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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Weekly Recipe: Bulgur Salad

This is the first of a weekly series on recipes that I love and would love to try. This first one I make often.

Taken from googleimages but almost identical to the one I make.

1 cup bulgur
1 onion (any variety)
1/2 red pepper
1 8oz can peas (or frozen or fresh)
1 can tuna
1 can mushrooms
2 hard-boiled eggs
1 generous handful raisins
1 generous handful walnuts
1 4oz can corn
1 large tomato
Juice of one lemon
Apple cider vinegar (to taste)
Extra virgin olive oil (to taste)
Add the following spices according to taste:
red pepper flakes
garlic powder

Cook the bulgur according to package directions. While it's cooking mix the remaining ingredients together in a large bowl to marinate. Add the cooked bulgur and adjust your seasonings to taste. I usually use this recipe as a main dish served with some fruit and cheese. Or you can make it a side with a nice piece of grilled fish or chicken.

This is a very flexible recipe. You can add any fresh (or canned) vegetables you like and any seasonings you like. I usually just throw this together with what I have in the kitchen at the time.

I like bulgur because it is a nice change from eating quinoa, whole wheat couscous, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread and whole wheat rice all the time! Plus, it is incredibly fast cooking. If you want a detailed breakdown of the health benefits and nutritional information of bulgur take a look here

But you should know by now the health benefits of whole grain products (to name a few): 
  • They have a high fiber content, which keeps you fuller longer
  • It's great for your heart and cholestorol levels 
  • Fights belly bulge. 
Processed foods should not be eaten at all or in low moderation.

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