It's best known for it's use by ancient cultures of South America where it was a staple food together with corn and quinoa.
Amaranth seeds are relatively high in protein and therefore nice for vegetarians. They are also good for gluten sensitive people as they are free of gluten.
You can corporate amaranth in your diet by cooking it like rice and serving it as side dish. Or include it in dishes like casseroles or vegetarian burgers.
But the most fun you can get from these tiny seeds is popping them like popcorn.
Popped amaranth makes a delicious light and fluffy breakfast cereal. Mix it with milk, soymilk or yogurt. Combine it with oats and add fresh or dried fruits - just like regular cereals.
You can prepare them as a savory snack as well. They taste pretty similar to popcorn. Just use your favorite savory popcorn seasoning and sprinkle it on top of popped amaranth.
This instructable requires the use of a stove and a really hot pot. Please be careful, don't burn yourself or others.
If you want to do this project with kids be extra careful...
Step 1: Materials needed
a pot (I recommend using a pot with a heavy bottom)
a corresponding pot lid (preferably made of glass)
either: a bowl or plate to put the popped amaranth in
or: a tea towel (If you want to make a bigger batch I recommend to spread the finished amaranth on a tea towel before you put it into a storage container)
Popping amaranth is fairly easy and quick as soon you have a feeling for the process.
But be prepared to possibly to burn some amaranth at your very first attempts. It first takes a little practice - but then it's super easy. (At least thats what I experienced)