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Crunchy Tahini and Buckwheat Salad
BY SOPHIE LEAVER
HEALTH & WELLBEING WRITER
As we celebrate organic September, this recipe is perfect for a light but interesting dinner with much flavour and texture.
The buckwheat is a high-quality and easily digestible alternative to grains. In Ayurvedic terms, buckwheat is considered to have warming and balancing properties. It’s also great for those looking to limit their intake of grains, as buckwheat is actually from a fruit seed. The chilli and paprika in this recipe have high anti-inflammatory properties and are great for digestion. The coconut oil has a combination of fatty acids that are great for your skin, hair and metabolism. The pumpkin seeds in the salad are also a great source of fats and proteins that will keep you feeling satiated for longer.
1 cup of organic buckwheat
2 tablespoons Fushi organic coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
¼ cup organic dates, chopped
1 bunch of kale, roughly chopped or shredded
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ walnut halves
2 tablespoons tahini
Paprika and chilli flakes
Optional: vegetable stock
Pour the buckwheat into a pot and cover with water, or vegetable stock for extra flavour if you prefer. Bring to boil and cook for about 10 minutes, then drain.
In a frying pan, heat the coconut oil and add the onion and pumpkin seeds. Sautee until the onion softens, then add in the dates and kale and cook for another minute. Take the pan off the heat and mix the buckwheat and walnuts through, and sprinkle with as much chilli and paprika as you like! In a separate bowl, use a fork to whisk together the tahini and the juice of half a lemon. Pour this over as a dressing, and serve warm!
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- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
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