Sprouted buckwheat is a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids. It’s high in iron and calcium, which help prevent osteoporosis, and lecithin, which fights cholesterol and helps cleanse the lymphatic system. When sprouted, the grain softens but retains a nutty flavour.
1/2 cup (125 mL) walnut pieces
2 Tbsp (30 mL) maple syrup or agave nectar
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) sprouted buckwheat
1 cup (250 mL) diced bell pepper (red, orange, green, or a combination)
2 cups (500 mL) baby spinach
1/2 cup (125 mL) apple juice
1 shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
5 tsp (25 mL) apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) freshly ground pepper
2 tsp (10 mL) extra-virgin olive or walnut oil
Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).
Combine walnut pieces with maple syrup and salt and place in a single layer on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and stir. Remove parchment paper from baking sheet and let cool about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In large bowl combine sprouted buckwheat with bell pepper and baby spinach.
In small saucepan combine apple juice, shallot, and garlic. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until liquid is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper. Slowly drizzle in olive or walnut oil, whisking constantly. Pour over sprouted buckwheat. Top with candied walnuts and toss to combine.
Each serving contains: 254 calories; 6 g protein; 13 g total fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 32 g total carbohydrates (11 g sugar, 4 g fibre); 308 mg sodium
Vitamin support for athletes
As an active person, you may require additional levels of certain vitamins and minerals to support your training, specifically iron; B vitamins; vitamins A, C, E, and D; and calcium. Fill your nutritional gap with this Candied Walnut and Sprouted Buckwheat Salad, which boasts vitamins A- and C-rich spinach, calcium-concentrated walnuts, and buckwheat, which is loaded with B vitamins and iron.
You can soak walnuts to make them more digestible by placing them in a bowl with 3 cups (750 mL) filtered water for 8 hours, draining the bowl, and then dehydrating the walnuts in a dehydrator set to 95 F (35 C) for 6 to 8 hours. Turn them after 3 to 4 hours.
You can also dehydrate them in an oven set to the lowest temperature with the door slightly ajar, turning them occasionally, for 3 to 4 hours. Let them cool to room temperature and transfer to the fridge until ready for use, up to 1 week. They will keep several months in the freezer.
source: "Sprouting Out All Over", alive #359, September 2012
Tourtière is, for me, the dish that best represents Québec. It can be traced back to the 1600s, and there’s no master recipe; every family has their own twist. Originally, it was made with game birds or game meat, like rabbit, pheasant, or moose; that’s one of the reasons why I prefer it with venison instead of beef or pork. Variation: If you prefer to make single servings, follow our lead at the restaurant, where we make individual tourtières in the form of a dome (pithivier) and fill them with 5 ounces (160 g) of the ground venison mixture. Variation: You can also use a food processor to make the dough. Place the flour, salt, and butter in the food processor and pulse about ten times, until the butter is incorporated—don’t overmix. It should look like wet sand, and a few little pieces of butter here and there is okay. With the motor running, through the feed tube, slowly add ice water until the dough forms a ball—again don’t overmix. Wrap, chill, and roll out as directed above.
My love of artichokes continues with this classic recipe, one of the best ways to eat this interesting, underrated, and strange vegetable. Frozen artichoke hearts are a time-saving substitute, though the flavour and texture of fresh artichokes are, by far, much superior and definitely preferred.
Cervelle de canut is basically the Boursin of France, an herbed fresh farmer’s cheese spread that’s a speciality of Lyon. The name is kind of weird, as it literally means “silk worker’s brain,” named after nineteenth-century Lyonnaise silk workers, who were called canuts. Sadly, the name reflects the low opinion of the people towards these workers. Happily for us, though, it’s delicious—creamy, fragrant, and fresh at the same time. Cervelle de canut is one of my family’s favourite dishes. It’s a great make-ahead appetizer that you can pop out of the fridge once your guests arrive. Use a full-fat cream cheese for the dish, or it will be too runny and less delicious.