Monday, September 19, 2011

The Full Ukrainian Breakfast

Breakfast: The Full Ukrainian Breakfast

Lunch: A burrito bowl with all 3 toppings at Hot Beans Vegan

Dinner: Soba noodle stir fry with tahini sauce, a la Fresh

The title of this recipe has two meanings (ex-English students love ambiguity): it's what I see as the Ukrainian equivalent to the Full English breakfast, and it's a breakfast that can keep my Ukrainian full, and given his size, that's quite the achievement.

I learned to love kasha (otherwise known as buckwheat groats) living in the Ukrainian house, and I've learned to REALLY love it since then, because it's ridiculously good for you. It contains all the essential amino acids, making it a whole protein (awesome!), it acts as an antioxidant and extends the benefits of vitamin C. But it doesn't end there: there's also loads of fibre in buckwheat, and the high magnesium content combines with other good things to fight off cholesterol. Not bad for one of the staple foods of a nation that is often considered synonymous with only oil, salt and pork!

You'll need:
(Feeds 2)
1/2 cup kasha
1 large handful spinach
1 avocado, sliced
1 onion, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
balsamic vinegar
Place the kasha in a pan with 1 cups water and bring it to the boil
Turn down to a lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until the kasha grains are soft
Fry the onion in a little oil until translucent
Add in the mushrooms and fry for 5 minutes
Move the onions and the mushrooms to one side of the pan, tear the spinach and throw that into the other side*
Cook the spinach for 2 minutes, until just wilting
Drain the kasha, and serve with the mushrooms, onions, spinach and the sliced avocado
Splash a drop of balsamic vinegar on the spinach and enjoy!

Despite its name, buckwheat is actually a fruit seed, so it's fine for those with coeliac disease (hi Hilary!). The flour can also be used for awesome gluten-free brownies - and keep your eyes peeled for that recipe later this week!

*This saves more washing up...which in turn saves the planet! Woo!

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