Amaranth Grits

June 28, 2008

I got up early to get started on my day this morning and had a bowl of last night’s leftover amaranth for breakfast. It’s very much like Southern grits but with more whole grain flavor. I sliced in a small banana and crumbled about 1/5 of a Pomegranate Granola Plank on top with a little brown sugar and some PB . It tasted great, but I’ve been having waves of hunger all morning.

An hour later the husband and I went running at the Greenway . It was the most beau-tiful summer morning ever. Shady, with sun coming through the trees. Cool in patches, warm in others. We had a great run – about 5 miles – and I had lots of energy.

After a shower and some house cleaning (studying is more enjoyable in a clean house), I’m getting to work. Crossing my fingers I can be done by cocktail hour because Karen is joining us for dinner tonight – shrimp pasta, spinach + goat cheese salads, and wine! We may go out for ice cream too :mrgreen:

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1 oatmeal June 28, 2008 at 10:17 am

The only time I’ve ever had grits was in the cafeteria, and remembered it being tasteless, but I didn’t really know what it was at the time :-P Too bad it didn’t keep you full for long–maybe adding some nuts will help?

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2 Chelsea June 28, 2008 at 11:09 am

I love Amaranth but beware your BM will look funny after eating it. I know TMI but I thought I’d warn you. You don’t actually chew the grains and so the y come out whole…kinda like corn poo.

Okay enough of that! I made oatmeal with apricot this morning and it was FABULOUS. Do you ever eat apricots? They are in my top 5 of fruits-yum.

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3 melissa-little runner June 28, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Hey Kath,

So this may be a silly question, but when you have people over for dinner, how do you plan the cooking? I love to cook, but I always get stressed out about cooking while they are there, but you can’t always make things ahead and reheat. Any tips, especially for things like pasta? Muchisimas gracias!

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4 Kath June 28, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Chelsea ,
I actually don’t know if I’ve ever had a plain apricot! I love them dried, but I have to admit I’m a little scared of them fresh. I guess you convinced me I must buy one next week (grocery shopping has passed for this week already). We’re making nectarine oatmeal this week though!

melissa-little runner,
We haven’t done that much entertaining (because we don’t have many mature couple friends to attend!) but I would try searching for make-ahead dinner party options. I guess the best thing is to just have everything you possibly can done in advance. Pasta doesn’t take too long to cook, but you could have all the veggies or whatever you’re serving it in pre chopped and ready to go. We always try to have a few appetizer snacks for the guests to munch on in case dinner takes a while to cook. And drinks too!

Kath

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5 R. Leigh June 28, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Nectarine oatmeal is incredible- I’ve been having it all week! I like to stir in the chunks after the oatmeal has finished cooking but the pot is still on the burner and the oats are still piping hot, that way, the nectarine gets melty and gooey and delicious but still holds together.

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6 melissa-little runner June 28, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Thanks Kath,

My lovely little sis and fellow reader just called my attention to the 160 comments on a certain earlier post, and I just want to say, aside from my personal thoughts on the situations, I applaud you for letting people comment. I would never be able to take it–aka disable comments immediately! You are really strong, smart and diplomatic.

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