Me and my trendy grains again

If you were reading a couple of weeks ago, you know that a colleague commented on my quinoa at lunch and chuckled at my “trendy grains”. Quinoa, please? So last week! ;) This past week’s grain and superfood has been  amaranth. Amaranth is gluten free, a high quality source of protein, provides about 60% of your RDA of iron in one serving and is high in lysine, an amino acid that most grains lack. For more information on amaranth’s nutritional value, you can follow this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth_grain

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Photo of amaranth, found in Google Images.

Amaranth needs to be cooked for 20-25 minutes, and after that, it makes an excellent breakfast, lunch, and dinner as many grains do. It comes in the form of tiny little pearls that are about half the size of quinoa grains and ends up a bit chewy when cooked. I haven’t tried cooking it longer as I don’t like mushy grains, but I am sure that you could! I have eaten it several different ways which I have included below:

Breakfast
½ cup of amaranth cooked in a mix of water and vanilla almond milk then mixed with a tsp of organic maple syrup and a hefty sprinkling of cinnamon, topped with apple crisp or pumpkin puree

Lunch Amaranth salad: ½ cup of amaranth cooked in water, then mixed with chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and chunks of feta cheese

Dinner
A coconut curry with amaranth, of course! ½ cup of amaranth cooked in water, then mixed with 1/3 cup coconut milk, ½ tsp curry paste, and topped with sautéed sweet potatoes, butternut squash, onions, and peppers

Have you tried amaranth? Now that I have a big bag of it, do you have any ideas on preparing it?

This is a crazy week for me, so I am keeping it short tonight so that I can do some work and start on a few fun posts I am working on and finally finish booking things for our trip to CA. Last night we booked a place we were eyeing for our last trip. Timber Cove Inn on the Sonoma coast. It looks absolutely gorgeous, and I can not wait to unwind there after spending a couple of days in San Francisco with many of you!

Speaking of CA, I am taking two trips there in November and will need guest posters. Spread the word! Posts can be on anything from travel to food to wine to fitness. . . I am open to suggestions!

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  1. talesfromtwocities’s avatar

    I love coconut curry and your recipe sounds delicious! Might try it later this week, thanks :)

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  2. Kelly’s avatar

    Hmm I’m interested to try this new “trendy” grain. People at my work make fun of me for my random meals too haha. I could do a travel post, I’ve been a bunch of places in Europe that would be fun to write about- Greece (Athens and Santorini), Rome, Venice, Barcelona, Paris, London, all around Scotland and Ireland :) Let me know if you want me to do one and if you have any preferences on where I write about!

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  3. Simply Life’s avatar

    ooh I’ve never had that grain before – thanks for the great idea!

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  4. Caroline’s avatar

    Wow Amaranth for breakfast? I have never tried it “straight up” that way only in dishes with other ingredients or baked into bread (store bought). Your uses sound delightful.

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  5. burpexcuzme’s avatar

    lol, I think quinoa is trendy because a lot of ppl don’t even know what the heck it is. I’ve never tried amaranth, but I’ve heard you can eat it like oatmeal for breakie.

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  6. Andrea@WellnessNotes’s avatar

    Great info! No, I have never tried amaranth, but now I think I will!

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  7. pandabox33’s avatar

    Interesting ! I have never tried it but I tried quinoa in muffins and it was great. Maybe I’ll look for Amaranth in the aisles this week. http://bazookah5.wordpress.com http://pandabox33.wordpress.com

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  8. leslie’s avatar

    trendy grains – i love it. i haven’t tried amaranth, but it’s on my list to pick up when my current grains run low. root vegetable curries are one of my favorite things this time of year! i’d love to do a guest post – i’ll have to think of what exactly (travel-related, of course). let me know if you have an idea! :)

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  9. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite’s avatar

    Haven’t tried it yet but you have inspired me to!

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  10. traveleatlove’s avatar

    Oooh a post about Greece would be great! I have never been, but it is on the list!

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  11. traveleatlove’s avatar

    I would love to read about any of your travels! Your experience in Prague sounds amazing, but you can write about anything!

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