Recently I had one of those instances where I looked in the fridge and cupboards and they all seemed bare. I didn't want to order in or go out, so I decided to make one of my “clean the pantry” meals. It was either going to be rice and beans, or some other sort of grain and beans. I had lots of buckwheat even though I don't like buckwheat. I chose the buckwheat.

Beans are full of protein and fiber.

I'm still on a turmeric kick. Turmeric has been a repetitive presence in my blog and Instagram posts. I credit it for me not getting sick when my partner was sick, and then when I did get that cold it was mild and short. I bought new boxes of Kleenex (really the Kleenex brand – I'm loving the “Ultra Soft 3-ply”) thinking that I'd run out of my 2 open boxes at home quickly, but the nose blowing was less frequent than expected. It was mostly a chest cold, with sinus pain and some nasal congestion.

Here's my rationale behind the rest of the ingredients:

  • The mixed vegetables were for variety and crunch. You can use them, or not.
  • The wakame was added 1) because I really like wakame and 2) Because wakame is said to mitigate the gas problem caused by beans. You know how the rhymes go: “Beans beans are good for your heart, the more you eat them, the more you fart.” and “beans beans the magical fruit, the more you eat them the more you toot.”
    I ate this salad twice and the first time the wakame defense failed miserably. The next day my ass was like a wind machine. However, I added tuna to the leftovers and farts were minimal so either my stomach was used to all that fiber, or the added tuna helped. The nutritional benefits of wakame were secondary to me, but here they are:

    • Wakame is a good source of magnesium, which I've been trying to get enough of. Every cell of the body relies on magnesium and people tend to be deficient. Magnesium is integral to hundreds of biochemical reactions across all bodily systems and it's depleted every 12 hours so it needs to be constantly replenished. If you're feeling “off” try increasing your magnesium intake.
    • Wakame is a good source of iodine, essential for strong metabolism of cells, and also iron, manganese, folate and bioavailable calcium.
    • It's rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, essential for brain health.
    • It's a good source of a number of vitamins including A, B2, C, E, and K and vitamin D, which isn't a vitamin, but a hormone.
    • It's got a ton of health benefits including boosting immune function. Combine wakame with immune boosting turmeric, plus pepper and fat to maximize the benefits of turmeric, and you've got an immune system powerhouse. Turmeric might play a role in thyroid health. For more information about thyroid health, check out The Thyroid Secret, a documentary series that runs from March 1 – 10.
  • I really wanted apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and turmeric together. If you prefer a sweeter dressing you could add maple syrup or honey, but I prefer my dressing unsweetened.

Here's the recipe:

bean and buckwheat salad
Buckwheat & Bean Salad with Turmeric Dressing
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
bean and buckwheat salad
Buckwheat & Bean Salad with Turmeric Dressing
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Ingredients
Salad
Dressing
Servings: people
Instructions
Prepare buckwheat
  1. Rinse buckwheat in a colander until water runs clear. Transfer to a pot and cover with 2 cups of boiling water. Let stand covered for 15 minutes. Don't leave it too long or it will get mushy! Rinse again and drain.
Dressing
  1. In a small bowl whisk all dressing ingredients except the oil (or in a small jar, shake it all). Slowly whisk in olive oil until well combined.
Wakame
  1. Soak in warm water for about 5 minutes or until soft.
Assembly
  1. Rinse romaine lettuce and tear it up into a bowl, or add greens to a bowl. Add buckwheat, beans and mixed vegetables. Toss with dressing. Top with wakame.
Recipe Notes

Use what you've got. Any grain, or a pseudo-grain such as quinoa, will do. Add any other veggies to it. I added some Mann's Power Blend, which is Brussels sprouts, napa cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, carrots and kale.

 

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