Let’s be honest — we foodies are hipsters extraordinaire. You like chocolate? Please. We only eat single-origin bars. Our favorite IPA? You’ve probably never heard of it. We’ve been outdoing hipsters long before the first suspenders-wearing bartender landed in Brooklyn, but for all our food snobbery, there’s one frontier we’ve left untouched: grains.
Here’s the thing. We know you liked rice before sushi made it cool. You were eating quinoa when no one even knew how to pronounce it yet. But after one too many stir-fries and granolas, our mainstays are so mainstream — and now, it’s time to introduce a few new staples to the repertoire. If quinoa was the Coachella headliner, think of freekeh, amaranth, and Kamut as the indie bands you saw once at a dusty, underground club. They’re about to make it big — and when they do, just remember that you knew them first.
Don’t be fooled — this tiny grain is a boss. It’s happy sweet or savory, baked in breads or tossed into a stir-fry, but our favorite way to use up millet? Breakfast porridge, hands down. A Better Happier St. Sebastian balances out the grainy texture with a bright berry compote.
Image: A Better Happier St. Sebastian
If Kamut sounds like a lost Egyptian pharaoh to you, you aren’t far off. Naturally Ella reports that it’s one of the oldest grains farmed in Egypt — and with its sweet, buttery taste, Kamut practically begs to beef up your salad.
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Is your Kamut kaput? Farro (or hulled wheat) is a good substitute, especially in savory dishes. Its longer shape also lends itself to all things rice, including Cooking for Keeps’ summery stir-fry.
Image: Cooking for Keeps
Okay, okay. We had to give you at least one quinoa recipe — ironically, of course. (Or not. You decide.) Half Baked Harvest whips up creamy eggplant parmesan with a quinoa crust, for old times’ sake.
Image: Half Baked Harvest