Buckwheat porridge is often looked at as a tasteless gruel, reserved for peasants in Russia. I happen to think that "peasant food" is the most beautifying, nourishing food on the planet. After all, the peasants always outlived the gouty kings.
Buckwheat is amazing for so many reasons. One major reason is that it contains the bioflavonoid Rutin. Rutin, among many things, helps to:
- Builds and strengthens blood vessels and capillaries.
- Improves circulation, which helps maintain warmth during the colder seasons.
- Reduces skin inflammation, a common symptom of Rosacea
- Protects the body from radiation (cell phones, x-rays, and smart meters are but a few common causes)
- Can help to lower blood pressure.
- Cleans the intestines.
This recipe, adapted from Cookus Interuptus, will make your body beautiful from the inside out. Potatoes deliver healthy minerals for the blood and skin, onions provide sulfur for collagen growth, and mushrooms provide selenium as a powerful anti-cancer compound. When you add this to rutin-rich Kasha and top with sauerkraut (high in vitamin C and enzymes) you have an incredible breakfast that will clean the blood, rebuild the immune system, strengthen your circulatory system, and make your skin glow.
1C kasha (roasted buckwheat)
2-4C water (Start with 2 cups and add more if you want it soupier)
1 small red skinned potato (finely diced or grated)
1/4 - 1/2C finely chopped shiitake mushrooms
1 tbsp. of sesame oil
1) Saute onions with a little sea salt for 5-10 minutes until they become nicely browned.
2) Add the potatoes and the mushrooms and let saute for an additional 3-5 minutes, covered.
3) Throw in the kasha and let that also saute for another 2-3 minutes, covered.
4) Add water, bring to a boil, and let simmer while covered until the water is soaked up.
5) Serve with sauerkraut and steamed vegetables.
I like mine with brussel sprouts and diced carrots. You can add rosemary to increase its blood strengthening and warming properties.