08/23/2013 08:38 am ET Updated Mar 23, 2015

20 Buckwheat Recipes You Never Even Knew You Wanted

Number one: it's super good for you.

There are a lot of fad diets out there these days, touting one extreme way of eating healthy or another. While we don't know the first thing about which eating mantra is right -- we like to spend our time thinking about cooking and desserts -- we do know how to make healthy ingredients, like buckwheat, taste good. Buckwheat, a protein-rich seed, is a perfect substitute for rice and wheat which means it's a great option for those on gluten-free diets.

Buckwheat recipes are varied and never disappointing. You can use buckwheat flour to make gluten-free breads and crackers. You can turn to buckwheat groats, the unground form of this seed, for rice substitutes and breakfast porridge -- groats are tender and soft. And of course, soba noodles (Japanese buckwheat noodles) make for a great, easy dinner.

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