Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tabboleh

This is just one of many versions of a yummy, healthy mediterranean parsley and wheat salad. Its great mixed with hummus on a pita chip.

1 1/2 cups water
1 c bulgar wheat
1/3 c lemon juice
1/3 c olive oil
1 1/2 T salt

3 bunches parsley, with the leaves chopped fine. Discard stems
1 cucumber, seeded and diced
tomatoe, diced - optional

Boil water and pour 1 1/2 cups over the bulgar wheat in a big bowl. Add lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. Let it sit for 45 minutes to an hour till fluffy. Add in parsley, cucumber, and if desired, tomatoes. If the taste is not strong enough, you can add more lemon juice and olive oil, and season to taste. Great as a side for mediterranean chicken, or served with hummus on pita chips.



Saturday, July 11, 2009

Easy Grain Salad

This looks like the fancy tarts sold in bakeries and its SO EASY!!!

1/2 sweet onion (walla wall or vidalia), chopped
2 zucchini squash, chopped
2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 c quinoa

1/3 c lemon juice
1/4 c olive oil
olive oil for sauteeing
salt and pepper to taste

Bring 2 cups of water to boil, reduce to simmer, dump in quinoa, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Dump in a big bowl when done.

While quinoa is cooking, saute peppers, squash, onion in a little olive oil till crisp tender. IF you like garlic then you can mince some and cook along with veggies. Dump in bowl with quinoa. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Eat hot or cold.