Today I am so happy to share with you this recipe of “Plant Based Alegrias” made by Jenn, a talented Mexican lady living in Ireland. She contacted me a few days ago asking me if she could be part of the “Cooking Comadres Club” and I felt very honoured to featured her recipe here in my blog.
Jenn, a lady from the state of Jalisco, has been living abroad for many years, she has a degree in Political Science, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights, she, together with her wonderful team, write a “The Green Diary” blog, which is a space where you can find plant-based recipes, DIY eco-friendly products for your daily life, tips to improve your lifestyle in general and inspiring interviews.
She told me that her project started three years ago after she started with several health issues, such as PCOS, Metabolic Disorder and Pre-Diabetes, some of which she has had since she was a teenager. On her blog she explains the techniques she has used to move away from her medication while balancing her metabolism naturally.
If you haven’t checked her website, I highly recommend you to do it, it has so many useful tips, techniques and recipes. I love all her recipes, she shares with us many Mexican recipes with a highly nutritious content, but I have to confess that my favourite section is the homemade care where she tells us how to make your own beauty products.
Her recipe for “Alegrias” (joy) is amazing, traditionally, in Mexico, they are made only with amaranth, honey, seeds and raisins, but Jenn’s recipe contains nuts, seeds, vanilla and other very yummy and nutritious ingredients. Amaranth is some sort of cereal, you can find it here in the UK in its raw form (seeds) but it is very easy to cook, you have to pop the seeds in a pan, kind of the way you make popcorn. I personally love them to bits, they are traditional Mexican sweets in Mexico, I remeber eating alegrias as a child in fairs, here at home, my children love them, I make alegrias for them from time to time, they are very easy to make.
Thank you Jenn for sharing your recipe with us!
Amaranth interesting facts
- Known to the Aztecs as huauhtli, it is thought to have represented up to 80% of their caloric consumption before the Spanish conquest.
- Its gluten-free palatability, ease of cooking, and a protein that is particularly well-suited to human nutritional needs, interest in grain amaranth (especially A. cruentus and A. hypochondriacus) revived in the 1970s.
- It is a popular snack sold in Mexico, sometimes mixed with chocolate or puffed rice, and its use has spread to Europe and parts of North America.
- Amaranth and quinoa are non-grasses and are called pseudocereals because of their similarities to cereals in flavor and cooking. (Source Wikipedia)