Get your Freekeh On!
Freekeh. Never heard of it before? Yeah, me either – until I was selected to do a review on Freekeh Foods hand roasted green wheat. Freekeh sent me two bags – one bag of Rosemary Sage and one bag of original.
So what is Freekeh? According to Freekeh Foods website, “Freekeh is a process which means ‘to rub’ in Arabic. Freekeh was created by accident nearly 2,000 years ago when a Middle Eastern village was attacked and their crop of young green wheat was set ablaze. Most folks would sulk over their misfortune, but the crafty villagers rubbed off the chaff, cooked it up and ‘Eureka!’ Freekeh was created. We’re proud to offer you this tasty, nutritious ancient grain with a funny name.”
At first, I was not sure how I was going to prepare this product. I checked out the recipes that Freekeh Foods offers on their website. The stuffed peppers looked interesting… but I knew Jimmy would have a hard time with #1 a meatless dinner entrée and #2 anything with beans (#PickyEater). The search for an mutually acceptable recipe continued…
I found this recipe from The Wanderlust Kitchen website. I modified the recipe slightly to reflect the ingredients that I had on hand. Here are the ingredients I used, all of the veggies from my weekly CSA box!
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup cracked freekeh (Rosemary Sage Flavor)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup diced red onion
- 2 cups diced zucchini
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
- 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- 5 medium bell peppers (red, yellow, or orange)
I followed the recipe instructions on the website – with one change. I parboiled my peppers beforehand to soften them prior to baking them. As a result, I did not have to bake in the oven as long. I baked the peppers for 15 minutes covered, then 15 minutes uncovered.
I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about whether or not Jimmy would like this recipe. He is a “man’s man – meat and potatoes” kind of guy. Even looking at a box of couscous unnerves him. I rolled the dice by adding in some extra flavors I know he likes (garlic, oregano, Italian seasoning) – and wow – this recipe was perfection. He even went so far as to say, “I think you should add this into the meal rotation”. My mouth dropped – SAY WHAT?!?! Jimmy is down with whole grains now? And to think just a few years ago when we first started dating he lived off of McDonald’s…. Wow, he has come a long way! Now if I can just get him to like mushrooms…
Want to try my recipe for yourself and see just how amazeballs freekeh can be? Well you are in luck! Freekeh Foods will send one lucky winner a bag of freekeh to try! The winner can choose 1 of 3 flavors: original, rosemary sage, or tamari.
So how can you win? Simply leave a comment with a link to a Freekeh recipe you want to try and indicate which flavor you would like. The girls from Jonesinforarun will randomly select a winner and hook you up!