Friday, March 20, 2009

morning delishousness

I made an incredibly yummy and very healthy breakfast the other morning that was approved by one and all, and it was so simple to make.

Amaranth Breakfast Cereal

2 cups Apple juice
1 cup Water
1 cup Amaranth seed/grain
Maple syrup or Honey
Apple slices
Banana slices

Bring apple juice & water to a boil in a pot. Add amaranth, and cook approx 20 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Serve in bowls with a squirt of honey or maple syrup to sweeten and fruit on top.

Amaranth is an ancient grain that has been cultivated for nearly 8,000 years. It was a very important food for the Incas and Aztecs, and today is gaining popularity in North America. I didn't know much about it at all until I spied it in the bulk food store next to my beloved quinoa and brought some home. Now that I've tried it, I'm in love, and I can't wait to plant some in the garden this spring.

Amaranth provides a complete protein and is rich in iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorus and manganese, and a good source of dietary fibre. In a word, awesome.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

messy goodness

It's March Break, and for once I am home in the early evening with enough time to cook a really great meal. So what do I make? Quick and easy Sloppy Joes, of course! And man, are they ever delicious. It took me about 20 minutes to make this meal, prep time and all.

Sloppy Joes

1 1/2 cups Dry TVP
1 cup Vegetable broth
1 Onion, chopped
2 Green peppers, diced
3 Tbsp Olive oil
2 1/2 cups Tomato sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp Chili powder
1 tsp Salt
Black pepper to taste
1 Tbsp Soy sauce
1 Tbsp Mustard
1 Tbsp Sugar (I used organic cane sugar)

Soak the TVP in the vegetable broth until all liquid has been absorbed (this is a great time to chop your onion & peppers). Saute the onion and green pepper in olive oil. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until thoroughly hot. Serve on burger buns.