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Candida Cookbook Project - Cream of Buckwheat

Cream of Buckwheat CerealI took a little break from my cookbook projects while I deal with some food allergy issues. I went through an elimination diet for 6 weeks, not being able to eat corn, soy, milk, yeast, tomato, potato, egg and rice. After the diet I found that corn tends to make me very tired after eating it but the others didn't seem to have much of an effect on me. So for now, I'll avoid eating corn for a few more weeks and then try it again to see if the reaction continues.

Towards the end of this diet I found out I have candida which is an overgrowth of yeast in my intestines so have started following a candida diet which is to avoid all sugar and yeast to starve the candida. I'm also taking prescription Nystatin. I've purchased 3 cookbooks online and was thinking of doing the project on The Candida Albican's Yeast Free Cookbook or Healthful Eating cookbook. Both cookbooks look pretty similar. I flipped through the pages and wasn't all that impressed with what I saw. Then I looked at the 3rd cookbook I got, Allergy & Candida Cooking Made Easy. It was the cookbook my doc recommended and I can see why. It is full of great information and really concentrates and encourages a rotational diet to avoid food sensitivities. It contains a lot of other helpful information and not just a list of recipes. It's not a very cheap cookbook though. It's currently $63 new on Amazon but I got my copy used for $40. I will go into more detail on some of the other info that's in this cookbook when I do my review after I finish the project.

For the first recipe I chose to do the Buckwheat Cereal II recipe. The recipe is no secret, just a combination of water and buckwheat. However, I added a few more ingredients to it to make it a little more interesting and tasty so I will share that with you all here. The cookbook provides both a stove top recipe as well as a slow cooker recipe. I followed the stove top recipe and doubled it to serve 2. It turned out too runny for my taste and ended up adding an additional tablespoon of buckwheat.

2 1/2 Cups Water
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/4 tsp sea salt
7 Tbsp Buckwheat (ie. Bob's Red Mill)
1 packet of Stevia
1 scoop of Super Seed
handful of blueberries

  • Bring water, almond milk and salt to a boil. Add buckwheat, stir and reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally towards end of cooking time. Add more water if needed.
  • Stir in Stevia and Super Seed.
  • Serve in a bowl and top with blueberries.

Candida Cookbook
Super Seed
Cream of Buckwheat Cereal

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