Activated Buckwheat Bircher

Buckwheat is one of those contested Paleo items.  Some love it.  Some love to hate it.  It’s not a grain; it’s a seed, and while it contains no gluten, it does contain phytic acid which means that like other seeds (and nuts and legumes) it should be properly soaked or sprouted before consumption.  Unlike most seeds however, buckwheat has a naturally high level of phytase, which means it can help break down the phytic acid itself if you just put it in some filtered water overnight (see here- steps 1 and 2).  It’s definitely not on Mark Sisson’s menu though, as buckwheat has a fairly high level of starch, but that’s precisely why I’m introducing it to my diet.

Activated Buckwheat Bircher

Activated Buckwheat Bircher

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Holy Mole Frijoles Negros

One of the lovely spices I picked up last weekend is whole dried chipotle chilli.  The rating on the pack advises a hotness of 6/10.  10 must be rip roaring hot, cause this 6 will definitely put hairs on your chest.  Chipotle chilli is excellent in tomato based dishes, and I’ve tweaked my Black Bean Salsa recipe  so that it has a lot more punch.  If you’re not a fan of heat, only use half the chilli.  Chipotle + cocoa + black beans + tomato = one awesome salsa/stew a.k.a ‘Mole’ (sauce made with chilli, tomato and chocolate).  If I wasn’t trying to eat slow-carb, I’d add a few squares of good quality chocolate instead of cocoa.

Holy Mole Frijoles Negros – black bean, chipotle and chocolate ‘salsa’ with chopped soft-boiled eggs and avocado

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Black Bean + Tomato Stew/Salsa

Like most of the recipes I like to make often, this one is seriously straight forward and rather tasty.  It is magnificent with fried eggs, a sprinkling of coriander and a little avocado on the side.  I was envisioning something akin to ‘huevos rancheros’ when I started making it.

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Roast Pumpkin Frittata

This is my favourite breakfast item at the moment.  With a tiny bit of prep work (pre-roasting the pumpkin) I can have a whole pan of this hot and ready for consumption in under 30 minutes.  There are so many elements you can modify with this recipe.  I’ve used mashed sweet potato when I didn’t have enough pumpkin, and also added pre-cooked, bite-sized pieces of broccoli.  I’ve also replaced the pumpkin all together with pre-boiled bite-sized pieces of potato.  Chopped sage and thyme work well – I prefer to fry the sage in the ghee before adding it to the egg mix, to enhance its flavour and make it crispy. Chopped feta would be a great addition, as would 1/2 cup of grated cheddar or parmesan (on top, or in the mix).  You could also add chopped bacon or chorizo, flaked smoked salmon or trout, instead of the prosciutto.  Alternately, leave out the meat entirely, for a lovely vegetarian option.

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