Health always requires attention and care, but especially in the offseason. Every spring, we again see this and try to recuperate after the winter, a period of stress due to cold and a lack of vitamins. Some support to the body can be provided by including vegetables and fruits grown in greenhouses, leafy salads, parsley, dill and other lettuce plants. However, experts say that such a large number of various nutrients, as in amaranth, does not contain almost anywhere. Moreover, using this plant, you can not only support the body at a difficult time, but also to diversify the diet of the whole family.
Grain of health
Amaranth is an important ingredient in many dishes.
A lot of enthusiastic names for amaranth has long been formed. These are the “food of the gods”, “the golden grain of God”, as well as the “pantry of protein”, “the culture of the present and the future”, “the discovery of the century”, and such characteristics are fully justified by the term “amaranth”, which means “denying death”. He is rightly considered a plant that can, if not give immortality, then significantly prolong life, saving you from disease and strengthening the strength of the body. In every part of amaranth vitamins and trace elements are found in large quantities (at least 10 items in each group). Here there are unsaturated fatty acids Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9, dietary fiber and many other beneficial substances. As you know, they can be obtained by eating any part of the plant, products prepared on its basis.
In the spring it is advisable to pay attention to products that are more available at this time of year. Consider the possibility of amaranth grain. This is an excellent source of vitamin A, and at the same time let’s not forget that here the vitamin not only does not collapse during processing, but also multiplies. So, the grain contains:
• squalene, which saturates the body with oxygen and is indispensable for the synthesis of vitamin D;
• dietary fiber to help cleanse the intestines of toxins and improve digestion;
• potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium, strengthening the cardiovascular system and heart health;
• protein, which is easily absorbed by the body and efficiently nourishes all cells.
Amaranth seeds themselves are very small, and in size no more than poppy seeds. They look shiny and compressed from the sides. But even from a small amount of grain, many healthy and tasty dishes can be prepared. Thus, supporters of healthy nutrition are often made from amaranth sweet seeds, which can be eaten raw. Porridge, cooked without butter, turns out to look oily, and at the same time nutritious and fragrant. Using amaranth grain, they bake bread, muffins, pancakes, pancakes, donuts, cookies. It is also used to make dumplings, sauces, and nut paste substitutes.
The first, second and different goodies
Immediately, we note that we should not strive to do completely “amaranth days”, since everything that is done beyond measure is harmful. However, you can diversify the menu, and at the same time it will turn out not only to improve your health, but also to pleasantly surprise loved ones. So, we prepare dishes based on amaranth grain.
Milk soup “Atlant”
To prepare it you need to take:
• 1 liter of milk;
• 2.5 tablespoons of amaranth grain;
• salt to taste;
• some greens;
• a small piece of butter.
First boil the milk, and then add the amaranth and salt. Add oil separately to each portion, and decorate the soup itself with greens. For those who prefer sweet soups, you can add sugar. Jams are sometimes added (1 tablespoon directly to the bowl of milk soup).
Amaranth seed porridge
We will need:
• 1 cup of amaranth grain;
• 1 clove garlic;
• 1 onion;
• 3 glasses of water / broth;
• salt to taste.
Put amaranth grains in ready broth or plain water, add finely chopped garlic and onions, set on fire, bring to a boil and cook for another half an hour. At the end of cooking add salt. Serve this mess can be with chopped tomatoes.
To prepare this dish, you will need:
• minced meat – 150 g
• roasted amaranth seeds – 200 g;
• chicken eggs – 4 pieces;
• tomato paste – 1-1.5 tablespoons;
• salt – to taste.
All ingredients must be mixed until a homogeneous mass and form meatballs from it. Ready meatballs send in a saucepan, pour tomato sauce and cook until tender. Before serving, you can decorate with grated cheese and herbs.
This dish is a bit like fish caviar in appearance and taste. For its preparation will require:
• tomato juice – 1 cup;
• vegetable oil – 1 cup;
• white amaranth grains – 1 cup;
• herring – 0.5 kg;
• Onion – 4 pieces.
First, in a dish for cooking “caviar”, mix tomato juice and vegetable oil, bring them to a boil, and then add amaranth grains and cook to a state of thick crumbly porridge. Remove the resulting porridge from the heat and leave to cool. While the porridge cools, clean the herring, leaving only the fillet, add the onions and skip through the meat grinder. We mix everything evenly and get a tasty, healthy and original dish.
To make the dishes more useful
When purchasing amaranth seeds in a trading network for cooking, it is necessary to examine the composition indicated on the packaging label. It is advisable to choose seeds that have already been cleaned (99% purification). Sometimes you can see amaranth meal (grain after pressing) on sale, but you should be aware that this product will be of little benefit to the body.
In addition, dishes prepared on the basis of amaranth grain, will bring more benefits if the product itself is properly used. So, amaranth grain is stored in a tightly closed container on the shelf. This product can be stored for up to six months.
Useful dishes cooked not only with amaranth. The grain of this plant is perfectly combined with other cereals and cereals, so wheat, rice, oats, barley, quinoa can also be used to prepare the dish. With amaranth seeds is also used:
• meat (chicken, beef, turkey);
• milk and dairy products (yogurt, sour cream, kefir, ryazhenka);
• greens (cilantro, parsley, dill);
• berries (cranberries, black currants, cherries, strawberries);
• citrus fruits (orange, mandarin, grapefruit, lime);
• fruit (pineapple, kiwi, apple).
You can combine amaranth seeds with legumes – lentils or beans. However, it should be borne in mind that such a combination may create an excessive load on the kidneys. In any case, the rate of consumption of grain amaranth should not be more than 1 cup per day. After all, the main thing for us is to improve our health.