Get Cooking With Buckwheat

You may find it in breakfast cereals, breads, and even pancakes, but if you think buckwheat is a type of wheat or other grain, think again. Buckwheat is actually the fruit of a plant related to sorrel and rhubarb. The good news about buckwheat is that it’s a rich source of all nine essential amino acids — important molecules that help repair tissue and build cells — and it’s gluten free if you choose a product that’s labeled 100% buckwheat. You can enjoy cooking with buckwheat starting on Phase 2 of the South Beach Diet and the South Beach Diet Gluten Solution.

Buying Buckwheat
You can find buckwheat in health-food stores either as whole groats (raw kernels with the shells removed), flour (the darker the flour, the more fiber it contains), or kasha (roasted groats in coarse, medium, or fine granulations). You may also be able to find kasha in the pasta aisle of your local supermarket.

Storing Buckwheat
Store loose buckwheat in an airtight covered jar or a resealable plastic bag in a cool, dry place, or in the refrigerator or freezer if you live in a warm climate. Buckwheat flour, however, should always be stored in the refrigerator. Buckwheat will keep for about a year, and the flour will last for a couple of months if stored properly.

Cooking with Buckwheat
You can cook kasha and whole buckwheat as you would rice and serve it as a side dish with meat, poultry, or fish dishes. Or combine it with a little sautéed chopped onion and fresh herbs and use as a stuffing for cabbage, bell peppers, or eggplant. Additionally, buckwheat makes a great component for a stuffing for chicken or Cornish game hens. You can also combine buckwheat flour with other gluten-free flours like teff flour and coconut flour, or with whole-wheat flour, to make tasty pancakes or waffles.

With The South Beach Diet Online and Mobile You Get:

Healthy never tasted so good! Become a member to access all of our delicious recipes, weight-loss tools, expert advice from our nutritionists and fitness coaches, community support, and much more!

Lose Weight Now!

FREE Diet Profile

Tap here for your free diet profile

Is the South Beach Diet right for you?

lbs
lbs
ft in
yrs
Woman Man
 Please enter an E-mail address.
We'll send you follow-up emails. Privacy Policy
Jennifer K.

Jennifer K. Lost 110 lbs with The South Beach Diet!

Lose weight now
download the app now

NEW!

Weight Loss Support, 24/7

Download the app now!

Related Content