Sunday, June 6, 2010

Tasty Tuesdays #1

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

I've been experimenting with many a healthy recipe and new ingredient since taking my health more seriously. I also happen to be a hobby 'chef' that likes to play with her food. I thought I'd share a few recipes on the blog. Let me know what you think!

Today I cooked with bulgur for the first time. And NO - that's not an attempt at profanity! Bulgur is basically a form of wheat that's been parboiled, dried & cracked. This morning, I used this grain commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking as a replacement for my steel cut oats at breakfast. Without further adieu, Rae's Sweet & Nutty Summer Grains recipe!

You will need: bulgur, unsweetened applesauce, hazelnuts, fresh blueberries and vanilla extract.

Bulgur is easy to cook. Just boil some water and walk away from the stuff until the water is absorbed. Use a ratio of 2:1. In other words, I brought 2 cups of water to a boil for 1 cup of bulgur. Once the water is boiling, add a dash of vanilla extract and your bulgur.

Get it off the heat and get a lid on the stuff. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop up 5 hazelnuts with a sharp knife.

Grab one cup of bulgur and stir in half a cup of applesauce. Note: You will have at least one cup leftover. Tabbouleh salad, anyone?

Top with blueberries and hazelnuts. Enjoy!

The Stats
Calories: 285
Fat: 5g
Carbs: 58g
Protein: 7g

Mix It Up
Use any combo of fruit and nuts or try adding a little maple syrup or agave nectar for a sweeter version. I can't wait to try:
- strawberries + almonds
- banana slices + coconut
- pineapple + pine nuts
- pear + walnuts

1 comment:

  1. Rae- I LOVE bulgar, but have never thought to use it for breakfast. This sounds soo good! I think I know what I will be having for breakfast Saturday :)