So, this is going to be the year you give ALL the alternative healthy grains a try. You go, girl! Stepping up your grain game is a good way to load up on B vitamins, fiber and even protein. Unlike wheat, which has been cross-bred and hybridized multiple times, ancient grains have remained largely unchanged through the centuries. Some, like quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat, are actually “seeds” rather than grains, and have the added benefit of being gluten-free. Buckwheat stands out for its amazing versatility. From breakfast cereals, pancakes and waffles to noodles, meat-free burgers and gluten-free goodies, here are 19 things you can make right now and get this buckwheat bonanza started.


1. Warm Buckwheat and Beetroot Salad: Eat this for brunch on Saturday and fuel your bod for that run you keep promising yourself. Make this *the* weekend that you do ALL the things! (via Lazy Cat Kitchen)


2. 10-Minute Carob Buckwheat Granola: Next time you run out of cereal, grab the groats. This granola comes together quickly and, layered with yogurt, it’s *almost* too beautiful to eat. (via Little Bites of Beauty)


3. Crispy Buckwheat Breakfast Flatbreads: Flatbreads are great for those slow Saturday morning brunches everyone loves. Grab that new avocado peeler and go wild. (via Gather & Feast)


4. Roasted Vegetable Pizza With Vegan Béchamel and Buckwheat Flour Crust: Pop quiz — when is pizza a health food? When you make it at home with the freshest ingredients and THIS gluten-free buckwheat crust. GF girl for the win. (via Goodness to Glow)


5. Sweet Cherry Buckwheat Pancakes With Bourbon Butter Syrup and Bacon: It wouldn’t be a buckwheat roundup without some towering pancake eye candy. After all, aren’t pancakes what weekends were invented for? (via Half Baked Harvest)


6. Curried Buckwheat and Charred Broccoli Salad: This healthy bowlful of yum will tickle the taste buds of even the veggie-skeptics in the house. You can substitute whatever veggies you have on hand and it will be absolutely irresistible, thanks to the tasty turmeric and toasted sesame hummus. (via Recovering Raw)


7. Zucchini Mushroom Veggie Burgers With Lemon Herb Mayonnaise: When the healthy-eating angel and devil sit on your shoulder and duke it out over your next meal, just whip out this veggie burger recipe and you’ll all walk away satisfied. Way to psyche yourself into #cleaneating goals. (via The Scratch Artist)


8. Two-Ingredient Vegan Meatballs: When you think meatball replacement, you may not think of buckwheat, but these buckwheat-potato cakes fit the bill deliciously. Make a double batch, because even the carnivores in the house will devour them. (via Fab Lunch)


9. French Lentil and Buckwheat Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings: These squash rings are filled with lentils, buckwheat, dried cranberries, toasted pine nuts and spinach, then drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette and topped with pomegranate arils. Perfect for a brunch party, they’re as *beautiful* to look at as they are to eat. (via Pure Ella)


10. Buckwheat Waffles With Halloumi and Chimichurri: Savory waffle bites are so on trend right now. These would be perfect for your next game day gathering, served up with avocado slices and THIS spicy chimichurri sauce. (via Serving Dumplings)


11. Szechwan Zoodles: Oh, em, gee — this spicy and sweet and peanut buttery sauce is the BOMB. And how genius to mix zoodles with buckwheat noodles for that IRL pasta taste and feel. (via There’s a Cook in My Kitchen)


12. Buckwheat Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins: These gluten-free muffins make a perfect breakfast when you’re craving a little something sweet. Substitute coconut yogurt in the mix and they’ll be 100 percent dairy free too. (via Sugar Loves Spices)


13. Fermented Buckwheat Bread: You’ve been all over the fermented foods trend, so take it to the next level and ferment your buckwheat. The result is a homemade bread with the zing of sourdough that tastes great on its own or with hummus, guacamole or your fave nut-butter spread. (via NutriPlanet)


14. Cinnamon Buckwheat Groats: The easiest way to incorporate buckwheat into your life right now is to substitute groats for your overnight oats. It’s the same tried-and-true concept, with an equally yummy result. (via Hello Glow)


15. Buckwheat Crackers With Sesame: There are plenty of gluten-free crackers out there, but nothing beats homemade. The buckwheat gives these babies a nutty flavor that would be perfect with smoked salmon, tofu cream cheese and capers at your next brunch. (via NYT Cooking)


16. Buckwheat Soba Noodle Salad: When you’ve got a hankering for something light and refreshing, there’s nothing like a cold soba noodle salad with veggies, and this tamari-sesame dressing is just the right hit of umami to pull it all together. Everyone at the table will be so impressed. (via Wild Greens & Sardines)


17. Healthy Buckwheat Carrot Cake: This cake is sweet, healthy AND satisfying. Be sure to set a few slices aside to take into the office for when the 4:00 *hangries* come calling. (via Desserts With Benefits)


18. Roasted Fennel Potato Gruyere Tart With a Buckwheat Almond Crust: This tart is deceptively simple looking, but prepare to meet your new fave dish. The flaky, buttery and nutty crust complements the fennel-spiked cheesy potato filling OH SO yummily. (via Cali-Zonia)


19. Banana Cacao and Buckwheat Cookies: Banana, buckwheat, raw cacao and tahini caramel — oh happy day! When all these flavors come together in your mouth, it’s like a flavor jolt straight to the taste buds. (via Rebel Recipes)

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