2 Bean Chili with Bulgur
When I looked up bulgur recipes online I found so many possibilities I wanted to try more than just a simple pilaf. Many of the bulgur recipes I found are from Mediterranean or Middle Eastern cuisines.
I made a Spicy Two-Bean Vegetarian Chili. It promised and delivered yumminess.
The recipe is a pretty standard vegetarian chili with black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, bell pepper and jalepeño. The surprise was 1/2 cup of bulgur added for texture mostly.
Bulgur seems to play one of two roles in main dishes. It either adds texture and a little bulk, or it is a base like risotto. Either way it’s makes for an easy, healthful dish filled with yumminess.
Total Rating for Bulgur = 4-1/2 plates*
- Yumminess = 1-1/2
- Goodness = 1
- Easy to find & prepare = 1
- Yummy to family = 1
*Read about my 5-plate Taste Test scale here.
Getting to Know Great Grains: Bulgur
Whole grains like bulgur (also spelled bulghur) are a really good for you. But is it good and yummy? I decided to test it out.
Source: Flickr (cc)diekatrin
Bulgur is whole wheat that’s been cleaned, cracked and cooked, then dried. This processing makes it quick to cook (soak in hot liquid for 20-25 minutes) and easy to store (in a sealed container on the pantry shelf or in the refrigerator). And most of the bran is left in place, so bulgur is still a whole grain.
You’ve probably eaten bulgur prepared as tabbouleh salad. The most common version of tabbouleh in the U.S. has cooked bulgur mixed with parsley, mint, tomatoes and cucumber, then dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.
Bulgur and tabbouleh are incredibly versatile. I found over 20 recipes called tabbouleh listed on a single website. Some added feta. Others beans. And still others added chicken. This grain can be easily prepared as a porridge, a side or the base for a main dish.
Bulgur is easy to find in the local supermarket. And it proved really easy to prepare. Continue reading
I ran into the idea of making a single serving of chocolate cake by microwaving it in a cup in the most unexpected place.
It was a blog called New Dress a Day. On Day 260. 105 days and $106 lefttogo. [sic] not only did the blogger document the dress she made by altering a thrift store find, she also included the chocolate cake recipe.
It seemed simple enough. Eight ingredients mixed in a coffee mug, then microwaved for three short minutes. Continue reading
Still having eight servings of (expensive) quinoa stored in my refrigerator I decided to try another new recipe in search of healthful yumminess. This time we tried Vegetable Quinoa Stew from the Tasty Kitchen section of The Pioneer Woman blog.
When my family taste tested quinoa we decided it had yumminess potential and would try it again.
Here’s an update.
Quinoa with Pintos Corn and Peppers
Because quinoa is a complete protein I went looking for a main dish recipe. We tried Mexican Quinoa with Pinto Beans from the Quinoa Corporation website.
Cooked quinoa was put together with canned whole pintos, corn, chopped bell pepper, and onion. The mixture was seasoned with garlic, chili powder, cumin and oregano. Traditional, simple Mexican ingredients and flavors. It tasted good.