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We love whole grains! We have found that we prefer their flavor. They are also far healthier than the refined foods which characterize the typical modern diet.
Switching to whole grains helps maintain a low glycemic diet. That means you will have more sustainable energy levels throughout the day, and probably fewer problems with weight control.
We created this website with one goal: to build an online community of like-minded people who either share our enthusiasm about whole grains or just want to learn more about them.
|Written by Zen Baker|
|Monday, 03 March 2008 00:00|
A weekend trip to the farmer's market yielded a beautiful bunch of organic collard greens and some fresh handmade chorizo sausage; the perfect inspiration for Caldo Verde, Portuguese greens soup. I grew up eating this soup, made wonderfully by my Portuguese aunt.
Caldo Verde has become the symbol of Portuguese cuisine and is usually served at festivities. The flavor is complex and balanced. The fresh greens are complimented nicely by the rich flavor of chorizo and brightened by the fresh lemon juice added late in preparation to retain its liveliness. Traditionally served before an entree, our version becomes a complete meal through the addition of white beans and amaranth.
Amaranth, the super-grain of the Aztecs, is rich in protein and is not deficient in lysine as many grains are. It is also remarkably high in calcium, magnesium, and iron. In spite of its rich nutritional content amaranth is not widely consumed, probably because it has a somewhat gelatinous texture when cooked alone. This quality makes it ideal when added to a hearty soup or stew as it will thicken a broth without altering the flavor. It is mostly imperceptible, while adding significant nutritional value.
This recipe creates a hearty home-style soup that you will find yourself longing for. It is delicious old world comfort food, with a contemporary nutritional twist.
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