In the quest to eat more whole foods, I’ve been doing some research on foods I’ve never tried and having some fun with them! Some things are hard to come by here, and other wonder foods are native to the area, like Quinoa, Stevia, Chia seeds, and Amaranth.
Today was my first experiment with Amaranth. It is really easy to cook, like rice, except 3 cups of water to 1 cup of Amaranth. Bring to a boil then simmer for about 25 mins. It kind of takes on a sticky consistency and is good on top of a huge salad.
I decided to try cooking it in soup along with some green leafy stuff I found at the store… turned out to be Swiss chard. Oops! The soup was really good and packs lots of healthiness. Amaranth has 60% of the needed daily iron in 1/4 cup and is high in protein and lysine.
Here’s what I threw together to make my soup:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup chopped green beans
- 1 bunch Swiss chard
- 6 cups water or veggie stock
- 2 cups chickpeas
- 2 chopped tomatoes
- 2 chopped carrots
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp tarragon
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, or more to taste
- sea salt and pepper
- 1 cup broccoli
- 1/2 cup amaranth
- 1/4 cup sweet corn
Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil. Add the water and green beans.
Separate the ribs from the leaves of the swiss chard and chop up the ribs like celery, add ribs to pot. Add chickpeas, tomatoes, carrots, and spices.
Add in amaranth and stir well. Bring to the boil then simmer 20 mins.
Add in chopped swiss chard leaves and corn. Simmer another 10 mins.
Hope you enjoy it, I can’t stop eating it. It makes a thick, slightly grainy soup.
Today was the first day of my new schedule for adding strength training, got it done! I’m liking the Nike Training Club app so far, it has tons of routines at different levels, with the choice of getting toned, gaining strength, cardio, or target areas. I’m working on strength, as I’m a total weenie and want to increase strength to prevent injuries while running.
In good news mum and Adrian made it home safely with all their goodies! Hope they’re back here soon.