Baking | GF Amaranth Pom Parfaits & Amaranth Dark Chocolate Brownies – Eating smart & SmartEats

“The body is the soul’s house. Shouldn’t we therefore take care of our house so that it doesn’t fall into ruin?”
Philo

Amaranth Pom Parfaits & Amaranth Dark Chocolate Brownies Amaranth Pom Parfaits & Amaranth Dark Chocolate Brownies. Can you tell that amaranth is my latest obsession? I have been baking smart of late. Eating smart too, and hopefully spreading the word a little! You might have noticed that I am reaching more often than ever before for whole grains in my recipes. It’s a practice I strive to stick too, and have been lucky so far.AmaranthNot every time though. Amaranth is one ingredient that has caught my imagination of late. Sangeeta introduced me to it, inspiring me to experiment with this wonder grain. I strive to find better ways of including it in our diet. Popped amaranth eluded me until Cookaroo was generous enough to give me a bag!

Like buckwheat and quinoa, amaranth is an especially high-quality source of plant protein including two essential amino acids, lysine and methionine, which are generally low in grains. Amaranth is packed with iron and calcium, and its fiber content is triple that of wheat. Amaranth is completely gluten-free and suitable for those with celiac disease; what’s more, it is an especially digestible grain, making it a traditional food for people recovering from illness or transitioning from a fast or cleanse.

Amaranth Pom Parfaits The Pomegranate Salsa Parfaits made for interesting {and pretty if I may say so myself} glassfuls. A nice breakfast dish, maybe an evening snacky dessert! I love making pom salsa. It’s got a complex mix of flavours with ingredients that pair beautifully with each other.

Amaranth Pom ParfaitsGot the recipe while googling for a pom salsa. Happily enough I had everything on hand that day. We had friends over. I’ve made it a few times after that too. The flavours are refreshing. Different too. As deep, red Kandhari anaars or poms begin to flood the market again, it’s a great side to make for flat bread or crackers.

Amaranth Pom ParfaitsThe salsa worked well for these Amaranth Pom Parfaits too. Layer them, drizzle some pom molasses over them, leave them for a bit,  … and dig in! Not quite what kids might like, but we enjoyed them.

Amaranth Dark Chocolate Brownies So I got more adventurous. Ordered more amaranth online, didn’t realise I hadn’t ordered the flour. It was in grain form! We live and learn, and so did I. Tried milling it in the thermomix but didn’t quite get what I was looking for. Yet made brownies with it. They came out quite good. Gluten free too. The only drawback was that you could feel the graininess coming through. Still, the kids enjoyed them. {Recipe once I get the flour!}

Amaranth Dark Chocolate Brownies With all these healthy choices I am beginning to include in my everyday food, it’s a good time to review SmartEatsa subscription service to  delicious, natural & healthy snacks in the NCR.

SmartEats

We at SmartEats have started, what we call a “Healthy Eating Movement” towards making us and our children, healthier and happier. We have teamed up with well-known nutrition specialists to develop & find snacks which are delicious, unique and healthy. These snacks are 100% natural, made from whole grains, high in micro nutrients, high in Fiber and have balanced calories.

SmartEats is a convenient and tasty way of healthier snacking for you and your family. Your monthly membership of Rs. 499 delivers a box full of 100% Natural, Delicious, Unique and Healthy snacks along with smart-living ideas to your door. Each box contains 5 new & exciting snacks. These snacks are a delectable mix of Baked & Roasted snacks , various flavors of Nuts, and Fruits recipes, Rich tea infusions, Herbal drinks and much more. It’s a great way to “EXPLORE & DISCOVER”.

SmartEats The box arrived for a review and I was impressed with the neat packaging, both outside and inside. It had the promised 5 exciting snacks within. I reached for the nuts first. They didn’t disappoint. Honey Chili Nuts … very very nice. Well balanced, slightly chili but the honey fixed that. The Very Berry Strawberry bits were absolutely delicious and addictive. A great snacking option I thought. However I got curious as they were really sweet. Did ask the SmartEat folk who told me that liquid glucose had been added to enhance their sweetness. I’m not sure if that still makes them healthy. I’d sooner opt for fresh fruit. Next came the Lean Bean Mix which was very nice too. Maybe a little over spicy for me but nice flavours. A healthy mix of baked/roasted lentils. I think this can make a good base for a bhel puri like snack too. Some chopped onions, tomatoes, fresh coriander, a dash of lime … and I’d be a happy camper! Marching on to snack four, and it was time for Parsley Pepper Crackers. I liked these even though they could be cheesier. They were really good with the pom salsa {and the Baba Ghanouj & Muhammara I had on hand that day}. The Oat & Raisin Cookies are the only snacks that disappointed.  To be fair to them, on giving the company feedback, they tried to fix the problem and sent me another batch. Cookies for me are truly comfort food, something I would definitely reach out for again and again. That comfort is lacking here. These were too oaty, and far from crisp. The nut-oatmeal balance didn’t quite excite the palette, and I would probably give these a pass the next time.

