What is Freekeh? Freekeh is a flavorful, high-fiber whole grain that is a traditional food of the Middle East and Northeastern Africa. This roasted young wheat has a nice smoky flavor and a pleasant chewy texture which makes it great for side dishes and salads. This yummy grain cooks up in 25 minutes and also makes a hearty hot cereal. This whole grain is loaded with nutrition too. A ¼ cup serving has 8 grams of fiber, 7 grams protein and lots of iron.
I was sent a package of Freekeh from Bob’sRed Mill and I could not wait to cook it. I placed this whole grain in boiling water and simmered it for 25 minutes. The result was a marvelous whole grain that looked like cooked wheat. I tasted it and I loved the chewy texture. I could have eaten the whole pot of Freekeh just as it was, but of course I wanted to make a side dish with it. I added a bag of cooked frozen spinach, some parmesan cheese and some spices. The result was a healthy whole grain side dish. Next time I will add some tofu or other protein to make it a complete meal.
Parmesan Spinach Freekeh
2 ½ cups water
1 cup uncooked Freekeh
12 ounces frozen spinach, cooked and drained
¼ cup parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
Place the water into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the cup of Freekeh, cover and simmer on low for 25 minutes. When the Freekeh is cooked, add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Serve as a side dish.
I am going to have to try this yummy grain another day for breakfast and add some sugar and milk to it. I can see Freekeh being great for making my homemade veggie burgers.
How would you enjoy Freekeh? What ingredients would you add to this grain?
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“These opinions are my own and I received the above mentioned product from Bob’s Red Mill in exchange for a review.”