Bulgur Wheat is a Great Treat!

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Looking to work more whole-grain goodness into your diet? We highly recommend that you give bulgur wheat a try!

Bulgur wheat is a low-calorie whole grain that’s a snap to cook with! In fact, we love bulgar wheat (as it’s also sometimes spelled) so much that we can’t stop singing its praises. It’s packed with fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, and it’s fat-free!

Bulgur wheat starts as whole-wheat kernels. These kernels are parboiled, debranned, drained and ground up into medium-sized grains. Bulgar wheat is easy to digest because it lacks the hard outer shell that whole-wheat kernels have in their most natural form. However, its medium grind lends a satisfying texture and flavor to many different types of recipes! And, as a huge bonus, bulgur retains almost all of its whole-wheat nutrition content, even after it has been processed.

Many people like to eat bulgur wheat in pilaf-style side dishes. However, it’s also absolutely delicious as a substitute for bread crumbs in dishes such as meatballs, meatloaf and casseroles. It also works well as a substitute for rice, couscous and quinoa in many dishes. You can even make a cold salad with it by tossing cold, cooked bulgur with vinaigrette dressing and chopped raw vegetables.

One of the  things we love about bulgur wheat is how easy it is to prepare! Just combine 1 cup of bulgur with 2-1/2 cups of water or broth in a medium-sized saucepan and boil the mixture for 30 minutes. After it’s cooked, add spices, fresh chopped herbs and cheese to the bulgur. It couldn’t be simpler!

Have you ever tried bulgur wheat? What are some of your favorite recipes using this grand grain?

 

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