Giving ancient grains a new look
What is it? Classified as a pseudo-cereal, amaranth became domesticated 8,000 years ago. In addition to eating amaranth, ancient Aztecs incorporated it into religious ceremonies.
Nutrition: Gluten free and high in protein, magnesium, and iron, 1 cup amaranth also delivers 14 percent of your daily folate needs.
Cook: For a tasty, creamy porridge, pour 1 cup amaranth into 3 cups boiling water; cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Top with berries and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.
Did you know: You can pop it! Working in tablespoon-size batches, add amaranth to a very hot skillet (no need for oil), cover, and shake to avoid burning. Add popped grains to salads or soup, or eat straight as a delightful snack.