Hearty Buckwheat-Lentil Soup

Have Fun WithThis Quick Vegan Recipe. Build It According to Your Own Taste. Prepare A Sufficient Amount So That You Have Enough For Several Meals.
A bowl of cooked lentil and buckwheat with carrots, potatoes and broccoli, and a slice of artisan bread on the side.
Buckwheat is a gluten-free, fast cooking seed. Lentils are high in fiber, and protein, and are also gluten-free.
Raw Buckwheat is Sold In Bulk In Food Co-ops and Health Food Stores
Lentils Are Available In Green, Brown, Black, Yellow and Red Varieties. They are Fast Cooking. Presoaking Isn’t Required.
For Flavor Enhancement, Add Sauteed or Raw Bell Peppers, Sauteed Onions, Sauteed Garlic, Chopped Raw Scallions, or Sauteed Mushrooms
BUCKWHEAT AND LENTILS COOKING INSTRUCTIONS: 1 cup of buckwheat to 1 1/2 cups cold water. 1 cup lentils to 2 cups water. Cook time is about 20 minutes for buckwheat, and about 20 minutes for lentils. These are the basic ingredients. Then add anything else you’d like, to enhance the flavor of your high protein meal. Additional spices are black pepper, cayenne, or cumin. Store in refrigerator.

Is Buckwheat The Same As Wheat?

Buckwheat Is A Seed

Buckwheat is a triangular shaped seed. Wheat is a grain. Botanically they are not the same. Rhubarb, a vegetable, is a close relative of buckwheat. Wheat contains gluten, while buckwheat is gluten-free. Buckwheat is a versatile substitute for wheat, in cooking and baking.

Wheat Is A Grain

Buckwheat flour is available in dark and light, and is used to produce cookies, quick breads, pancakes, and dishes similar to cooked rice. It is also consumed as a warm breakfast cereal.

Do You Have Gluten Sensitivity?

If you’re trying to avoid gluten, visit the Celiac Disease Foundation to find helpful information about gluten-free food.

Buckwheat Flower

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Quinoa: No Gluten – Fast Cooking Grain Alternative


If you’re wheat, or gluten sensitive, fast cooking Quinoa offers a delicious alternative.

Quinoa, like Buckwheat are known as pseudo grains, meaning they look like grains such as rice and wheat. Pseudo grains behave like true grains because they can be ground into a flour, consumed as a warm breakfast cereal, or prepared as a delectable side dish.  Unlike true grains, Quinoa and Buckwheat do not contain gluten. Continue reading “Quinoa: No Gluten – Fast Cooking Grain Alternative”

Buckwheat: It’s Not A Grain and It’s Gluten-Free

Buckwheat is not a grain, a cereal or grass, and it’s not related to wheat.  To make things confusing, it is often referred to as a grain.  The term “groat” means the whole grain.  Food packages are sometimes labeled whole


buckwheat groats.  If you’re wheat, or gluten sensitive, cooking with buckwheat allows you to have all the foods you enjoy without the side effects.

Buckwheat looks and acts like a grain.  It’s actually a triangular seed related to rhubarb and sorrel.  It’s a good substitute for wheat, or grains containing gluten.  Buckwheat cooks quickly, and is highly nutritious. Continue reading “Buckwheat: It’s Not A Grain and It’s Gluten-Free”