Only have a few minutes? Can boil water? Try this quick, almost no cook side dish! Serves 4.
Time: 15-20 minutes, Hands on: 5-6 minutes with leftover steamed vegetables.
1 cup coarse (medium) grade bulgur
2 cups water
1 tsp. olive oil, or to taste
1/2 cup frozen kale or spinach
1/2 cup cauliflower or other mild leftover vegetables, steamed ( I use steam in a bag veggies)
1 Tbsp dried minced onion
1 tsp black pepper
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
2 tsp Oregano
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella or “Italian blend” cheese (optional)
Bring water to a rolling boil. Add bulgur, minced onion, and frozen kale to a glass bowl. Add boiling water to bowl and cover until absorbed (15-20 minutes). Add steamed vegetables, olive oil, spices to taste, and combine. Garnish with cheese if desired.
That’s it! Bulgur (also spelled bulghur or bourghol) is steamed cracked wheat and is a very inexpensive alternative to rice. It serves as a great base for pilafs such as these and for cold dishes such as tabbouleh. It’s quick and easy to make ( just soak in hot water!) and has a nutty taste. Bulgur is a great source of fiber and B vitamins. Look for it in the Rice, Beans or Grains aisle, or the Ethnic Foods aisles and give it a try today!