Easter + Amaranth Experimenting

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend.

IMG_1305.jpg

Our Easter bunny came Saturday night while we were all sleeping.

IMG_1302.jpg

IMG_1303.jpg

There were lots of goodies waiting for us at brunch.

IMG_1323.jpg

Post-brunch, we took Bailey on a walk.

I took a bunch of photos of flowers around the neighborhood.

IMG_1318.jpg IMG_1319.jpg IMG_1336.jpg IMG_1338.jpg IMG_1357.jpg IMG_1345.jpg IMG_1353.jpg

Spider!!!! EEK!

IMG_1358.jpg IMG_1361.jpg

Later on, we had Easter lunch instead of dinner, since hubby and I had to head home later in the day.

IMG_1363.jpg

Hubby’s mom put together a feast including roast turkey breast, fennel, mashed potatoes, cauliflower, stuffing bites, and salad.

IMG_1369.jpg

She even got me a little Easter present.

IMG_1377.jpg

I thought it looked better on Bailey, though. Can you hear him complaining, “Mo-oooooom! What are you doing to me? Don’t make me wear the ears!”

IMG_1387.jpg

What a cutie pie!

IMG_1391.jpg

Hubby and I spent the car ride home talking about food for dinner and the week ahead. I’ve fallen off the wagon as far as preparing foods on Sunday (Sunday Prep Day anyone?), but I want to get things back in order. I’m really sandwiched-out, so my new pan is to make a big soup no Sunday and eat on it during the work week. Soup and a nice piece of heart, whole grain toast is one of my favorite meals. It’s easy, affordable, and filling.

IMG_1395.jpg

I’ve been pretty disappointed by the soups offered during lunch hours at restaurants nearby, so the solution…make my own! I can make way better soups than they can, plus I can tailor them to my taste buds.

On this Sunday, I made a giant batch of vegetable lentil soup. I originally wanted to just make a vegetable soup – a class fave of mine. But, I added lentils to make the soup more filling, since I’ll be eating it as an entree. I need to write up a recipe, because this one is a definite winner! Full of tons of veggies, with a light flavor, and satisfying thanks to those French green lentils. Mmm…

201104251737.jpg

Remember that Amaranth flour I got a couple days ago? I’ve been really excited about using it in a kitchen project, so I decided to test out some new cookies with my new whole grain flour.

Upon opening the flour, I noticed an interesting smell. The flour smelled kind of like…grass! Yes, like the kind of grass that grows outside. Very odd! I thought maybe the scent would disappear after I mixed the flour with other ingredients and baked it off. Nope…the resulting cookies even tasted kind of like grass…or at least…they tasted like how grass smells.

IMG_1398.jpg

I love amaranth flour for its whole grain qualities and nutritional benefits, but the taste on its own is something I think would take getting used to. I thought I may be able to use it solo like I do with my fave – SPELT! But, my new plan of action with the amaranth flour is to use it with other whole grain flours to create multigrain goodness.

I’m thinking of putting amaranth into:

  • breads
  • cookies
  • pancakes
  • cobblers
  • anything you bake with four!

But next time, I’ll use amaranth flour as maybe 25-33% of the total flour. ;)

IMG_1405.jpg

PS: I tried out this cookie recipe with a couple slight variations, and wouldn’t you know…they look just like dough balls! The texture was sort of dough ball-esque, too, but nothing beats the original!

Have you ever tried Amaranth (in any form – flour, seed, etc.)? What did you think?

What’s your favorite flour?

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Comments

  1. says

    I had the same reaction when a big spider crawled across the floor at church on Sunday, but thankfully my mom squashed it with her shoe.

  2. says

    Bailey looks SO adorable in those bunny ears!!! I haven’t done as much experimenting with flours as I would like, different grains can be so expensive which sucks because I know how beneficial they are! My new favorite flour is unbleached white whole wheat, I use it ALL the time and I love it so much.

  3. says

    So glad you had a great Easter. That soup looks delicious!! I love when I plan ahead on Sunday and have a weeks worth of meals already planned and prepped.

  4. says

    I am SO glad I’m not the only one who posed with bunny ears on with my dog….and I’m also glad I’m not the only one who posted it on my blog! :) Gorgeous photos as usual!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>