Have you ever wondered what to do with buckwheat groats? Perhaps you’ve had a buckwheat pancake or bread made with buckwheat flour, but there’s a lot more you can do with this grain when you use it whole.
Despite its name, buckwheat is actually part of the rhubarb plant family and is not related to wheat. It’s naturally gluten-free and has many health benefits. Buckwheat is also high in protein, magnesium, copper, iron and various B vitamins.
The following recipes are great ways to use more of this healthy, versatile grain.
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This filling salad makes a great side dish or a main course.
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These burgers are packed with veggies, and they’re baked instead of fried to cut down the fat.
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If you’re looking for an alternative to oatmeal, this hot porridge makes a delicious, gluten-free breakfast or dessert.
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Another great breakfast option, this tasty granola is very easy to put together with simple ingredients.
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Fava beans and a tahini dressing give this salad an extra boost of protein.
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Tired of sugary, store-bought granola bars? Try this recipe that’s loaded with healthy grains, berries, nuts and seeds, and sweetened with a touch of maple syrup.
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You can easily swap out ingredients in this flexible casserole and use what you have on hand.
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Eggplants, roasted peppers, spinach, and olives give this stew a distinctly Mediterranean flavor.
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The buckwheat and chickpeas make this soup a meal in itself.
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Gluten-free bread doesn’t get any easier. This recipe only needs buckwheat groats, water, and salt.
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These egg-free and gluten-free mini quiches are perfect to bring to a party or other special event.
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Coconut milk and cashews give this one-pot curry a satisfying richness.