Great Grains

Being gluten free has allowed me the opportunity to try many new grains I probably never would have tried before.  The great thing about these grains is that everyone should be including hem in their diets, not just people following a gluten free diet.  Amaranth is one of these great grains.  Amaranth can be used in breads, made as a hot cereal, or used as a replacement for rice.  It comes in both a flour form and the actual grain.  Here is the package I purchased from Whole Foods.

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And this is what the grain actually looks like.

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They are kind of like little tiny balls.  Now, I’ve tried to make amaranth before, and it did not turn out well.  Tonight, I mixed amaranth with brown and white rice.  Also, instead of using water, I used chicken stock at a base.  This made the amaranth taste amazing.  I really liked the texture and flavor of this mix.  I will definitely try to make amaranth alone again. 

Here are some reasons to choose amaranth:

  • Very high protein content
  • Very high iron content (This was the reason for me that I started buying Amaranth)
  • To compare…white rice has 1.5 milligrams of iron/cup; brown rice has 3.5 milligrams/cup; amaranth has 15 milligrams/cup
  • High Calcium content
  • High Magnesium

I hope I’ve convinced you to try some new grains in your meals.  I will definitely be experimenting more with amaranth and other grains.  Keep an eye out for more on this topic.

Along with my new grain combination, we had a shrimp stir fry for dinner tonight.  Stir fry is such an easy and delicious meal.  When I was single, I made stir fry almost every night it seemed.  Now, I definitely don’t make it enough.

Here’s our stir fry tonight.

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This included:

  • frozen cooked shrimp
  • baby corn
  • snow pea pods
  • mini peppers
  • onion
  • broccoli florets
  • portabello mushrooms
  • a can of water chestnuts

The sauce contained:

  • gluten free soy sauce
  • ginger powder
  • garlic powder
  • basil
  • honey
  • and Siracha (picture below; it is very spicy and adds great flavor; you can buy this at most grocery stores in the asian foods section)

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Such a great evening!

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