Did you know that it’s actually a seed, not a grain, even though it’s considered an “ancient grain”? Like quinoa, it’s the seed from the plant, Amaranthus to be more specific. This seed has been around for centuries but not many people know about it. It has a nutty flavour and it is also gluten free! Hurray J Amaranth is actually quite high in protein too, for about 1 cup raw it will offer 26 grams of protein! Which is about equal to the amount of protein to 3.5 ounces of salmon. The seed is also a great source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and an excellent source of iron! Not to mention, an excellent course of fibre to boot!
But what can do with it? How do I cook it? There are two options for cooking. Basically, you can cook it like you would rice or quinoa. But you can also pop it like popcorn! It would be a great addition to topping salads or side dishes. While cooking it the old fashioned way, amaranth can be a side dish warm or cold, make it into a salad or even for a great breakfast as a porridge instead of using oats. Yum! You could also mix it with other grains or seeds to make a pilaf. I personally enjoy it as a side dish or mixed with vegetables as a cold salad.
How do you like to prepare amaranth?
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