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Cooking with Bulgar
by Nikki Willhite
Tabouli Salad Recipe
Bulgar wheat is a food that has been used for years. There are many advantages of bulgar wheat. Bulgar wheat is made by soaking and partially cooking whole wheat kernels. The kernels are dried, and then cracked into smaller pieces.
Bulgar wheat is considered a cereal food. The advantage of bulgar wheat is that you can eat it raw after just soaking it. Or you can cook it, and use it like rice. When it is put in water, it will double in size.
You can made salads from Bulgar wheat, put it in soups, and even use it to make deserts. Bulgar wheat can be used for frugal purposes, such as putting it in hamburger to extend it.
Bulgar wheat is a food equal in nutrition to wheat. Bulgar is often made using several types of wheat. Bulgar is popular in Indian and Middle Eastern Cuisine. It is considered part of the Mediterranean diet.
To use bulgar as rice, just cook it in water. Use twice as much water as wheat when making bulgar. Bring the water to a boil and then add the wheat kernels. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes, or until it is soft.
There are many ways to make salads with bulgur. You can use it to augment a green salad, or you can use it as the base of the salad. Salads made with Bulgar as the main ingredient are called Tabouli. Below is the recipe to a simple Tabouli salad. Always finely chop the ingredients in the salad to mix better with the bulgar.
1/3 cup bulgur
3 green onions, chopped (tops and bottom)
1 cucumber, finely chopped
1/2 cup celery leaves, chopped
3 radishes, chopped
Additional herbs to taste, such as parsley or mint, chopped.
1 tomato without seeds, finely chopped
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste.
Soak the bulgur overnight or cook it until soft. Put it in a salad bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients (finely chopped), refrigerate and serve cool.
Bulgar is a great food to have in your food storage. However, it is even better to incorporate into your regular meals. Bulgar is not just for food storage!
About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at www.frugalhappyfamilies.com - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money!