One of you lovely readers asked me about the grain amaranth a long time ago, and I promised to try it at some point. I finally remembered to buy some in my last Vitacost order (click here for $10 off if you’re a new customer) and I’m glad I did. It’s a gluten-free grain and I had fun incorporating it into an easy salad yesterday.
I ended up cooking a half-batch or 1/2 cup for this salad and I’m glad I did, because it made a lot. The texture after cooking for 20 minutes on the stove-top was very porridge-like, I think it would be ideal for a breakfast dish:
I had a lunchtime Toastmasters meeting, so I wanted to take something portable and easy to assemble. My fridge was a little on the empty side, but I did have some extra carrots, mint and celery that I chopped up into a bowl. I also added “goodies” like dried cranberries, avocado, pumpkin seeds and chopped onion:
After I chopped the veggies, I just poured the cooked amaranth into the bowl and mixed it all together. I squeezed some fresh lime and lemon juice on top for the world’s easiest salad dressing. Then, I spooned some into my to-go container and off I went to my meeting:
I highly recommend using avocado and some type of nut or seed in this recipe, because those ingredients add richness and staying power. Here’s the recipe:
Amaranth Veggie Salad
1/2 cup amaranth, cooked according to package instructions
3 medium carrots, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
1 ripe avocado, peeled and pit removed and chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/2 medium onion, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint (or your choice of fresh herb)
2 tablespoons, dried cranberries
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
2 limes, juiced
1 lemon, juiced
Set aside cooked amaranth. Combine carrots, celery, avocado, onion, mint, dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds into a medium-sized bowl. Pour fresh lime and lemon juice on top and stir to combine. Stir in cooked amaranth and stir together. Serve salad at room temperature or cold.
After my meeting yesterday, I decided to take a quick trip to the mall to shop for some new summer dresses. I ended up at the Gap where I tried three options:
I ended up getting the green and blue dresses, one of which was on sale (yay!). As I get closer and closer to my ideal weight, clothes shopping has become a lot more fun. I don’t necessarily think that weight and appearance should be a huge part of self-esteem, but I have found for myself that the healthier I feel, the more confident and self-assured I am. The change in outer appearance has been a side benefit of the hard work I put in to make foods that protect my health, plus focusing on staying committed to my exercise program.
It’s been a few months since I’ve been clothes-shopping and it was the first time doing so since I’ve gotten into the whole clutter-busting movement, but I felt okay about since I recently cleaned out my closet and was down to only one business casual-type dress. And, I’m starting to think about clothes for my upcoming trip to Florida where I am going to Dr. Fuhrman’s summer getaway! Just imagine: a whole week of not having to cook, yet having healthy, gourmet foods fully prepared for every meal. Even though I do love to cook, I can’t wait for a week off. 🙂
fyi, if you can’t make it to the event, I plan to take along my laptop and blog daily if not twice a day about my experience.
Happy Friday and see you back here on Monday!