Photo Cred Lisa What is amaranth and how the heck do you pronounce it... am-a-ran-th. Easy. It's a great alternative to wild rice or quinoa, it's gluten-free (yeah no fat belly) and it's high in protein, high-five for plant based proteins. It cooks up the same as quinoa, click here for details. But what's super cool is you can pop it like little mini popcorn kernels. Popped Amaranth 1/4 cup amaranth Hot pan Warm pan to medium heat, pour amaranth into pan and keep it moving. It should start to pop right away. If it turns brown you'll need to try again. These little popped kernels are great sprinkled over salads. And you can find them at most bulk stores or health food shops. Yes food delivery peeps, it's on the menu tomorrow.

Quinoa is soooo in right now, it's in everything from cereals and salads to sweet snacks. I'm a big fan of this lovely, gluten-free grain as it's a complete protein, with lots of fiber and iron plus it's a bit of a chameleon in the kitchen. For me the easiest way to make quinoa is in a saucepan, if you're feeling extra adventurous you can soak it and sprout overnight before cooking for an enzyme boost... see here for sprouting instructions. Cooked Seasoned Quinoa  1 cup organic quinoa 2 cups filtered water mineral salt to taste Italian seasoning (optional) Place water, quinoa and spices in a pan, bring to a boil then turn down to a high simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until grains reach desired consistency. This seasoned quinoa is great to take into the office for lunch with some chopped tomato  avocado and pepper. Simple and delicious!    

Photo cred Cat Ok what's in my fridge that desperately needs to be eaten? Leftover brown rice...ahhh, I'll make my special fried rice - The Goods style. All local/organic and crazy yummy and good for you. (don't like rice sub in some leftover quinoa instead) In a frying pan add: 1 tbsp of coconut oil 3 large cloves minced garlic 1 small onion finely chopped 4 carrots finely chopped Once all that is a bit soft (about 5 mins) add whatever you have in your fridge. Yesterday's version consisted of finely chopped, organic: Mushrooms, corn, chard, zucs, bok choy, red pepper & eggs Add some Himalayan sea salt and some organic tamari and you're GOODs to go. The joy about this dish, is you add whatever you want and in any quantity you want - just taste it and add more or less salt & tamari. Let me know if you come up with any rockin' combos.

photo cred Cat Lisa and I are always trying to find the best deals for some of our often used ingredients. And you'll be surprised (or not so surprised) to know that Costco has some great deals. They offer the following organic products: 1. Organic frozen wild blueberries 2. Organic, pre-washed, Quinoa 3. Organic frozen corn And other great finds are: 2. Hemp Hearts 3. Ground flax seed 4. Pine nuts 5. Whole almonds Product does vary from store to store so have a look the next time you're there.  Let us know what you find at your nearest one.

photo cred http://wakeup-world.com Tired of bottled marinades and dressings? Bored of the taste, bored of what's out there and not-so-impressed that everything has ingredients you can't pronounce? Bored of me sounding like an infomercial? Then keep on reading... I was introduced to this recipe this summer by my brother in-law and quickly realized it was a triple threat.  It's a marinade AND a dressing AND a sauce.  What more could you ask for? Combine the following ingredients: 3 tbsp ground sesame paste (a.k.a tahini) 3 tbsp tamari 1 head of garlic, crushed or finely chopped 1 tbsp roasted sesame oil 1 tbsp minced ginger (optional) Slap it on a salad, marinate some tofu in it or drizzle it on some quinoa & avocado. The possibilities are endless. Totally yummy! Riiiiight?!!!