Amaranth seeds and leaves are highly nutritious and worth adding to the list of foods you enjoy. To cook with amaranth leaves, wash the leaves and trim off the tougher stem ends. Amaranth seeds don’t need any preparation; just sprinkle them in the foods you like. Here are seven serving suggestions for amaranth.
1. Use amaranth leaves in place of spinach in soups, stews, and stir-fries.
2. Add amaranth seeds to rice puddings, toppings for fruit crisps, and whole-grain breads.
3. Make an amaranth ‘oatmeal.’ Cover amaranth seeds with water in a heavy pot. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 20 minutes until the seeds have absorbed the water. Top with crumbled walnuts, honey, or syrup.
4. Try an amaranth scramble. Sauté chopped leafy greens, green onion, a bit of garlic and cooked amaranth seeds. Stir in whipped eggs for a healthy, hearty scramble.
5. Prepare low-fat “refried” amaranth seeds as an alternative to rice: Stir-fry cooked amaranth in a small amount of sesame oil along with garlic, onion, and red or green bell peppers—or chili peppers.
6. Use amaranth seeds to thicken soups and stews. Add them raw during the last half-hour of cooking time.
7. Sauté shredded amaranth leaves with garlic and olive oil. Toss with cooked brown rice and amaranth seeds and use as a poultry stuffing.
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