to make some easy, delicious, and nutritious meals.

I am going to try her sprout salad today, but since it takes a few days and I am so eager to share it with you, I decided to borrow some photos from our friends at Serious Eats to show you how to make it so hopefully you will do it with me!

Sprouted Salad


  • Garbanzo beans
  • Lentils
  • Mung beans
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Optional: garnish with cilantro or parsley


Rinse beans. Soak in a glass jar overnight (3 parts water 1 part beans to allow them to expand). Cover jar with a mesh cloth and secure with rubber band.

The next day drain and rinse sprouts and hang them on their side to dry, making sure mesh top is exposed to the air.

Rinse and drain as needed (based on dryness), about twice a day until they begin to sprout. Combine all sprouts in a bowl and toss with olive oil, lemon juice and salt to taste (obviously more OO than lemon juice).

(Photos courtesy of Serious Eats; visit link for more detailed instruction)

The final product should look like this:

I got to meet Karyn after the show which was so exciting for me! I have been to her restaurants so many times so for me it was like meeting a celebrity! (Dork alert!) Backstage she had dinner prepared for everyone in the studio audience and needless to say, my plate was not big enough!

It was a beautiful, unseasonably warm evening, so the walk home was refreshing. I had to stop on the bridge and snap a few shots because I still can’t get over how gorgeous this city is and how lucky I feel to live here.

That is my building on the far right! Anywho, have a great weekend! I’ll be busy cooking up some fab new recipes to share with you all next week! Cheers loves!

One response to “HotFit.TV Launch Party and Sprouted Bean recipe from Karyn Calabrese

  1. Wow that sounds like so much fun! And I can’t wait to check out those workouts! They look fun! I’ve been loving on workouts in my living room lately 🙂

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