Has anyone cooked with Buckwheat Groats before? Did they smell funny to you? They tasted great (recipe under Dinner below), but we had a hard time getting over the weird smell. The cool part is that in sight and texture they resemble ground beef, so it’s a good replacement if you are trying to convince a carnivore to love meatless meals.
Kale Apple Banana Smoothie
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1 apple, cored
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
- few dashes of cinnamon
- 2-3 large kale leaves, ribs removed
- Handful of ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender. Enjoy!
I had one Whole Wheat Pita. One side I filled with Mock Tuna Salad by Happy Herbivore with lettuce, tomato and red cabbage. The other side I filled simply with avocado slices and tomato slices. Delish! For the Mock Tuna Salad, I didn’t have kelp, so instead used a few shakes of Old Bay Seasoning.
The original recipe I used is from Welcoming Kitchen, but I can’t find it online. I added marinara sauce to mine and used eggplant instead of mushrooms. Because I’m changing it up a bit, I’ll just post the recipe here like its my own. 🙂
Kasha Varnishkas (Pasta with Kasha)
- 12 oz chunky pasta (I used whole wheat penne…bow ties would be great too)
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1 cup dried kasha (buckwheat groats)
- 1 onion, finely chopped (mine was fresh from our garden!)
- 1 cup eggplant, cubed
- 1 jar marinara sauce
Cook pasta according to directions.
Bring vegetable broth and 2 tbsp olive oil to a boil. Add kasha, cover, and reduce heat to simmer. Cook kasha for 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet. Add onion and eggplant. Cook until soft. Add marinara sauce and simmer for a few minutes to let flavors blend.
Drain pasta. Add kasha and vegetable mixture to pasta to combine. Enjoy!
Sadly, there is no picture. I was running out to a meeting and time was getting away from me. I inhaled my dinner in about 4 minutes flat and only afterwards did I realize I forgot to take a picture. I believe there are leftovers though (the hubby cleaned everything up after feeding the kids once I had left for my meeting), so if I have it for lunch tomorrow, I’ll try to remember to take a picture.
1st day of the 30 Day Squat Challenge, so 50 squats.
40 calf raises
50 pushups, for old times sake.
25 tricep dips