Every time I set off on an adventure that includes hopping through a few countries, camping, going on long hikes or simply to an expensive destination, I always pack a box of buckwheat in my bag.
As someone who was born and raised in Eastern Europe, where everyone eats buckwheat at least a few times per month, I learned quickly how healthy, fulfilling and easy to make buckwheat is.
It normalizes blood pressure, lowers blood sugar levels and with a high level of iron boosts the production of hemoglobin. It is a great source of protein, vitamins B and E, and full of antioxidants.
Also, buckwheat enhances the mood (I tested myself) and is an excellent option for those who are sensitive to gluten.
And what is also important for a budget traveler like me, buckwheat is really cheap. One pound box usually costs between $2 to $5 (depending on a store and country) and makes more than 10 servings.
I like the fact that this superfood can be eaten boiled, fried or even raw. It is delicious on its own and goes well with anything sweet, salty or sour.
Two of my favorite buckwheat dishes are sauteed buckwheat with veggies and buckwheat with almond milk, seeds, and honey. Either of them is scrumptious enough when served hot or cold.
For the first option, all I have to do is to boil buckwheat for 20 minutes in a pot with a lid. At the same time on a separate pan saute garlic and onion, add any vegetables I want (eggplant, broccoli, peppers, cauliflower,) add spices, saute a few more minutes until veggies are cooked and then mix buckwheat in. Voila, and it is ready to eat.
For the second meal, I can use boiled or raw buckwheat (raw will have to soak a few hours.) And I would say it looks more like buckwheat (or granola) bowl. I just pour almond or coconut milk over buckwheat, add seeds or dry fruit and top it with honey. For a light version, it can be just honey, almond meal, and buckwheat. It is still nutritious enough.
Either one of these dishes is good for any time of the day and can be packed as lunch or snack on the go.
Since it is less popular in the Americas, Oceania and Southeast Asia, it may be challenging to find buckwheat anywhere there. I do recommend packing some with you. If you are looking for a healthy idea for backpacking meals. This is it!