Experimenting with Buckwheat, Quinoa, and Spelt

Graylin Bee
By Graylin Bee Latest Reply 2013-03-15 02:32:28 -0500
Started 2013-03-14 01:07:22 -0500

First off I have not broken the cooking ban. Hubby did all the heat required steps.
Second I am now banned from using the micro planer, as I shredded some of my thumb with the cheese.
Third the experiment seems to have been a BG sucess.
Fourth the end product was not what I was aiming for - a Tortilla to enjoy with melted cheese.
Fifth it made an excellant substitution for the corn masa portion of tamales.
I have really missed Tamales.
So by mixiing 1 lg egg, 1/2 c almond milk, 1/4 c buckwheat, 1/8 c quinoa, & 1/8 c Spelt we made six 4" soft tortillas in a nonstick skillet. Then Hubby prepared a pork and green chili filling. Placed some of the filling & shredded cheese on each tortilla. And Enjoyed. Did not enjoy the 15 minute apart finger sticks for the next three hours, however.
BG test results
99 before eating
Rose to 128 after 30 mins
Stayed between 128 and 133 up to the 1 hr and 45 min test.
Dropped to 114 by the 2 hr test
Was 98 by the 3 hr test
Since corn products can make my BG hit the 180's I think I have found my tamale substitute. Unless, a few more tweaks can give a better BG reading.
I had tried some Buckwheat cereal with better results than my Cream of Wheat test. Hubby had made some Quinoa and Black bean patties last week that gave me no BG spike at all. I had thrown some spelt into the shopping cart this week to try, since it has a lower gluten content than regular all-purpose white flour. So I hoped the Buckwheat, Quinoa, and Spelt would combine OK.
Maybe next time I will up the Quinoa and decrease the Buckwheat to see if it gives a lower BG rise, but still has a good flavor.
A few days ago I did make a Buckwheat, Quinoq, and Tapioca startch version. But the end product didn't taste as good. I did use them for melted cheese tortillas, after I added alot of garlic, onion, and red pepper. I used them over several days and only ate 1 tortilla per day. I did not test what the BG effect was. The flavor of the tortillas without the spices and cheese did remind me a bit of Spaetzle. I might try the batter for those little noodles. Maybe cooking them in broth with garlic, onion, and black pepper. Once I buy mor test strips. Tonight's experiment used up most of what I have, and payday is two days away.

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GabbyPA 2013-03-15 01:13:42 -0500 Report

Did you use the flour version of all of your grains or was it a mix? I just got some Amaranth grain and it did the same as wheat...so I need to experiment a little more with it. It's even smaller than Quinoia.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-03-15 02:32:28 -0500 Report

They were all flour versions.
I have had Amaranth in all ready made products. But haven't tried to bake/cook with it yet. Haven't tried Teff either in baking or cooking. I need to do more research on some of these alternatives. I usually avoid millet since I have had airborne allergic reactions to it. This, and the flulike symptoms wild rice gave me have me a little hesitant when trying out products.

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