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Monday, October 31, 2016

Pumpkin Porridge with Amaranth

Yes it's another #amaranth porridge. I really do love amaranth. What can I say!!! You could make this with any grain actually. Quinoa, oatmeal, millet!!!! Technically, it's really a seed. Just like quinoa but it's treated like a grain. Works for me. Amaranth is very similar to quinoa but much smaller. It has been around for 8,000 years. 8,000 years!!!! That's pretty incredible. It's loaded with lysine too. Lysine helps the body absorb calcium, build muscle and produce energy. 

Ok, let's get started. Here is what you will need. 
3 cups of water
1 cup of amaranth
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 to 1 tsp cinnamon - depends on how much you like
1 or 2 tbsp of real maple syrup - depends on how sweet you like it.

The following I did not measure. I just tossed some into my bowl.
pumpkin seeds
dried cranberry's

In a large pot, add the water and amaranth. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low, cover and let it cook. In 15 - 20 minutes, check it. It should look really creamy. Add the pumpkin and spices and mix it up. 

Serve up a bowl and add the pumpkin seeds, pecans and dried cranberry's. Enjoy!!! It is really delicious and perfect for a cold morning. You can save the leftovers for the next day. 

Tip: You can buy amaranth in bulk at Whole Foods. It's under $3 a pound. I can't remember the exact price.

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