Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Buckwheat - Better Than Oatmeal!


This is one of our breakfast staples. Now that the weather's getting cold again, I love a hot bowl of toasty goodness.  I know it's not really a veggie, it's a grain, but I probably need to eat more whole grains. Buckwheat is high in iron and B vitamins, as well as being gluten-free! You can find whole buckwheat groats in the bulk bins at natural foods stores - sometimes you can buy them already roasted, otherwise dry-roast them in a skillet for a few minutes, until they start to smell good. The key to making buckwheat taste nutty and delicious, with a really nice texture, is to bake it. We usually do it in the toaster oven.

1/2 cup whole roasted buckwheat groats
1 cup boiling water
1 Tbs honey
Pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in an ovenproof dish (or cast-iron skillet). Cover tightly and bake at 350F for 20 minutes, until all liquid is evaporated. Serve with a dollop of plain or vanilla yogurt.
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