I was raised in a household that collected things. We visited antique stores looking for Wallace Nuttings and spode dishes. It was a big part of my childhood and while I didn’t always like it,I have an appreciation for it now. Fast forward, I don’t collect antiques but there are two things my house is currently full of: coffee mugs and cookbooks. Once a month I head to the local used bookstore to pick up used cookbooks. I thumb through them, collecting ideas that might have once been forgotten or never caught on.
This particular recipe can be credited to Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way. The author has a no-nonsense approach to grains and some small, but powerful ways of using whole grains. One of my biggest complaints with amaranth is that it doesn’t cook like other pseudo-grains (mainly quinoa). Turns out, I wasn’t completing the process. If you give cooked amaranth a good rinse, the end result is less porridge, slightly more quinoa-like texture. Perfect for grain bowls, pilafs, and even this amaranth salad.