Today I’m going to be a part of the Grains of Discovery Google+ Hangout on Amaranth. Please, come join in! It will be at 5pm PST / 8pm EST (Wed, Sept 25, 2013). The hangout is being hosted by Bob’s Red Mill, and each week they are focusing on a different grain. In honor of this event, I have an awesome gift package to give to one of you…
A Grains of Discovery Kit! (Gluten-Free Optional)
The grains you receive may vary slightly, particularly if you opt for a gluten-free kit (faro, spelt and kamut are not gluten-free, so those would be swapped out). But they will definitely include …
Why did I pick the Amaranth Google+ Hangout? Because it is my latest dairy-free fascination:
- Amaranth is a seed or “pseudo-grain” and a member of the Chenopodiaceae family of plants. It is a relative of beets, Swiss chard, spinach, and quinoa.
- Amaranth is more akin to greens than wheat, giving it a high mineral profile including a good dose of natural non-dairy calcium, iron, and magnesium. Plus, it is high in the essential amino acid lysine.
- Amaranth is a tiny little pseudo-grain that can be popped, toasted, or cooked to a porridge consistency. It’s quite unique and a new challenge! Following are two great amaranth recipes:
To Enter this Grains of Discovery Giveaway:
Entry #1: Comment on this post and tell me … What’s your favorite grain or pseudo-grain and how do you serve it (links to your favorite recipe are welcomed!)? It’s hard to pick just one, isn’t it? Lately, I’m loving homemade oat granola bars and “fried” brown rice.
Entry #2 (optional): Share this giveaway on your favorite social network (this could even be emailing your friends and family!), and let me know that you did in a second comment.
The winner will be selected on Wednesday, October 2nd, so comment now!