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Vegan Tahini-Ginger Buckwheat Porridge

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    Vegan Tahini-Ginger Buckwheat Porridge
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    Ingredients: almonds, soaked buckwheat, dried unsulphured apricots, tahini, cinnamon, fresh ginger and dried orange peel
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    Process the almonds, tahini, ginger and cinnamon in a food processor
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    Coarse paste like this
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    Add the buckwheat and water and pulse a few times until smooth

Text, photos and food cooked by Michal Martinek

Feb 28, 2015

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Vegan Tahini-Ginger Buckwheat Porridge

Have you heard the one about buckwheat? How it’s not really a wheat, but technically a seed, and should therefore change its name to buckseed to stop the confusion? Yes, that’s right: It is a pseudograin from the rhubarb family, and it also happens to be gluten-free. It was first cultivated in Siberia—a wild, beautiful place with six-month-long, frigid winters—where it became a staple as a warming food.

Eat buckwheat if you: get moody, are constipated, have kidney or cardiovascular issues, bruise easily, suffer from high blood pressure, or lack calcium, vitamin B or E. To get all the benefits, make sure to buy raw buckwheat (pale in color). Buckwheat groats, also known as kasha (which means “porridge” in Russian), are dark from being toasted.

This creamy, protein-high porridge is a great option for when you want to change up your breakfast routine. The buckwheat is soaked overnight and then processed with additional ingredients that provide extra flavors. As with most raw, nutrient-packed dishes, you might notice that a small portion of this porridge fills you up fast.

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  1. Serves 2
  2. 1 cup raw buckwheat, soaked overnight, water discarded, rinsed
  3. ¼ cup almonds
  4. ¼ cup dried, unsulphured apricots, chopped
  5. ¼ cup tahini
  6. 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  7. ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  8. ½ teaspoon dried orange peel (optional)
  9. 1 cup water

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Process the almonds, apricots, tahini, ginger and cinnamon in a food processor or a high-speed blender until the mixture resembles a coarse paste. Add the buckwheat and water, and pulse a few times until smooth. Top with your favorite fruit and serve.

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