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Buckwheat – my new favourite grain 💛

January 10, 2016

As you all know I love my grains. I find them the perfect replacement for rice and pasta. Filling, totally delicious, extremely versatile and so simple to cook. But the biggest advantage of eating grains is that they are so easily digested and full of fibre so very very good for you.

 

Buckwheat grains

 

What is Buckwheat?

It is a super energising and nutritious alternative to rice, and very much like quinoa it can be eaten as a rice or as porridge. 

In fact it isn’t actually a grain but it’s a fruit seed. It is a suitable substitute for grains for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens

I find it is the most filling out of all the grains. Buckwheat is so much more meatier and satisfying.

How to prepare it?

Much like bulgur, quinoa and other similar grains, buckwheat should be rinsed thoroughly under running water before cooking, and any dirt or debris should be removed. 

After rinsing, add one part buckwheat to two parts boiling water or broth. After the liquid has returned to a boil, turn down the heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes. So simple and yet totally filling and very healthy.

My favourite ways to enjoy Buckwheat –

  • Add to soups & stews for that extra thickness.
  • Use instead of oats to make porridge
  • Use in salads 

I will be sharing a super yummy recipe for  a Buckwheat, grilled chicken & broccoli salad with you very soon! It’s soooooo yum! 

You can get Buckwheat grains from your local health food shop or large supermarkets.

Happy Sunday! xxx

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