This is a really crappy photo but I wanted you to see that I’ve had this for so long the name of it has actually rubbed off! This is a classic example of being in a health food shop in a different city and getting carried away with new ingredients. I knew that amaranth was something every good vegan should own, but then I never got round to using it. You just don’t see it in too many recipes.
Anyway, I don’t have a photo because it was pretty ugly, but I made the amaranth polenta with roasted chillies from Viva Vegan as a way to use it. I made it in the evening but saved it to have it for breakfast. I didn’t fry it, just left it nice and thick and zapped a bowl of it in the microwave and gave it a squirt of lime.
I don’t understand the world wide obsession for porridge in the morning. It’s not nice, too hot to eat if you’re in a rush and never keeps me full the way other people say it does. This was a lovely version and one I really enjoyed eating at breakfast time. The amaranth really lightened up the polenta and the chillies gave it a spicy savoury blast that woke me up. I was full until lunchtime too. I have lots of amaranth left and I definitely intend to make this one again. This was a perfect illustration of my MoFo challenge – forced me to make something I otherwise wouldn’t but which I actually loved.
Have you used amaranth? What did you make?