Ancient grains are becoming increasingly popular the more that people are trying to stay healthy. To be truthful, I have never sampled these types of grains before until Pereg Natural Foods sent me a box of these products.
The first one I prepared was the Teff Ivory Porridge. According to the package instruction, this box serves two–-maybe giants but hardly the same serving size compared to one of our standbys of oatmeal for breakfast. Serving four is more realistic.
This Teff Porridge is a beige-brown color that reminds me somewhat of cream of wheat, but thicker. We added a little sugar and milk. We found it more filling than cream of wheat as well.
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The Freekeh with Vegetables has a rice like grain with a barley sort of chewy texture to it. It was accompanied by a mix of various vegetables such as carrots, peppers, onions along with spices and herbs. This made a great change of pace for a side dish.
The Farro Superfood is from the wheat family and sort of reminds me of wild rice. It also made a tasty, healthy side dish with all the protein, fiber, magnesium and iron.
Lastly, there was Kaniwa Baby Quinoa with all its proteins and amino acids. I wasn’t exactly sure how best to make this dark reddish-brown ancient grain. After preparing it as directed, I improvised after my initial taste. I added some Parmesan cheese, a little butter and some salt to help it along. It has a fine texture with some crunch that at times can be a bit gritty. This is just my opinion, but I can understand why it became an ancient grain.
If you’re looking to improve your diet with some new, healthier grains, Pereg Natural Foods is a good place to start your new food journey. My favorites were the Freekeh with Vegetables, Teff Porridge and the Farro Super Food. Check them out.