Amaranth Porridge_foods

A great alternative to oatmeal, amaranth porridge is a warming bowl full of feel-good nutrients. Amaranth is a superfood seed that’s vitamin and mineral-rich, and very high in protein. A nutritional-powerhouse, this gluten-free grain has loads of vitamin E and B, calcium, iron and phosphorous. It looks and cooks similar to quinoa but is lighter in texture, malty in flavor, has a slightly sweet taste with nutty undertones. They are easy to digest and can simply be substituted for other grains in most dishes. Add this into your breakfast rotation and fuel your mornings right.

by DEFINE foods in-house chef, Erin Stewart


Amaranth Porridge: coconut, maple, pear & pecan.

{Yield: 4}

1 cup amaranth

3 cups water

pinch sea salt

pinch nutmeg

1 cinnamon stick

1- 2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 pear, pitted and diced

2 Tbsp plus 1 Tbsp maple sugar (or coconut palm sugar)

1/2 cup rice milk (or other non-dairy milk)

1/4 cup pecans, toasted and chopped

3 dates, pitted and chopped

coconut flakes, lightly toasted

drizzle pure maple syrup

Place the amaranth, water, nutmeg, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, add in the cinnamon stick and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the water is absorbed.

Meanwhile, heat a little coconut oil in a small saute pan. Add in the pears + 1 Tbsp maple sugar and saute until soft and slightly golden. Set aside.

Remove the amaranth pot from the heat, take out the cinnamon stick and stir in the milk and remaining sugar. Divide into bowls and top with pecans, pears, dates, coconut (or other toppings of choice). Season to taste with sea salt, if desired, and drizzle with a tad maple syrup. Serve right away.

Want to know more about filling your pantry with good-for-you groceries? WORKSHOP THIS WEEKEND! DEFINE foods presents, Building Your Natural Foods Pantry: Ingredients & Recipes for Health

Join Erin in the kitchen for a whole new approach for cooking from scratch. From grains to sweeteners, learn the best go-to pantry items for health and well being. Your building blocks to better-quality culinary flavors, fats and flours. What to buy, what to look for, and how to cook with more healthful ingredients.

Date: Saturday January  26th    Time: 11:30-1:00 PM

Location: West University Studio   Cost: $65 each

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