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Buckwheat Ravioli

Written by Health Guru

Many people think that buckwheat is a grain, but actually its a fruit seed and not related to wheat at all. It is high in protein, a rich source of magnesium, and can help you to keep your blood sugar balanced throughout the day. It’s available in either light or dark varieties. The darker kind has an earthy, nutty taste and is thought to be more nutritious. Native to Eastern Europe, buckwheat plays an important role in the region’s traditional cuisines.

If you thought pasta was off the menu in a Candida diet, think again! You can pair this buckwheat ravioli with lots of different sauces. Try it with ajvar, a condiment made of red peppers that is popular in Balkan cuisine. Enjoy a taste of the old world.

 

Buckwheat Ravioli

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 60 minutes

Yield: About 18 3-inch ravioli

MAKING THE FILLING

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove finely minced garlic
  • 1 pound ground meat, such as chicken or beef
  • ½ pound greens, such as chard or spinach, stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • ⅛ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the ground meat to the skillet and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. Then add the greens and sauté until wilted, about 2 minutes.
  5. Finally, add the ground nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste. Take skillet off heat, set aside.

MAKING THE RAVIOLI

  • 2 cups buckwheat flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Ravioli filling (see recipe above)
  1. In a large bowl, add buckwheat flour and salt, whisk to combine. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add egg yolks, egg and olive oil. With a fork, gently beat the egg mixture with out incorporating any of the flour mixture. Now with the fork, begin mixing in the flour mixture, a little at a time, with a stirring motion, until the dough is to stiff to mix with the fork. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, knead and shape dough into a smooth ball.
  2. Working with half of the dough at a time, roll out to a 1/8 inch thickness, then cut into 3 inch circles. Spoon a tablespoon of filling onto the center of a dough circle, then moisten the edges with water. Top with another dough circle and press along the edges until ravioli is firmly sealed. Set aside on a lightly floured surface. Repeat with remaining dough circles and filling.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Gently slide ravioli into the water and cook, a few at a time, until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove ravioli from pot with a skimmer, plate, serve with ajvar.

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