Easy Buckwheat Masala

Today I finally cooked my buckwheat. I have some Indian spices mix in my kitchen, so I decided to use it for my buckwheat. I used a spice mix for Chana Masala (Chickpeas Masala), it has dried mangoes in it so it tastes a little bit sour. It worked perfectly for my buckwheat, my husband also loved it! I ate it with grilled shiitake mushrooms and stir-fried zucchini and red bell pepper.

Please feel free to try the recipe below!


Buckwheat Masala

Serves: 3-4 servings, Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of buckwheat, clean from any debris and then rinse with cold water
  • 2 cups of mineral water/filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon of Chana Masala spice mix
  • 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil
  • Salt to taste
Direction:
  1. Put all of the ingredients (buckwheat, water, Chana Masala spice mix, virgin coconut oil,  salt) in the rice cooker’s pot. Stir everything until it mixed well.
  2. Cook the buckwheat with the setting to cook rice (for about 20 minutes)
  3. When the rice is ready, fluff with fork or spoon. Serve warm.

 

Whole Grains Fiesta

I have stopped consuming white rice for about 3 weeks now. It’s hard at the beginning, I have been eating white rice all of my life. I love the taste, I love to eat warm white rice with fried fish, sambal, raw veggies and basil leaves. It reminds me of my home country 😭 But I gotta do what I gotta do 😑

I tried to buy organic food as much as I can when I can find it and I have money for it, then I’ll buy it. I found a good supplier of organic grains on Taobao.com, the price is not crazy expensive, so it’s a very good deal for me!

For organic food in China, you can tell from the special label that being attached to the packaging.

I replaced my white rice stock with some varieties of grains. I prefer brown rice, black rice, millets, and buckwheat for now.

Organic Brown Rice: RMB22.90(USD3.61)/1.5kg
Organic Black Rice: RMB29.90(USD4.71)/1.5kg
Organic Millets: RMB21.90(USD3.45)/1.5kg
Buckwheat: RMB12.90(USD2.03)/450grams

For brown and black rice, you have to soak it at least 7 hours. Usually, I will soak it in the morning and cook it for dinner.

Cooking brown rice can be challenging for a person who has never cooked it before. The first couple times cooking it was disastrous, I put too much water, it was mushy like a porridge 😆

Tonight, I got it right. I mixed a half cup of brown rice and a half cup of black rice with 2 cups of water. I also add 3 tablespoons of thick coconut milk and a half teaspoon of salt to make it tastier, and tadaaaa… it was perfect!

I had a better luck with cooking millets 😆

For millets, you don’t have to soak it. For 1 cup of millets, you have to add 2 cups of water.

I haven’t try to cook buckwheat yet, I will let you all know when I do 😬

So far, I love my new varieties of grains!😍

Endo Diet Phase 1: Day 5

Happy Valentines Day!

My husband and I  went to Walmart this evening. We found these Chocolate truffles on sale, we grab a box.

I normally don’t crave for chocolate so much, but today I really want to eat it. But if I eat it I will ruin my Phase 1 Endo Diet 😣 Well, it’s kinda ruined since I eat too much fish (which legally allowed in the list but my body sensitive to it!). It gives me lower back and lower abdomen pain until now. I was like, f**k it! I’m already in pain, why can’t I eat the chocolate then?

I just took Diclofenac and Pantoprazole to relieve the pain. I don’t want to feel anything, I need to make cat food for my lovely cat tonight, I don’t need the pain to ruin it!

Anyways, for today’s review: I only eat veggies today. I felt fatigued all day, maybe because I don’t have enough calories for my body. I couldn’t even finish my morning yoga because I felt so weak. I started to feel pain when I walk from my apartment to Walmart, the fish effect from yesterday stays. That sucks…

Maybe I shouldn’t do Phase 1 for a month, considering I can’t eat meat every day and I can’t eat legumes or grains on Phase 1. Where can I get my calories and protein from? I’m thinking to go to Phase 2 immediately to get my non-meat protein source. I will make the decision tomorrow.


Update:

I ate 9 pcs of the chocolate truffles, I made sure that I wouldn’t  have inflammation by taking 2 turmeric+ginger capsules! LOL… Thank God it works!

I decided to go on Endo Diet Phase 2 so I can eat some legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds. I will eat meat (fish and/or eggs) only once a week (max), just like before. I hope it works!

Endo Diet Phase 1: Day 4

I’m in trouble. My concern about eating too much fish will cause me pain came true. I ate tilapia fish for lunch and an hour later I felt lower back discomfort and I feel dullness on my lower abdomen. The discomfort stays in the evening. It got worse after I ate salmon for dinner >_<

I drank coriander ginger decoction around 10 pm, it helped to relieve the pain but it’s not completely gone. So I decided to take diclofenac and pantoprazole at 11:30 pm to make sure I can get a good night sleep tonight.

So, from these last 4 days observations, I can conclude that I cannot eat too much fish. Once a week was normally fine for me, I might do the same intensity to avoid the pain. Now I have a real problem, how to maintain my weight without daily meat intake nor nuts and beans for the next 2 months? I guess the answer is to eat lots of allowed vegetables for phase 1. Seriously, that will be lots and lots of veggies!!!

I’m willing to try to eat organic meat as a protein source but I don’t want to do it this week. Next week I will have my period, and if I started to eat organic chicken this week and my body also sensitive to organic chicken meat. I will have a very painful period next week! I don’t want to take that chance…