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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Update Your Porridge: Warm Up To A Bowl Of Orange Pom Amaranth

"Oatmeal again ma?"... If you're looking to update your morning hot cereal try another great grain option, organic amaranth. Not only is amaranth gluten free making it easier for many to digest, it's also rich in protein, fiber, and minerals. Great for bones as it's filled with calcium, magnesium, and iron, it's also a great source of all the amino acids, especially lysine. In this recipe I added this season's yummy pomegranate arils/seeds, which you can either get from de-seeding a pomegranate, or even easier most farmers markets and grocers now sell them in the refrigerated section in a small container. These sweet and tart little red wonders pack a powerful punch of antioxidants (possibly 3 times the amount of green tea) to help oxidation in the body that leads to cancer, tons of Vitamin C, niacin, and potassium. Also featured in this hot brekkie cereal is additional Vitamin C from a fresh squeezed orange, and our mighty omega 3's from raw walnuts. I promise this dish to be a winner with you and yours. Enjoy!

Orange Pom Amaranth:

serves 1, takes about 25min

1/4 tsp coconut oil
1/4 c. amaranth
3/4 c. water
1 medjool date, pitted
1/2 navel orange, juiced
1 tsp maple syrup
1/4 cup pomegranate arils/seeds
1/4 cup chopped raw walnuts, divide out 1 tbsp and set aside.

Melt the coconut oil in a small pot
Add the water and amaranth, stir, cover and heat over medium, allow to boil lightly
As amaranth begins to thicken, pit and chop the date, stir it into the cooking amaranth
squeeze juice out of half a navel orange, to it stir in the maple syrup
In the last few minutes of cooking add the orange juice and nuts (except for the remaining tbsp)
Allow amaranth to thicken again and absorb the orange juice, when it has thickened to the consistency you like, remove from heat.
Serve in your favorite bowl and top with the remaining walnuts and the pomegranate seeds.

Eat up!


  1. Meredith, I don't usually stock coconut oil in my house. Is there a good alternative?

  2. You probably can omit it. I added it so that the grain wouldn't stick to the pot. Alternately you could try ghee, it's clarified butter, or any other high temp cooking fat.


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