You can reach SmartEats here. The good thing about this exciting new company is that they are eager to listen, and willing to adapt. I am impressed by the variety they have on offer, new snacks each month!

TUV SUD & AssochamInterestingly enough, there seems to be a lot happening on the food front of late. In recent times, emphasis on food safety standards has taken centre stage in the global food trade, alongside food security concerns. Assocham cohosted a day long event with TÜV SÜD … Safe Future Now Summit for Food safety – a collaborative approach today for a sustainable future in Gurgaon yesterday. I was privileged to be invited to moderate a panel discussion on “Effective implementation of new age media strategy, to safeguard consumer’s interest and enhance company’s reputation.

New social media and the food industryAs globalization increases and the food chain gets increasingly complex, it is natural for incidents of food safety to increase. Food safety was the key message delivered touching upon the power of social media, the burgeoning online market economy, how to contain a safety issue, and how to use the power of social media the leverage a food crisis to the benefit of all concerned. The consumers role as an important entity in the food chain was established. {On the panel that late afternoon were Mr. Max Hegerman, Managing Director, Edelman Digital, Mr. Samir Kuckreja, President, National Restaurant Association of India, Liz Fendt, Vice President, International Marketing, TÜV SÜD and Kishi Arora, Chef}

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Comments

  1. Amaranth Brownies!! I noticed you’ve used whole amaranth and not the flour! Thats amazing!! recipe pleeeease!!

  2. I really liked the Smarteat products you discussed in this post…thanks….planning to become to it’s member :)

  3. Finla says:

    Amrnath is something new to me, never knew aobut this .

    • I’ve known of it for a bit Finla, but have recently begun using it. I find lots of references to it on blogs in the west too. It’s more like a quinoa to our part of the world, local and nutritious. We were at a Indian native ingredients cookbook launch last night. Interestingly one of the best Indian chefs cooked dinner for the hge gathering from the book. He made laddoos out of popped amaranth and then partly dipped them into chocolate. Such fun!

  4. I just love drooling at your pics. I wish I could reach out and grab them. Look yum!

  5. Your posts are so elegantly presented, Deeba, that even a not-so-great cook like me would like to try their hand at your recipes. Amaranth is something I’ve been reading about recently and must give it a try.

  6. I liked how these dishes have dished out. Can we also have the recipes.
    Thanks!

  7. Oh i don’t know anything about amarnath.Thanks for sharing n all the healthy products.
    PS: All images looks so professional. Awsome!!

    http://sailorswiferamblings.blogspot.com/2013/09/life-is-beautiful_11.html

  8. Will definitely try Smarteats! Great pics Deeba

  9. I can’t get over how amazing your photos are!! That is all!!

  10. Your pics are so amazing. I just love all your posts. I have never tried amaranth but now I really have to try it.

  11. Dear Deeba, Thank you so much for reviewing our very first box. We highly appreciate that. As you said, we are new and eager to learn and do better. Since this review we have added many new products developed by Sangeeta Khanna to our portfolio. Like Whole Wheat Brownie, Biscotti, Amaranth Peanut butter savory cookie, Fruity Oats granola bar, Apple Cinnamon granola bar and more.

    We are on a journey to make people healthier and happier. Speaking of happier, please do checkout funniest ever 2 minute Ramleela by cutest kids that we released today. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViGKdNgjPVI

    Thanks
    Avni Garg
    Cofounder

  12. bhavanahr says:

    Hi Deeba,
    Waiting for the Amaranth Flour brownie recipe :D. Your recipes are always fool proof. So I am waiting with a bag of flour. ;)
    If you are still searching, I managed to find an Indian link here- http://www.fabindia.com/organics/grain-flour-pastas/amaranth-flour.html?
    I stay in US, let me know if you would like me to ship it. Need to check though, if I can send flour.

    Warm Regards
    Bhavana

  13. Hi please can you let me know if you have posted amaranth brownie recipe , i searched the whole site could not get the link . I would like to bake this brownie for my friends daughter who is allergic to all gluten products. Thanks for sharing such lovely recipes

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