Amaranth

Amaranth is a great alternative for gluten-free eaters. You can use this supertiny seed (yes, it's not actually a grain) to make amazing polenta, filling breakfast porridge, easy pudding and healthy granola. Plus, it's really good for you too. Amaranth is an excellent source of protein (listen up, meat-free cooks) and adds dietary fiber and minerals to your diet. Whether you've been cooking with this fun ingredient for years or want to start now, turn to Food & Wine's guide to get the greatest recipes and cooking techniques to try out this week.

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Café de Olla Alegría
Amaranth is a powerhouse of nutrition and flavor: It is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids.This take on alegría, a traditional Mexican candy made from puffed amaranth seeds, features the flavors of café de olla, a Mexican style of coffee brewed with cinnamon and orange peel and sweetened with piloncillo, a raw brown sugar with rich molasses flavor. Here, maple syrup and granulated sugar stand in for piloncillo, adding a rich chewiness. The pan is hot enough to pop the amaranth when a few drops of water evaporate on contact.
Amaranth Recipes
Amaranth is a great alternative for gluten-free eaters. You can use this supertiny seed (yes, it's not actually a grain) to make amazing polenta, filling breakfast porridge, easy pudding and healthy granola. Plus, it's really good for you too! Here, 11 of our best recipes featuring amaranth.
Strawberry Amaranth Porridge with Cardamom
This amaranth porridge makes for a nourishing breakfast that will keep you comfortably full for hours. Amaranth is known for its impressive nutritional record, being very high in protein as well as calcium, iron and phosphorus. The addition of fragrant spices and stewed strawberries makes it almost desert-like and delicious. Slideshow: More Healthy Breakfast Recipes 
Creamy Amaranth "Polenta"
Try this new twist on an ancient grain: "polenta" made with amaranth. Slideshow:  More Polenta Recipes 
Amaranth Pudding with Coconut and Raisins
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This slightly sweet amaranth pudding makes a great, naturally gluten-free breakfast or dessert. Slideshow:  Healthy Dessert Recipes 
Amaranth Breakfast Porridge with Cinnamon and Sugar
This sweet, gluten-free amaranth breakfast porridge is classically flavored with cinnamon and sugar. Slideshow:  Whole Grain Breakfast Recipes 
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Amaranth "Polenta" with Wild Mushrooms
This amaranth "polenta" is topped with sautéed shallots and wild mushrooms and is gluten-free. Slideshow:  More Gluten-Free Recipes