Carrot Amaranth Polenta with Parsley Oil

When it comes to January meals, I’m about as veg-forward as I can be. More hearty vegan meals, bright in color and full of flavor, the kind I tried in Hotel Tamarindo Vista Villas. This polenta is made with the help of amaranth, instead of traditional polenta. It’s not quite the same but delicious nonetheless.

Amaranth

It’s no secret that I love mixing up grains into traditional dishes. This amaranth polenta was sparked from my love of using millet in place of the traditional polenta. These pseudograins thicken up when cracked and make for a wonderful polenta/porridge like consistency.

When it comes to amaranth, don’t skip the toasting. I find amaranth to be a bit heavy on the grassy flavor but it lessens a bit with toasting.

Carrot Puree

In terms of components I use, this carrot puree is gold. This is one of the best uses but I love using the carrot puree as a base for beans, risotto, and pasta sauce.

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