Why Kañiwa Is the Kylie Jenner of Grains
You’ve experimented with quinoa in everything from burgers to dinner bowls. Now, it’s time for another ancient-made-new favorite to step up into the superfood spotlight. Meet kañiwa (pronounced kan-yee-wah). To break it down, if Kim K. is quinoa, think of this grain as Kylie Jenner. It is hot, hot, hot right now (celeb chef Virgilio Martinez and health advocate Dr. Oz can’t stop raving about it) and for good reason. Here’s why you should make kañiwa for dinner tonight.
2. It’s easy to cook. If you’ve ever cooked quinoa, this grain is pretty much the same story: Two parts liquid to one part kañiwa. It’ll cook up in about 15 minutes or less.
3. It tastes amazing. Not only is it easy to cook and great for you, it’s actually pretty tasty too (did you ever think it was possible?). It has a sweet, nutty flavour which really comes out through if you toast it in a saucepan or a dry skillet before cooking it, according to the Veg Kitchen.
4. It’s gosh-darn beautiful. The red grains add a pop of contrast to salads, sauces and appetizers, making your guests think you spent way more time on prep than you actually did.
Ready to test out the good-for-you grain for yourself? Here are our five favorite kañiwa recipes.
2. Kañiwa with Roasted Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Red Pepper and a Tahini and Sundried Tomato Dressing: Packed with veggies and good-for-you grains, it is a wonder that this showstopping entree takes only 50 minutes to make! (via The Fresh Direction)
4. Baby Kañiwa Bowl with Cranberry Jicama Salsa and Sweet Squash Puree: Although the recipe says you can substitute in quinoa for kañiwa, we love the rich red tones and iron-packed benefits of the grain. (via The Taste Space)
5. Kañiwa Oat Pancakes with Chia Blueberry Compote: If a chai tea late and a blueberry muffin had a health-conscious baby, it would be this super simple and delicious pancake recipe. Enjoy! (via Nutrilicious)
Are you cooking with kañiwa this fall? Let us know in the comments below!
(Photos by One Green Planet)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!