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Beautiful little buckwheat – benefits and best recipes

Popular opinion would have you believing buckwheat is a healthy whole grain. And though you’d be correct about it being healthy, it’s actually a seed, not a grain.

This seed is chocked full of protein, fibre and nutrients, and has helped prevent diabetes and ease digestive disorders. Buckwheat seeds, also known as ‘groats,’ are high in rutin, tannins and catechin, making them powerful antioxidants. Consider these guys the ultimate in superfoods!

Buckwheat facts

This is what one cup of cooked buckwheat groats contains:

We love buckwheat as a staple food in place of rice, flour, pasta and any other mainstream starchy carbohydrate. Since buckwheat is actually a fruit seed that is related to sorrel and rhubarb, it actually serves as the perfect grain-substitute for people who are sensitive to wheat or foods that contain protein glutens. Yes! It’s gluten-free! Without further ado, let’s get to the important part… How to cook with it.

Next Level Buckwheat Pancakes with Roasted Strawberries

Beautiful little buckwheat - benefits and best recipesBy Kate from Cookie & Kate

Buckwheat’s delicate, almost nutty flavour, make a hearty breakfast to say the least. Thanks to the buckwheat flour, these pancakes possess a light and airy consistency that quietly surrenders to the pressure of a fork and soaks up maple syrup like a sponge. They go great with almond butter too.

Recipe yields about 8 pancakes.

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Choose dairy free with your own homemade buttermilk option: combine 1 ¼ cups low fat milk (any variety of low fat milk should do—almond, soy, rice, low fat coconut) with 1 tablespoon + ¾ teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar and let it sit for 5 minutes before using.

Buckwheat Risotto with Roasted Cauliflower

Beautiful little buckwheat - benefits and best recipesBy Kelly Gibney

Buckwheat is completely transformed by soaking overnight and then by infusing delicious flavour at every stage of cooking. I think you’ll love this healthy take on a classic dish.

Recipe serves 4.

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Divide the risotto between four bowls. Top with the roasted cauliflower, a generous sprinkling of almonds and fresh parsley leaves. Serve immediately.

Buckwheat Salad: Moroccan Style

Beautiful little buckwheat - benefits and best recipesBy Miryam: eatgood4life.com

By adding cumin to the dressing, as well as using dates and chickpeas was enough to give the salad that authentic Moroccan flavour that is so sought-after. It’s surprisingly simple, and very more-ish. If you’re opposed to dates, as many people are, simply skip that step out entirely to create the perfect salad made especially for you.

Recipe serves 4.

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Roast Tomato & Basil Buckwheat Risotto

Oozing comfort, yet lovely and bright with the summery flavours of roast tomatoes and fresh basil. The texture of buckwheat when it’s cooked like this, is somewhere between risotto and orzo but it’s higher in protein and fibre than both.

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