It’s Wednesday and by now we should all know what that means…What I Ate Wednesday under the direction of the lovely Jenn at Peas & Crayons!! Head on over there to join in all of the fun!
Today’s post is brought to you by bulgur. There’s a scary story from many years ago when I made my first attempt at making vegetarian chili. It contained bulgur and it was not a happy outcome…we’ll leave it at that.
A few months ago I attempted to make bulgur again, not in a recipe, just to use along with a meal. The recipe said to boil water and pour it over the bulgur. Let it sit for 20 minutes and it would be ready. Well at 20 minutes it was still quite watery. I ended up putting it in the microwave and cooking it. It worked but I just thought there was some other way to accomplish it.
Last Friday, I decided to give it another try. I took my 1 cup of bulgur, boiled the water and then added 1 3/4 cups of boiling water. I stirred it covered it then put it in the microwave just to sit. I thought the heat would stay in that way. Then I forgot about it. I pulled it out probably an hour later. I opened the lid and it was fluffy and perfect!! It had puffed up hugely and the pot was almost overflowing.
I used it first for a salad on Friday night.
1 cup of bulgur, 1 cup of my crock pot pinto beans, romaine lettuce, tomato and red bell pepper.
Added to it a mixture of lite balsamic vinaigrette and lite ranch. I never let anything go to waste, when they start to run out, I mix them together! Very tasty and filling.
Saturday dinner came around and I was on my own while Ralph was camping out with the boys. I dug out my bulgur again.
I mixed a can of diced tomatoes, 1 cup of pinto beans again and 1 cup frozen green peas. Cooked everything together in a pot. I warmed up a cup of my bulgur in the microwave. I poured the tomato/bean/pea mixture over it, sprinkled with romano cheese and a bit of Sriracha sauce.
It was delicious and took almost no time to prepare.
Sunday night, Ralph was still not back so once again I was fending for myself. One more meal from the amazing bulgur. Time to get wild and crazy.
Garlic, tomato and red bell pepper sautéed together.
Added the last of the bulgur and then about a 1/2 cup of FF cottage cheese.
Again, a little Sriracha sauce and I was all set. It was SO tasty.
I think that this was pretty amazing coming from 1 cup of bulgur. The bulgur cost $1.25 a pound, so 1 cup cost about 63 cents. I got 3 meals out of it. That along with the pinto beans I had cooked in the crock pot. The beans cost $1 and I can’t remember how many meals came from them.
I think as an experiment, I’m going to try to actually calculate what my meals cost. We hear so often that eating healthy is more expensive than eating average American fare. I think I can prove that theory to be wrong. I think I’m going to be the Thrifty Vegetarian from now on. It should be fun to see how well I can do.
So, kids, that’s What I Ate Wednesday around these parts. Be sure to go over to Peas & Crayons to join in the fun. Check out some of the fun links…make some comments and some new friends…be cool like the rest of us!
I was out scouring the countryside for pretty pictures to share with you all again. I won’t bore you with too many. Here’s today’s picture…
Happy What I Ate Wednesday…Try not to be…bulgur!! 😉