Risotto of buckwheat groats with beets and garlic porcini mushrooms

Quinoa is normally on my grain speed-dial, but lately I’ve been experimenting with Buckwheat Groats (also called Kasha). Though kind of saddled with an unfortunate name, Buckwheat Groats  are actually delightfully nutty, gluten-free seeds that rate low on the glycemic scales (no wheat or gluten in sight).

On the healthfulness front Buckwheat is great, surpassing rice, wheat and corn on many levels. Because those three are especially  high on the glycemic scale, they provoke a quick spike in blood sugar levels and promote systemic inflammation. I try to avoid rice, wheat and corn as much as possible otherwise I notice in a very short time that my blood work indicators, such as LDL cholesterol, start to go sky high.
This recipe reminded me how much I love lemons. I had tested this dish several times and was almost happy to share the recipe but the last time I made it I decided to try adding lemon zest. Pow! It air-lifted this dish over to a whole new country of taste!

I had fun using cookie cutter rings to create beautiful shapes with the risotto, but if you’re short on time, you can simply spoon it on your plate. I will often serve this with a quick side of stir-fried broccoli with garlic, chili and tamari soy sauce, or a large green salad.

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Risotto of buckwheat groats with beets and garlic porcini mushrooms

Quinoa is normally on my grain speed-dial, but lately I’ve been experimenting with Buckwheat Groats (also called Kasha). On the healthfulness front Buckwheat is great, surpassing rice, wheat and corn on many levels. Because those three are especially high on the glycemic scale, they provoke a quick spike in blood sugar levels and promote systemic inflammation.
Course Mains
Cuisine Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich, Refined Sugar Free