Boiled Grain Mix
Grains that have similar cooking times can be boiled up together. Here I make a boiled grain mix containing quinoa, buckwheat and bulgar wheat.
Quinoa, buckwheat and bulgar wheat all take about 10-15 minutes to boil. By cooking them together you increase the nutritional variety of a meal, plus you add different flavours and textures. Another reason to cook this grain mix is that boiled buckwheat on its own is not particularly appetising, but when combined with the other grains it works well. Thus this recipe increases the likelihood of you eating buckwheat! It’s good to get a variety of different grains into your diet!
I often boil a large batch, then freeze down portions to use whenever I need them. This is much cheaper than opening a pouch of pre-cooked grains!
Buckwheat, despite its name, is not a wheat product. Like quinoa, buckwheat is actually a gluten-free pseudograin. Bulgar wheat, on the other hand, IS made from wheat, so if you do not tolerate wheat then leave the bulgar out.
This boiled grain mix can be used in salads or as an accompaniment to curries, chillies and stir fries (for recipes see here).
Free from: nut, soya, yeast
Gluten, wheat free: omit bulgar wheat
This is a vegan recipe
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- bulgar wheat
- raw buckwheat
You can cook these grains / pseudograins separately, but I tend to boil them together. The exact amount of each grain / pseudograin doesn’t really matter but I mix approximately 2 parts quinoa, 2 parts bulgar wheat and 1 part buckwheat.
Boil in plenty of water for about 10 – 15 minutes, or until the ‘tails’ have come out of the quinoa and the buckwheat and bulgar are soft. Drain and rinse with freshly boiled water to remove any scum. Serve immediately or allow to cool, portion up and store in the fridge or freezer.