You may have heard of “kasha”, but just what is kasha? Kasha is a toasted version of Buckwheat groats. Despite the use of the word “wheat”, Buckwheat, which is gluten-free, is in no way related to wheat. (1) Buckwheat is a “pseudo-grain”, or seed of a plant from Eastern Europe and Russia, related to the rhubarb plant. (1 , 2, 3)

Buckwheat is a wonderful carbohydrate to add to your diet, with many health benefits.

  • A complete protein-making it a wonderful alternative for vegans/vegetarians. (4)
  • Decreased risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure (3)
  • Increase HDL-healthy cholesterol (3)
  • Increased blood sugar control. (3)
  • Helpful in the management of diabetes (3)
  • Prevent gallstones (3)

Buckwheat is a good source of the following nutrients (3):

  • Manganese – 34% RDA
  • Copper-          28% RDA
  • Magnesium    21% RDA
  • Fiber                 18% RDA
  • Phosphorus    17% RDA

So, just where do you find it and how can you incorporate this phenomenal and healthy carbohydrate into your diet? Bob’s Red Mill at Amazon has both Buckwheat Groats an Buckwheat Flour.

To get you started, here are 10 recipes, beginning with a basic “how-to” cook it and a “kasha” recipe.

ENJOY AND BON APETIT!!

From: Natasha’s Kitchen

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Basic Buckwheat Kasha

 

From: Healthy Maven

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Lemon Buckwheat Waffles

 

From: The healthy Foodie

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Buckwheat “Garden” Salad

 

From: Souvlaki for the Soul

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Buckwheat Pita

 

From: The Healthy Foodie

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Buckwheat Apple Cake

 

From: Bon Appetit

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Pork Chops with Carrots and Toasted Buckwheat

 

From: Oh She Glows

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Easy Overnight Buckwheat Parfait

 

From: Jessica Cox

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Buckwheat Risotto

 

From: Food Doodles

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Gluten-free Vegan Buckwheat Blueberry Muffins

 

From: Epicurious

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Stir-Fried Buckwheat

 

 

Source:

  1. http://www.coreperformance.com/daily/nutrition/12-ancient-grains-you-may-have-never-tried.html
  2. http://www.grainfreeliving.com/is-buckwheat-a-seed-or-a-grain/
  3. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=11
  4. http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/What-Complete-Protein-Inquiring-Vegetarians-Want-Kno-165298

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