Cabbage and Buckwheat Bowl with Creemy Pumpkin Seed Dressing

This is the kind of quick supper (if the buckwheat’s already cooked and the dressing’s in the fridge) that equates with comfort food for a young tot and I.  We each get a bowl of warmed buckwheat groats and then the young one requests bits of cabbage salad, additional dressing, cubes of avocado and a pickle or two from the fridge as the meal progresses.

I also find that it’s a nice way to end the season, acknowledging autumn with the warm and more substantial grains (I know, buckwheat isn’t a grain) while thanking the last of summer with raw fresh garden vegetables atop.  The creamy pumpkin seed dressing takes it up a notch and adds some fabulous extra flavor to the medley of tastes and textures in the bowl.

What you need for the buckwheat (makes 6 cups cooked):

  • 2 cups buckwheat groats (not kasha, the untoasted groats)
  • 2-3/4 cups water
  • water to soak

What you need for the cabbage (per person):

  • 2 cups shredded red or green cabbage
  • a rib of celery, sliced
  • a scallion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of dressing (or more, or less, to taste)
  • cubed avocado to serve (optional)

What you need for the dressing (makes about 2 cups):

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 1/4 cup organic pumpkin seed butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup unpasteurized organic apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup flax oil

What you do for the buckwheat:

  1. Soak the buckwheat overnight with water to cover by a few inches.  Drain and rinse.  It will be kind of slimy.  That’s normal.  Rinse some more and let it drain in the colander.
  2. Place the drained buckwheat in a pot with the 2-3/4 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Cover, turn heat to low, and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, approximately 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, 10-15 minutes.  Fluff and serve.

What you do for the dressing:

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender or Magic Bullet type mixer and process until completely smooth.

What you do for the cabbage:

  1. Mix all ingredients together.

What you do for the bowl:

  1. Put a cup or so of buckwheat in the bottom of the bowl.  Top with the cabbage mixture and cubed avocado if using.
  2. Enjoy.


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