Buckwheat Stir fry with Rainbow Chard and Dates

Buckwheat stirfry

How to re-create this recipe: 

(Serves 4) 

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 a cup of dried roasted Buckwheat (Groats)
  • 1 Tbsp of Red Palm Oil
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper
  • 1 bunch of Rainbow Chard
  • 1 yellow or white onion
  • 6 Pitted Dates
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Tsp of Cumin
  • 1/2 a Lemon
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Putting it together: 

  1. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil (add some salt), reduce heat and simmer 1/2 a cup of Buckwheat for about 15-20 minutes (until water evaporates).
  2. Prep your other vegetables by small dicing your onion, mincing your garlic cloves, small dicing your Bell Pepper, slicing your pitted dates and slicing your Rainbow Chard into long strips.
  3. Pre-heat a Saute pan on medium high heat and add your Tbsp of Red Palm Oil to that. Add your garlic and let that infuse into the oil for about 2 minutes. Add your Onions and cook them until they are slightly caramelized (about 10 minutes). Add your Bell Peppers, sliced Dates, and Rainbow Chard  and cook for another 5 minutes until both the peppers and Rainbow Chard are softened. Add a generous amount of salt and black pepper to taste as well as 1 Tsp of Cumin and squeeze half a lemon on top.
  4. Add your cooked Buckwheat and Saute for another 2-3 minutes. Add some more salt and black pepper to taste.

Nourishment for your body: Buckwheat (also known as groats) is a seed that is high in protein and fiber. It is also Gluten free. It is known to improve heart health, may prevent diabetes, and is packed with vitamins and minerals.  Dates  come from the tree of the Date Palm Tree which grows in many tropical regions. They are a great natural sweetener and add a slightly chewy texture. If you eat them as a snack, it can satisfy your sweet tooth while providing you with antioxidants, fiber and potassium. Besides the beautiful color combination, Rainbow Chard is renowned for its high content of vitamins A and K. It is also packed with fiber, iron and full of antioxidants that will protect your body against potential diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and some neurological conditions.

Tips when cooking: Dates can be used as an alternative to Maple Syrup or Honey. You can add them to pretty much anything for added sweetness; From smoothies to a stir fry dish with a grain or rice of your choice. And because they are sticky, they also act as a great binder when baking. You can find simple techniques online for how to make Date Paste for baking.

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