Monday, July 11, 2011

Nutmeg and Quinoa, Amaranth and Buckwheat Cereal


I have been very interested in getting fresh nutmeg. Fresh always adds a better flavor in spices. I have seen it mentioned in recipes and was curious about it. In my search for looking for it, I finally found it at Sunflower market. It was in a rack with other spices that come in cellophane bags. I was so excited to finally be able to try it.

To use it, all you do is take a little zester, the kind you would use for zesting an orange, and rub the nut over it. It's that easy!

The first thing I tried it in was some hot cereal. It added a wonderful flavor, and it smells so good. If you don't like the flavor of nutmeg you will not like it, but if you do like nutmeg you will love it. :) The benefit to using spices is it adds a great flavor, and you can use less sweetener. I am excited to add it to some other foods.
Some interesting health benefits that could happen, eating nutmeg in moderation.
1. Aides in digestion.
2. Anti-inflammatory
3. Improve blood circulation which can boost brain activity
4. Boost in the function of the heart.
5. Works as a detox and can stones from forming in your kidneys.
6. Promotes the the production of serotonin in your body, which can help you relax and sleeping better.
7. Can eliminate bacteria in your mouth and help you from having bad breath.. It is an ingredient found in toothpaste sometimes.

"Some like it hot some like it cold....." I love this Cereal! I had it yesterday hot, and today I had some leftovers cold. It was yummy both ways. With the spices in it, and the texture it kind of reminded me of a rice pudding. So very good! It has a lot of texture to it, and it is really healthy too.

Ingredients:
3
C water
1/3 C unsweetened almond milk and a little extra to pour on top
1/3 C quinoa
1/3 C buckwheat
1/3 C amaranth
1/3 C coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
2 to 3 T honey
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg or 1/2 tsp dried (featured spice) Zester worked great!
*Optional 1/3 C raisins, craisins, dates, or any dried fruit.

Directions: serves 4

1. Boil the water then stir in all the ingredients except the raisins or dried fruit. Turn down heat to low and let cook till the grains are all softened. Put on the lid. It may take about 10 min. Add more water if needed.

2. Then add the fruit and stir it in. Serve into bowls and pour a little almond milk on top. Enjoy!


* For extra added nutrition you can soak the grains overnight or even 30 min before cooking.

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