Amaranth is an ancient grain that is full of protein, iron, fiber, magnesium, and manganese (just to name a few of its health benefits)! It’s similar to quinoa, so you can use it as a grain in salads or veggie bowls; however, it’s also often used a gluten-free flour to make dishes like pizza and pot pie or plant-based meats like chicken and turkey! Needless to say, amaranth is so versatile! You can use it in both sweet and savory dishes, as well as for any meal throughout the day!
Convinced that you need to start adding some amaranth into your diet? Check out these 15 vegan recipes with amaranth in them from our Food Monster App!
1. Maple Maca Amaranth Porridge
Source: Maple Maca Amaranth Porridge
2. Zucchini Stuffed With Amaranth
Source: Zucchini Stuffed With Amaranth
These delectable zucchini are stuffed with amaranth, onions, tomatoes, and a delightful bouquet of Italian herbs that perfume the whole dish. This Zucchini Stuffed With Amaranth by Alejandra Olmedo is a great meal to serve to company as the main course, or you can save them for you own lunches throughout the week.
3. Feta and Olive Greek Pizza
Source: Feta and Olive Greek Pizza
All of the ingredients in this Greek and Italian fusion pizza get along so well. The olives, onions, spinach, feta, and cherry tomatoes get all aromatic and spicy with the oregano and red pepper flakes. They sit together so comfortable and cozy in the chewy and crisp crust. It was meant to be all along. Try this Feta and Olive Greek Pizza by Sweet, Savory, and Free: Insanely Delicious Plant-Based Recipes without Any of the Top 8 Food Allergens!
4. Superfood Turmeric Amaranth Soup
Source: Superfood Turmeric Amaranth Soup
This delicious and superpower soup, loaded with turmeric and ginger, is perfect for cold days or for those days when fighting the flu. It works perfectly like a main course or as a starter. It has a good mix of flavors, salty miso, sweet carrots and spicy ginger, a perfect balance to incorporate all the good things your body and your soul need. You have to try this Superfood Turmeric Amaranth Soup by Maria Llamas!
5. Popped Amaranth Cereal
Source: Popped Amaranth Cereal
This Popped Amaranth Cereal by Selva Wohlgemuth is perfect for breakfast! Just like corn kernels, amaranth when heated over high heat, pops and creates small, puffed crunchy bites. When mixed with other delicious things like roasted nuts and seeds, some dried fruit, and spices, the combination is super tasty and crunchy.
6. Belgian Pear and Endive Salad
Source: Belgian Pear and Endive Salad
While quinoa is a great pseudo-grain to add to salads when you want to bulk it up, amaranth is definitely one you should try out if you haven’t! Amaranth has a mild, nutty flavor and becomes almost gelatinous as opposed to quinoa’s fluffy texture. In this Belgian Pear and Endive Salad by Julie Van den Kerchove, amaranth, endives, and pears are dressed with a flavorful and bright maple mustard dressing.
7. Superfood Cinnamon Rolls
Source: Superfood Cinnamon Rolls
Chewy and almost like bread on the outside, warm, sweet and gooey on the inside. Everybody wins here. These Superfood Cinnamon Rolls by Danielle Dewar would make a fantastic breakfast for Thanksgiving weekend, or a lovely brunch on any ordinary weekend.
8. Mandarin Cake With Amaranth Crust
You won’t have to be an avid baker to whip up this Mandarin Cake With Amaranth Crust by Attila Hildmann. This delicious dessert will impress all of your party guests with its unique flavors, yet will only take about thirty minutes to prepare. The fresh mandarin oranges provide a fruity tang and complement the roasted flavor of the almonds quite nicely, in addition to adding visual interest. The glaze is light and sweet and substitutes a traditionally heavy cake frosting, for a fresh twist.
9. Cauliflower Schnitzel With Puffed Amaranth Crust
These cauliflower schnitzel are vegan, gluten-free, beautifully crisp on the outside, tender on the inside and super delicious! They cook fast, are easy to prepare, and will disappear quickly. You can serve these Cauliflower Schnitzel With Puffed Amaranth Crust by Deniz Kilic like ordinary schnitzel, with or without lemon juice.
10. Tomato Tartare with Avocado Cream and Amaranth Leaves
Tomato is undoubtedly a great ingredient, loved for its versatility in the kitchen. Besides being delicious and refreshing, it has many properties important for our health: it is an antioxidant, pressure regulator, anticancer, beneficial for bones and for sight, source of vitamins and essential mineral salts, such as vitamin C, beta-carotene and many others. This Tomato Tartare with Avocado Cream and Amaranth Leaves recipe by Simona Malerba makes use of the amazing tomato with some incredible flavors for unique meal that you’ll love!
11. Red Lentil and Amaranth Protein Patties With Spicy Avocado Mayo
These little Red Lentil and Amaranth Protein Patties With Spicy Avocado Mayo by Renee Press are so simple to whip up, amazingly versatile, and almost fool-proof. They come together in no time, and you can change up the ingredients based on what you have in the fridge. They are great on top of a salad, as an appetizer with a nice dipping sauce, or make them slightly larger and serve on a bun as a tempting veggie burger. The possibilities are endless. To boot, they are extremely nutritious, filled with lentils and amaranth which are packed with plant protein, and both of which are great for metabolism and heart health.
12. Quinoa Amaranth Porridge With Blood Orange Syrup
This simple, delicious breakfast porridge is filling, comforting, and it has a sweet and citrusy kick. An easy-to-make blood orange syrup is drizzled over a creamy bowl of amaranth and quinoa. The protein-packed grains in this Quinoa Amaranth Porridge With Blood Orange Syrup by Elsa Brobbey will keep you energized straight through lunch.
13. Popped Amaranth Peanut Butter Cups
If you want a little twist on the traditional homemade peanut butter cup, these Popped Amaranth Peanut Butter Cups by Abby Thompson are your jam! The popped amaranth gives the slightest impression of a certain candy bar whose name rhymes with “munch.”
14. Vegetable Coconut Amaranth Pilaf
Source: Vegetable Coconut Amaranth Pilaf
This Vegetable Coconut Amaranth Pilaf by Gunjan Dudani is hearty, delicious, and aromatic. The grains supply energy for long days, the fresh vegetables give the dish some added nutrition, and the coconut adds some extra flavor. Add this sticky pilaf as a side dish to your next chik’n cutlet dinner.
15. Transcendent Raspberry Cream Bars
Bring your senses to the next level with the three divine layers of these Transcendent Raspberry Cream Bars by Christa Clark! A crust of puffed amaranth, a chia-berry jam, and a sweet cashew cream frosting make this no-bake dessert a must-have experience. These sweet, creamy bars have a burst of flavor in every bite.
If you loved these amaranth recipes, make sure to check out Eat More Ancient Grains With These 15 Vegan Recipes, 15 Products Infused With Quinoa, Amaranth, Teff, and Other Nutrient-Dense Ancient Grains, and Check Out These 12 Ancient Grain Flours For a Nutritious Alternative to All-Purpose!
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